The Indian Territorial Army (TA) is the second line of defence behind the regular Indian Army. It is not a profession, occupation or source of employment. It is only meant for those people who are already in mainstay civilian professions; in fact, gainful employment or self-employment in a civil profession is a prerequisite for joining the Territorial Army.

Territorial Army volunteers often work in uniform for a few days each year, so that they can carry weapons to defend the country in times of great need or national emergency.


Territorial Army was inaugurated by first Indian Governor-General of India, Mr. C. Rajagopalachari on 9 October 1949 after Independence. The Territorial Army Act was passed in 1948.

The Ecological units have helped alleviate man-made environmental degradation by planting 2.5 crore of native on more than 20,000 acres of land in Mussoorie Hills and Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand, Bikaner and Jaisalmer in Rajasthan and Chambal in Madhya Pradesh.

Force Structure

The Territorial Army is a part of the regular Indian Army. The existing role of the Territorial Army is to relieve the regular Army from static functions and assist civil administration in dealing with natural disasters and maintenance of essential services in situations where public health is affected or national security is threatened, and to provide units for the regular Army as and when required.

Group Headquarters

TA GP HQ, Southern Command – Pune, Maharashtra

TA GP HQ, Eastern Command – Kolkata, West Bengal

TA GP HQ, Western Command – Chandigarh (Union Territory)

TA GP HQ, Central Command – Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

TA GP HQ, Northern Command – Udhampur, Jammu & Kashmir

Course Outline

You have to clear the following stages to be in TA:

Stage 1 – Written Examination
Stage 2 – SSB
Stage 3 – Medical Examination
Stage 4 – Merit

Stage 1 – Written Examination
Written Examination is conducted by Army HQ TA Directorate.


Paper I – Reasoning and Elementary Mathematics.

Part-1 Reasoning: It includes Question on logical based on simple pattern of numbers, statement, figures, etc.
Part-2 Elementary Mathematics: 1. Arithmetic Number System, 2. Unitary Method, 3.Elementary Number Theory, 4. Algebra, 5. Trigonometry, 6. Geometry, 7. Mensuration & 8. Statistics.

Paper II – General Knowledge and English
Part-1 General Knowledge: It includes Current Events and Questions on History of India and Geography of nature which candidates should be able to answer without special study.

Part-2 English: It includes Questions on Synonyms, Antonyms, reading comprehension, Para Jumbles, error spotting, jumbled sentences, sentence correction and fill in blanks.

Stage 2 – SSB
Please see the details under SSB on our website.

Stage 3 – Medical
You have to be medically fit. You should not have any medical disability especially heart murmur, Knock Knee, flat foot, etc. It is advised to get a medical check-up at an early stage and take remedial measures.

Stage 4 – Merit
It is advised that you must do well in written and SSB so that you get at least more than 50% marks to be sure in merit.


Infantry training is carried out on urban and provincial systems.

Urban Systems Of Training
Recruit Training: Training is carried out on weekends and holidays. Four hours of training is counted as one day. Thirty-Two days in the first year only including a camp of not less than four days if the trainee volunteers with the written consent of his employer, if any.
Annual Training: A minimum of thirty-six days, with extensions up to a maximum of sixty days including a camp for fourteen days.
Post Commission Training: All Officers are required to undergo ten weeks of post-commission training within two years of their commissioning. Ex-officers from the Regular Army or Short Service Commissioned can be exempted from this training at the sole discretion of the commanding officer.
Voluntary Training: To gain additional military training, provided the trainee volunteers with the written consent of the employer if any.

Provincial Systems Of Training
Recruit Training: For a continuous period of thirty days in the first year only.
Annual Training: For a continuous period of two calendar months in the first and subsequent years.
Post commission Training: 90 days Post Commission Training is compulsory within two years of commissioning IMA, Dehradun.
Voluntary Training: To gain additional military training, provided the trainee volunteers with the written consent of his employer, if any.


Eligibility (TA)

S/he must be an Indian by nationality.

Age Limit:

The upper and lower age limit is 18 to 42 years on the date of application.

Educational Qualifications

Must be a Graduate from any recognized university.



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