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Saturday, March 16, 2019

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


Thanks for being there for us students and giving us access to this kind of platforms.

I write to ask you a question.

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

Thanks for your answer in advance.

Yemi Odunayo

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

Let’s get this question right.

Yemi wrote WAEC and JAMB. Whereas in WAEC - he put in a date of birth 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.

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

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.

And 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 prepared 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 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).

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.

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 mobilization when you complete your academic programs in university, polytechnic or colleges of education.

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.

Having said that, for admission purpose, JAMB DOB is more relevant 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.

If internal exams, do that through the school principal or exams officer. They will handle it with a moderate fee.

If private candidates i.e GCE students, write directly to the exams body and submit personally at counter. You will need to prepare all relevant documents along including your official birth certificate or court affidavit.

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