How NYSC Calculate Age Limit For Mobilization (2021)

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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  1. Kabiru Sulaiman Salisu

    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

    1. 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. My date of birth is 07/02/1991 and if I graduate by 29/01/2021.Am I eligible for N.Y.S.C

  5. 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?

  6. 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?

  7. Aderogba biodun olutayo

    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

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

  9. I was born 1991 am 30 I graduates 2019 because of covi19 can I go for service

    1. same here with me

  10. 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

  11. am 30years old and i graduated at same age which is i good to go for NYSC

  12. john paul Mohammed

    Pls can someone be eligible to serve at the age of 29 years?
    For instance u finish school at the age of 29…are mine eligible to serve?

  13. Good evening,my date of birth is January 27th 1991….I got admission in 2015 and graduated in December 2019. Due to the Corona pandemic and the Asuu strike I wasn’t mobilized untill May 2021.. please can I still serve?

    Please NYSC should consider us, it’s not our fault

  14. Patience Sunday Akpan

    Good evening, There was a mistake on my jamb dob,(13/7/1990, instead of 13/7/1992, and it and I was given an exemption letter on my dashboard..
    I had to buy waec scratch card and applied for correct DOB, bought it has not been corrected..
    Just want to find if it will be corrected before the deadline of registration.
    Am so devastated right now…

    1. Patience Sunday Akpan

      Sorry instead of 13/7/91 not 1992..

  15. I graduated 2019, but mt school released my 2021 and I’m 30, can I still serve?

  16. Sir I was born on 1991 05 25 can I serve in 2021

  17. Can 30 years go for service during the time of graduation.

  18. Please, it is possible to go for service when the date of birth on jamb result is different from the one on NIN?

  19. Please how can the date on NIN affect one on service if not corresponding with that of jamb?

  20. Good morning sir,I’m just confuse and scared,I was supposed to graduate 2019 but due to some strikes and other things i graduated may 2021 and I’m 29 years now,what’s my chances of going to service

  21. We graduated since 2018,but because of one thing or the other from the management, we were not mobilized till now,because our school is affiliated to university of calabar. As of 2018,I was 28 years .Recently ,the school send us a message to go and filled mobilization form which i did.but now,I’m 31yesrs old.1990 was the year I used for jamb.I succeeded admission in 2015 as direct entry student which I’m to spend three question now is ,since school delayed us till now,are we still going to be mobilize or not because the fault is not from us.some one should please help me explain. Because I want to serve my father land

    1. Change your date off birth in your jambe to 1996 so that you can able to serve before mobilization the dàte for registration

    2. Change your date off birth in your jambe to 1996 so that you can able to serve before mobilization the dàte for registration

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