IJMB Or JUPEB: Which One Is Better As Advance Program?


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 programmes was set up.

IJMB– IJMB also known as interim joint matriculation board is an advanced level which 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 also known as joint universities preliminary examinations board is a National examination body that is obliged with the responsibility of setting examinations for students, who must have passed through approved combination of subjects and are seeking to gain admission into the university. i.e Direct Entry.

JUPEB is owned by 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.

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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 the tertiary institution.

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