Territorial Army 2021 Eligibility

Updated On -

Mar 19, 2021

In case you want to be a part of the Indian Army but was not able to crack the exam in the past, then the other best option for you is the Indian Territorial Army that offers ample opportunities to serve the nation. Candidates who get selected for the Indian Territorial Army (TA) post get a chance to serve the nation like the Regular Indian Army employees. The role and responsibility of the Territorial Army include releasing the regular army from the static duties and help civil administration while coping up with natural disasters and maintenance of essential.

Presently, there are almost 40,000 persons serving on the Territorial Army. All the interested candidates can be a part of the Territorial Army by becoming Officers and Junior Commissioned Officers (JCO). The Territorial Army Officers (Non-Departmental) is reserved for the Ex-Servicemen and Civilians, the recruitment of the Civilians is done for Territorial Army Officers (Non-Departmental).

Candidates who have applied for the Indian Territorial Army help the nation at the time of dire need or national emergencies including earthquake, or some other disasters.

TA Highlights

Territorial Army Exam Highlights

The following table shows highlights of the Territorial Army Exam:

Name of the exam Territorial Army Officers
Organizing Body Territorial Army, India
Level of the exam National
Exam Category Graduation
Type Objective Type
Total time allotted 2 hours
Official Website
TA Eligibility

Detailed Eligibility Criteria for Territorial Army

Candidates planning to apply for the TA post can check the minimum eligibility criteria mentioned below:

Territorial Army Eligibility Criteria for Civilians:

  • Nationality: Only the Indian citizens are allowed to apply
  • Age Limits: The candidates planning to apply for this post must be aged between 18 and 42 years while applying.
  • Educational Qualifications: He/she must have obtained a graduate degree from a recognized university.
  • Physical Standards: Candidates who are physically and medically fit can apply.
  • Employment status: Gainfully employed

Territorial Army Eligibility Criteria for Ex-Servicemen

The Ex-Service Officers aged between 18 to 42 years while applying are eligible. Candidates need to be a graduate and must be in a good health. However, candidates who have served the Regular Army/ Navy/ Air Force/ Police/ GREF/ Para Military and other forces are not permitted to apply.

Required Documents while applying

  • 10th and 12th Class Pass Certificate
  • Domicile/Nativity Certificate
  • Relation Certificate
  • NCC Certificate (if have)
  • Caste Certificate
  • Character Certificate
  • Age Proof Certificate
  • Passport Size Photograph
  • Aadhar Card & Address Proof
  • Any National/ International Sports Certificate (If have)
TA Application Form

Territorial Army 2020 Application Form

The application form for the Territory Army 2021 will be announced in the future. All the candidates who want to get selected for this post must stay familiar with the latest exam pattern. The Application Process for the Territorial Army 2021 needs to be done in online mode and all the candidates need to take a print out of the application form once they have successfully registered for the same.

Following the below -mentioned steps while applying. Steps to fill the application form

  • Refer to the official website of the Territorial Army.
  • On the home screen, the career section will be seen. You need to click on the “Join as Officer”.
  • Tap on the "New Registration" tab.
  • Now fill in all the details including contact name, phone number, and Password.
  • Tap on the "Submit" button. After that, your application form will be generated.
  • Make sure that you have read all the instructions carefully before clicking on the "Yes" option.
  • Now start filling your details accurately, and fix the passport size photograph and sign the form.
  • After that, tap on "Save and Continue".
  • Enter the other basic details given on the application form.
  • Click on "Save and Continue".
  • Disclose the total attempts for SSB or any other Armed Forces.
  • After paying the mentioned application fee, you need to click on the submit button.

TA Admit Card

Territorial Army 2020 Admit Card

The admit card for this exam is made available on the official website at least before 1-2 weeks of the exam. All the candidates can check the official site to stay updated about the release of their admit card. The Admit Card includes all the information like the date of the exam, exam centre and location, personal details, etc. and thus it is important to carry the admit card on the date of the exam. Candidates can check the below-mentioned steps to download the admit card given below:

Steps to download the admit card

  • Visit the official site of the Territorial Army.
  • On the main page, tap on the admit card link.
  • Mention your login details.
  • After that, your Admit card will come on the home page.
  • You can then download the admit card. Take a print out of the same.
TA Selection Process

Territorial Army Selection Process

The detailed selection procedure for Officers Civilians and Ex-Servicemen is presented given below:

Territorial Army Selection Process for Officers Civilians

Screening: Candidates who have obtained the minimum required percentage will eligible for the interview. They will be called for further screening. The screening round includes a written exam followed by an Interview, both these rounds will be arranged by a Preliminary Interview Board by the respective Territorial Army Group Headquarters.

