NECO BECE Registration Form 2021 [Online & Offline Guidelines]

by | Jun 7, 2021 | Neco News

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See the steps involve in applying for NECO BECE Registration Form 2021 below.

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The National Examination Council, NECO wishes to inform the Schools, Parents and Teachers that the sales of form for the Basic Education Certification Examination, BECE into the Senior Secondary School for 2021 session has commenced. Registration deadline has been slated for Friday 20th August, 2021.

The Basic Education Certification Examination are taken by candidates to transit from the ninth year of the basic education class to the senior secondary, the BECE is conducted for candidates in their third year of the Junior Secondary School.

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While each state of the federation and the FCT conducts the BECE for its candidates, NECO conducts the BECE for Federal Unity Colleges, Armed Forces Secondary Schools and other Federal establishments operating Secondary schools. Private Secondary schools also take part in the NECO BECE provided they are permitted by their State Ministries of Education.

Eighteen subjects are administered at the BECE level.

A candidate is expected to sit for a maximum of ten subjects.

A candidate is deemed to have passed the BECE if he/she has passes in six subjects including English and Mathematics.

The grading system is as follows:

  • A – Distinction
  • B – Upper Credit
  • C – Lower Credit
  • P – Pass
  • F – Fail

Principals and Commandants of Secondary Schools are hereby informed that the registration procedure introduced by the Council last year is to be used for the 2021 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).

In view of the above, please find below the comprehensive procedure & guidelines for the 2021 BECE registration.


  • You are requested to painstakingly read through, understand and comply with the requirements therein. 
  • Do not hesitate to ask questions or seek for explanation on any aspect of the new registration procedure which you may not have clearly understood. 
  • Please note that you are expected to read and clearly understand this registration procedure & guidelines before embarking on the registration exercise. 
  • This correspondence is strictly for all Principals and Commandants of Secondary Schools to read and implement.

NECO BECE Registration Form

Find below the comprehensive procedure & guidelines for the 2021 BECE registration. You are requested to painstakingly read through, understand and comply with the requirements therein. Do not hesitate to ask questions or seek for explanation on any aspect of the registration procedure which you may not have clearly understood. Please note that vou are expected to read and clearly understand this registration procedures & guidelines before embarking on the registration exercise.


Principals/Commandants of schools are hereby informed that only candidates in their final year of Junior Secondary School i.e. (JSS 3) are eligible for registration. For the avoidance of doubt, the 2021 NECO BECE is meant for only school-based candidates in Nigeria and overseas.

Principals/Commandants of schools and State Ministries of Education should endeavor to enforce the eligibility condition.


The 2021 BECE registration will be both OFFLINE and ONLINE. There is no more manual registration for. The manual registration entries have been replaced with offline entries of candidates’ registration data.

The registration comprises of two stages:

  •  Offline and Online Registration.


Schools are to uninstall the previous version of the BECE offline application from their computer systems and install the current BECE offline application. Schools are to make all entries of their candidates’ bio-data and biometric data completely offline, using the 2021 BECE offline application supplied in a recordable CD/DVD along with this registration guidelines. Inside the CD/DVD, there is a copy of 2021 BECE offline application and a soft copy of the user manual on the step-by-step offline and online registration procedure.

The offline registration application could also be downloaded from the Council’s website . Schools are to print the user manual and strictly follow the registration procedure to successfully register candidates. The user manual can also be saved to a computer system from the offline application or downloaded from the Council’s website. Ensure that all prospective Candidates are registered offline, such that as they pay, they could be uploaded online progressively.

Please note that a candidate is only registered if his/her offline entries are uploaded online to obtain a registration number. Online upload is only possible upon payment of registration fees.


After successful offline registration, schools are to do the offline validation before payment could be made. Validation of registration data has been separated from the third year Continuous Assessment (CA3).

Validation of candidates is to be carried out during the offline registration before payment and upload of the corrected data online.

Schools are no longer to fill Validation Lists manually.


