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How to Choose Institutions For UTME and DE (2022/2023 Updates)

I saw the reasons to write this piece after a series of searches cropped up on this blog. Candidates have been sending me queries relating to how to select or choose institutions during JAMB or DE registration.

Well, this post will be your perfect guide to answer these questions and many more.

The first part will talk about UTME candidates' choices of universities, polytechnics, colleges of education, and Innovative Enterprise Institutions. The second part will address DE applicants’ choices of universities.

Misconceptions About Choosing of Institutions in UTME

Most applicants know that they have the chance to select 4 schools during the UTME registration. However, they follow the trends of choosing universities as the first choices, polytechnics as second, colleges of education as third, and finally innovative enterprise institutions (IEI) as the fourth choices.

NOTE: IEI is an institution where you can learn all sorts of crafts, vocations, businesses, and professions. They're recognized for the award of National Diploma and certificate courses.

Another common combination is - a Federal University as the first choice, a state university as second, a polytechnic or college as the third, then IEI as the fourth.

These are just misunderstandings and a lack of real information. 

The real deal is that you have more than a dozen possible combinations to choose from. The two combinations, stated above, are correct but there are more.

You don’t have to select a university, at all, if you know you don’t have the academic ability for that. If you think you will do well as a teacher, college of education can be your first choice. In fact, if your course is only available in a polytechnic and you prefer that to a university, a polytechnic can be made 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice.

For more possible combinations, kindly read to the end of the post.

How to Choose Schools in Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME)

UTME applicants are just secondary school leavers who want to proceed to universities, polytechnics, colleges of education, or innovative enterprise institutes (IEI).

This category of admission seekers can select their schools in different formats. The available combinations are listed below.

Combination 1
1st Choice: A Federal University
2nd Choice: A few federal universities (are available in the 2nd choice section)
3rd Choice: A Polytechnic
4th Choice: Only innovative enterprise institutions

Combination 2
1st Choice: A Federal University
2nd Choice: A state or private university
3rd Choice: Polytechnic
4th Choice: Only innovative enterprise institutions

Combination 3
1st Choice: Any Federal University
2nd Choice: A Polytechnic
3rd Choice: A polytechnic
4th Choice: Only innovative enterprise institutions

Combination 4

1st Choice: Any Federal University
2nd Choice: A polytechnic
3rd Choice: A College of education
4th Choice: Only innovative enterprise institutions

Combination 5
1st Choice: A State University
2nd Choice: A State or private University
3rd Choice: A Polytechnic
4th Choice: Only innovative enterprise institutions

Combination 6
1st Choice: A State or private University
2nd Choice: A State or private University
3rd Choice: A College of Education
4th Choice: only innovative enterprise institutions

Combination 7
1st Choice: A Polytechnic
2nd Choice: A Polytechnic
3rd Choice: A Polytechnic
4th Choice: only innovative enterprise institutions

Combination 8
1st Choice: A College of Education
2nd Choice: A College of Education
3rd Choice: A College of Education
4th Choice: Only innovative enterprise institutions

Combination 9
1st Choice: A Polytechnic
2nd Choice: A Polytechnic
3rd Choice: A College of Education
4th Choice: Only innovative enterprise institutions

Combination 10
1st Choice: A Polytechnic
2nd Choice: A College of Education
3rd Choice: A College of Education
4th Choice: Only innovative enterprise institutions

See also: Choosing a School as Second Choice: Will they Give you Admission

The Summary and Notice

  1. Only the IEI is consistent in the 4th choice section. In other words, only the innovative enterprise institutions are available for applicants as the 4th choice.
  2. Universities are available as the 1st and 2nd choice but not as the 3rd and 4th choice. Most universities in the 2nd choice section are state and private but with a few federal.
  3. You can consider a polytechnic, a college of education, and an IEI as the 3rd choice too.
  4. Candidates can choose polytechnic as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice
  5. Candidates can choose IEI as 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th choice
  6. Even though you have all the combinations available to you, almost all institutions give admission to applicants who chose them as the first choice. In this case, focus on your first choice more and if need be, you later move any of the other choices to the first choice during the change of institution exercise, if you will have a higher chance of gaining admission there.

