In 1976, Interim Common Services Agency (ICSA) established the Interim Joint Matriculation Board (IJMB). The Interim Joint Matriculation Board (IJMB) was founded by the then government of the old Northern Region of Nigeria to offer educational and social services to the people of the Northern region. The first examination organized by Interim Joint Matriculation Board (IJMB) was conducted in 1977 for all candidates who had undergone the Interim Joint Matriculation Board Examination (IJMBE) post secondary education programme in the existing schools of Basic/Preliminary studies which had substituted the HSCE. The Institute of Education, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria is saddled with the responsibility of administering IJMB Board. Some members of the IJMB board include amongst others representatives of a variety of education institutions such as Joint Admission Matriculation Board(JAMB).
The IJMB programme is formally designed for 12 month. The major objective of this IJMB programme is to reduce problems commonly encountered by candidates seeking admissions into Nigeria Universities instead of the common Joint Admission Matriculation Board, JAMB which was then the only way of getting admission by students. The examination used to be conducted in May every year, while the results is being released after about three months for admission processing.
In 2014, the IJMB programme was rescheduled and the IJMB examination was conducted in February 2014. Henceforth, all subsequent IJMBE was conducted in February every year while the results will be released after three months (May or June). This is done to enable prospective IJMB candidates to obtain a direct entry form from JAMB office and apply to any University of they want. Admission processing begins either in September or October; the prospective IJMB candidates are then short-listed for admission into their choice university. All IJMB Candidates when filling their Direct Entry Form are expected to select any three A/levels subjects related to their preferred course of study in the University. Candidates with deficiency in O’ level can also register for the O’ level examination prior to the IJMBE or Admission period.
On successful completion of the IJMB programme, candidates who have passed the IJMB examination will be given certificates which will be used to gain admission directly into 200 level in any Nigeria University via direct entry(D.E). In recent times, most of the candidates who find it difficult to pass either JAMB or post UME usually engage themselves in IJMB programme and a reasonable number of them do pass and gain admission into 200 levels, this gives them an opportunity to catch up with their colleagues who gained admission through JAMB. It worthy to mention that IJMB programme has the history of providing a good number of people with admissions into 200 levels of Nigerian University through direct entry.
IJMB A/LEVELS MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of IJMB A/LEVELS PROGRAMME is to educate and prepare university seeking admission students in a way to gain admission directly into 200LEVELS WITHOUT JAMB. IJMB is committed to excellence; we help develop different candidates capable of gaining admissions into any higher institutions of learning.