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Direct Entry Form: DE 2020/2021 Registration Procedures, Price, Closing Date etc.

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The direct entry form is meant for holders of NCE, ND, IJMB, JUPEB, Cambridge or NABTEB Advanced, Bsc and HND who want to continue their studies in their previous or related course at a university of interest.

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Background of Direct Entry Form

If you had completed or about to complete your NCE, ND, IJMB, JUPEB, etc, you can apply for JAMB DE form. Picking up this form will let you seek admission directly without writing UTME to any university of your choice.

JAMB is the body in charge of Nigerian admission. Hence, they administer admissions through UTME (for SSCE holders who are to proceed to universities, polytechnics, and colleges) and DE (for holders of qualifications already mentioned above who to proceed to universities for the continuation of their studies)

To learn more about the differences between UTME and DE, kindly read my post “UTME/DE: A Compulsory Requirement to Gain Admission to Nigerian Tertiary Institutions

How to Register for JAMB Direct Entry Form

Currently, there are two procedures to apply for DE admissions.

1. Fresh Application 

If you did not gain admission to your earlier qualification through JAMB, this is for you. I mean if you already have BSC, HND, ND, NCE but the admission was not given through JAMB. It could be through pre-ND, Pre-ND, pre-degree, Daily part-time programme, etc.

You’re required to do a fresh application if you don’t have existing JAMB profile. Those who had done the two noted above must have already got the JAMB profile. Hence, they may choose not to do a fresh DE application. You can just use your old profile if all details, therein, remain the same.

  1. some candidates did any of the pre- programmes but later wrote JAMB through which they’re offered admissions. They may not use a fresh application.
  2. If however, you did JAMB regularization recently, it means you also had been given admission by JAMB. You may not use fresh application too.

Read further!

See also: JAMB Profile Code: 3 Quick Ways to Get New One or Retrieve/Recover Lost One

Procedures for Fresh DE Registration

  1. Send YOUR FULL NAME as an SMS from your unique GSM number to 55019 (e.g TOLANI TIJANI MUTIU to 55019).
  2. Note that you may be debited with N50 for the SMS service.
  3. A profile/confirmation code will be sent to your phone after being debited.
  4. Use the code to buy DE form through JAMB sales of form portal. The form price is N3,500. Text price N500. Registration at CBT centres N700.
  5. After the purchase of the form (PIN), proceed with your PIN to the nearest CBT centre for full registration and biometrics
  6. Go to CBT centre with your SSCE results and the higher qualification results for scanning and uploading unless you’re using awaiting results. It’s important to return to any CBT centre for reuploading if you use awaiting results this time before you can be offered admission.

2. DE Application By Upgrading

This is for you if you had earlier registered for UTME but also had ND, NCE, IJMB, etc. Then, later you change your mind to obtain DE form. You're not allowed to register for both UTME and DE in the same year. Hence, you should just upgrade the UTME to DE.

JAMB now allows candidates with existing profiles to upgrade their profiles from the UTME of a year to the DE of the same year. This will attract no charges at the nearest JAMB office. The upgrade registration, though, can only be done at the JAMB offices nationwide.

In other words, you won’t need to buy a fresh DE form. They will just log in to your existing UTME profile and upgrade to DE. See more details in "How to Upgrade UTME to DE For ND/NCE/JUPEB/IJMB/HND/Bsc/RN Holders".

See also: Having Issues with Payment of JAMB form Online or Bank and Related Issues? See Solutions

  1. This is possible because all your O’level results, fingerprints, passport photo, etc were already in the UTME profile. Hence, no need for new profile registration.
  2. Just walk into any JAMB office, tell them you’re a UTME applicant and you want to upgrade from your recent UTME to DE.
  3. In the guideline, direct entry candidates can ‘upgrade’ their UTME form to direct entry without buying two forms.
  4. The board said direct entry candidates would be required to provide their JAMB registration numbers with which they wrote UTME.

Direct Entry form Closing Date 

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  4. 3 Quick Ways to Retrieve/Recover Your JAMB Profile Code
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  1. Hello sir, pls while registering for D/E I used a different reg no and meanwhile I'm writing jupeb this year hope it wont affect my admission

    1. Your question was not clear or not detailed. Kindly break things down.

  2. I'm currently doing a jupeb program. Is it possible for me to register for jamb, write jamb , then if my jupeb result comes out(if favorable) upgrade to DE

  3. Is the upgrade before writing the UTME or after?

  4. Hello Sir, will Buying and registering the both form(is DE and UTME) affect me?
    I've bought the pins for both but have registered for one remaining the other should I continue with the registration??

    1. JAMB doesn't allow candidates to register for DE and UTME the same year again. You can take advantage of UTME to DE upgrading. See details through the link below:

  5. Pls can I register for direct entry while am still waiting for ijmb result. Am a bit confuse bcos am into ijmb lectures and we will write exam by February and by then direct entry form might have closed , and not only that, one have to wait for 2-3 month before the result will be released. Pls let someone help me with helping guideline on what to do

    1. Yes. You can apply. During the registration, indicate awaiting results. When your result is released and collected, return to any CBT centre and upload it.

  6. Can l upgrade my utme to de before the exam starts?
    If not, how many marks must I have before I will be qualified for upgrading?

    1. Wait till your UTME result is out before making attempt to upgrade. You don't need any mark to upgrade. You only need to qualify for the upgrade i.e you must be holder of RM/RM, NCE, ND, HND or BSC.

  7. I gain admission through jamb during my ND program, is it necessary for me to do jamb regularization before applying for direct entry. I need your help sir
    Thank you

  8. Hello sir, am sorry I never knew that the direct entry registration date will be the same that with jamb and have done my direct entry registration.. Pls will the registration be extended sir? .so that I can register

    1. No. JAMB didn't extend the registration closing date.

  9. Please sir I’ll like to know if there’s extension date

  10. Plz my National Diploma isn't out yet and I want to apply for Direct entry . Can I apply ?

    1. Yes you can. In order words, you can use awaiting result to obtain DE form. Read the post below for more details on this.


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