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BOARD (J.A.B.)CAREER/DEGREE
CHOICES
JOINT ADMISSIONS BOARD
► An
association of the Senates of the public
universities that convenes every year to
select K.C.S.E. candidates to courses offered
in the public universities.
► SENATE – The highest organ within a
university vested with the responsibility of
making policy on all academic matters
including the admission criteria for each
degree programme.
K.C.S.E SUBJECT GROUPING
A CANDIDATE MUST SIT AT LEAST SEVEN (7) SUBJECTS
abb.
ENG
GROUP I
KIS
MAT A/B
GROUPII
GROUP III
BIO
PHY
CHE
GSC
HAG
GEG
CRE
IRE
HRE
subject
ENGLISH
KISWAHILI ALL HEARIN ST.
MATHEMATICS A/B
COMPULSORY (3)
BIOLOGY
PHYSICS
AT LEAST TWO (2)
CHEMISTRY
GENERAL SCIENCE
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GEOGRAPHY
CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
AT LEAST ONE (1)
ISLAMIC RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
HINDU RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
SUBJECT GROUPING
GROUP IV
GROUP V
HSC
ARD
AGR
AVT
CMP
HOMESCIENCE
ART & DESIGN
AGRICULTURE
AVIATION TECHNOLOGY
COMPUTER STUDIES
FRE
GER
ARB
KSL
MUS
BST
FRENCH
GERMAN
ARABIC
KENYAN SIGN LANGUAGE
MUSIC
BUSINESS STUDIES
CANDIDATES SELECT THE 7TH SUBJECT FROM THE REMAINING SUBJECTS IN
GROUPS II, III, IV OR V
CANDIDATES CAN SIT FOR A MAXIMUM 9 SUBJECTS AND THE EXTRA ONE OR
TWO SUBJECTS CAN BE SELECTED FROM THE REMAINING SUBJECTS IN
GROUPS II, III, IV OR V
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Admission Criteria
► Merit
/Academic performance
► Citizenship
► Affirmative Action
►Gender
►Socio-economic
►Challenged
Candidates
DEGREE GROUPINGS
Business & Commerce
Building & Construction Sciences
Engineering
Computing and Information Sciences
Medical Studies
Biological Sciences
Law
Education
Agricultural Sciences
Journalism & Media Studies
Hospitality & Tourism Management
Environmental Sciences
Humanities and Social Sciences
Physical Sciences
Natural Resources Management
Mathematical Sciences
Home Economics
Food Science & Technology
CLUSTER REQUIREMENTS
► EACH
DEGREE COURSE IS SELECTED
WITH REGARD TO FOUR (4) SUBJECTS
KNOWN AS CLUSTERS WHICH
COMPILES SUBJECTS DONE AT K.C.S.E
Business & Commerce
►Accounting
►Finance
►Actuarial
Science
►Economics
►Marketing
►Insurance
►Business Administration/Management
►Human Resources Management
►Office Management
►Purchasing and Business logistics
►Advertising
Essential Subjects
Mathematics A/Any science
English/Kiswahili
Any Humanities
Any science/ Business Studies/Foreign
Subjects/HSC/ARD/AGR/AVT/CMP
BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SCIENCES
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Architectural Studies
Architecture
Construction Management
Landscape Architecture
Ornamental Science & Landscaping
Quantity Surveying
Building Economics
Land Economics
Design
Design and Interior Design
Planning
Urban & Regional Planning
Essential Subjects
Math A
Physics
Any Humanities
Business Studies/Foreign Languages
/HSC/ARD/AGR/AVT/CMP/MUS
Engineering
Agriculture Engineering
Civil Engineering
Electrical
Mechanical
Electrical & Electronic
Production Engineering
Electrical and Communication
Engineering
► Chemical and Processing
► Engineering
► Civil and Structural Engineering
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Manufacturing Eng
Energy Eng
Mechatronics Eng
Geomatics Eng
Telecommunication &
Information Eng
Textile Eng
Water & Environment Eng.
