How NYSC Calculate Age Limit For Mobilization

One of the most important factors which determines if someone is eligible to participate 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 your age is being calculated by NYSC is so important, as that would help you to even calculate your age using that same method ahead of NYSC, and if you age exceed the limit, you take the appropriate action before being exempted.

NYSC exemption comes when your age axceed the age bracket (30) required National Service eligibility.

Nonetheless, exemption is not a bad thing, as Certificate of Exemption is also equivalent to Discharge Certificate. To buttress my point, there are so many people who prefer to be exempted to going for National service, however, exemption is not what you just pick on the road. It has its own requirements.

One of the critical requirements is based on age limit. For this, we are going to take an in-depth look into how NYSC calculate age limit. Just before that; most undergraduates in higher Institutions hope to graduate one day, and knowing fully well that upon graduation they will be required to serve their fatherland as NYSC member for a period of one year, after which an NYSC Certificate will be awarded to them. Some who are intrigued by the idea of NYSC are restricted to serve mostly due to their age. They really wish they could be given the same opportunity to serve their fatherland, while others see the idea as a SCAM, waste of time, opportunity and resources.

Why NYSC will Exempt You

  1. If you exceed the age of 30 years,
  2. If you have served in the military or para-military for a period of more than one year,
  3. If you are 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. Therefore, with the NYSC exclusion letter, many employers will not take you.

READ: 5 five places you cannot work without the NYSC certificate

Before I show you how NYSC calculate age limit for mobilization, take a look at what a serving Corps Member wrote on Facebook, see the picture below:

Nysc age limit

How NYSC Calculate Age Limit For Mobilization

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, in order to break the hard ice which was formed between Nigerians as a result of the civil war.

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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

There is no doubt that NYSC is working hand in hand with Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

NYSC calculate mobilization age from the information Prospective Corps Members provided to JAMB (Joint Admission and Matriculation Board). Recall that in the past, NYSC pick Prospective Corps Members’ age from the information they submitted to their Institutions during admissions, but when some Institutions start to manipulate age of their graduates, NYSC decided to turn to JAMB for accurate and reliable information, reason they pick your age from the information that you submitted to JAMB or sometimes from O’level documents you submitted to your Institution.

So, when NYSC pick your Date of Birth from JAMB, they count it from the date you were born to the date you graduated from higher Institution. If you are 30 years or above, you will be exempted. It is important to note that 30 years plus one day old is being considered to exceed 30 years limit.

But if someone graduated before the age of 30 but with little delay (not ready), and the person clock above 30, NYSC is likely to mobilize that person, since he or she actually 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, take a look at some of fewquestions and answers relating to age limit for NYSC Mobilization.

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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 very 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 roghly estimate of about 180,000 graduates per year.

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Is there any age limit for NYSC participation?

Emphatically ‘Yes’! Anyone who exceed 30 years will be exempted.

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Updated: May 16, 2019 — 5:48 pm

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Humphery is a renowned Nigerian Webmaster. He graduated from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. He served Nigeria in 2016 as an NYSC member, and has remained the NYSC info ambassador since 2017.


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  1. simon Tope Sunkanmi

    Good day, I appreciate your efforts and indeed wish I can ask some personal questions from you (your contact)

    1. Scroll up to the top menu of this website, you’ll see ‘contact us’ link

  2. Jackson Bernard Bassey

    Good morning, please how can I suspend my nycs service year. I graduated this year which my name came out in the senate list 2019 batch a and I did not go. Even in this batch b, I don’t want to go till next two years due to where am working. What should I do please because am in the state of dilemma.

    1. Since your name is already on the Senate list, just leave it that way until you are ready.

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