Importance of Biometric in the Conduct of JAMB Exam
Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Registrar Discloses the Importance of Biometric Data Capture in the Conduct of the Boards UTME and Direct Entry (DE) Registration Exercise and Examinations.

In its attempt to get rid of all forms of malpractice in the conduct of its examination, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) introduced the use of Biometric Verification Machine (BVM).

It is a security mechanism used for authentication of candidates’ identification as it provides access to individual's data based on physiological characteristics.

The core value of a biometric verification process lies in its ability to provide extra layers of security and protection against counterfeiting and impersonation.

The increasing threat of identity fraud during the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) before the advent of BVM necessitated its introduction for capturing the biometrics of candidates to counter fraud.

The candidates’ ten fingers are captured during registration and are used as clearance to admit them into the examination hall.

There are different types of biometric solutions, but the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) opted for fingerprint recognition to eliminate all forms of infractions. Biometric security is surely a breakthrough for the Board because fingerprint recognition technology provides a greater degree of security as it is impossible to steal, forget, lose or compromise data already captured.

During registration, the candidates’ ten fingers are captured and are used in the processing and documentation of data for the candidates’ UTME and DE.

The Board decrees that no candidate should be allowed into the examination hall without first being verified to prevent impersonation.

Before the start of the 2023 registration exercise, the Board made it clear that it would not reschedule examination for any candidate whose ten (10) fingers could not be captured on account of biometric challenges.

As such, the Board directed that all candidates who could not be registered at any CBT centre nationwide MUST come to the Board’s headquarters for his/her registration and subsequently the UTME.

The Board has taken this measure to drastically reduce the number of candidates with biometric challenges and find a lasting solution to perennial issue of failure of biometric capturing.

During the 2023 UTME/DE registration, the Board was able to register candidates with biometric difficulties and forwarded them to their Headquarters.

The adoption of biometrics in the conduct of the Board’s examinations is here to stay. At the same time, candidates can be rest assured that their fingerprints will not be used for any purpose other than identification. The benefits are immense and are indispensable to the assessment process.