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Friday, 17 May 2019

Solutions to Different Date of Birth on JAMB and WAEC, NECO, NABTEB

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The date of birth (DOB) I used on WAEC is different from the date of birth I used for JAMB. Is there any problem with that? And if so, what is the solution to that?

This was a question from a candidate who registered for JAMB with a different name from the one used on his O'level result. Below is what you need to know if you find yourself in this situation too.

Different Date of Birth on WAEC and JAMB

Let’s get this question right.

Yemi wrote WAEC and JAMB. Whereas in WAEC - he put in a date of birth (DOB) different from that he used for in JAMB UTME.

Now, he wants to know if this is a serious problem or otherwise. If necessary, what is the way out?

WAEC date of birth is nothing serious for your admission. It’s the JAMB result that is more important here.

Your question didn’t state which date of birth was correct. In other words, there was no way to say if the date written for WAEC was your right date of birth or that of JAMB or both were wrong.

WAEC Date of Birth May Not Matter for Admissions

If the date of birth used for WAEC is not the right one, don’t panic as you won’t need that for admission purpose.

Re: Different Date of Birth on WAEC and JAMB – What is the Solution?

WAEC, NECO or NABTEB results online printout never shows your date of birth filled for those exams.

In most cases, this printout is what majority of admission seekers will use when seeking admission for the first time.

With this, there is no way your proposed school could know that something was wrong with your date of birth.

It’s only WAEC certificate or Original result that bears date of birth. In most cases, schools don’t ask for this on admission because they know it takes about two or so years before they are ready and collected by students.

However, because of the use of WAEC, NECO or NABTEB result for job or career purpose, you may be ready to make an amendment to that.

Don’t forget that if they mistakenly increased your age, it would reduce the years you would have to spend at service (while working for a government or private company).

If they reduce it, it may be favourable.

Don’t forget also that, your employer (government or private) may want to see that the date of birth on your certificate of birth and other documents should tally.

We have records of civil servants being sacked because of the difference in the date of birth on the results tendered for jobs especially if such date is reduced.

JAMB Date of Birth is Serious For Admissions

If that of JAMB is not the right date of birth, it calls for worries for admission purpose.


Firstly, JAMB result, be it online printout (called notification of result) or the original JAMB result will bear candidates’ dates of birth.

And since you will need to present either of the two for admission, the school may frown at this wrong birth date.

Secondly, JAMB date of birth will also be sent to NYSC for the mobilization when you complete your academic programs in university or polytechnic.

However, NYSC allows prospective serving corps to do correction of date of birth. This they allow if such a candidate is ready to change to the date of birth on his or her WAEC.

Thirdly, schools may likely check the date of birth on your JAMB result and compare that with the one on your birth certificate or age declaration/court affidavit.

Such schools will want to see both align with each other.

How to Correct Date of Birth on WAEC and JAMB.

For admission purpose, JAMB DOB is more important. But for job, career and other official reasons, WAEC may be more important. I think if you can correct that mistake now, you’ll save some future headaches.

To correct wrong WAEC, NECO or NABTEB date of birth, kindly write to the exams body office in the state of the exams.
  1. If internal exams, do that through the school principal or exams officer. They will handle it with a moderate fee.
  2. If private candidates i.e GCE students, write directly to the exams body and submit personally at the counter. You will need to prepare all relevant documents along including your official birth certificate or court affidavit.

How to Correct JAMB Date of Birth

Luckily enough, you can do correction of JAMB date of birth at a CBT centre or JAMB office. To do this, follow the guide here. The post, among other things, address the issue of errors in JAMB date of birth and gives you step by step procedures to correct it.

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