How NYSC Calculate Age Limit For Mobilization (2021)

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 an age for mobilization is important as it would help you determine your eligibility status using the same method as NYSC.

Certificate of exemption is issued to graduates that are 30 years and above. So 30 years is the age limit for National Youth Service program.

However, the NYSC exemption should not be taken as a bad omen since Certificate of exemption is equivalent to discharge certificate. Many people even prefer exemption to service.

When Does NYSC Exempt Graduates From Service?

  • When the person exceeds the age of 30 years, or
  • If the person has served in the Nigerian military or para-military for one year or more, or
  • When the person is physically ‘disabled’

Note: If you are a part-time graduate (CEP), exclusion letter will be given to you. Note that Exclusion Letter is less than discharge certificate. But certificate of exemption is equal to discharge certificate.

The purpose of NYSC

Understanding the purpose of NYSC will help you know why there age limit is placed on the scheme.

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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 before the age of 30. It means you are eligible to serve provided you graduated before 30 years.

So, if someone graduated before 30 years, but did not serve because of one reason or the other. Now, the person has attained 40 years, the person is eligible to serve since he/she graduated before 30 years.

How NYSC Calculate Age Limit For Mobilization

Below is how NYSC calculate an age limit for mobilization;

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NYSC takes date of birth from information submitted to JAMB, they count starting from the date the person was born to the date he/she graduated from tertiary institution. If the person is above 30 years, as at the time of graduation, a letter of exemption will be issued to the person.

Note: NYSC is day-sensitive, for example; if you exceed 30 years with one day, you will be exempted from National Youth Service.

In the past, NYSC picks students date of birth from Corps Producing Institutions (CPIs) but when some schools manipulate age of their graduates, the scheme switched to JAMB for more 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 from WAEC (West African Examination Council.

Note: The date of graduation is officially written on your Degree or HND Certificate. The graduation date is not the date one wrote his final exam or project defence, but the date Degree or HND is awarded.

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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, NYSC would split the Batch into ‘Stream 1 & 2’ for logistic reasons.

How many graduates are mobilize 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 40,000 graduates for each Batch.

Is there any age limit for NYSC participation?

Yes, the age limit s 30 years. Anyone who exceed 30 years will not take part in the National Youth Service Corps but will be awarded a certificate of exemption.

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Updated: February 11, 2021 — 4:51 pm


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  1. I will be 30 by may and will graduate by June. Will I be considered to go for nysc

  2. I will be 30 by may and will graduate by June. Will I be allowed to go for nysc

  3. Pam Kerter Michael

    Sir,I was supposed to graduate at the age of 28 but due to strike it was shifted to 2020 which I would’ve graduated at 29 but covid 19 couldn’t allow it now I graduated at 30
    Am I eligible to serve?

  4. If I write my final exam on may nd I clock 30 on August and graduate on I eligible to go for NYSC service

  5. I was born 08/03/1992 and am graduating on 10/07/2021 is there any hope of serving?

  6. I graduated 2018 and had issues which i have cleared and my statement is ready, was burn 15/12/1990 and Senate approved my statement 22/03/2021 can i still make to serve dis year

  7. Eze Helen Chinenye

    I was born on 20 dec 1991 and I will be graduating on April 2021, is there any hope of me going for youth service? Please reply me in the email provided below

  8. Looking at the year of graduation my question is that is it the year been d season u got admitted eg 2019/2020 been used for d calculation or d year u finally graduated ???

  9. Thanks for the info .
    Now ,does month as effect on the age…that’s … I will be clocking 30years in September and I graduated let say August,is there hope of going for NYSC .thanks

  10. I was born on 3 July, 1994 would I serve if I got admission this year 2021? Because from 1994 to 2024 is 30 and is the use of direct entry 200 level.

  11. Thanks for the insight. Please sir when you said above 30 years, someone that graduated when he is 30 years 11 months, is he still eligible for service?

    1. No. It is actually 30 and above

  12. Am suppose to graduate this year 2021 at the age of 29 but due to Covid 19 and ASUU strike, I will graduate 2022 at 30yrs old. What will be my fate on being eligible to serve my country NIGERIA?

  13. In respect to a one year hiatus in education due to covid19. What is the fate of those whose program of graduation was due for 2020 but are still in school given the effects of covid19. Hiatus.

  14. Terumbur Justin's Tsee

    I was suppose to graduated in 2018 but my at29 but the department delayed my result then covid showed up and the schools officially graduated me in 2021 when I am already 31 and I really want to serve what is my fate with NYSC.

  15. Omolade olawale David

    Pls I graduated 2017 and am 27yrs by then but I have carry over which I just re write in 2019.but covid 19 could not allow us to go then. But am 30yrs last year August. Pls can I still go for service

  16. I am supposed to graduate 2020, 29 at that time, now covid19 stepped in, I will graduate at 30, will i still serve?

  17. Am 29 by this month and supposed to graduate this year, but the C-19 spoils everything till next year.

  18. Sir my O’level date of birth is not the same with jamb. Is there any chance for correction? Can I still go?

  19. Alarape Ridwan Abayomi

    I graduated 2018 I’m 30 already this year ,will I be mobilized for service …sir

  20. If i graduate 30 years only for example my date of birth is 01/10/1991.than I was graduate 10/10/2021 exactly 30 years can i go device

  21. Sir ,I graduated at the age of 30 ,so I want to no if am eligible to serve,I really wish I can sir

  22. Isah Dahiru Abdullahi

    Pls sir I graduated Dec-4-2019 and my dbt is Feb-11-1990. Can I still go to NYSC

  23. Sir,I am 30 years plus now , I supposed to graduate 2019 last year December due to the strike of my school, I graduated this year February 26 but I clocked 30 in February 7. I still eligible to go for service?

  24. Please, I graduated last year October and I was 29 years old then, I became 30 years old this year August and my school is just doing clearance now, can I still go for service.

  25. Plz sir,I graduated at 29 but my sch is yet to mobilize us and have clocked 30 diz yr…am i still eligible for service?

  26. Sir,I am 29 years by birth ,I suppose to graduate by 2020,but due to corona virus issues I will graduate 2021 which I will be 30 years by age,am I eligible to go for NYSC service?

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