One of the most important things that determines graduates’ eligibility to take part in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) program is their ‘ages’. Many graduates have resorted to falsifying their ages, in order to fall within the required age limit for NYSC mobilization into the one-year mandatory program.
This development, where a graduate believes he cannot take part in NYSC, can lead them to embracing age falsification and further increase the growing crime rate in the country. To adding salt to injury, NYSC has started writing graduates’ Date of Birth on the Discharge Certificate of the National Youth Service.
Therefore, the primary purpose of this article is to show you how NYSC calculate age limit for mobilization. Knowing how NYSC age limit is calculated is important as it helps determine one’s eligibility status prior to service exemption.
The NYSC age limit is 30 years. Certificate of Exemption is being given to graduates whose ages are more than thirty (30) years as at the time of their graduation. The NYSC exemption should not be taken as a bad omen since Certificate of exemption is also equivalent to the Discharge Certificate. The only thing you would miss is the NYSC monthly allowance and service experience.
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. 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
NYSC will look into the information submitted to JAMB, from there, they extract your date of birth, and then calculate starting from the date the person was born to the date they graduated from tertiary institution. If the person is above 30 years, as at the time of graduation, a letter of exemption will be given to him.
Note: NYSC is day-sensitive, for example; if you exceed 30 years with one day, you are likely to be exempted from National Youth Service program. Though, in the past, NYSC picks students date of birth from Corps Producing Institutions (CPIs) but when some schools manipulated age of their graduates, the scheme now turned to JAMB for more reliable information.
Meanwhile, if a candidate claims there is a mistake on their Date of Birth as submitted to JAMB, NYSC can confirm it by checking their O -level details from the West African Examination Council.
Kindly note that 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.
Now, let’s 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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