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JAMB Subject Combination for Accounting

If you are a JAMB candidate and have made up your mind to study Accounting, this post is for you. Of course, it’s not going to be a lengthy one but I promise to give you the salient information you need if you must succeed. So I will be educating you on what the course Accountancy is all about. Thereafter, I will tell you the WAEC and JAMB subject combination for Accounting, as well as give you the brochure for the course in various Nigerian tertiary institutions. I will conclude by sharing the Accounting jobs and career opportunities available for graduates.

jamb subject combination for accounting

One of the biggest challenges that Nigerian secondary school leavers face is making the right choice of a course to study at the tertiary level.

Of course, there are hundreds of courses out there and this fact is the primary reason for the confusion of many. A lot of them want to know what certain courses are all about. They seem to have interest in a number of courses based on what they think they have discovered about themselves. Or maybe because they heard there are many job opportunities and they’d be rich after studying this course or that course.

I’m writing this post for those who have reasons to believe that they ought to study Accounting. I want to tell you what the course is all about, the WAEC and JAMB subject combination for Accounting and the brochure for various institutions. Thereafter, I will show you some of the career opportunities in Accounting.

Hoping that you’d find this very helpful; but just in case you need more clarity on anything, feel free to use the comment section below. I will respond to you as quickly as possible.

What is Accounting?

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JAMB Subject Combination for Accounting

So what’s Accounting all about?

Accounting is the systematic process of recording, analyzing and interpreting all the financial transactions of a business organization.

The accounting personnel of a business organization prepares financial statements such as the income statement, cash flow statement and balance sheet. The aim is to provide the management and other stakeholders with accurate and up-to-date information about the financial performance of the organization.

A business organization that does good accounting can easily make decisions and also ascertain their economic health per time.

Students who desire to study Accounting in tertiary institutions should expect courses structured around accounting, finance, marketing, operations management and so on.

Course Duration for Accounting

Accounting is a four year course for candidates who gain admission via the UTME mode. But those admitted via Direct Entry study it for three years. So the course duration for Accounting varies depending on your mode of entry.

WAEC and JAMB Subject Combination for Accounting

If you desire to study Accounting in a Nigerian tertiary institution, you must understand the importance of entering the right JAMB subject combination during JAMB online registration. This also applies to your O’level subject combination.

Actually, if you fail to choose the correct subject combination for Accounting, you will not be offered admission no matter how well you perform in your UTME. Sadly, this has been one of the reasons why many bright prospective university students lose their much-desired admission.

If you have gone through most of my writings on this website, you will notice that my vision is to guide aspirants properly. Because with proper guidance, you will avoid mistakes and pitfalls in your search for admission.

So let me give you the correct JAMB subject combination for Accounting.

JAMB Subject Combination for Accounting

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JAMB Students Portal

The JAMB subject combination for Accounting is:

  • Use of English,
  • Mathematics,
  • Economics,
  • any other Social Science subject.

Now, let me explain this a little bit.

Test of Use of English is compulsory for all JAMB candidates regardless of their prospective course. Hence, it is already an automatic part of the subjects required for Accounting in JAMB.

But for Accounting aspirants proper, there are two other compulsory subjects. They are Math and Economics. Please make no mistakes about this. If you must be admitted to study Accounting in a Nigerian tertiary institution, you must write Use of English, Mathematics and Economics.

The candidate can select any of the following social sciences subjects as the fourth: Government, Economics, CRS/IRS, Geography and so on.

This means that you can pick any one subject from the list above to complete your UTME subjects. If you are wise, you will select your best out of the list.

Typically for most aspirants, the subjects needed to study Accounting are Use of English, Mathematics, Economics and Government.

Many others still prefer this subject combination for Accounting: Use of English, Mathematics, Economics and CRS/IRS.

Any one of them is OK.

Read Also: JAMB Brochure for Accounting

WAEC Subject Combination for Accounting

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WAEC Students Portal

Now you need to understand that beyond choosing the right JAMB subject combination for Accounting, there are other requirements for admission.

You must also meet the necessary O’level requirements. This means that you must have credited the necessary subjects in your SSCE in order to qualify for admission. Otherwise, you will not be offered admission.

You want to ask what are the subjects needed for accounting in WAEC? In other words, what is the right WAEC subject combination for a secondary school student who wishes to study Accounting?

Below are the nine subjects to include in your SSCE registration for WAEC:

  1. Mathematics
  2. English language
  3. Economics
  4. Accounting
  5. Government
  6. CRS/IRS
  7. Commerce
  8. Literature in English
  9. Nigerian Language

The first five subjects above are your core subjects and you must ensure that you include them. Your core subjects, as an accounting aspirant, are the essential O’level subjects that form the foundation of Accounting.

You must strive to obtain five credits in your core O’level subjects in order to qualify for admission into Accounting.

Note: The WAEC subject combination given above for Accounting is also applicable for all other O’level exams including NECO, NABTEB and so on.

Other Requirements for Studying Accounting in Nigeria

You must realize that there are other important requirements for candidates who wish to study Accounting in a Nigerian tertiary institution.

Sometimes, these other requirements vary with respect to institutions. So you will need to click on the provided link to read other important requirements for admission into Accounting as they have to do with your prospective institution. That is, the institution you have in mind to attend.

