The IJMBE is essentially an advance level examination except for only two subjects offered at the Ordinary Level. The standard of the examination at both levels is equal to that of the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) at similar level. Candidate use the result of this examination to seek for admission into 200 levels in the university through IJMB direct entry program.

The interim joint matriculation board was established in 1976 by Interim Common Services Agency (ICSA). ICSA itself was established by the government of the old Northern Region of Nigeria to provide education and social service to the people of the region. The first IJMBE (The Interim Joint Matriculation Board Examination) was held in 1977 for all student who had undergone the IJMB post- secondary program in their existing schools of basic/preliminary studies which had replaced the HSC.

Candidates for this examination are admitted as IJMBE student by the affiliated colleges, either for a year or two years program of studies. The writing of this examination signifies the end of the program. A candidate is required to obtain a minimum of 7/8 out of 15 points to qualify for University admission into 200 level. Candidate are required to have 5 O`level credits (including mathematics and English) before they are admitted into the university, but may not have completely O`level result before joining the programme.

IJMBE offers two subject at O`level (Mathematics and English), which are taken by those who failed to have credit passes in them at SSCE/NECO


  • Candidate shall offer at least three main subject at O`level
  • The overall mark in each subject shall be express in percentage, and may include an element in respect of continuous assessment(CA)
  • For every A ‘level subject registered, each candidate must have a C.A grade which carries 20% of the total scores.
  • All science subject in IJMB Examination, except A`level mathematics, have one practical paper each, which carries substantial percentage of the total scores
  • All social science paper have two papers only, except for economics, which has objective questions as paper III
  • There are three paper to arts subjects (literature in English and Christian Religious Knowledge)
  • The conversation of IJMB Grades are as follows:


  • Registration: ₦5,175
  • Tuition(lectures): ₦55,000
  • Hostel: ₦15,000
  • Exam registration: ₦30,000

Total: ₦105,175