How to Choose Institutions for Direct Entry (DE)

DE applicants are holders of ND, NCE, IJMB, JUPEB, Cambridge Advanced, BSC, or HND. But these people want to continue to the University for their courses or related ones.

They are to obtain the JAMB DE form instead of the UTME form.

DE applicants have only two choices in their form – 1st choice and 2nd choice. In other words, only two universities are open to them.

Meanwhile, candidates can choose the two universities in any of the listed pattern:

Combination 1:
1st Choice: A federal university
2nd Choice: A Federal University (a few federal universities are available at the 2nd choice section)

Combination 2:
1st Choice: A federal university
2nd Choice: A State University

Combination 3:
1st Choice: A State University
2nd Choice: A Federal University (a few federal universities are available at the 2nd choice section)

Combination 4:
1st Choice: A State University
2nd Choice: A State University

Combination 5:
1st Choice: A Federal University or a State University
2nd Choice: A Private University

Combination 6:
1st Choice: A Private University
2nd Choice: A Federal University or a State University

Combination 7:
1st Choice: A Private University
2nd Choice: A Private University

Conclusion

In most cases, universities only give admissions to those candidates who chose them as the first choice. This is why candidates just focus on their first choice or even choose the same institution as both first and second - especially DE candiates.

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108 comments:

  1. Please sir i need your advice, am graduating this year and i want to apply for D.E this same year but the problem is that my school don't release result on time. Till next year January or February before result will be ready. Please what can i do?

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    1. Use awaiting result for your DE application. Return to CBT centre when the result is released and upload.

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    2. Please when is Yabatech tech starting post ume

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  2. But re u sure it will work out that way?

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    1. That is how it works. Am an education consultant. I can answer any of your questions on education in Nigeria. You can ask the same when you go to the CBT centre for your own registration.

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  3. So I won't be given admission if I choose offa poly as my second choice?

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  4. Please can we pick Oau or UI this year?

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    1. Once you can see them under universities category in JAMB, during your registration, then, you can choose them.

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  5. as we all know that this year weac is starting by August and ending by September,and we will be expecting the results by October
    so my question is that won't it be to late for those who chose awaiting results during jamb registration
    because it is almost like five months after utme ...

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    1. NO, it won't be too late. admission activities and list may not be out until around November or December.

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    2. Please sir I want to study animals production but MY chemistry is E8. Is there Chance of me getting admission and how will I fill my 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th choice please

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    3. How to choose schools already detailed in the post.

      For courses without Chemistry, read the post below:

      https://www.schoolcontents.info/2018/11/universities-and-courses-that-accept-d7_20.html

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  6. Can I choose University of osun as my first choice and Federal University of oye ekiti as my second choice?

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  7. I av two sittings in NECO& GCE of the same year and credit in NCE but I avnt regularised my NCE results until June , is it possible for me to do utme exams or direct entry to gain admission , pls am confused and sincerely need ur advice.

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    1. You can do UTME to gain admission.

      You can do DE to gain admission.

      You can also register a new UTME and convert that to DE later instead.

      https://www.schoolcontents.info/2020/01/how-to-upgrade-utme-to-de-for.html

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  8. Pls can I possibly put
    First choice: federal
    Second choice: federal
    Third choice: state or private
    Forth choice: state or private

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  9. Please can I put law as first and second choice course for federal and state university

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    1. Pls sir, I have registered for this year jamb but the issue am having now is that am still going to apply for the form after choosing NDA as my 1st choice of institution pls sir I need your reply so that I won't be late for the form thanks

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    2. Yes, NDA must be your first choice if you're interested in the university.

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  10. And again sir, am here to collect my ssce certificate so can I go to the cyber cafe with my ssce result for this year NDA 73rd form, or I can still apply with this year jamb or the form is compulsory

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    1. You need this year JAMB for tis year NDA. And you need required SSCE subjects and grades.

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  11. I have the ssce result already, but I need enlightenment about the NDA form out now and at the same time they also need this year jamb result so how will that be possible and the form will close this week

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    1. It's your fault to be late. However, you can obtain the two form the same day before the closing time.

      If you're can still wait, may be there can be extension.

