IJMB And JUPEB: Which One Is Better As Advance Program In Nigeria?

This article will clearly detail out the advanced program which is better between IJMB and JUPEB. Before we go into details, we would like to find out their meanings and how the two programs were set up.


IJMB:  The full meaning of IJMB is interim joint matriculation Board is an advanced level that will last for at least nine months. IJMB has a motive and its motive is to serve as an alternative way of gaining admission into the university. It was established by the Interim Common Services Agency (ICSA) in 1976.

IJMB is owned by Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. It was established for the students who are seeking all means to gain admission to the university. Therefore, IJMB is largely known and approved in many Nigerian tertiary institutions.

JUPEB – JUPEB full meaning is Joint Universities Preliminary Board (JUPEB)  is a national examination body that is obliged to the responsibility of setting examinations for students, who must have passed through an approved combination of subjects and are seeking to gain admission into the university. i.e Direct Entry.

JUPEB is owned by the University of Lagos (UNILAG) and it should be observed that JUPEB came after the establishment of IJMB which explains that JUPEB is not as famous as IJMB. Though it is currently going round the country, schools are getting to approve it.

Full meaning of IJMB and JUPEB

While IJMB means Interim Joint Matriculation Board, JUPEB full meaning is Joint Universities Preliminary Examination Board, both programs are advanced levels for gaining admission into Nigerian tertiary institutions without JAMB.

IJMB– Apart from Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) and University of Lagos (UNILAG) that do not approve of IJMB in their institutions, other major and important institutions do approve of the programme, which simply indicates that IJMB is well known in the nation.

JUPEB- only the tertiary institutions which are JUPEB affiliated is accepted into these institutions. Schools without these cannot give admission to students seeking to study in their favourite institutions or favourite course. It simply indicates that IJMB is more popular and approved nationwide than JUPEB.


IJMB– the registration fee is estimated at 5000 naira, while the school fees are estimated between the prices of 70,000 and 180,000. i.e public centres and private institutions.

JUPEB– the registration fee is estimated at 15,000 while the fees are estimated between the prices of 280,000 and 450,000.

This simply indicates that IJMB is cheaper and affordable for students. Those who are not financially backed should smartly go for IJMB because JUPEB is more expensive and still not sure of getting your favourite course of study.


IJMB– it is expected that the exam will take of either late January or early February and is expected to last for a maximum of three weeks.

JUPEB– the exam is expected to hold between the months of June and July.

Looking at the two, JUPEB is the best time to take the exam. When admitted, IJMB delays you for a long time before you can start lectures. IJMB in all ramifications, IJMB is better than JUPEB as an advance program.

In conclusion, it is your choice on what programme you seek to apply and register, but both programmes are very good for any student who is seeking to study in a tertiary institution.

Frequently Asked Questions on IJMB and JUPEB Registrations

IJMB and JUPEB which one is better

That depends on the university you want to use your A’level result for after the one-year program of either of the two. For example, some universities accept IJMB while some only accept JUPEB.
So there is one that’s you can is better than the other. Unilag only accepts JUPEB, while ABU Zaria only accepts IJMB. So, between IJMB and JUPEB, it’s not a matter of which one is better but your choice of university after any of the programs.

IJMB and JUPEB Centers In Nigeria

IJMB and JUPEB centres in Nigeria can be found anywhere in the Southern and Central regions in the country. As all affiliated centres run the two programmes for students to choose their choice

IJMB and JUPEB Centres Registration Ilorin

All our centers at Ilorin, Kwara State run IJMB and JUPEB programs, and you can register for JUPEB and IJMB programs on our Portal and choose the Ilorin center.

IJMB and JUPEB Centres Registration Ikeja

We have IJMB and JUPEB centers in Ikeja where the interested applicants can register and attend lectures throughout the one year program of any of the two

Which one is harder between IJMB and JUPEB?

It’s hard to tell which one is harder between IJMB and JUPEB because both are external exam, they each have their syllabus and they all assume that you are in 100L of a university, meaning you are been taught what was meant to be taught while you are in 100L of a University.

The only difference in IJMB and JUPEB examinations is that JUPEB tends to have objectives questions in all their papers while IJMB is purely Theory and practical except in Economics paper.

Which is cheaper IJMB or JUPEB?

IJMB is cheaper than JUPEB in all cases.

IJMB andJUPEB are they the same

No, they are not the same, IJMB means interim joint Matriculation Board, while for JUPEB it’s called Joint Universities Preliminary Examination Board – though they are both Advanced programs and you still need a Direct Entry Form for the two when you want to apply through JAMB CAPs after the program.
They both take you to 200L and you can study any course with any of the two. But they are being moderated and supervised by different bodies.

Is IJMB the same as a direct entry?

No, IJMB is not the same as Direct Entry. Direct entry is a mode of admission into 200L. Anyone who uses Direct Entry to gain admission into University will start from 200L or 300L while those who use JAMB will enter 100 level at the university.

Is JUPEB and direct entry the same?

No, JUPEB and direct entry are not the same. You need Direct Entry to gain admission into 200L with your JUPEB result. Without Direct Entry form you cannot use your JUPEB result to gain admission.