NECO BECE Correction of name is only limited to the results of years 2000 to 2018. However, with effect from 2019, all corrections of Name, Picture, Date of Birth, Sex, Subject and so on, are done during the offline validation process before uploading the registration data online.


Upon completion of the offline registration, schools are to export and print the offline photocards
of all the candidates from the offline application and issue to each candidate to confirm that his/her Picture, Name, State, LGA, Date of Birth, Sex and the Subjects he/she wishes to sit for are all correct.

Where errors are discovered, candidates should correct such errors on the photocard and sign in the appropriate column on the photocard.

Where there are no errors, Candidates should just sign the appropriate column. All signed photocards are to be returned to the person doing the registration to enter all corrections in the offline application.

Note that all corrections must be done offline. The Council is not liable for any registration errors committed by schools during registration and will only entertain non-validation after schools have
uploaded their entries online, upon payment of penalty fees.

Please note that any school that requests for correction of Name, Picture, Date of Birth, Sex or
Subject is deemed to have indulged in “NON-VALIDATION”. The penalty fee for non-validation
is N5,000.00 per candidate irrespective of the nature of non-validation.

After validation, a separate folder where the Validation Documents (Validation List, Candidates’ Photocards, Entry Schedule and Subject Analysis) are to be exported and saved should be
created either on the computer in which the offline registration application is installed, or in any
other external storage device.

See User Manual on “How to export Validation Documents” (Validation List, Candidates’ Photocards, Entry Schedule and Subject Analysis). The exported validation list is to be printed and given to candidates to further confirm that all the corrections they made on their Photocards (if any) have been duly effected.

Where Candidates discover on the Validation List that the errors were not corrected, they should call the attention of the person doing the registration to effect the corrections in the offline application, discard the validation list and export the corrected copy of the Validation list before they append their signatures against their respective names. The signed offline validation list is one of the documents to be returned to respective NECO State offices along with other Validation documents.


Each School (Center) must be activated by the NECO State Officer before payment and upload
could be possible. Schools are to return the Validation Documents to their respective State Officers, who would thereafter, activate the School for payment and upload to conclude the registration.

The validation Documents to be returned to NECO State Offices before activation are:
i. Validation List
ii. Candidates’ signed Photocards
iii. Entry Schedule duly endorsed by the School Principal
iv. Subject Analysis

Schools are to that Centre activation commences on 1st April, 2021.


As soon as a center is activated, schools are to connect to the internet and login to with their center number, username and password to make payment online.

As soon as payment is successful, schools are to launch the offline application while the system is still connected to the internet and login to the upload page by clicking the “check payment” button (see user manual) and selecting the candidates that paid and uploading them accordingly.


All payments should strictly be made through the NECO portal. Upon successful payment, registration quota is allocated according to the amount paid into the NECO TSA. After the quota is allocated, schools can select the individual candidates to pay for (if the payment is not for all candidates) by checking the selection boxes against each candidate’s name or checking the “select all” box to select the entire candidates, if the payment is for all the candidates.

Note that when paying in installments, schools should pay for at least 20 candidates at a time to avoid being wrongly surcharged for unviable centre fee.

After successful payment, a quota is allocated and the payment invoice is sent to the administrator’s email address. Schools can also print their payment invoice from the transaction history in their school profile and submit a copy to the NECO State Office along with the final Validation list that carries Candidates’ registration numbers.

The allocated quota would be used to upload and register candidates. After successful upload, registration numbers are automatically assigned to each registered candidate on both the final photocard and the final validation list.

Immediately after completion of the registration, schools should print the final validation list and give all candidates to sign against their respective names. The payment invoice and the signed final validation list should be endorsed by the School Principal/Commandant before submission to NECO State office.

The final photocards that bear the candidates’ registration numbers are to be used for admission of
candidates into the examination hall, as well as for candidates’ biometric verification exercise during the examination.


