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IEB Matric Results 2021

The IEB (Independent Examination Board) has released the results for their National Senior Certificate Examination for 2021. Here you will find all of the information you need regarding the 2021 results for the IEB Examination.

What You Need To Know

The IEB has announced, on the 19th of January 2022, that the class of 2021 has continued the success of previous years with a pass rate of 98.39%. This is an increase of .33% from 98.06% achieved during their 2020 National Senior Certificate Examinations.

Anne Oberholzer, CEO of the IEB, stated that the class of 2021 truly defied the odds, having to complete both their Grade 11 and Grade 12 years during the Covid-19 pandemic. She is recorded as saying that, “most Grade 11 learners in 2020 spent much less time at school and were essentially the test cases of the greatest online tuition experiment of our time.”

Important Statistics For The IEB 2021 Matric Results

Announced on the 19th of January 2022, the following statistics explore the IEB Matric Results for 2021:

  • National Senior Certificate Pass Rate: 98.39%

Of the 13 825 IEB students nationwide (both full- and part-time candidates) the following results were achieved:

  • Degree Pass Percentage: 89.2% (Increase from 88.42%)
  • Diploma Pass Percentage: 7.82% (Decrease from 8.14%)
  • Higher Certificate Pass Percentage: 1.37% (Increase from 1.51%)

Publication Of Results

Despite the announcement by the Department of Basic Education on the 11th of January 2022, stating that the publication of individual matric results on public media platforms, is an overstepping of the regulations found within the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA). The Gauteng High Court on the 18th of January 2022 ruled that it was required that the publication of results go ahead as was done in the past.

This means that Matric Results would still be published in news outlets such as Newspapers.

The IEB announced on the 18th of January 2022 that it would still allow for the publication of results on public media platforms. It did however clarify that only those students who provided express consent for their results to be made public, would see their results published. This assures that no conflict with the POPI Act arises.

How To Get Your 2021 IEB Examination Results

The following are the methods available to IEB students to get their results once they are released on the 19th of January 2022:

Physical Results Certificate

Students can get their results certificate directly from the school they attended. Once Umalusi has certified the results for IEB students, their certificates will be sent to the schools, after which schools will be able to hand out these certificates. This is expected to only be during April of this year.


Students can access their results after the official announcement of the 2021 results by visiting the IEB website.

SMS Service

If students provided their mobile numbers to the IEB, their results will be automatically sent to them upon release of the results. Students can still register to have their results sent to them via SMS by following these steps:

  • Step 1 – Send an SMS message to 35135
  • Step 2 – This message needs to contain the word ‘Results’ followed by your unique examination number, a space, and then your date of birth (yyyymmdd)
  • Step 3 – Your then will receive a message confirming your registration, and your results will be sent to your number upon release

SMS are charged at R3 per SMS.

Newspapers And Other News Outlets

In accordance with the IEB statement on the 18th of January 2022, students can find their results in their local Newspapers as approved by the IEB. This includes students being able to view their results on other online and local news outlets or websites.

IEB Matric Results 2020

The Independent Examinations Board (IEB) has a well-known record of producing a high pass rate. Pressures are high amongst the IEB class of 2020 as the average pass rate is between 97% and 98%.

Here Are South Africa’s IEB 2020 Matric Results

The 2020 IEB Matric Results have been released. The IEB averaged a total of 98.07% for their matric finals

Although the pass rate for 2020 was lower than in 2019, the IEB matriculants were still able to stay within the same 98 percentile range. This is an incredible achievement for the IEB with all the school days that were missed due to COVID-19. 

The pandemic and fewer school days have not seemed to make much of an impact on the IEB matric results of 2020. Whilst this is the lowest that we have seen the IEB matric results for some time, the IEB pass rate has not dropped below 98% for over 10 years.  

  • 88.42% of IEB matrics from the year 2020 achieved Bachelor’s Degree passes: This is slightly lower than the 89.51% of BD passes in 2019
  • 8.14% of the 2020 IEB matrics achieved a diploma pass. In 2019, the number of diploma passes was lower at 7.91%
  • 1.51% of the IEB class of 2020 achieved higher certificate passes. 1.4% of the IEB matrics of 2019 received a higher certificate pass

IEB 2020 Matric Results Achievements

Jan Badenhorst, CEO of Matric College takes us through the IEB Matric Results released today, 19 February 2021.

What Matric Symbols Mean?

Higher certificate pass

Learners with a higher certificate pass may only study at an institution that offers higher certificate courses or you can study towards a course that does not require matric. To get a higher certificate pass you have to;

  • Obtain 40% in your Home Language
  • At least 40% in two other subjects
  • At least 30% for three other subjects

Diploma pass

Learners with a diploma pass can study at a college and get a diploma certificate. Learners can also study at a university that offers diploma courses. To get a diploma pass you have to;

  • Get at least 40% in your home language 
  • At least 40% in three other subjects
  • At least 30% for two other subjects

Bachelor’s pass

Learners with a bachelor’s pass can apply to study at university, college or any school of higher education. Acceptance will depend on the course and university requirements. To get a bachelor’s pass you have to;

  • Obtain at least 40% in your home language 
  • At least 50% in four other subjects 
  • At least 30% in two other subjects

Where to get your matric results


IEB Students can log on to the IEB website to access their results.


Learners can also access their results via SMS by registering through an SMS system.

IEB SMS line

IEB learners can receive their results via SMS by registering. To register for this service  you need to send an SMS to 35135, including your ID number and exam number. You will receive a message confirming that your registration has been successful.

It is important to note that SMSs are not free, this registration process will cost around R3.

The Newspaper

Results will also be published in different newspapers on the day the results are released. The results in the newspaper will not show your full results.

The results will simply state whether you passed and with which symbol you have passed. Students can pass on three different levels; Bachelor’s pass, Diploma pass and Higher certificate pass.

Study tips

There is no need to panic about your upcoming exams. If you prepare the right way, you will definitely ace those exams. Here are a few study tips to help you gear up for those exams:

  • Keep calm. Don’t panic
  • Take walks and short breaks to relax your mind.
  • Create a study plan
  • Free study guides

Download free study guides here.

  • Ask for help
  • Get enough rest

Author: Morné van Emmenis