List of subjects for NECO GCE Exam and recommendations

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NECO GCE Compulsory Subjects for Art, Science and Commercial Students

Listen and listen good. Most of you want to write NECO GCE examination because you did not do well in the past WAEC and there is nothing wrong with combining two results like WAEC and NECO GCE together. But make sure that you in both results, you pass at least 6 subjects.

That is what most universities accepting two sittings require. For example, if you pass 4 subjects in WAEC, you must pass at least 2 more subjects in NECO GCE excluding the one you already pass in WAEC

For those writing NECO GCE Examination, please, you should know that the Science/Art/Commercial subjects accepted by; for example the University of Lagos may not be accepted in Lagos State University. All Schools have laid down policy on what subject is required for a course and the acceptable grades.

It is better you check the specific university subject requirement for a course on this site using the search box below. This page is only meant to show you which subjects are science, art and commercial for NECO GCE Exams.

These are the compulsory list of science subjects in NECO GCE Exams for science students in Nigeria

  • Additional General Science
  • Additional Mathematics
  • Agricultural Science
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Food Science
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • General Biology
  • General Science
  • Geology
  • Health Science
  • Human Biology
  • Hygiene
  • Integrated Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Pure and Applied Mathematics
  • Rural Biology
  • Rural Science
  • Statistics
  • Zoology
  • Geography


These are the compulsory list of Art subjects in NECO GCE Exams for Art students in Nigeria:

  • English Language
  • Literature in English
  • History
  • Fine and Applied Arts
  • French
  • Igbo
  • Other Nigerian Languages
  • Music
  • Government
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Islamic Religious Studies
  • Christian Religious Studies

For those asking what are social science subjects in secondary school? Social science subjects and commercial subjects are the same.

These are the compulsory list of commercial/social science subjects in NECO GCE Exams for commercial students in Nigeria:

  • Economics
  • Commerce
  • Government
  • Geography
  • Principles of Account


If you’re writing NECO GCE Exams or any O level examination, remember to blend with other subjects. For example, since you only need 5 subject credits to qualify for admission and you have confirmed the required compulsory subject combinations for your desired course, then add more courses. Add courses from both science, art and commercial subjects to complete 9 subjects.

If I have listed the best subject combination for any Science, Art and Commercial students. If you choose to write the subjects I’m recommending for you below in NECO GCE and you pass, you are qualified to study 80% of any course in the university.


Best combination Commercial Students

  1. Mathematics
  2. English Language
  3. Civic Education
  4. Economics
  5. Accounting
  6. Biology or Agriculture or Geography
  7. Yoruba or Igbo or Hausa
  8. Government
  9. A trade subject


Art subjects

  1. Mathematics
  2. English Language
  3. Civic Education
  4. Economics
  5. Literature in the English Language
  6. Government
  7. CRS/IRS
  8. Yoruba or Igbo or Hausa
  9. A trade subject


Science subjects

  1. Mathematics
  2. English Language
  3. Civic Education
  4. Chemistry
  5. Physics
  6. Biology
  7. Agriculture
  8. Yoruba or Igbo or Hausa
  9. A trade subject


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12 thoughts on “List of subjects for NECO GCE Exam and recommendations”

  1. What course can I study sir
    Mathematics C4
    Civic Education C5
    Biology E8
    Government C5
    Economic C4
    Financial Accounting C4
    Commerce C4
    Marketing C6

  2. English c6
    mathematics E8
    Civic education E8
    Islamic studies C5
    government E8
    economics D7
    lit in English C6
    Yoruba C5
    animal husbandry F9
    wot course can I study


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