Can 31 Years Old Go for NYSC?

If you graduate from the university in Nigeria and you’re older than 30, you might be wondering if you can join the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) program. NYSC is a required one-year service for Nigerian graduates. Its goal is to bring young people together for national unity and development.

Can 31 Years Go for NYSC?

No, individuals who are 31 years old or older at the time of their graduation cannot participate in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). Instead, they receive a Certificate of Exemption, indicating fulfillment of national service obligations. For more details, check our post on NYSC Age Limit.

NYSC Eligibility Criteria

As per the NYSC Act, Section 2, Subsection 1:

  • Individuals above 30 years of age at the time of graduation are ineligible for NYSC.
  • Those who have served in the armed forces or Nigeria Police Force for more than nine months are excluded.
  • Members of specific security agencies or those conferred with a National Honour are also exempt.

Certificate of Exemption

For individuals aged 31 or above, a Certificate of Exemption is issued in lieu of the NYSC Discharge Certificate. This document serves as proof that the individual has fulfilled their national service obligation and can be used for employment and other purposes.

Time Sensitivity

It is crucial to register for NYSC as soon as possible after graduation if you are below 30 years old and meet other requirements. Failure to do so within two years of graduation may result in the issuance of a Certificate of Exemption.


In conclusion, individuals aged 31 years or above at the time of graduation cannot participate in NYSC. Instead, they receive a Certificate of Exemption. It is advised to register for NYSC promptly after graduation to avoid missing out on the benefits and opportunities associated with serving one’s country.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to share them below. Thank you for reading and staying informed with NYSC Updates.

2 thoughts on “Can 31 Years Old Go for NYSC?”

    1. Awobi Ebi Miracle

      why is it that when jamb make mistakes in our names and date of birth it comes back to affect us from going to nysc

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