A lot of aspirants have been asking questions to find out the states that are among the Ahmadu Bello University Catchment area for admission into the next session.

What does catchment mean in admission? let’s discuss below;

ABU Catchment Area For Admission
ABU Catchment Area

What Is The Meaning Of ABU Catchment Area?

Catchment areas are those states set out by the Federal Government for Federal Universities, that candidates from that state have more chances of gaining admission into the University which they have been specified to be among the catchment state.

Students from the states specified as Catchment states are considered privileged as they have more chances to be offered admission in that school where they are among the Catchment area.

Now that You know what the catchment area is,  what are the catchment area for the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU)? Keep reading Friend!.

ABU Catchment Area

The Catchment Area for the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) are:

  1. Adamawa

  2. Bauchi

  3. Benue

  4. Borno

  5. Gombe

  6. Jigawa

  7. Kaduna

  8. Katsina

  9. Kebbi

  10. Kogi

  11. Kwara

  12. Nasarawa

  13. Niger

  14. Plateau

  15. Taraba

  16. Yobe

  17. Zamfara

  18. Kano

  19. Sokoto

Another set of states which also has more chances of gaining admission are called the Educationally less developed states (ELDS). To see the General ELDS States Click Here.

Let’s assume you know the Ahmadu Bello University Catchment area for admission, let’s now look at the various ELDS state in ABU.

ABU ELDS For Admission

The ELDS Area for the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) are:

  1. Adamawa

  2. Bauchi

  3. Bayelsa

  4. Benue

  5. Borno

  6. Cross River

  7. Ebonyi

  8. Gombe

  9. Jigawa

  10. Kaduna

  11. Kano

  12. Kebbi

  13. Kogi

  14. Katsina

  15. Kwara

  16. Nasarawa

  17. Niger

  18. Plateau

  19. Rivers

  20. Sokoto

  21. Taraba

  22. Yobe

  23. Zamfara

It must however be noted that this does not mean the ABU does not admit students outside the catchment area rather the catchment areas are given special considerations

JAMB admission is defined in areas of merit, catchment areas, and educationally less developed states (ELDS).

Merit 45%, 35% is for catchment area and 20%  to those from educationally less developed states.

The fact is that if a candidate from another state outside the catchment area beats the MERIT cut-off mark of the Ahmadu Bello University for the chosen course, he or she will be admitted regardless of the Catchment Policy.

And if you are from any of the catchment States and you failed to meet the catchment cut-off you will not be admitted into the Ahmadu Bello University.


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