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What You Need to Know About NYSC Stream 1 and 2

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If you are a prospective corps member (PCM) who has registered for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme, you may be wondering what stream you belong to and what it means for your service year.

In this post, I will explain what NYSC streams are, how they are selected, and what are the differences between stream 1 and 2.

What are NYSC Streams?

NYSC streams are subdivisions of NYSC batches. Every year, NYSC mobilizes three batches of graduates for the one-year mandatory service: Batch A, B, and C. Each batch consists of two streams: stream 1 and stream 2.

The reason for having streams is that the number of graduates who register for NYSC is too large for the orientation camps to accommodate at once. Therefore, NYSC splits each batch into two streams to manage the camp capacity and logistics.

For example, if 120,000 graduates register for Batch B, NYSC will divide them into two streams of 60,000 each. Stream 1 will go to camp first, while stream 2 will wait for about two months before they are called to camp.

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How are NYSC Streams Selected?

NYSC uses a random algorithm to assign PCMs to streams. However, there is a way to influence the system without paying any money. The trick is to register early or late depending on your preferred stream.

If you want to be in stream 1, you should register on the first or second day of online registration. This will increase your chances of being selected for stream 1 by 95%. If you want to be in stream 2, you should register later, around the fourth or fifth day of online registration. This will increase your chances of being selected for stream 2 by 95%.

However, you should avoid registering very late for stream 2 because you may not get your preferred state of deployment or even miss the batch entirely. This is because the portal may display “Sorry, there is no available state slot” or “Registration closed” when the slots are filled up.

Another way to choose your stream is to visit the NYSC office in your state of residence. You can request to be placed in your preferred stream based on health, marital, or academic grounds. However, this is not guaranteed and may depend on the discretion of the NYSC officials.

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What are the Differences Between NYSC Stream 1 and 2?

There is no major difference between stream 1 and 2 except for the time of going to camp and completing service. Both streams are from the same batch and register at the same period. They also have the same orientation course content and duration.

The only difference is that stream 1 goes to camp earlier than stream 2 by about two months. This means that stream 1 also completes their service earlier than stream 2 by the same margin. For example, if stream 1 goes to camp in January and passes out in December, stream 2 will go to camp in March and pass out in February of the following year.

Some PCMs may prefer stream 1 because they want to finish their service early and move on with their lives. Others may prefer stream 2 because they want more time to prepare for camp or pursue other opportunities before service.

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How to Know Your NYSC Stream?

The only way to know your NYSC stream is through your call-up letter. NYSC will send call-up letters to only stream 1 PCMs about a week before camp. So, if you receive a call-up letter, it means you are in stream 1. If you do not receive a call-up letter when others in your batch are receiving theirs, it means you are in stream 2.

You can also check your dashboard on the NYSC portal to see if your call-up number has been generated. If it has, it means you are in stream 1. If it has not, it means you are in stream 2.

You can also follow the official NYSC social media platforms or visit for updates on when call-up letters will be sent out and when camp will commence for each stream.

I hope this post has answered your questions about NYSC streams. If you have any more questions or comments, feel free to drop them below.

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