Compulsory Novels to Read for JAMB UTME General Paper

This post informs all candidates for the 2024 JAMB UTME that the board has released the official novel for Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry.

JAMB traditionally spices up it’s English Section with new novels to test candidates’ comprehension abilities, and this year will not be any different.

 novels to read for JAMB UTME

Novels to Read for JAMB UTME

Since the introduction of novels by JAMB, questions have always been set from the compulsory novels in the general paper section.

Irrespective of your choice of study, candidates should understand that this novel is compulsory.

The recommended novel for all candidates in the 2024 JAMB UTME is. “The Life Changer” by Khadija Abubakar Jali.

JAMB sometimes uses a novel 2 or 3 times before changing, and Life Changer has been introduced for the 2024/2025 academic session

Candidates are to pay the usual amount of Five Hundred Naira to purchase the Novel.

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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