Compulsory Novels to Read for JAMB UTME General Paper

 novels to read for JAMB UTME

We are pleased to announce to all candidates of the 2024 JAMB UTME and Direct Entry that the board has disclosed the official novel for the examinations.

In keeping with tradition, JAMB enriches the English Section each year with a new novel to assess the candidates’ comprehension skills.

This year’s examinations will continue in this vein.

Novels to Read for JAMB UTME

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has consistently incorporated questions from mandatory novels into the general paper section of their examinations.

It is imperative for all candidates to acknowledge that the study of the prescribed novel is an obligatory part of the examination process, regardless of their chosen field of study.

For the 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), JAMB has designated “The Life Changer” by Khadija Abubakar Jali as the required reading material.

Please note that JAMB may retain a novel as part of its curriculum for two to three years before implementing a change. “The Life Changer” has been selected for the 2024/2025 academic session.

Candidates are required to procure the novel at the standard fee of Five Hundred Naira (₦500).

Previous Novels Used by JAMB

  • “Sweet Sixteen” written by Bolaji Abdullahi (2018, 2019, 2020)
  • “The Last Days at Forcados High School” Author A.I.I Mohammed (2016)
  • “Independence” written by Sarah Ladipo Manyika (2017)

Summary of the Novel to Read for JAMB

Ummi recognizes her son’s ignorance and tries to educate him on how admission to a university can be a life changer. Ummi explains to her kids how her admission affected her.

Ummi was admitted to the university twenty years ago, and even before she began registering, she married her spouse.

Ummi talks to them about how careless and liberated university students are, how it might be difficult to discern lecturers from students when they are dressed so scantily, and how some colleges have dress standards that must be followed.

Ummi describes her encounter with Salma, a sophisticated young woman.
Salma arrives for registration much later than the rest of the group, but she is angry about the delay.

About the Author

Khadija Abubakar Jalli holds a B.Sc (Ed) Mathematics degree. She is an entrepreneur and CEO of She’s Boutique Afrique. Khadija Abubakar Jalli is married with children.

The Life Changer is Khadija Abubakar Jalli’s first publication. She seems to be saying that the female voice is making a mark on the railing of the African literary scene.


Many candidates neglect the JAMB compulsory novel during their preparation. If you are yet to read the JAMB official novel, look for a copy and start reading it now.

Share with your friends who are unaware of the important novels to read for JAMB UTME.

We at RealMina wish you success in your exams.

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