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  12. Please sir is unizik accepting law student for 2021/2022 session and please I choose eng, literature, govt and crs as my subject combination for jamb is it good enough

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  13. Sir pls can I put different courses in the four Choices

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    1. Yes, you can. Make sure the four courses require the same JAMB subject combinations, however.

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  14. Can I pick state University as first choice and pick federal University as second choice

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    1. Yes you can. However, you may not find a few federal universities under the 2nd choice category. You can check first when you get to the registration centre.

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  15. When universities state thier school gees,does it usually contain their acceptance fee ?

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    1. No. They usually require you to pay acceptance fee before the main fee.

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  16. Between UNN and FUTO which one is a better option for civil engineering considering finance

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    1. Both are finance conscious. They're both federal universities.

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  17. Sir can I choose the same polytechnic as first and second choice with different courses?

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  18. Sir Will Abu Zaria give admission this year for DE?

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    1. I've read it anywhere official that they won't.

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  19. Sir, what can I do??
    I don't know that mathematics is compulsory for me in my jamb (military science), I choose physics, economics, biology

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    1. If make mistake in the change subjects, you will need to change to the course with that subject combination.

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    2. Is it before jamb or after jamb??

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    3. You can choose your schools during the JAMB registration. You can also change the choices during the change of institution.

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    4. Please give ne ur email or whatsapp contact

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    5. You can ask me any question here. I will reply you. That will also help others.

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  20. Please sir, I want to study Accounting
    And I'm choosing poly as my first and second choice
    Does it possible

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  21. Please sir most of the literature students are confused about the literature texts some say it's new ones while some say it's the old text so am confused I don't know which one to focus on

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  22. Sir I have a distinction in ND community health and I want to apply for DE into pharmacy or Nursing In Gombe state university or bayero university kano, is it possible please?

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    1. I don't think so. Check the DE requirements for Nursing and Pharmacy through the link below.

      https://www.schoolcontents.info/2020/12/direct-entry-requirements-for.html

      https://www.schoolcontents.info/2020/09/direct-entry-admission-requirements-for.html

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  23. I did correction of names on my NIN will it reflect on my jamb profile

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    1. I have not seeing any reflecting it yet. But that is the normal thing. However, go to JAMB office to correct the date of birth too to be on the safer side.

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  24. Hello sir, am a DE student and am awaiting for my Gce result, this one that the result would likely be out by January February hope my admission won't be delayed?.. pls sir I need ur reply.

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    1. If your proposed university delays admission till then or beyond, you're in the right path.

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  25. Sir I haven't registered for jamb cause I want to change my NIN middle name so that it will be the same with my waec name,I hope it won't affect me when registering for jamb

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    1. It won't. Correct it before JAMB form comes out.

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  26. Pls sir what subjects can I write in jamb for business management

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    1. English, Maths, Economics and Government/Account

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  27. Sir can I choose first choice as polytechnic,second choice as federal university,third choice as polytechnic and fourth IEI. But the course I want to study is not offered in IEI what can I do

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    1. Sure. Read the post below for better understanding.

      https://www.schoolcontents.info/2021/04/can-i-choose-different-courses-for-my.html

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  28. Please sir I graduated from a private poly.with lower credit and I wish to apply for direct entry to study medical laboratory science,sir should I apply or should I write jamb and forget about the direct entry?

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    1. Write another JAMB is my best. Lower grade will limit your DE chance

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  29. Obi God'sLove Takim26 February 2022 at 10:40

    sir i want to register for jamb as awaiting candidate (first choice=UNICAL-Medical laboratory science) (second choice=CRUTECH-Medical laboratory) (Third choice=UNIYO-Medical laboratory) will it work out for me sir please reply

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  30. Is UI admitting undergraduates this year

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  31. Please can I choose federal poly as first choice and federal poly as second choice and state poly as third choice

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  32. Please the list of state universities that offer mechatronics

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    1. Check the JAMB brochure for those

      https://ibass.jamb.gov.ng/?jk=UU400GHDSW6AQ98

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  33. Please sir did FUNAI offer medlab

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  34. Hello sir, I did Jamb regularization early this year and have submitted my indemnity form to the register's office at the polytechnic, I have been checking my email to confirm the approval, but nothing has been done... I want to apply for DE this year. pls sir, can I still continue with it...