Shortlisted candidates will undergo tests at a Service Selection Board (SSB) and Medical Board for final selection.

The vacancies for male and female candidates will be determined as per organizational requirements.

Territorial Army Selection Process for Ex-Servicemen

The Ex-Service Officers will be shortlisted by the Army Headquarters Selection Board (ASB). The Ex-Service Officers will be asked to take a medical test at the Armed Forces Clinic.

Main points related to TA Exam:

  • The Minimum Age limit for Indian Army recruitment is 18 years while the upper age limit is 42 years.
  • The Interviews are expected to be taken in April.
  • The candidates need to clear Physical Test, Written Test, and Medical Test before getting considered for the Interview.
TA Faqs


Ques. What is the way to apply if some are Ex-Servicemen?

Ans. You have to download the application form from the official website and submit it by uploading all eth required documents.

Ques. How candidates will be selected for Ex-Servicemen?

Ans. The selection of Officers under Ex-Servicemen category will be considered through the Interview round only.

Ques. How many vacancies are announced each year for Territorial Army Officers?

Ans. The total number of vacancies announced each year differ based on the requirement within the department.

Ques. What is the exam pattern of the Territorial Army exam?

Ans. The exam pattern of Territorial Army for Civilians include two papers including Paper 1 and paper 2. Candidates have to prepare subjects like Reasoning and Elementary Mathematics in paper 1 while they need to study General Knowledge and English for the paper.

Ques. What is the main difference between Army and Territorial Army?

Ans. One of the main differences among both is that the candidates selected for the Territorial Army post will be assigned part-time duty while soldiers in the regular Army are full-time employees.

Ques. Is joining the Territorial Army a good option?

Ans. Of course yes, candidates selected for these posts will get a chance to serve the country.

3 Months Crash Course

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.


vineedh m
Married candidate apply this job??
abdul nazir

There is no specific criteria mentioned for marital status of the candidate as per the notification. In case of any change the same will be informed via official website. Other eligibilities include:

  • One must be citizen of India
  • Age must be between 17 and 42 years
  • Must have  a Bachelor’s degree
  • Must be physically and mentally fit
  • Must be employed

sarat borah
Excuse me plz send me online apply link?
abdul nazir

The application form for eligible students will be made available at the right time on the official website of the Terrotorial Army i.e. You need to fill the form in online mode within the given deadline. The form can be downloaded free of cost.

sadim ansari
What documents are needed while applying for the Territorial Army exam?
kavita rani

Some of the documents that are needed while applying for the exam include latest Physical Fitness Certificate, Photo Identity Proof, Residential Proof, Evidence of Age, etc. Further details related to the documents required are mentioned here.

divakar sharma
What documents are needed while applying for the Territorial Army exam?
kavita rani

Some of the documents that are needed while applying for the exam include latest Physical Fitness Certificate, Photo Identity Proof, Residential Proof, Evidence of Age, etc. Further details related to the documents required are mentioned here.

lakshay kakkar
What skills will I gain from my training?
kavita rani

During the military training candidates will get career related qualifications, courses accredited up to Masters level, and will be able to improve their leadership and other abilities. Check other details here.

sunny pandey
How much training is needed in territorial army post?
kavita rani

Hi Sunny. Candidates need to train for up to 40 days a year based on their role. Training takes place in the evening and over the weekends plus a two-week annual camp. During the basic training, military skills like tactics, weapon handling and map reading are taught to the learners.
Subsequent training depends on your role and how much time you can devote to it. 

When will be the notification come for TA officer?
abdul nazir

Hi Yuvaraj, The dates for the release of recruitment notification will be released on the official website at the right time. Along with the notification, registration dates will be released as well. Before applying ensure that you follow eligibility criteria. To know more details visit Territorial Army recruitment.

puja sao
What is upper age limit of SC and ST category candidates?
kavita rani

Hi Puja. The age limit is same for all. Candidates applying for this post must be at least 17 years and 9 months at the time of applying and must not be more than 49 years old.
Gather more details from here.

fauzia shahid
Do I have to attempt the tests for both English & Hindi Language in NABTerritorial Army?
kavita rani

Hi Fauzia. The medium of exam is English. More details related to this exam is mentioned here.

bhagyashri kene
what is the age limit for territorial army?
kavita rani

Hi Bhagyashri. Candidate must be aged between 19 and 42 years, on the date of application. Refer here to get more details.

Territorial army notifications announce ?
abdul nazir

Hi Ramaraja, The dates for territorial army notifications will be annonced shortly for both common and ex-servicemen. you can check details of same from here.

baiju s
Territorial army age limit. Plz.. tell me sir

HI Baiju

Click here to know the age criteria