In a data published by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Oyo, Osun and Ogun lead top ten states with the highest number of candidates in the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.
Applicants from the three states are 227,706 out of 1,351,215 applicants that sat for Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination this year.
Oyo State had the most candidates with 82,521; Osun follows with 74,214; and Ogun occupies third place with 70,971. This amount to 16% of the candidates.
Imo state occupied fourth place with 66,348 applicants while Delta, 64,104; Kogi, 60,115; Kaduna, 58,122; Benue, 55,617; and Ondo, 54,026 followed accordingly.
Behind these states are Edo, which had 52,514 applicants; Kano, 52,514; Kwara, 51,787; Enugu, 48,268; and Akwa Ibom, 42,783.
The data also revealed that there is no state from the North-east region among the first 15 states on the chart.
Other states with the least candidates are Taraba, 15,626; Adamawa, 18,956; Niger, 19,734; Gombe, 20,907; Ebonyi, 21,009; and Bauchi, 22,544.
States at the bottom of the chart are: Zamfara, 6,545; FCT, 7,020; Sokoto, 10,302; Yobe, 11,946; and Jigawa, 13,784.
While Oyo, Osun and Ogun states had a total of 227,706 registered candidates, the ten states at the bottom of the chart had a total of 218,622 candidates.
Four out of top ten states with the highest applications in this year’s JAMB are in the South-west region. Ekiti and Lagos, the two other states in the region, ranked 17th and 20th on the chart respectively.
Likewise, Delta is the only South-south state among the top ten . The state had 64,104 JAMB applications. Edo is eleventh on the ranking, while Akwa Ibom and Rivers occupied 15th and 19th position respectively. Cross River ranked 24th with 23,812 applicants, while Bayelsa placed 31st.
In the North-central region, Kogi ranked in 6th position and had the highest number of candidates from the region. Benue take 8th position; Kwara, occupied 13th with 51,787; while Nasarawa, 21st and Niger, 28th on the log.
For the South-east, Imo and Anambra were among the top ten states, while Enugu and Abia ranked 14th and 18th on the log respectively.
Meanwhile, in the least ten categories, there are four states from the North-west; the region with the highest number of out of school children.