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    1. Apart from through email, there are a few other methods to check your regularization status. See that in the post below.

      https://www.schoolcontents.info/2021/12/4-methods-to-check-jamb-regularization.html

      If you read the post below too, it gives you guide on how to do DE registration without regularization approval yet.

      https://www.schoolcontents.info/2020/02/can-i-register-de-while-waiting-for.html

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  35. Sir, please I want to get this clear I wanted to apply for DE they can I can't do it because I don't have regularization number so they advise me to apply for UTME after which I can convert it my point if can it be converted even if you didn't pass the UTME? I want to clear on this please

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    1. That's is true. You can do that. I discussed that fully in the post below.

      https://www.schoolcontents.info/2019/01/direct-entry-form-de-20192020.html

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  36. Sir I'm having problem with my profile code ,i requested for jamb last year but I don't meet up with my schedule time so that exam gone,but this year I'm trying to get my profile code with my nin but it shows that I have already registered with gsm number ,meanwhile my sim that i use for my last year profile code got lost am trying using another one I just requested but still keep saying the same thing



    Please help

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    1. The only solution left with you is to do welcome back for the SIM. If you can't, go to the JAMB office to lodge complaint or send them message through the link below.

      https://support.jamb.gov.ng/candidate-support/create-general-ticket

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  37. Can two schools be chosen for first and second choice

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    1. Yes, you can do that. Read the post below.

      https://www.schoolcontents.info/2021/04/can-i-choose-school-twice-with.html

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    2. Please sir what subject can I write in jamb for business administration

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    3. Math, English, Economics and Government/Accounting. See more through the link below.

      https://www.schoolcontents.info/2018/07/101-most-competitive-universities.html

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  38. Sir,am having problem with my DE registration and whereas I have jamb reg,I did my jamb 2018...but when I finished my ND I tried applying for DE but now they are saying I should do jamb regularization,when I went to jamb office at ikoyi...they said I should go to my school(Rufus Giwa poly) to sort it out,and they also said my jamb reg is not from jamb..but from institution sir

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  39. Please sir I want to study accounting what are the subject combination for jamb

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    1. English, Maths, Economics and 1 of Govt, Accounting etc

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  40. I choose yabatech as my second choice pls sir does yabatect accept second choice

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  41. Sir when can I change my institution

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    1. After JAMB results are released. That's the best approach.

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  42. Please Sir, is there any hope of jamb reopening portal for registration this year, I could not register wen it was on

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    1. No. Prepare for next year JAMB or consider universities offering admissions without JAMB as detailed in the post below.

      https://www.schoolcontents.info/2019/04/list-of-universities-that-gives.html

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  43. Please sir. I chose O.A.U as first choice while fuoye as second choice for jamb direct entry. Considering admission into Fuoye, does the school accept second choice candidate

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    1. No. They don't. Read the post below for more explanation.

      https://www.schoolcontents.info/2019/01/choosing-universities-polytechnics-and.html

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  44. Sir
    I chose ABU Zaria as second choice but I want it to be my first choice... How can I go about that?

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    1. You will do JAMB change of institutions when your result is out. Go to any CBT to do that. Read more through the link below.

      https://www.schoolcontents.info/2019/05/change-of-institutionscourses-do-it.html

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  45. Can I use awaiting result for direct entry meanwhile I just want to upgrade UTME to direct and my school result is not yet out

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  46. Sir,is there any exams for direct entry students I.e do they write exams separately set by jamb bodies?

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    1. No. Except f their proposed universities will conduct post DE exams e.g. UNLORIN, FUTA. Read better through the link below.

      https://www.schoolcontents.info/2019/03/do-direct-entry-de-applicants-have-to.html

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  47. Am an art student, I have d7 in government and I want to study mass com, is it possible

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    1. Yes. Read the post below to have some clues about that.

      https://www.schoolcontents.info/2021/11/best-art-courses-that-need-no.html

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    2. Please sir can I choose affiliated school as my first choice because am an nce holder but want to apply for jamb utme and then upgrade it to direct entry

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  48. Sir please is it a must that someone will put the same course she put in jamb for direct entry please

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    1. It's a must. The course must be the same across the board.

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