Interim Joint Matriculation Board (IJMB)


The Interim Joint Matriculation Board (IJMB) was set up in 1970, under statue 5 of the Ahmadu Bello University Law, to run the Interim Joint Matriculation Board Examination (IJMBE) as an alternative to ‘A’ Level Examination, for candidates who may wish to seek for undergraduate admission into Ahamdu bello University, Zaria and other Universities.

The programme was envisioned as a stop-gap or bridge AFTER secondary school education, to prepare candidates academically, mentally and socially for the challenges of the university education.

The IJMB examination is based on an approved IJMB syllabus which was produced by harmonizing the contents of the syllabus of the former Higher School Certificate, London GCE, Cambridge A-level examinations and the 100 level curriculum of Nigerian Universities.

The IJMBE is a qualifying examination conducted annually, mainly for Advanced Level(A/L) subjects for admission into 200 Level (Direct Entry) in Nigerian and foreign Universities. Two Ordinary Level (O/L) subjects (English and Mathematics) are also offered as equivalent to WASSCE or NECO O-Level, for candidates who may be deficient in them.


Candidates for the examination are presented through affiliated institutions as explained below:

  • Approved study centres in different locations across the country.
  • Higher institutions of learning (Universities). This option is more preferable as the university teaches according to their standard which makes it easier to be admitted into such institution.

These affiliated institutions are saddled with the responsibility of providing facilities and preparing candidates for the examination under the control of the IJMB Governing Board.


The annual examination has been conducted consistently since the inception of the IJMB under the control of the IJMB Governing Board. The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has from 1978, been the moderating agency of the IJMB Examinations. JAMB moderates the questions and supervises the marking of the scripts through external moderators it recruits from universities throughout the country.


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