JAMB/SSCE/JOBS Date of Birth Different? What To Do

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The date of birth (DOB) I used on WAEC, NECO, NABTEB, or GCE is different from the date of birth I used for JAMB. Is there any problem with that? And if yes, what can I do to correct this mistake?

This was a question from a candidate who registered for JAMB with a different date of birth 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. For example, he used 12th December 2000 in WAEC whereas in JAMB he put-in 1st August 2002.

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 purposes.

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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 the 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.
In other words, you may have a problem with the date of birth on the SSCE certificate if (for admissions) your school insists on collecting original results/certificates (for WAEC or WAEC GCE especially). If they accept just the online printout, no worries!

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 purposes.


Firstly, the JAMB result, be it an 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, the JAMB date of birth will also be sent to NYSC for 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.

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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.

Errors in the Date of Birth is Serious for Job Purposes

However, because of the use of WAEC, NECO, or NABTEB result for job or career purposes, 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). It may also limit your chance to get jobs if the prospective employers want lower ages for the positions opened.

If they reduce it, it may be favorable.

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 or demoted because of the differences in the dates of birth on the results tendered for jobs especially if such dates are reduced.

How to Correct Date of Birth on WAEC and JAMB

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

To correct the 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 exam body and submit personally at the counter. You will need to prepare all relevant documents along including your official birth certificate or court affidavit.
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How to Correct JAMB Date of Birth

Luckily enough, you can do corrections of the JAMB date of birth at a CBT centre or JAMB office. To do this, follow the guide below.

  1. Visit the JAMB office nearest to you. You may need to book an appointment first.
  2. You can also visit any accredited CBT centre nearest to you without any appointment
  3. Go along with a recognized birth certificate or court affidavit. Make sure the correct date is on the documents. You can also take your WAEC certificate with the same date of birth along.
  4. Ask for a change of birth date.
  5. This may cost you N3,500 or a bit less.

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