How NYSC Calculate Age Limit For Mobilization

One of the key important things that determines graduates’ eligibility to participate in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) program is their ‘ages’. In this post, we will show you the NYSC age limit for mobilization and how to calculate it.

Due to the age limit placed on NYSC participation, a lot of graduates have resorted to falsifying their ages, in order to fall within the required age limit for mobilization.

A development where graduates believe they cannot take part in NYSC leads 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, and this can also affect those who managed to scale through the NYSC during job hunt.

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.

NYSC age limit

Be informed that the NYSC age limit is thirty (30) years. Any graduate who is 30 years of age or above cannot participate in the National Youth Service Corps Program. However, a certificate of exemption would be given to such graduate.

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.

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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.

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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.

Thank you for reading, if you have question or contribution, kindly drop it in the comment section below.

Source: Nyscinfo

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  1. I’m 31 years old and used NECO result in my O level and I was already mobilized from my institution (BUK KANO) CAN I CORRECT MY DATE OF BIRTH, IF YES HOW?

  2. I am 28 yrs old currently studying biochemistry but I will be 30 at the end of studying biochemistry and I want to go for medical course after my completion..can can I still go for nysc after my completion of medical course or shd I go for nysc wen am 30yrs then after that u can now go for medical course

  3. Hello, Brother I have issue with NYSC, my date of birth was 1991 also my results is 2021, is there any hope for me attending NYSC on this year

    • I have dsame issue two. I don’t know if it will work if I register for the nysc bcs I am currently 30 base on d date on my credentials. Chat me up on this number 08095054407 let us talk about it pls

  4. What age limit are they consider the month of the person? Or it’s only the year they considered? Example if a person is 10/10/1991 and the results out 20/08/2021…then NYSC mobilise November 2021 ist possible for the person to go service?

  5. I was 28yrs as at when I graduated in 2019 but was not ready for service even when my name was on the senate lists, now I’m ready but will be completing 30yrs by October. Can I still serve?

  6. I graduated two months before I clocked 30 but when they mobilize me my school wrote January 8 2021 for graduation date and I graduated on October 8 2020, due to graduation date them tell me say na exemption letter I will collect. How can I do it because I want to serve my father’s land

  7. But what if the person is 30 year when he/she finish his education? Secondly will they pay those that they issue emeption certificate?

  8. Pls I was supposed to graduate in 2020 at the age of 30 but due covid-19 pandemic, I graduated in 2021 at the age of 31. Can I still go for Nysc

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