Mining & Mineral Processing Eng
Instrumentation & Control Eng
Essential Subjects
Mathematics A
Physics
Chemistry
Biology/Any Humanities /BST/Foreign
Languages /HSC/ARD/AGR/AVT/CMP/MUS
Computing and Information Sciences
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Computer Science
Computer Science and Technology
Computer Technology
Information Technology
Information Sciences
Computer Engineering
Electronics & Computer Engineering
Software Engineering
Essential Subjects
Mathematics A
Physics
2nd group II or group III
Group II/Any Humanities /BST/Foreign Languages
/HSC/ARD/AGR/AVT/CMP/MUS
Medical Studies
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Medicine & Surgery
Pharmacy
Nursing
Nursing & Public Health
Environmental Health
Dentistry Surgery
Biochemistry
Essential Subjects
Biology
Chemistry
Physics or Mathematics A
English/Kiswahili/Any Humanity/ /BST/Foreign Languages
/HSC/ARD/AGR/AVT/CMP/MUS
BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
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Biochemistry
Biotechnology
Microbiology
Biomedical
Technology
Biomedical Science &
Technology
Medical Laboratory
Science
► Biology
► Veterinary Medicine
► Botany
► Zoology
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Essential Subjects
Biology
Chemistry
Physics or Mathematics A
Any Humanity/ /BST/Foreign Languages
/HSC/ARD/AGR/AVT/CMP/MUS
Bachelor of Laws
Essential subjects
English
Math A/Math B / Any Sciences
Any Humanity
Kiswahili/ BST/Foreign Languages
/HSC/ARD/AGR/AVT/CMP/MUS
Bachelor of Education
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Arts
Science
Music
French/German
Fine Art
Guidance & Counselling
Special Education
Early Childhood
Early Childhood & Primary Education
Home science
Music
Essential Subjects
English or Kiswahili
Math A/Math B or Science
Humanities
BST/FRE/GER/ARB /HSC/ARD/AGR/AVT/CMP/MUS
Agricultural Sciences
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Agriculture
Agricultural Bio-systems &
Management
Horticulture
Animal Science/ Production
Agricultural Biotechnology
Agricultural
Education/Extension
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Agribusiness Management
Agricultural
Economics/Resource
management
Seed Science & Technology
Soils & Land Use mgnt
Crop Protection &
Improvement
Essential Subjects
Biology
Chemistry/PHY
Math A
3rd group II/Any Humanity/ /BST/Foreign Languages
/HSC/ARD/AGR/AVT/CMP/MUS
Mass Communication
► Journalism
& Media Studies
► Journalism & Mass Communication
► Communication & Media Technology
► Communication
► Communication & Community Development
► Communication & Public Relations
► Performing Arts - Music & theatre studies
► Creative Arts - Theatre Arts
► Music
Essential Subjects
English or Kiswahili
Math A/Math B or Science
Humanities
BST/FRE/GER/ARB /HSC/ARD/AGR/AVT/CMP/MUS
HOSPITALITY & TOURISM MANAGEMENT
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Hotels & Hospitality Management
Hospitality & Tourism Management
Travel & Tour Operations Management
Tourism Management
Ecotourism, Hotel & Institution Management
Recreation & Leisure Management
Sport Technology/ Sports Science
Essential Subjects
English or Kiswahili
Math A/Math B
Any group I or Any group II
BST/FRE/GER/ARB
/HSC/ARD/AGR/AVT/CMP/MUS
Environmental Sciences
Environmental Engineering
Environmental Studies/Sciences
