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 calculate your age eligibility using same method as NYSC. If your age exceed the limit, you will take necessary action before being exempted.

NYSC exemption comes when your age exceeds the age bracket (30) required for National Service.

Nonetheless, exemption is not a bad thing, as Certificate of Exemption which will be given to you is equivalent to Discharge Certificate. To buttress my point, there are 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.

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Why will NYSC Exempt You From Service

  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.

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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).

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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.

When NYSC pick your Date of Birth from JAMB, they will 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 considered as being exceeding 30 years limit required for National Service.

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.

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

Updated: August 9, 2019 — 11:10 am

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I'm a webmaster, a blogger and an internet entrepreneur by the mind. I graduated from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, served Nigeria in 2016 as NYSC member. Feel free to contact me if you need my assistance.


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  1. I will be 30 by November 23rd. I graduated this year, 2019. Any chance of been mobilize?

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. I was mobilized with batch A, Buh I didn’t go wit them but I thumprinted, can I still continue with the registration with batch B

    1. Yes, login to your dashboard and continue from where you stopped…

  5. Can someone suspend his nycs service year? I mean, the person graduated this year and he feel like going to service next three years, will such fellow be allowed.

    1. Yes, it will be allowed.

  6. Can changing of date of birth via NYSC portal reflect on the concerned students WAEC’s date of birth ? if yes, how? And if the corrected date of birth on Nysc portal does not correspond with that of Waec date of birth; what would be the implications and how could such be ameliorated? Thanks.

    1. No, it won’t reflect on the WAEC result date of birth. You can only use WAEC result verification PIN to effect change on NYSC portal for date of birth

  7. What if one was 29years and 11months old at the point of graduation, does one qualify for mobilization?

    1. Yes, the age limit is 30+

      1. Please sir can u calculate for me
        August 7 1989
        The Senate approved it on 9th of July 2019
        Am I eligible?

  8. Thanks for this info.. I have a minor issue, when I registered for jamb I was in Osun state and the person that registered for me used Osun state as my state of Origin but am a native of Oyo State.. On my jamb result slip it shows Osun state as my state of Origin but when I did NYSC Mobilisation I used Oyo State as my state of Origin… What can I do to rectify this error

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