This is very important as you will find more answers to the questions you might have concerning Accounting.

Requirements to Study Accounting Through Direct Entry

Beyond the UTME mode, candidates can gain admission to study Accounting through Direct Entry for a duration of 3 years. But candidates who wish to be admitted into Accounting via Direct Entry must have one of the following requirements:

  • IJMB certificate.
  • JUPEB certificate.
  • Two (2) A’ Level Passes including Economics plus UTME requirements.

Ensure that you go through the latest JAMB Brochure to see all the remarks and waivers for Accounting in different Nigerian Universities. Take advantage of the ones that favor you.

List of Nigerian Universities that Offer Accounting

There are many notable private, state and federal universities that offer Accounting in Nigeria. Here is a list of some of them…

  • Abia State University
  • Adekunle Ajasin University
  • Ajayi Crowther University
  • Akwa Ibom State University
  • Al-Hikmah University
  • Bingham University
  • Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, Katsina
  • Federal University, Kashere, Gombe State
  • Lagos State University, Ojo
  • Nasarawa State University Keffi
  • Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife
  • Plateau State University Bokkos
  • River State University of Science and Technology
  • Usumanu Danfodiyo University
  • Osun State University Oshogbo
  • Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka
  • University of Nigeria, Nsukka
  • University of Uyo
  • Adamawa State University, Mubi
  • Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike
  • Covenant University
  • Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University
  • National Open University of Nigeria
  • Plateau State University
  • University of Benin
  • University of Jos
  • Kwara State University
  • University of Maiduguri

If you wish to study Accounting in any of the universities above, you may need to go through the Latest JAMB Brochure on this website to see their specific entry requirements and waivers.

Alright. Let me conclude by helping you with some Accounting jobs so that you will also be aware of the career opportunities available for graduates.

Accounting Jobs

Since no one plans to be jobless after graduation, career opportunities is a critical research to do before choosing a course.

So beyond knowing the JAMB subject combination for Accounting, you also need to know the career opportunities there.

The good news is that there are many career opportunities available to graduates of Accounting. More so, the field is very dynamic and constantly evolving. Hence, there are always new roles and opportunities for graduates to explore.

However, I will give you a list of 7 of the most common career opportunities for graduates of Accounting.

Career Opportunities in Accounting

Job opportunities in accounting are diverse. Actually, accountants can work in any organization in any industry as long as such organization have something to do with money.

The following are some job opportunities for a graduate of Accounting:

  1. Public Accountant
  2. Corporate Accountant
  3. Government Accountant
  4. Forensic Accountant
  5. Management Accountant
  6. Auditor
  7. Tax Accountant
  8. Financial Analyst
  9. Consultant
  10. Academic and Research Role

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is there Accounting in JAMB in Nigeria?

YES, there is Accounting in JAMB but the official name for the subject is Principles of Accounts. However, aspirants of Accounting do not necessarily have to sit for Principles of Accounts in JAMB.

Can I Study Accounting Without Commerce in JAMB?

YES, you can study Accounting without including Commerce in your subject combination for Accounting. However, you must choose a suitable subject like Government instead of Commerce.

Is Government Compulsory for Accounting in JAMB?

NO, Government is not a compulsory subject in JAMB. Therefore, you must not include Government in your JAMB subject combination for Accounting.

Note, however, that virtually all Nigerian tertiary institutions accept Government as a UTME subject for Accounting. So like I said earlier, instead of choosing Commerce as a UTME subject for Accounting, you can choose Government.

Is Maths Compulsory in JAMB for Accounting?

YES, Mathematics is a compulsory subject in JAMB for aspirants of Accounting. They also need to credit Math in their SSCE (either WAEC or NECO). So ensure that you put in the necessary effort to improve your proficiency in Mathematics if you really wish to gain admission to study Accounting.

What are the Main Subject for Accounting?

The main subjects required to study Accounting in JAMB are English, Mathematics and Economics. But since you must register four subjects in JAMB, you can use Government to complete your JAMB subject combination for Accounting.

What are the Compulsory Subjects for Accounting?

The Compulsory Subjects for Accounting in JAMB are English, Math, Economics and any other Social Science subject. Whereas the compulsory subjects for Accounting in WAEC are English Language, Mathematics, Economics, Government, Principles of Accounts and Commerce.

What Subjects are Written in JAMB for Accounting?

The subjects written in JAMB for Accounting are Use of English, Mathematics, Economics and one other social sciences subject.

Conclusion of the Article: “JAMB Subject Combination for Accounting”

In this article, we set out to discuss the JAMB subject combination for Accounting. We did justice to that and still went ahead to arm you with other salient information. Below is a table that summarizes the main points in this post.

Summary of the Requirements for Accounting
9 O Level Subjects to Study Accounting Direct Entry Requirement UTME Requirement Accounting Subject Combination in JAMB
English language
Literature in English
Nigerian Language
IJMB or JUPEB certificate.


Two (2) A’ Level passes including Economics.

Five (5) SSCE credit passes including English Language, Mathematics, Economics and two (2) other relevant subjects. Use of English, Mathematics, Economics and any other Social Science subject.


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