JAMB Principles of Accounts Syllabus

The purpose of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) syllabus in Principles of Accounts is to help the candidates prepare for the Board’s examination. It is designed to evaluate their achievement of the course objectives, which are to:

  1. Stimulate and sustain their interest in Principles of Accounts;
  2. Use the basic knowledge of and practical skills in Accounting;
  3. Apply the knowledge of interpretation of accounting information to decision making;
  4. Determine the relevance of accounting to business and governments;
  5. Use information and communication technology for present and future challenges.

JAMB Principles of Account Syllabus

1. Nature and Significance of Accounting

  1. Development of accounting (including branches of accounting)
  2. Objectives of bookkeeping and accounting;
  3. Principles, concepts and conventions of accounting (nature, significance and application)
  4. Role of accounting records and information

2. Principles of Double Entry

  1. Functions of source documents
  2. Books of original entry
  3. Accounting equation
  4. The ledger and its classifications
  5. Trial balance
  6. Types and treatment of errors and use of suspense account

3. Cash Book

  1. Petty cash book and the imprest system
  2. Columnar cash books
  3. Discounts

4. Bank Transactions and Reconciliation Statements

  1. Instrument of bank transactions
  2. e-banking system
  3. Courses of discrepancies between cash book and bank statement
  4. Bank reconciliation statement

5. The Final Accounts of a Sole Trader

  1. Trading and profit and loss account
  2. Balance sheet
  3. Adjustments:
    1. provision for bad and doubtful debt
    2. provision for discounts
    3. provision for depreciation using the straight line and reducing balance methods
    4. accruals and prepayments
    5. drawings

6. Stock Valuation

  1. Methods of cost determination using FIFO, LIFO, and simple average
  2. The advantages and disadvantages of the methods
  3. The importance of stock valuation

7. Control Accounts and Self-balancing Ledgers

  1. Uses of control accounts
  2. Purchases ledger control account
  3. Sales ledger control account

8. Incomplete Records and Single Entry

  1. Conversion of single entry to double entry
  2. Determination of missing figures
  3. Preparation of final accounts from incomplete records

9. Manufacturing Accounts

  1. Cost classification
  2. Cost apportionment
  3. Preparation of manufacturing account

10. Accounts of Not-For-Profit-Making Organizations.

  1. Objectives of not-for-profit making organizations
  2. Receipts and payments account
  3. Income and expenditure account
  4. Balance sheet

11. Departmental Accounts

  1. Objectives
  2. Apportionment of expenses
  3. Departmental trading and profit and loss account

12. Branch Accounts

  1. Objectives
  2. Branch accounts in the head office books
  3. Head office account
  4. Reconciliation of branch and head office books

13. Partnership Accounts

  1. Formation of partnership
  2. Profit and loss account
  3. Appropriation account
  4. Partners current and capital accounts
  5. Treatment of goodwill
  6. Admission/retirement of a partner
  7. Dissolution of partnership
  8. Conversion of a partnership to a company

14. Introduction to Company Accounts

  1. Formation and classification of companies
  2. Issue of shares and debentures
  3. Forms of final accounts of companies
  4. Interpretation of accounts using ratios.
  5. Distinction between capital and revenue reserves

15. Public Sector Accounting

  1. Comparison of cash and accrual basis of accounting
  2. Sources of government revenue
  3. Capital and recurrent expenditure
  4. Consolidated revenue fund
  5. Statement of assets and liabilities
  6. Responsibilities and powers of:
    1. The Accountant General
    2. The Auditor General
      1. The Minister of Finance
      2. The Treasurer of local government
  7. Instruments of financial regulation

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