How NYSC Calculate Age Limit For Mobilization (2020)

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: August 20, 2020 — 9:09 am

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  1. Hello Sir,the person who registered my JAMB in 2015 put 1989 instead of 1994 because I was not there and I graduated Last Nov 2019. Please can I still make correction on my date of birth?

  2. Can someone that finished school at the age of 29 go for NYSC?


  4. My dob on jamb portal is 19/09/1991,If I graduate on 19/09/2021,what is my stand for the NYSC?

  5. What of the issue of corvid19 lead to the age limit of the person that have already print he green card I was ready before it comes?

  6. Hello dwar!
    When last you Correct your date of birth please ? Is within this 2020 or last year 2019?

  7. Sir please I corrected my date of birth on my with jamb do I need to correct it with Waec also in order to be able to serve and to avoid confusion and mix-up or I should just leave it like that since I have already corrected with jamb? Please help me I’m confused.

    1. You only need to correct it with jamb

  8. Sir, my date of birth on Waec is 1989 and The date of birth on my jamb is 1994 will I able to serve?

  9. For those that are suppose to graduate this year at the age of 29yrs but due to this pandemic luckdown it’s obvious that they can’t graduate this year again and their age might be above 30yrs. Can they be considered for NYSC?

    1. NYSC may not consider them because there will be so many accumulated graduates. So the age limit will be fully enforced to reduce the number of graduates seeking to serve.

      1. Thanks sir
        Is it possible for them to do change of date of birth on jamb portal?

  10. pls sir can they use neco for nysc age correction.

  11. I am a medical student..graduated 33…can I still go for nysc

  12. I graduated 2019 at age 29 years, what will happen if this covid 19 leads to the additional of a years which I will be at 30years by then will I still go for service?

    1. Hi Audu I’m having the same problems here with me! I wrote my final exmas early this January.. And due to this corona I will clock 30 years by October 10.

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