Meeting the required JAMB Cut Off Mark is one of the essential prerequisites for studying Marine Engineering at any university in Nigeria. In my previous blog post on the most competitive courses to apply for in JAMB, Engineering courses ranked seventh.
Although Marine Engineering may not be as popular as other engineering disciplines like Civil, Mechanical, or Chemical Engineering, it is still a competitive field to gain admission into in Nigeria. Each year, thousands of students apply to study Marine Engineering, but only a limited number (around 600) are admitted by the six universities that offer this program.
Your JAMB score plays a significant role in enhancing your chances of being admitted to study Marine Engineering. However, there is a minimum JAMB score you must achieve to be eligible for the next phase of the admission process.
There are two aspects to consider when discussing the JAMB Cut Off Mark for Marine Engineering. The first is the cut off mark that allows you to proceed to the next stage, which is the POST UTME enrollment. The other aspect is the JAMB Cut Off Mark that guarantees admission to study Marine Engineering. These two aspects are distinct from each other.
The cut off mark that allows you to sit for the POST UTME is the same for all courses within a particular university. However, the JAMB Cut Off Mark that guarantees admission to study Marine Engineering may vary among courses and universities.
Now, let’s delve into the details of the JAMB Cut Off Mark for Marine Engineering.
The JAMB Cut Off Mark for Marine Engineering to participate in the POST UTME is generally 200. However, some schools, like AAU (Ambrose Alli University), may accept 180. Nevertheless, the minimum score accepted for Marine Engineering in most universities (excluding private universities) is 180.
Polytechnics have lower JAMB score requirements for Marine Engineering. If you scored below the minimum cut off mark, you have the option to apply to a polytechnic that offers this course or consider private universities.
The likelihood of being admitted to study Marine Engineering with a JAMB score of 200 or 180 (depending on the university) is quite low, ranking around 3 on a scale of 1 to 10.
However, this doesn’t mean that with a score of, let’s say, 210, you cannot be admitted to study Marine Engineering. Your JAMB score only contributes 50% to your admission requirements. The other 50% comes from your performance in the POST UTME, O’ level exams (Waec/NECO/Nabteb), or a combination of both, depending on the university’s aggregate grading system.
Since JAMB contributes 50% to your admission requirements, achieving certain JAMB scores can increase your chances of gaining admission to around 70%.
JAMB Cut Off Mark for Marine Engineering That Guarantees Admission
A JAMB score of 250 and above is considered good enough to secure admission to study Marine Engineering in any Nigerian university.
With a JAMB score of 250 and above, your chances of being admitted to study Marine Engineering in any university of your choice increase significantly (around 70%).
I will explain the reasons for this when discussing how schools calculate the aggregate score for admission shortly.
How to Calculate Your Aggregate Score for Marine Engineering
Different universities (federal, state, and private) use various methods to calculate the aggregate score for admission into the Marine Engineering department.
While some universities use both JAMB and POST UTME scores (e.g., the University of Benin), others consider JAMB and O’ level results (e.g., the Ambrose Alli University). Some universities, like the University of Lagos, take into account JAMB, POST UTME, and O’ level results.
Regardless of the pattern your chosen university adopts for calculating the aggregate score, your JAMB score always contributes 50%. Your JAMB score will be divided by 8 in the calculation.
Here’s an example of how the average for Marine Engineering is calculated using your JAMB score:
- For schools using both JAMB and POST UTME: Your JAMB score divided by 8, plus your POST UTME score divided by 2, gives you your total average.
- For schools considering JAMB, POST UTME, and O’ level results: Your JAMB score divided by 8, plus 30% of your POST UTME score and 20% of your O’ level score, makes up the remaining 50%.
As evident from the calculation pattern, your JAMB score carries significant weight in the admission process. Thus, having a high JAMB score is crucial for competitive courses like Marine Engineering.
For instance, if you score 250 in JAMB, dividing 250 by 8 gives you 31.25. The departmental cut off mark for Marine Engineering is typically not lower than 55 in most universities.
With a JAMB score of 250, you only need to put in moderate effort to meet the required cut off mark.
In conclusion, a JAMB score of 250 and above is considered good enough to secure admission to study Marine Engineering in any Nigerian university.