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JAMB 2021 Recommended Novel to Read for JAMB Use of English

Filed in Exam, Jamb News by on May 19, 2021



The 2021 Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB recommended novel to be read for the board’s UTME Use of English Test has been announced. In this post, you will see the 2021 JAMB compulsory novel and other details. Take your time and read through the informations carefully.

JAMB 2021 Recommended Novel

This information is especially for all candidates preparing for the 2021 Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

JAMB has released the recommended novel to be read by all candidates that will participate in the 2021 exam. Read a bit about the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) before you see its recommended novel for 2021.

About Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board

The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) is a Nigerian entrance examination board for tertiary-level institutions. 

The board conducts the entrance Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination for prospective undergraduates into Nigerian universities.

The board is also charged with the responsibility to administer similar examinations for applicants to Nigerian public and private monotechnics, polytechnics, and colleges of educations.

All of these candidates must have obtained the West Africa School Certificate, now West African Examinations Council, WAEC, or its equivalent, National Examination Council (Nigeria), NECO.

JAMB’s Mandate

The legal instrument establishing the Board was promulgated by the Act (No. 2 of 1978) of the Federal Military Government on 13th February 1978. By August 1988, the Federal Executive Council amended Decree No. 2 of 1978.

The amendments have since been codified into Decree No. 33 of 1989, which took effect from 7th December 1989. Decree No. 2 of 1978 (amended by Decree No. 33 of 1989) empowered the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board to:

(a) Conduct Matriculation Examination for entry into all Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education (by whatever name called) in Nigeria

(b) Appoint Examiners, Moderators, Invigilators, members of the Subject Panels and committees and other persons with respect to matriculation examinations and any other matters incidental thereto or connected therewith.

(c) Place suitably qualified candidates in the tertiary institutions after having taken into account:

  • The vacancies available in each tertiary institution
  • The guidelines approved for each tertiary institution by its proprietors or other competent authorities
  • The preference expressed or otherwise indicated by the candidates for certain tertiary institutions and courses
  • And other matters as the Board may be directed by the Honorable Minister to consider or the Board itself may consider appropriate in the circumstances.

(d) Collate and disseminate information on all matters relating to admissions into tertiary institutions or any other matter relevant to the discharge of functions of the board.

(e) Carry out other activities as are necessary or expedient for the full discharge of all or any of the functions conferred on it under or pursuant to this Decree.

JAMB Recommended Novel 2021

JAMB Recommended Novel 2021

The novel recommended to be read by all the candidates participating in the 2021 JAMB UTME irrespective of their course of study is:¬†“The Life Changer” by Khadija Abubakar Jalli.

Since JAMB introduced the use of novels in the Use of English exams, questions have been set from the compulsory novels. You may be asking, how many questions do they set from the recommended novels?

This means that you basically want to know what JAMB Novel you will require summary questions and answers for practice purposes.

Usually, 15 to 35 questions from the compulsory novel (s) are set each year. To be truthful with you, they should really be bonus marks for you as an aspirant.

It should boost your JAMB score and increase your chances of gaining entrance into your school of choice for the academic year.

NOTE: The book will be sold at an additional cost of N500.00 (five hundred naira).

Which Novel is JAMB Using for the 2021 Exam?

JAMB has stated in their instructions that candidates will be tested on any of this novel in JAMB Use of English. Meaning that JAMB may decide to pick any novel as the recommended compulsory novel for 2021. Including the ones used last year.

The use of English is compulsory for all candidates, irrespective of your course or subject combination.

Well, it is important to be abreast with the JAMB Novel of the immediate past year. JAMB is known to repeat novels after three years but this year, it changed the novel to¬†“The Life Changer” by Khadija Abubakar Jalli¬†for 2021/2022 Use of English Examination.

As I said, Jamb uses Novel two or three times before thinking of Introducing a new one. The Life Changer has been introduced this 2021 for the Use of English exams.

A number of questions will come out from the novel. Trust me, The Life Changer will carry a whole lot of marks. You won’t be happy with yourself failing questions because of your refusal to put the novel into consideration.

Erstwhile JAMB Compulsory Novels

Below are the Past Compulsory Novels that JAMB has been using and the particular year each of them was used.

  • ‚ÄúSweet Sixteen‚ÄĚ written by Bolaji Abdullahi (used in 2018, 2019, 2020)
  • ‚ÄúThe last Days at Forcados High School written by A.I.I Mohammed (Used from starting till 2016)
  • ‚ÄúIndependence‚ÄĚ written by Sarah Ladipo Manyika (used in 2017)

Brief Summary of JAMB Recommended Novel

Brief Summary of JAMB Recommended Novel

A family of six awaits the arrival of Mr Esquire. While they wait, Bint gives an account of her classroom encounter with her intrusive Social studies teacher, Mallam Salihu, who is known to act as though he knew a bit more about every subject as he will often ask questions outside the subject of discussion.

