Candidates are required to enter and sit for a minimum of eight (8) and a maximum of nine (9) subjects.
These must include the following :
- (i) English Language
- (ii) Mathematics
- (iii) At least one Nigerian Language (see footnote)
- (iv) At least one of Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
- (v) At least one of Literature-in-English, History and Geography.
- (vi) Agricultural Science or at least one vocational subject.
These are the core subjects.
In addition to the above, every student must offer any three of the underlisted subjects not already offered as core subjects:
Biology, Economics, Physics, Book-Keeping, Chemistry, Typewriting, Further Mathematics, Shorthand, Commerce, History, Geography, Literature-in-English, Agricultural Science, Woodwork, Health Science, Auto-Mechanics, Building Construction, Music, Clothing and Textiles, Art, Christian Religious Knowledge, French, Islamic Studies, Physical Education, Arabic Studies, Government, Metal Work, Applied Electricity, Electronics, Foods and Nutrition, Technical Drawing Home Management.
NOTE: The Federal Ministry of Education has given a waiver
in respect of Nigerian Languages during the 2003 examination. This implies that candidates' entries are valid with or without a Nigerian language for the period of the waiver