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Monday, 9 December 2019

JAMB CAPS (2019): 7 Status Messages, Meanings and What Next


You're the right page if you want to know the meanings of "admission in progress", the meaning of "not admitted" meaning of "sorry no admission is given yet.

Now that all is set for this year admission exercise, you need to know that JAMB is now in charge of giving you admission. JAMB will use the system called CAPS to give you admission.

Read, UTME is Over! What Admission Aspirants Should Be Expecting in Few Weeks to get the idea of the next stages in admission after you'd checked your UTME result. Also, note that this same information affects the Direct entry admission aspirants.

So what’s this System? How does it affect you? What are the modalities? How will you know if you’ve been given admission through it? And more …

What is the CAPS?

In full, it is Central Admission Processing System. This system is devised by JAMB to monitor the admission progress of all admission seekers.

So, how does it work?

The primary purpose of this mechanism is to monitor your admission by JAMB so that schools don’t deprive your offer when you merit one.

JAMB gives you regular access to your profile so you can see how things are going between your proposed institutions and the body.

First, do you remember that you created a profile during the UTME registration exercise? You will need this from now till you’re finally given admission – even after.

That’s how CAPS comes in.

Now that you have your profile handy, let’s me work you through how you will use it to access your CAPS.

See: What JAMB and Schools Do When you Reject Admission on CAPS

Do you forget your profile details? Reset JAMB Profile Password

If you can’t access your profile again because you forgot the password, kindly reset your password.
  1. Follow the link below for your profile.
  2. A password reset link will be sent to the email you used during UTME registration.
  3. Click the link in your email
  4. A new page will be opened to enter a new password
  5. Enter a new password you won’t forget and submit.

That’s all.

Now re-login to see that the new password is working with your profile.

Now that you’re able to log into your JAMB profile, you should be able to see CAPS at a corner side of your profile dashboard.

NOTE: This CAPS link will only show when the admission processes start not before then. So if you don’t find it there right now, it may mean the admission process has not started from the JAMB end – kindly check back.

Then click the status link to see your fate.

You need to be able to interpret different messages that will be displayed to you as soon as you check your status.

Below is the list of those messages and their interpretation or meaning.

Understand What CAPS Status Messages Mean

1. CAPS “Welcome”

Some candidates complain what they see on their profiles is only the word “Welcome” and nothing more.

Interpretation. Your device can’t display more contents than that. In other words, you should know that the page shows you more than the word “welcome”. But if that happens to you, your device (usually a phone) can’t show you the rest details.

What to do next. Change your device and log in again. I advise you to use a computer to check.

You can also mark the "Desktop Site" box in your browser setting to see the page in the standard desktop view. Using a Google chrome browser will help here. Just check for Desktop view under the browser settings and check that to adapt your page to a desktop-like view.

See: What to Do If Your JAMB CAPS Does Not Show your Details

2. CAPS “Not Admitted”

This is a message to tell you that no school has offered you admission yet. In most cases, the space for institutions and courses will be empty or blank.

Interpretation. It doesn’t mean you won’t be given admission. It only shows no admission is yet to be given by any school. See Institution and Course Not Showing (Blank) in CAPS? Reasons and Solutions.

What to do next. Wait for your proposed schools to conduct post UTME or admission screening (if they’ve not). If they've already done that, they usually continually send lists to JAMB to upload to students' pages.

Hence, you will be checking your page from time to time to know when it’s your turn.

3. CAPS “Admission in Progress”

This means JAMB has received your name for admission but they will need to verify some criteria followed by the institution to ascertain their conformity with lay down rules.

Interpretation. Be happy this is the beginning of your journey to being admitted. I can guarantee if you have this status message, you’ll be offered admission at the end.

What to do next. Wait for JAMB to complete her work. Keep checking your status from time to time and sooner the message will change to the next stage.

4. CAPS "You've been recommended for Admission"

This message is a reassurance that JAMB has received your name on the list and you should be confident that the admission will favour you at the end.

Interpretation. Your school has offered you the admission but JAMB will have to consent it too. At this stage, the body can change your course to another if you don’t meet up with your original proposed course.

What to do next. You wait and keep rechecking until your message change to a congratulatory message.

5. CAPS “Admission is Approved”

This is the congratulatory message you have been waiting for. Once, you’re shown this message, no going back.

Interpretation. Even if this message doesn’t say what course is given or which school gives, you’re still certain you have been offered admission. It may take a few days before other details are shown.

What to do next. Check back for messages that will display which school and what course you’re offered. Just recheck your profile from to time.

6. CAPS “Accept or Reject Admission”

This time, JAMB wants to be sure you want to accept or reject the admission. This is a very sensitive stage. JAMB doesn’t want to give you admission and later you don’t have interests in it again.

This will deprive a student who wants such an opportunity to be admitted instead of you. Hence, they want you to confirm that you want the school and the course offered.

Interpretation. Don’t joke with this stage. JAMB may eventually withdraw your admission if you don’t accept the offer. In fact, you won’t be able to print the JAMB admission letter unless you accept the offer. So, accept the offer if you’re ok with that or reject it to give another student space. In case you're offered a different course, reading "Is it Advisable to Accept Another Course Than The One I Applied For?" will be of great help.

What to do Next. If you accept, print your JAMB admission letter and wait for your school to upload your list to the school’s portal or call you up for documentation.

If you reject the offer, you will have to wait and keep rechecking your status to see if another school will give you admission. See What JAMB and Schools Do When You Reject Admission on CAPS.


7. CAPS "Congratulations, you’ve been offered Admission"

This is what you most likely see after you have accepted the admission or sometimes before.

Interpretation. This reassures you that, nothing else is expected of you on the JAMB profile unless you want to print original JAMB result, admission letter or do a change of course (if your school offers you a course different from the one you chose in UTME).

Important Notice

  1. You will be required to do a change of course if the course given to you is different from the one you filled during the UTME registration. Without that, you won’t be able to print your JAMB admission letter.
  2. You may need this set of documents at your school’s documentation time;
  • Original JAMB result
  • JAMB Admission letter

Read: JAMB Original Result and Admission Letter Out: See How To Print

And both can be printed from your JAMB profile for N1000 each. Also, the change of course payment is N2500. These prices don't include the Remita Charges. See How To Make Remita Payment at Bank and Online: Quick Guide.

Most students ask me whether it's possible to have admission offers from two or more schools with this system. I had done some justice to this question in my post, "Can JAMB give admission to a Student from two Schools or More?"

Of course, some candidates never understand what CAPS is all about. You can help them know by sharing this post with them now. Use the share links/icons below. 

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