How NYSC Calculate Age Limit For Mobilization

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.

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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.

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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

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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.

Thank you for reading this article, if you have a question or contribution, kindly use the comment section. Remember to share this post so it will get to more people.

Updated: January 3, 2020 — 9:12 am

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Humphery is a life coach. He has been the Nyscinfo ambassador since 2017. He is knowledgeable enough to guide you, feel free to contact him and keep following this blog for updates.


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  1. Sir please I graduated from University of Cape coast Ghana (2018), at that time I was (28yrs). But due some reason I decided to stay back in Accra Ghana to do some part time work, now I’m 30yrs old. Please will I be allowed to serve.

    1. Yes, you will serve provided you graduated before 30 yrs

  2. hello sir my date of birth is 1988 while I graduated 2013 and I got my result this 2020,I’m I still qualified for nysc?

    1. You will serve since you graduated before 30 years

  3. I graduated 21/12/2019 and d date writing on my result is 24/1/2020 and my date of birth is 13/3/1990,pls can I serve this year? Pls urgent reply pls

  4. Federal Government need to balance stuff of exemption letter by paying people who collect it, to justify them waiting till when their certificate are ready..

  5. I graduated at the age of 29 years and i will clock 30 years July 15th. Can I still serve?

    1. Yes, you will serve since you graduated before 30

  6. I graduated 24/01/2020, and my date of birth is 13/3/1990, pls can I still b eligible to serve this year by first batch or second batch pls?

  7. I made a very big mistake for not correcting my date of birth on my NYSC portal until I was given my discharge certificate few days ago with the wrong dob on it, is there any hope of getting it rectified ? What can I do please, anyone

  8. How do I know when my certificate of exemption is ready for collection? And how long will it take for the certificate to ready for collection from the date of registration? Do I need any online registration for my exempted certificate to be processed?

      1. My date of birth is 1989 as supplied to JAMB. While I mistakenly submitted 2019 as my graduation year instead of 2018. I am currently being issued exception certificate. Please any hope of serving for me? If YES how do I go about it?

  9. Abubakar baba saleh

    Sir plz help me explain we graduated 24 January 2020 that is what dey write for our results but dey never mobilize yet while my date of birth is 02/02/1990 plz can I served

  10. I graduated 29 years and 11 months, and my school is still making our exam script. And I will be 30years next month. Can I still still serve?

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