NYSC Questions and Answers for PCMs

Last Updated on February 2, 2021 by Ope Quadri

Every year nearly the same questions pop up about National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). In this post, we’ve collated various questions for fresh Nigerian graduates and provided answers as well.

We’ll be providing answers to all NYSC questions fresh Nigerian graduates or Prospective Corps Members ask whenever it’s time for mobilization.

Let’s get started…

NYSC questions and answers for PCMs

What is the age limit for NYSC?

Age limit for NYSC is 30-year. If you’re 30 before mobilisation it means you’re not qualified again. In that case, you can apply for NYSC exemption certificate.

Who established NYSC in 1973?

The government of Gen. Yakubu Gowon established the youth service scheme by decree 24 on May 22, 1973.

The scheme has been a model to some African countries. It was established to foster national integration among Nigerian youths.

What is an exemption certificate?

NYSC Exemption Certificate is a special letter that is issued by the management of the National Youth Service Corps to Nigerian graduates who are willing to serve their fatherland, but are above 30 years old.

Exemption certificate carries the seal of the NYSC and shows that you’re above 30 at the time your course mates are being mobilized.

Is NYSC compulsory in Nigeria?

NYSC is a mandatory one year programme for all Nigerian graduates (foreign and home) who are not more than 30 years old at the time of mobilization.

Who is an Otondo?

A serving corps member who has just completed a 3-week orientation course is usually referred to as Otondo by their fellows who are “old” in the system..

When he/she is fully accustomed with his/her place of primary assignment he/she is seeing as a full corp member by a fellow member.

Fellow corps members call their “fresh fellow” otondo.

It’s very rare to see someone who isn’t a serving corps member to call a corps member Otondo.

Simply put, Otondo is a JJC corps member who has just been deployed.

What is NYSC green card?

The green card is a slip you’re mandated to print online after the completion of your online registration for mobilization.

The green card is an evidence that you’ve completed all the requirements needed.

See sample of NYSC green card below:

When am I supposed to print my NYSC Green Card if I just registered?

Login to your dashboard regularly. The option to print it will come up any time.

How can I apply for correction of names within NYSC dashboard?

The option to apply for correction of names and rearrangement of names is available within your dashboard, click on it and follow the instruction. Better still, check this guide on correction of names

I’m a Part-time graduate, how can I print Letter of Exclusion?

All you need to do is: register on NYSC portal pay the sum of N3,000 and print your letter of exclusion.

Is it a must to pay N3,000 for NYSC Call-Up letter?

It is not a must, you can opt for school (that is go to your school to pick it up).

For your convenience, pay the N3,000.00 and print your call-up letter without stress. We’re sure you don’t want to face the problem of “coming back tomorrow or the kind of attitude those at the student affairs exhibit.

Will There Be Batch c Stream 2?

There is no stream for the ongoing mobilization.

I uploaded a wrong passport on my profile during registration and I’m unable to change it

Use any of the NYSC support phone numbers.

How can I solve the issue of mobilization?

If you having mobilization issue, call the following numbers.

  • North Central – 08092142614
  • North East – 08102790538
  • North West – 08092142661
  • South East – 09038034460
  • South West – 07019190810
  • South South – 08092142616

What’s the standard photo accepted by NYSC for registration? 

Your photograph should meet meet the following specifications:

Your face (eyes, nose, ears, mouth and jaw) mus be fully shown without bending

Your picture must fill the frame and centralized

Ensure the Photo background is white or off-white with no shadow.

I’m foreign graduate, will I have to visit NYSC  Headquarters, Abuja, to verify my documents? 

You no longer need to visit NYSC headquarters any longer for document verification, unlike before.

Your verification will be done at the camps.

I studied in a non-English speaking country, can I also register on NYSC portal?

Yes provided you’re a Nigerian, all you need do is to have your Certificates and Transcripts translated into English language before uploading.

What documents do I need to upload as a foreign graduate?

If you’re a foreign-trained graduate, visit NYSC portal, register and upload the following documents:

  • West African School Certificate(WASC) (with not less than 5 Credits at 2 sittings) or its equivalent; or General Certificate of Education (GCE O’ Level) (with not less than 5 Credits at 2 sittings) or its equivalent; or NECO (with not less than 5 Credits at 2 sittings) or its equivalent; or High School Diploma or its equivalent.
  • First Degree or Higher National Diploma (HND) Certificate (Second Degree or Ph.D not necessary).
  • Transcript of the first Degree or HND.
  • International travelling Passport showing data page and date of departure for the course of study.

My name isn’t on the Senate/Academic Board Approved Result lists, can I still go ahead to register on NYSC portal?

No. Registration is for those whose names appear in the Senate/Academic Board Approved Result lists submitted by their Institutions will have access to the register on the NYSC portal.

How can I know official NYSC websites?

Check below NYSC official website and portal:




What is the meaning of Corper?

A serving corps member is usually referred to as ,”Corper,” “Copa”

What is the meaning of Ajuwaya?

Ajunwaya is a common military jargon popular in the NYSC orientation camp use as form “at ease”



Before then you may want to ask questions relating to NYSC and mobilization and one of our researchers will get onto it.

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