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Can I Write For UTME, a Subject I Don't Have in SSCE?

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Anyway, for the introduction, let’s see a challenge that some prospective UTME candidates had been facing. I’d received calls and texts asking if candidates must write their SSCE subjects in UTME. Admission seekers want to know if it is or not compulsory to select their O’level subjects as UTME subject combinations.

There is a need to answer this question comprehensively. Hence, my answer will not just be YES or NO.

In case you’re still confused, let’s break things down.

A candidate (Mr. A) sat for English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Agric, Animal Husbandary, Civil Education and Yoruba in WAEC.

Another candidate (Mr. B) sat for English, Mathematics, CRS, Literature, Account, Government, Civic Education and Yoruba.

The question now is, is it compulsory that, in JAMB, Mr. A must choose four subjects from his O’level. Must Mr. B do the same? Or they can still do one or two other subjects in JAMB that they didn’t write or fail in SSCE?

A similar situation is if the candidate didn’t have credit (i.e he had D7, E8 or F9) in the subject at O’level, can he do the same subject in UTME?

Your Proposed Course Determines Your Subjects Combination in UTME

Candidates should note that it’s your proposed course that determines your subject combination in UTME. It’s not your O’level that determines what to write in JAMB.

Let me explain.

Mr. A is obviously a science student. In his case, whatever course he proposes determines what he must sit for in UTME.

If wants Nursing, he needs to write English, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics in UTME. That’s the official requirement for Nursing admission. Luckily, that matches what he sat for in SSCE and grades he had.

If however, he wants to study Urban and Regional Planning, according to the JAMB Brochure, his best combination for UTME is Mathematics, Geography and one of Economics, Physics, Chemistry.

Do you see that?

Even though Mr. A did not write or have Geography in his SSCE subjects neither did he have Economics, he must sit for Geography (and maybe with Economics) in JAMB.

However, a few institutions may accept other subjects other than Geography if he studies the JAMB Brochure very carefully and pays attention to the Special Remark section – where some schools may wave generally compulsory subjects.

But to be on the safer side, that Geography is required.

To conclude on Mr. A's case, even though he might have not registered or written Geography in SSCE, it’s required of him in UTME. Even if he wrote it and got D7, E8, or F9 in SSCE, he must register that in UTME.

Mr. B is obviously an Art student. Let’s say he decides to study Civil Law and consider Ahmadu Bello University (ABU).

According to the JAMB brochure, ABU in O’level requires Five 'O' Level Credit passes which must include English Language, Literature in English, and any other three Arts or Social Science Subjects.

The university, in UTME, requires Use of English, Literature in English, and any other two Arts or Social Science subjects.

Based on these terms, Mr. B can write English, Literature, and Economics even though he didn’t write Economics at O’level.

And with experience and known admission policies, ABU doesn’t accept Yoruba or Igbo as a UTME subject. This may not be very open – but we know it.

In that case, Mr. B can’t insist that since the university accepts two other art subjects and do Yoruba/Igbo. He will leave to regret it.

JAMB Brochure Matters For UTME Subjects

A few of my posts had emphasized the importance of studying the JAMB brochure before picking subjects for your UTME.

Check the following before you read on.

  1. JAMB/Admission Eligibility Checker: Are Qualified for a School/Course?
  2. Study JAMB Brochure Well To Avoid Wrong Subjects – JAMB
  3. Wrong UTME Subjects Combination? See Solutions

JAMB has also warned lately on this mess. Hence the body has given you how to check the eligibility for admission.

Through that platform, you can submit the five subjects you want to use from the O’level with their grades. Then, submit the subject combination you proposed for UTME.

The system will calculate and tell you if you qualify for that course based on your SSCE subjects/grades and UTME subjects.

Why don’t you try that immediately?

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  1. Hello sir I got d7 in econs in my ssce but I got 96 in econs in my jamb I safe. Hope am okay

    1. If your proposed course doesn't require at least a credit in Economics, you're safe. If your proposed course needs Economics, you may not be lucky.

  2. I want to study psychology.I did government and I got 71 in jamb,but sir my ssce I got in D7 government. Can I still gain admission into univesity that I chose.

