Current JAMB Syllabus For Commerce (+PDF)

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This JAMB Commerce syllabus is to prepare you for the JAMB exam by testing you on the topics below.

1. Commerce

  • Meaning and scope 
  • Characteristics 
  • Functions 

2. Occupation 

  • Meaning and importance 
  • Types (industrial, commercial and services) 
  • Factors that determine choice of occupation 

3. Production 

  • Factors, characteristics and rewards (land, labour, capital and entrepreneur) 
  • Division of Labour and specialization 
  • Types (primary, secondary and tertiary)

4. Trade

  • Home Trade
    • Retail trade: 
      • Types of retailers 
      • Functions of retailers 
      • Factors to be considered in setting up retail trade 
      • Trends in retailing (branding, self – service, vending machines, the use of luncheon, fuel vouchers, etc) 
      • Advantages and disadvantages of retailers
    • Wholesale trade:
      • Types of wholesalers (merchant, agent, general, etc).
      • Functions of wholesalers.
      • Advantages and disadvantages of wholesalers.
  • Foreign trade
    • Basic issues in foreign trade (balance of trade, balance of payments and counter trade) 
    • Procedures and documents used in export, import and entrepôt trade.
    • Barriers to international trade.
    • Role of Customs and Excise Authority, Ports Authority, etc in foreign trade.

5. Purchase and Sale of Goods

  • Procedure and documentation (enquiry, quotation, order, invoice, proforma invoice, statement of accounts, indent, consular invoice, bill of lading, certificate of origin, consignment note, etc).
  • Terms of trade (trade discount, quantity discount, cash discount, warranties, C.O.D., C.I.F., F.O.B., and E.O.E. etc).
  • Terms of payments 
    • Cash
      • Legal tender 
    • Credit
      • Types and functions 
      • Merits and demerits

6. Aids-to-trade

  • Advertising: 
    • Types and media 
    • Advantages and disadvantages 
  • Banking
    • Types of bank 
    • Services 
    • Challenges 
  • Communication: 
    • Process and procedure 
    • Types 
    • Trends 
    • Merits and demerits 
    • Barriers 
  • Insurance: 
    • Types 
    • Principles 
    • Terms 
    • Importance 
  • Tourism: 
    • Importance 
    • Agencies that promote tourism in Nigeria 
    • Challenges 
  • Transportation: 
    • Mode 
    • Importance 
    • Advantages and disadvantages 
  • Warehousing:
    • Importance 
    • Types and functions 
    • Factors to be considered in siting a warehouse

7. Business Units 

  • Forms and features (Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, Limited Liability Companies, Public Corporations, Cooperative Societies, etc.) 
  • Registration of businesses 
  • Business Mergers 
  • Determination of choice of business units 
  • Dissolution and liquidation 
  • Merits and demerits 

8. Financing Business 

  • Sources of finance (personal savings, sale of shares and bonds, loans, debentures, mortgage, bank overdraft, ploughing back of profit, credit purchase, leasing, etc.) 
  • Types of capital (share capital, capital owned, authorized capital, issued capital, called-up capital, paid-up capital, liquid capital, working capital and owners’ equity) 
  • Calculation of forms of capital, profits (gross and net) and turnover 
  • Problems of sourcing finance 
  • The role of Bureau de change in an economy 

9. Trade Associations 

  • Objectives and functions of trade and manufacturer’s associations (Cocoa Farmers’ Association, Garri Sellers’ Association, Poultry Farmers’ Association, etc.) 
  • Objectives and functions of Chambers of Commerce. 

10. Money 

  • Evolution 
  • Forms and qualities 
  • Functions

11. Stock Exchange 

  • Importance and functions 
  • Types of securities (stocks, shares, bonds, debentures, etc) 
  • Procedure of transactions and speculations 
  • Second-Tier Securities Market, (listing requirements, types of companies for the market, advantages and operating regulations of the market.) 

12. Elements of Business Management 

  • Functions (planning, organizing, staffing, coordinating, motivating, communicating, controlling etc.) 
  • Principles (span of control, unity of command, delegation of authority, etc.) 
  • Organizational structure (line, line and staff, functional, matrix and committee) 
  • Functional areas of business (production, marketing, finance and personnel) Business resources (man, money, materials, machines and opportunities/goodwill) 

13. Elements of Marketing 

  • Importance and Functions 
  • The marketing concept (consumer 
  • orientation, customer satisfaction, integrated marketing, etc) 
  • Marketing mix (product, price, place and promotion) Market Segmentation
  • Public relations and Customer Service. 

14. Legal Aspects of Business 

  • Meaning and validity of a simple contract 
  • Agency, Sale of Goods Act and Hire Purchase Act 
  • Contract of employment 
  • Government regulations of business (registration of business, patents, trademarks, copyrights, etc).
  • Consumer protection (Government legislation, Standards Organization Trade Descriptions Act, Consumer Protection Council, NAFDAC, NDLEA, Customs and Excise, etc.) 
  • Regulatory agencies. 

15. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) 

  • Computer: 
    • Appreciation and application 
    • Types and functions 
    • Merits and demerits 
    • Challenges 
  • Terms (Internet, Intranet, browsing, password, e-mail, google, yahoo, search, Local Area Network, etc.) 
  • Activities: 
    • e-commerce 
    • e-banking 
    • e-business 

16. Business Environment and Social Responsibility 

  • Legal, political, economic, social, cultural, technological environments, etc 
  • Safe products, philanthropic and societal consideration 
  • Types and implication of pollution (water, air, land, etc.)

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