One of the most important factors that determines someone’s eligibility to take part in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) program is age. Therefore, the primary purpose of this article is to show you how NYSC calculate age limit for mobilization.
Knowing how NYSC calculate age or how graduates’ age are being calculated by NYSC for mobilization is so important. It’s because having that knowledge would help you to know your eligible status using same method of age calculation as NYSC.
NYSC will exempt any graduate whose age is above 30 years which is the age limit for National Youth Service program.
If NYSC exempt you, do not take it as a had omen. It’s rather a privilege since Certificate of exemption which they will give you is equivalent to Discharge Certificate.
To buttress my point, there are many people who even prefer exemption to going for service. However, exemption has its own requirements, and only those who meet the requirements will be exempted.
One requirement for NYSC exemption is still age (30 years and above). So, We will take an in-depth look at how NYSC calculate age limit.
When Does NYSC Exempt Graduates From Service?
- When the person exceeds the age of 30 years, or
- If the person have served in the Nigerian military or para-military for one year or more,
- When the person is physically ‘disabled’
Note: If you are a part-time graduate (CEP), exclusion letter will be given to you. NYSC Exclusion letter is less than Discharge Certificate and Certificate of Exemption.
The purpose of NYSC
NYSC is a scheme established by the Federal Govt of Nigerian after the civil war with the primary aim of fostering unity, reconciliation, rebuild and reintegrate with one another to break the hard ice which was formed between Nigerians because of the civil war.
Those eligible for this service are Nigerian youths who graduated from universities and Polytechnic within or outside Nigeria.
Since NYSC is meant for young and able bodied Nigerian graduates, below is
How NYSC Calculate Age Limit For Mobilization
Below is how NYSC calculate an age for mobilization;
NYSC will pick your Date of Birth from the information you submitted to JAMB, they will count it, starting from the date your were born to the date you graduated from a higher Institution. If you’re 30 years or above, they will exempt you.
It is important to note that 30 years plus one day old exceeds the age limit required for National Youth Service.
In the past, NYSC pick the information from the Corps Producing Institutions (CPIs) but when some Institutions manipulate age of their graduates, NYSC turned to JAMB for accurate and reliable information.
If a candidate claims there is a mistake on their Date of Birth as submitted to JAMB, NYSC will confirm it by checking their O’level data.
When someone graduated from the University or Polytechnic before the age of 30, the person is qualified to serve age-wise, but if he did not go for NYSC because of one reason or another, and then clock 30 years or above, that person will not be exempted because he graduated before 30 years.
Note: The date you graduated is usually written on your Degree or HND Certificate/Statement. The graduation date is not the date one wrote his final exam or project defence but the date Degree or HND is conferred.
Now, look at some of few questions and answers relating to age limit for NYSC Mobilization.
How many times does NYSC Mobilize graduates every year?
NYSC usually take 3 Batches every year; Batch A, B and C. If the number of registered graduates is higher than expected for a Batch
It is likely that the NYSC will break or split the Batch into ‘Stream 1 & 2′ for logistic reasons (fund, camps’ capacities etc).
How many graduates are usually mobilized for each Batch or Stream?
The number may vary from time to time. The direct answer is that there is no exact number, but it is roughly 50,000 graduates for each Batch.
When the number of graduates that registered for NYSC is very high, the leftovers will form Stream 2. NYSC Mobilize roughly an estimate of about 180,000 graduates per year.
Is there any age limit for NYSC participation?
Emphatically ‘Yes’! Anyone who exceed 30 years will be exempted.
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