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Will I Go To NYSC After National Diploma (ND)?

Serving the nation through the scheme called the  National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has always been one of the focuses of admission seekers.

Most students will ask several questions relating to serving at NYSC before picking up admission forms. Some, already in school, are curious to know what is waiting for them right after finishing the programme.

Parents and students alike love NYSC and it won't matter, in certain situations, if you're a graduate unless you can for NYSC.

For this important attachment to NYSC, several admission seekers and those who are in their ND 1 or ND 2 are asking if they will go to NYSC after their programmes.

In this post, I will be answering this question and giving more references to clear the air.

National Diploma (ND) Holders Are Never Mobilized For NYSC

National Diploma is usually a 2-year polytechnic academic programme. When you're done with this programme and you earn its certificate, you're not qualified for NYSC straight. If you must serve, you'll have to either:

  1. cross to a university and earn a BSC there, or 
  2. proceed to Higher National Diploma (HND) and complete that.

As you must have derived from above, there are two qualifications you need, to be able to partake in NYSC.

  1. University degree e.g. BSC, B.Tech., B. Agric, etc.
  2. Higher National Diploma (HND)

Before either of these qualifications, some people might have been to polytechnics or colleges of education to have to earn National Diploma (ND) and Nigerian Certificates in Education (NCE) respectively. Among other functional qualifications are IJMB, JUPEB, 

Unfortunately, except the holders of these foundational certifications proceed to universities or higher national diploma levels, they're not statutorily qualified for NYSC.

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Your National Diploma (ND) Will Be Required For NYSC Though

Having established that, you won't use ND only to go for NYSC, whether you cross to university or proceed to HND, you'll still be required to present your ND result/certificate as a prerequisite for your service.

Let me explain.

While filling out the online NYSC form, the corps require any polytechnic and university graduates, who crossed for their HND and BSC using ND, NCE, IJMB, and any other diploma, to supply that information too.

Similarly, during the physical screening at the NYSC camp, these graduates will also be asked to present their ND or other foundational course certificates/results.

However, that is not to say that, with ND only, you can serve at NYSC. No, you can't.


If you're seeking admission into a polytechnic, at the end of your year 2, you hold National Diploma (ND). Don't expect NYSC at this level.

You will need to proceed to HND or BSC before you can become a recognized graduate of NYSC.

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