Bint narrates how she genuinely handled a similar occurrence leaving the teacher dumbfounded by the cheering and laugher of other pupils.

Ummi is seamlessly proud of her daughter, particularly, Bint’s intelligent approach to issues and she joins in the discussion right before Omar joyfully announces his admission to study law at the Ahmadu Bello University.

As the family gather to celebrate Omar’s success, Omar boasts of his achievement and takes pride in solely overcoming examination challenges and several other entry procedures while seeking admission.

More Summary

Ummi recognises her son’s naivety and tries to enlighten him about the life-changing capability of university admission. Ummi tells her children how her admission changed her.

Twenty years ago, Ummi gains admission into the university and gets married to her husband even before she starts her registration.

Ummi tells them about the freedom and the carefree life of students in the university, the difficulty in distinguishing between teachers and students with female dressing almost naked and how some faculties are required to be on dress codes. Ummi further discloses her experience with Salma, a sophisticated young lady.

Salma goes for her registration much later than everyone else but expresses discomfort and irritation about the delay in the registration process.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Answers

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Answers

1. Does JAMB write novels?

Ans = No! JAMB from time to time picks novels by Nigerian authors to test their English candidates.

2. Which novel will JAMB be using for the 2021 examination?

Ans = The examination body has earlier announced¬†“The Life Changer” by Khadija Abubakar Jalli.

3. Is the novel announced by JAMB compulsory?

Ans = Yes it is! You will have to pay for it when you register and it will be given to you. JAMB will set at least 15 questions from it.

4. Where to get the 2021 JAMB Novel in PDF?

Ans = You can get it at the approved CBT Center where they carry out their JAMB registration.

You can get updated information at the right time about JAMB novels. To qualify for this, kindly give us your phone number and email address in the comment box below.

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    1. Emma says:

      is “In dependence” the only recommended novel for literature in english ths year?

    2. Joy Emmanuel says:

      Nice one…08169754108

    3. inyene ud says:

      Pls can u help me send d novel my email thanks

    4. olubrite says:

      I’m in need of updates for jamb 2018.

    5. Wipi Tejiri says:

      Hw can I get d recommended novel 2017.08068949986

    6. Mohammed Ismaila says:

      The summery of the novel for 2017/2018 utme

    7. muhammad says:

      and its bolky

    8. muhammad says:

      it actually not fer to us that don`t offer ltrtr in english cus we are not use to reading novels

    9. fidelis says:


    10. Goodnews says:

      pls I want to kn all sch poly cut off mark

    11. Isa Mohammed says:

      I register for JAMB 2017 but they don’t give me novel how can I get it by now?

    12. Boniface Rita says:


    13. adeola says:

      “in dependent” i cnt get the summary of it on net pls were can i get it if possible tell me de website were i cn read from thanks

    14. Enobong Akpan Udoakaha says:

      how to read the novel online

    15. UYANGA says:


    16. wen would the exam commence

    17. chukwudi says:

      Pls go to where u registered and complian to them their will give

    18. oche fidelis says:

      Please where can I can get the novel?

    19. Tonia says:

      Good day all… I am Tonia from Ibadan. I have been writing jamb for the past three years, and I have not be getting the cut off mark required. Until I saw in the internet one Mr Abdul post who really helped me to upgrade my result from 120 to 299. Call him for your own upgrade on 09039573616.

    20. Cynthia Augustine says:

      Pls I really need to know literature texts am supposed to read for the exam

    21. usman says:


    22. kayode says:

      I need a full lecture on literature jamb 2017.

    23. kayode says:

      I need the list of literature novels recommended for Jamb 2017.

    24. kayode says:

      I need the list of recommended novels for literature.

    25. Tersa says:

      Pls can I get the novel “in Dependence” at any bookshop?

    26. uchechukwu says:

      Please I need to be updated

    27. Ibrahim says:

      When is its coming up

    28. Nashak says:

      For jamb recommended novel and poetry prose add me u on [email protected]

    29. jane says:

      list of recommended novel for literature

    30. Ayomide says:

      Just want to know the recommended books for Economics and government alone

    31. Peter says:

      pls, what are 2017 prescribed novel/play for literature(jamb)

    32. ijebor ofure says:

      recommended novel for literature in English 2017 09038039636

    33. I want to know the recommended novels for use of lit-in English for 2017

    34. Hassan says:

      I need the necessary novel and list of question that might likely to come out plsss oo

    35. ajayi taiwo says:

      have registered jamb but they didn’t give novel at all,pls how am I going to get it

    36. ABUBAKAR BOBBOJI says:


    37. Abdulganiyu Alabi says:

      I have being writting jamb and scoring above 200.In the year 2011 I got 218 marks In the year 2016 I got 239.I pray that almight Allah to make it easier for me this year to score above the recent marks and pray that it would be usefull for me this year as am now applying for a course that doesn’t require chemistry at O level result.O Allah help us, Ameen!