► Environmental Education
► Environmental Planning & Management
► Environmental Resources Conservation
► Environmental Health
► Disaster Preparedness & Management
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Essential Subjects
Biology
Chemistry
Physics or Math A or Geography
English or Kiswahili/Any Humanity/ /BST/Foreign
Languages /HSC/ARD/AGR/AVT/CMP/MUS
Humanities and Social Sciences
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Anthropology
Anthropology and Human
Ecology
Archaeology
Cultural Studies
Foreign Languages
Linguistics/English/Literatu
re
Philosophy
Political Science
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Public Administration
History & Political Science
Religion
Sociology/Social work
Geography
Psychology
International Relations
Criminology
Gender Studies
Essential Subjects
English or Kiswahili
Math A/Math B or Science
Humanities
BST/FRE/GER/ARB /HSC/ARD/AGR/AVT/CMP/MUS
Physical Sciences
► Geology
► Atmospheric Science
► Earth Science
► Meteorology
► Physics
► Chemistry
► Analytical Chemistry
► Industrial chemistry
Essential Subjects
Math A
Physics
Chemistry
Biology/Any Humanities /BST/Foreign Languages
/HSC/ARD/AGR/AVT/CMP/MUS
NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
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Forestry and Wood Science
Forestry
Wood Science and Technology
Wildlife conservation and management
Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences
Range Management
Wildlife & Fisheries Management
Wildlife & Tourism Management
► Wildlife & Wetlands Management & Conservation
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Essential Subjects
Biology
Chemistry
Physics or Math A or Geography
English or Kiswahili/Any Humanity/ /BST/Foreign Languages
/HSC/ARD/AGR/AVT/CMP/MUS
Mathematical Sciences
► Statistics
► Applied
Statistics
► Mathematics
Essential Subjects
Math A
Physics
Any Science/ Any Humanities
BST/ Foreign Languages /HSC/ARD/AGR/AVT/CMP/MUS
Home Economics
► Clothing,
Textile & Interior Design
► Apparel and Fashion Technology
► Fashion & Marketing
Essential Subjects
Chemistry
Math A/Physics
Biology/ Home Science
Eng/ Kisw /Any Humanities //BST/ Foreign Languages
/HSC/ARD/AGR/AVT/CMP/MUS
FOOD SCIENCES
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Food Science & Technology
Food Science & Post harvest Technology
Food Science & Nutrition
Food Service Technology
Food, Nutrition & Dietetics
Dairy and Food Technology
Essential Subjects
Biology
Chemistry
Physics or Math A or Geography
English or Kiswahili/Any Humanity/
/BST/Foreign Languages
/HSC/ARD/AGR/AVT/CMP/MUS
K.C.S.E GRADING SYSTEM
A
AB+
B
BC+
C
CD+
D
DE
12
11
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
GRADING (AGGREGATE)
►A
► A► B+
►B
► B► C+
►C
► C► D+
►D
► D►E
81- 84
74- 80
67- 73
60- 66
53- 59
46- 52
39- 45
38- 32
31- 25
24- 18
17- 11
7- 10
STUDENT EXAMPLE
SUBJECT
GRADE
MATHS
A-
ENGLISH
B
KISWAHILI
A-
BIOLOGY
B
PHYSICS
B-
CHEMISTRY
B
HISTORY
B+
BUSINESS STUDIES
A-
AGGREGATE POINTS
70
CALCULATION OF CLUSTER POINTS(NO.9)
SUBJECT
GRADE
GRADING
MATH
A-
11
PHY
B-
8
CHEM
B
9
BST
A-
11
39
RAW CLUSTER POINTS
CALCULATION
RAW CLUSTER
B
A
S
I
C
A
G
G
R
E
G
A
T
E
P
O
I
N
T
OF
WEIGHTED
CLUSTER
POINTS
P O I N T S --------------------->
84
83
82
81
48
47
46
45
44
43
42
41
40
39
38
37
36
35
34
-- ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- ---------|
