DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GENERAL AND DEPARTMENTAL CUT-OFF MARKS

JAMB Candidates have often asked the difference between a school’s general cut-off mark and a school’s departmental cut-off marks. The two are actually different. We have decided to dedicate this post to answer the questions.

GENERAL CUT OFF MARK

This is the required cut-off mark you need to be considered for admission by a school. If you score below the general cut-off mark of a school. You will not be qualified to take their Post-UTME which means you are not qualified for admission in that school. If the general cut-off mark of a school is 200, even if you score 199, you won’t be qualified for admission in that school.

Schools are at liberty to set their own cut-off mark. but whatever cut-off mark they set, should not be below the JAMB minimum cut-off mark.

DEPARTMENTAL CUT OFF MARK

The departmental cut-off mark is the cut-off mark you need to be admitted into a course/department in a school. For instance, a school may have a general cut-off mark of 200 but their cut-off mark for courses like Pharmacy, Law, Medicine maybe 230. Usually, the more competitive a course is the higher its cut-off mark. Every school has a specific cut-off mark for all courses every year. Some school makes their departmental cut-off marks known to the public while some other schools don’t.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A CANDIDATE MEETS THE GENERAL CUT-OFF MARK BUT NOT THE DEPARTMENTAL CUT-OFF MARK

In some schools, if you need the general cut-off mark but fail to meet the departmental cut-off mark for the course you chose, you will be moved to another course that your score meets its cut-off mark. The course you will be moved to is usually related to the one you first applied for.

For instance, if you apply for Medicine in a school and do not meet the required cut-off mark, you may be considered for admission into Microbiology provided you meet the cut-off mark for the course.

However, many schools have different departmental cut-off marks for Admission by MERIT, Admission by Catchment area, and admission by Educationally less developed States. The departmental cut-off marks for MERIT admission is usually higher than the rest.

So in conclusion, the general cutoff mark of a school is the minimum score you are required to have before seeking admission in that school while the departmental cut-off mark of a school is the minimum score you need to be considered for admission into a course of study.

I believe with the above explanation, you have clearly understood the difference between the general cut-off mark and the departmental cut-off mark.

JAYESIMI ADENIYI
He is the founder of Climax Educational Center. A brilliant tutor and educational consultant who is concerned about helping students get the right information and that at the right time. He is as well focused on impacting students lives and helping them thread the right path of the success to their educational lives.

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