    38. Basheer Journalist Sharfadi says:

      Tnx u a lot

    39. Zenia says:

      Name of the novel for the year 2017

    40. zuerat says:

      Names of the novels

    41. john becky says:

      How can I get the recommended novel for the jamb 2017 09063112524

    42. jane says:

      Names of d novels

    43. japhet Sunday says:

      What is the syllabus for Jamb literature this year and give me the names of all the play and novels and poems

    44. Damilola Oke says:

      This is good. Kinly send the recommended novel for JAMB 2017.

    45. Damilola Oke says:

      Please furnish me with the recommended novel JAMB 2017. This is my phone number : 08093734668.

    46. Damilola Oke says:

      Please furnish me with the recommended novel JAMB 2017. This is my phone number : 08093734668.And my email : [email protected].

    47. Evelyn says:

      Pls i want more info on the novels that are recommended for the English test, I just have one. “In dependance”

    48. omolewa semilore says:


    49. shedrack dalyop says:


    50. victor says:

      when will the jamb commence nd also i need the summary of the novel.

    51. shie norbert says:

      reccomended text for use of english 2017 jamb examinations

    52. ugochinyere Onyinyechi says:

      Is this the only novel for this year jamb?

    53. timothy says:

      pls send d novel name for me 08141379665 [email protected]

    54. salome says:

      please send the novels names for me 08062119516

    55. Thankz 08138086861

    56. Godgift usoh says:

      [email protected]

    57. Adebowale Oluwaseyi Ayomide says:

      [email protected]

    58. Adebowale Oluwaseyi Ayomide says:


    59. Scotty Q Nweze says:

      is it necessary to read old days at fucardos high school?

    60. esther says:

      i need novels 4 dis year jamb to be send to me

    61. Moses says:

      Is D book available in books shop?

    62. Amaechi Ugochukwu Jokin says:

      07010227451 [email protected]

    63. Ola says:

      pls send all the recommended novels to me for 2017 jamb.Thankd

    64. Hodi Abubakar says:

      Please Help Me I Have My Payment Of Id What Should I Do Nw

    65. ani Ugochukwu says:

      please I need literature syllables

    66. temi says:

      need news concerning 2017 jamb

    67. sydney says:

      I need all time news concerning jamb

    68. pls what are the recommended novels for this year jamb.

    69. Fadipe Grace says:

      Pls message me

    70. Endurance says:

      please can you post the soft copy of the novel to my mail

    71. Iorumbur desmond says:

      I need more updates

    72. Mhiz Jhee says:

      plz…wen will d exam commence plz…i really need to knw

    73. Rebecca says:

      Need Jamb recommended book for 2017

    74. Taiwo Olaoluwa Usman says:

      thank u

    75. sodeeq says:

      may allah help us

    76. Yung George says:

      Thanks for all your information. Can we also get university news updates?

    77. Omoniyi samuel says:

      are u sur it independence nt forcados high skul?

    78. Obinna chinedu says:

      What’s new about jamb?

    79. Obinna chinedu says:

      What is jamb syllabus

    80. samuel ridwan says:

      please what are the 2017 jamb recommended novel to be read

    81. Ammybest says:

      [email protected]

    82. nkechi says:

      please what are the names of novel for this year jamb

    83. Mas'ud Naair says:

      [email protected] 09068430449

    84. Emem Godwin says:


    85. Rechael Sylvenus says:


    86. Xclusive Standard says:

      [email protected]

    87. Xclusive Standard says:

      thanks alot

    88. okafor chisom says:

      Will cyber cafe also register candidate

    89. ezenwa abuchi says:

      08181732135,[email protected]

    90. Rosemary Okoh says:


    91. joseph says:

      08065509538 nice update keep it up

    92. Igwe Samuel says:

      How can I get the recommended novel for jamb 2017?

    93. Agwu emmanuel says:

      Please is this the only novel to be read?

    94. abubakar lawal says:

      is netsob still existing

    95. abubakar lawal says:

      i wnt yu guys to keep me updated.wen d form is out

    96. kenny says:

      Please wen is the exam commencing?

    97. florence chibueze says:

      when will they start

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