    1. Government is actually compulsory for psychology. However, some schools may accept D7 in it or may not require it at all. See details below:

      1. OAU requires five (5) 'O' Level credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Biology and any two (2) from Geography, Economics, Government, Chemistry, Physics, History, Literature in English, Yoruba, Christian Religious Studies /Islamic Studies, Agricultural Science, ICT, Civic Education.

      2. LASU requires five (5) 'O' Level credit passes in English Language and Mathematics, Biology and any two (2) of Commerce, Economics, Geography and Government.

      3. AAUA accepts five (5) 'O' Level credit passes to include English Language, Mathematics and Biology and two Social Science subjects.

      4. FED-OYE EKITI requires five (5) 'O' Level credit passes to include English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Economics and any one of Social Science or Science subjects.

      5. IBADAN accepts five (5) 'O' Level credit passes to include English Language, Biology and any other three (3) from Social Sciences, Sciences and Arts with at least a pass in Mathematics.

      Read more on JAMB brochure

  3. I did economics,lit,govt nd eng in jamb,now I want to upload my o'level result but my economics result is pending,will I be given admission for law in UI??without economics

    1. For UTME, UI accepts Any three (3) Arts or Social Science subjects.

      For SSCE, it requires five (5)'O' Level credit passes at one sitting or six (6) 'O' Level credit passes at two (2) sittings to include English Language, Literature in English, any other subjects from Arts, Social Sciences or Sciences.

  4. Please i had maths and English and economic but i don't government i want to write business education can i do it

    1. Apart from what you already had, if you have any other two Social/Art subjects, you can chase Business Education.

  5. I want to go for Igbo education in UNN and I met the Ssce requirements but the Utme subject combination I should shows, some subjects there are not my waec, hope I am good to go. Good morning Sir.

  6. I want to study political science and I don't write economic in ssce can sit for economic in my jamb exam

  7. Pls i want to study actuarial science in unilag but I don't have commerce and government in neco and I want to register commerce in jamb, hope it won't affect my admission

    1. For that course, UNILAG requires Five (5) SSC credit passes to include English Language, Mathematics and Economics plus any other two (2) relevant subjects.

      In JAMB, English, Mathematics, Economics and one (1) other subject.

  8. Please sir, I really need your quick response on this due to the closing of sales of JAMB Epin.
    Sir, I'm aspiring to study English Education at University of Ibadan. My JAMB subjects combinations are English, Literature, Government and Yoruba. But,what seems to pose as a constraint to me getting admission is my not having Yoruba in O'levels.Though, I have English, Mathematics, Literature,IRS, Government and Economics. Though,I met the cut off and my JAMB CAPS is on AIP.But,I want to be sure about me getting admission despite not having the subject.

    1. Subjects in O'level and that UTME don't have t tally for the admission. UTME subjects may defer form the SSCE subjects. It all depended on the courses and the school.

      For UI, for SSCE, the university requires 5 'O' level credits at one sitting or 6 'O' level credits at two sittings to include: English Language, two Arts subjects including Literature-in-English and any other two or three subjects from Arts, Social Sciences or Science.

      You already have that.

      For the UTME subjects, the university requires English Language, Literature in English, any one other Arts subject and any other from Arts or Social Sciences.

      To be very sure, check this on the university official page.

      I think no need to panic.

  9. When I did my ssce, I had B3 in English, B3 in government, and C6 in economics but I didn't write commerce, can I include the commerce in my jamb since its not compulsory for my course (political science and public administration)

    1. My advice is not to include commerce in JAMB as most schools don't recognize it for admissions. And some school prefer one of Economics or Commerce instead of the two together. so be careful.

      Read more though the link below.

  10. Pls quick question.I filled Geography in place of econs in jamb for architecture but i dnt write geography in my O level i only credited econs..pls will i be admitted

  11. My jamb combination was eng ,crs,govt and lit
    But I didn't have literature in my ssce result so I didn't put it in utme combination and that was because I realized the course m going for wasn't in need of literature pls sir I m liable to gain admission with this

    1. The answer to your question is already covered in the post. Read and understand.

  12. Can a Student pick Chemistry Physics Literature and Accounts along with the other compulsory subjects like English, Mathematics, Yoruba, Biology and Economics ?

    1. What matters are the 5 subjects you will need for your proposed course in the university, polytechnic or college of education.

      Read more through the link below.


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