The procedure for upload of Candidates’ data online is as follows:
➢ Connect your computer to the internet;
➢ Launch the offline application;
➢ Click on “Payment and Upload” button;
➢ Click on “check Payment” button
➢ Enter your administrator login details to login;
➢ Select and Upload Candidates accordingly.


Details of the Examination fees and other registration materials are as follows:

a. Registration fee for the 2021 BECE is N4,000 only per candidate.
b. Unviable Centre fee is N 10,000.00
c. Late Registration attracts a Penalty of additional N1,000.00 per candidate
d. The registration fee for BECE Re-sit is N1,000.00 per candidate
e. Note that Stamp Duty, Service and Remita charges apply


The minimum number of candidates to be registered by a school is 20 (twenty).
Any school registering less than twenty candidates is deemed unviable and as such shall pay unviable centre fee of Ten Thousand Naira (N10,000.00) only if they wish to write the examination in their schools.


Each candidate shall register a minimum of 13 (thirteen) and a maximum of 15 (fifteen) subjects according to the grouping of subjects below:


(i) English Studies

(ii) Mathematics

(iii) Basic Science

(iv) Basic Technology

(v) Social Studies

(vi) Civic Education

(vii) Creative and Cultural Arts

(viii) Computer Studies

(ix) Physical and Health Education

(x) French

(xi) Hausa L1, Igbo L1, Yoruba L1

(xii) Christian Religious Studies/Islamic Studies

(i) Agricultural Science

(ii) Business Studies

(iii) Home Economics

(iv) Edo

(v) Efik

(vi) Ibibio

(vii) Arabic

(viii) Hausa L2, Igbo L2, Yoruba L2

At least one subject should be registered from group B.

(i) Typewriting is a compulsory component of Business Studies.
(ii) Technical Drawing is a compulsory component of Basic Technology.
(iii) Practical computer is a compulsory component of Computer Studies.


Note: The new syllabus for NECO BECE is available at the cost of One Thousand Two Hundred Naira N1,200 per copy. Each School is advised to have at least four copies.


The period for CA 3 entries by schools is from 27th April to Friday 20th August, 2021. Schools should ensure that they use the offline application to make entries for CA3, within the stipulated period.

Procedure for CA3 entry and upload
✓ Connect to the internet
✓ Launch the offline application
✓ Click on Third Year CA menu
✓ Check time for CA3 Upload
✓ Select the Candidate
✓ Make entries for CA 3
✓ Login with your username and password to upload CA 3

Any school that fails to upload the CA3 within the stipulated period stated above, will have to pay a late submission penalty fee of Twenty Thousand (N20, 000.00) Naira only. Any school that fails to upload CA will not have results  until they upload.


a. The regular registration period is between Tuesday 30th March, 2021 and Friday 20th August, 2021.
b. The website will be closed at 12:00 midnight on Friday 20th August, 2021.
d. The last date for return of printed payment invoice and endorsed final validation list is Friday 20th August, 2021.e. The registration period for BECE- resit  is between 26th July, 2021 and 16th August, 2021
f. The tentative exam dates for BECE Resit  are 11th and 12th August, 2021

SEE ALSO:2021 NECO Registration Form | Instructions & Guidelines


The procedure for registration of BECE resit is as follows:
➢ Login to your school profile with your center number, username and password
➢ Select Resit
➢ Select make payment
➢ Proceed to pay with any of the five payment options:
✓ Card payment
✓ Bank Branch
✓ Internet Banking
✓ Wallet

i. Commencement of registration by the schools is from Tuesday 30th March, 2021.
ii. Last date for regular registration by schools is Friday 20th August, 2021.
iii. Last date for late registration by schools is 20th August, 2021.
iv. Last date for closure of website is 20th August, 2021.
v. Last date for the return of payment invoice and endorsed final validation list, Friday 20th August, 2021.
vi. Last date for upload for CA 3 online is 21st September, 2021.
vii. The tentative dates for BECE Resit examination are 11th and 12th August, 2021.


If you have any question about NECO BECE Registration Form, kindly use the comment section below.

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