48.0
47.5
47.0
46.5
46.0
45.4
44.9
44.4
43.8
43.3
42.7
42.1
41.6
41.0
40.4
|
47.7
47.2
46.7
46.2
45.7
45.2
44.6
44.1
43.6
43.0
42.5
41.9
41.3
40.7
40.2
|
47.4
46.9
46.4
45.9
45.4
44.9
44.4
43.8
43.3
42.7
42.2
41.6
41.1
40.5
39.9
|
47.1
46.6
46.1
45.6
45.1
44.6
44.1
43.6
43.0
42.5
41.9
41.4
40.8
40.2
39.7
A-
80
79
78
77
76
75
74
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46.8
46.5
46.3
46.0
45.7
45.4
45.1
46.4
46.1
45.8
45.5
45.2
44.9
44.6
45.9
45.6
45.3
45.0
44.7
44.4
44.1
45.4
45.1
44.8
44.5
44.2
43.9
43.6
44.8
44.6
44.3
44.0
43.7
43.4
43.1
44.3
44.1
43.8
43.5
43.2
42.9
42.6
43.8
43.5
43.3
43.0
42.7
42.4
42.1
43.3
43.0
42.7
42.5
42.2
41.9
41.6
42.8
42.5
42.2
42.0
41.7
41.4
41.1
42.2
42.0
41.7
41.4
41.2
40.9
40.6
41.7
41.4
41.2
40.9
40.6
40.4
40.1
41.1
40.9
40.6
40.3
40.1
39.8
39.6
40.6
40.3
40.1
39.8
39.5
39.3
39.0
40.0
39.7
39.5
39.2
39.0
38.7
38.5
39.4
39.2
38.9
38.7
38.4
38.2
37.9
B+
73
72
71
70
69
68
67
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44.7
44.4
44.1
43.8
43.5
43.2
42.9
44.3
44.0
43.7
43.4
43.0
42.7
42.4
43.8
43.5
43.2
42.9
42.6
42.3
42.0
43.3
43.0
42.7
42.4
42.1
41.8
41.5
42.8
42.5
42.3
42.0
41.7
41.3
41.0
42.4
42.1
41.8
41.5
41.2
40.9
40.6
41.9
41.6
41.3
41.0
40.7
40.4
40.1
41.4
41.1
40.8
40.5
40.2
39.9
39.6
40.8
40.6
40.3
40.0
39.7
39.4
39.1
40.3
40.1
39.8
39.5
39.2
38.9
38.6
39.8
39.5
39.3
39.0
38.7
38.4
38.1
39.3
39.0
38.7
38.5
38.2
37.9
37.6
38.8
38.5
38.2
37.9
37.7
37.4
37.1
38.2
37.9
37.7
37.4
37.1
36.9
36.6
37.7
37.4
37.1
36.9
36.6
36.3
36.1
66
65
64
63
62
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42.5
42.2
41.9
41.6
41.2
42.1
41.8
41.5
41.1
40.8
41.7
41.3
41.0
40.7
40.4
41.2
40.9
40.6
40.2
39.9
40.7
40.4
40.1
39.8
39.5
40.3
40.0
39.7
39.3
39.0
39.8
39.5
39.2
38.9
38.6
39.3
39.0
38.7
38.4
38.1
38.8
38.5
38.2
37.9
37.6
38.4
38.1
37.8
37.5
37.2
37.9
37.6
37.3
37.0
36.7
37.4
37.1
36.8
36.5
36.2
36.8
36.6
36.3
36.0
35.7
36.3
36.1
35.8
35.5
35.2
35.8
35.5
35.3
35.0
34.7
A
B
THE NEW FORMULA
w
r
m
api
spi
Weighted cluster point
Raw cluster performance index of the relevant
subjects per cluster. This is a sum of the performance
index for all the relevant subjects for the student.
Maximum performance index of the relevant subjects
per cluster for all students. This is a sum of the
maximum performance index for all the relevant
subjects.
Aggregate performance index. This is a summation of
the performance index of the 7 required subjects for
the student.
Maximum performance index. This is a summation of
the maximum possible performance index of the 7
required subjects.
EXAMPLE FOR CLUSTER NO.9
Subject
Code
Subject
Abrev
Subject
Group
Grade
Points
Subject
Max
Computing the Aggregate
Ratio
PI
Subject PI
PIs
Aggregate PI
Cluster Subject PI
Max
Cluster Max Subject
Subject PI
PI
PI
565
BST
5
11
12.67
14.72
0.861 12.67
14.72
12.67
14.72
121
MAT A
1
11
12.9
15.05
0.857 12.9
15.05
12.9
15.05
102
KIS
1
11
13.19
15.63
0.844 13.19
15.63
311
HAG
3
10
11.36
15
0.757 11.36
15
233
CHE
2
9
10.59
15.67
0.676 10.59
15.67
10.59
15.67
231
BIO
2
9
10.41
15.76
0.661 10.41
15.76
101
ENG
1
9
10.22
15.59
0.656 10.22
15.59
232
PHY
2
8
8.79
15.07
0.583
8.79
15.07
api = 81.34
spi = 107.42r = 44.95m = 60.51
Cluster Weight
Formula
r = 44.95
m = 60.51
w = 36
Calculation for Cluster 9
api = 81.34
spi = 107.42
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