NECO GCE Registration 2020 | SSCE External

The National Examination Council (NECO) has announced the commencement of the sales of application form and registration for the 2020 Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) for External Candidates. The online registration begins Tuesday, 1st December 2020 and closes Tuesday, 22nd January 2021.

NECO GCE registration for Senior School Certificate Examination (external) is majorly for candidates not in the School system i.e. private candidates.

The NECO GCE timetable has also been released by the council, therefore, you can go through the link to access it.

How to Apply for NECO GCE Form

Registration Period:

  • The registration period Begins on 1st December 2020 and ends on 22 January 2021 at 12.00 midnight.
  • Late registration i.e. registration done from 25 to 31st January 2021 will attract payment of ADDITIONAL One Thousand Naira (N1,000) only.
  • Walk-in registration is Twenty Thousand Naira (20,000.00) only per candidate, Registration must be done a day before the scheduled time of the first subject/paper intended to sit for

Application Fee:

  • The NECO SSCE External Registration fee is Nine Thousand Eight Hundred and Fifty Naira (N9,850) Only.
  • Stamp Duty: N50.00.
  • All payments should be made into NECO Treasury Single Account (TSA) SSCE (E) NECO portal.

NECO GCE Registration Process For Cyber Cafes Agents

  • Create an Account: Create an account by visiting operator.neco.gov.ng and clicking the Register Link in the Top Right Corner.
  • Activate Your Account: An activation email will be sent to you, Follow the instructions contained in the email to activate your account. Sometimes the email might end up in your spam folder.
  • Login: Visit operator.neco.gov.ng Use your registered email and password to login
  • Download the Offline App: Once you have logged in successfully, you should be able to download the offline app from the dashboard.
  • Activate the Offline App: Use your registered email address and password to activate the offline app. This is a one time event.
  • Register Candidates (s): Register Candidates by collecting candidate information including pictures, fingerprints, Subjects, passports e.t.c.
  • Upload Records: Candidates are required to provide either exam or four figure table tokens as proof of payment. Candidates can purchase tokens via their online accounts.
  • Print Photo Card: Once our system verifies the candidates token, he/she will be issued a photocard with registration number, examination center, and other details, you are done.

NB: Please note that the VERIFICATION LINK is only valid for 24 hours. Ensure to verify your account within the specified time.

NECO SSCE External Registration Process For Candidates

  • Create an Account: Create an account by visiting https://ssceexternal.neco.gov.ng/ and clicking the Register Here Link.
  • Activate Your Account: An activation email will be sent to you. Follow the instructions contained in the email to activate your account. Sometimes the email might end up in your spam folder.
  • Login: Visit ssceexternal.neco.gov.ng Use your registered email and password to login
  • Make Payment: Once logged in, you can make payment for SSCE external examination. your payment is successful you will be issued exam and / or four figure table token(s)
  • Locate a Registration Point: To register, you have to visit any one of the approved cybercafes operators registration points. Visit https://operator.neco.gov.ng/ to help you locate one near you.
  • Register Offline: Register by providing your information including pictures, fingerprints and subjects you wish to sit for.
  • Print Your Photo-Card: Provide your token to upload your data, Once the system verifies your token, you will be issued a photo-card with your registration number and details.

NOTE: In order to upload candidates’ data to the NECO portal online and obtain examination numbers, a candidate must be registered and either have an online account or have it created for him/her by a cyber café Log in to the created account and purchase registration token (s) (scratch cards are no longer used for SSCE External registration).

Attestations Photo Cards And Examination Time-Table

On completion of the registration process, each candidate must obtain the following from the Cyber Cafe

  • Timetable for the examination, and
  • At least One (1) clear copy of the NECO Photo card, which would be used to admit the candidate into the Examination Hall. (Candidates should note that Passport size photographs on the Photo cards that are not clear will NOT be accepted in the Examination Hall)

The Referee’s Attestation section of the Photocard should be SIGNED AND STAMPED by any of the following

a) The Principal of a recognized Senior Secondary School

b) An Ordained Clergyman or a Chief Imam.

c) A Commissioned Officer of the Nigerian Armed Forces or the Police not below the rank of Captain

d) A Senior Civil Servant not below GL. 14.

e) A Legal Practitioner of not less than ten years’ experience.


Lastly, NECO GCE registration entails that you must take note of all the NECO subjects available before you start registration online.

Bolarinwa Olajire

An associate lecturer with demonstrated history of working in the education industry. Skilled in analytical skills, C++, Fortran, and Entrepreneurship. Strong education professional with a M. SC focused in condensed matter from University of Ibadan and PhD student at FUNAAB.

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