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Territorial Army 2021 Exam Pattern

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Oct 21, 2020

Regular Indian Army remains in the first line followed by the Indian Territorial Army (TA) in the second position. The commission aims in relaxing the regular army cadets from static duties and assisting the civil administration in dealing. About 40, 000 candidates serve in the territorial army posts right now amid the breakdown of the virus.

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A candidate can enrol themselves in the following two posts of the Indian Territorial army,

  • Officers
  • Junior Commissioned Officers

The commission has given brief details about the date of the examination and the extended time during the outbreak of COVID 19 is more than just enough for the preparation of Territorial Army examination 2021. Use it wisely and try cracking the exam to serve the country and feel more splendid and proud—all the very best.

TA Exam Highlights

TA 2021 Highlights

Particulars Details
Name of the exam Examination for Territorial Army Officers
Name of the exam conducting board Indian territorial army and the ministry
Examination level All India level/National
The primary category of the examination Graduation
Name of the posts filled Territorial Army (non-departmental) for civilians and ex-servicemen
Several stages of the recruitment process
  • For civilians: Screening (written exam and interview), SSB, medical board for final selection
  • For ex-servicemen: Interview only
The pattern of the exam Multiple choice questions/Objective type
Total duration allotted to finish up the exam 2 hours
The mode of the examination Offline mode/pen and paper
Official website of the commission
TA Exam Pattern

Territorial Army exam 2021 Pattern of the exam

The commission has divided the written form of text into two separate papers.

  • Paper 1: The paper comprises a total of two sections, such as reasoning and elementary mathematics.
  • Paper 2: The paper comprises a total of two sections, such as general knowledge and English.

All the candidates shall be provided with a total time duration of two hours to finish each paper of the national level test. Candidates shall have to take up each paper of the exam for two hours by attending 100 questions.


Section Time allotted for completion of the test Total number of questions Marks granted
Reasoning 1 hour 50 questions 50 marks
Elementary level mathematics 1 hour 50 questions 50 marks


Section Time allotted for completion of the test Total number of questions Marks granted
General knowledge 1 hour 50 questions 50 marks
English 1 hour 50 questions 50 marks

Territorial Army Exam 2021 Marking Scheme

The commission, like every other national level conducting commissions, has its marking scheme based on which candidates are provided with marks and percentiles.

  • For every wrong answer, the candidate shall be detected with few marks or provided with a penalty.
  • When a candidate attempts a question with the right answer, he/she shall be awarded one mark for each correct answer.
  • To qualify at the national level examination, a candidate must score at least the minimum cut off of 40%.
  • On average, the commission notices an average of about 50% for the past few years.
TA Exam Syllabus

Territorial Army Exam 2021 Syllabus

The board has now announced the essential topics and syllabus to be followed by the candidates to ace the examination.

Reasoning: The commission always sets up an easiest to moderate level of question paper for the candidates that deal with,

  • Numbers
  • Statements
  • Figures
  • Letters

Elementary level mathematics: The name of the section even suggests the toughness level of the area in the examination.

  • Arithmetic
  • Unitary Method
  • Algebra
  • Trigonometry
  • Geometry
  • Mensuration
  • Statistics

General Knowledge: The general knowledge section of the paper shall include various topics such as,

  • History of India
  • The polity of the country
  • The economic status of India
  • Weak and strength of the country
  • The geographical nature of the country.

English: The commission has set it as compulsory for all the candidates to know at least the basics in English. This section of the paper includes,

  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Para fumbles
  • Error Spotting
  • Jumbled Sentences
  • Sentence Correction
  • Fill in the blanks
TA Exam Books

Territorial Army Exam 2021 Books to follow up

Name of the section/subject Suggested books
  • A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by RS Aggarwal
  • A New Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by BS Sijwali and Indu Diwali
  • Shortcuts in Reasoning for Competitive Exams by Disha Experts
  • Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey
  • How to crack test of Reasoning by Arihant
Elementary level mathematics
  • Quantitative Aptitude by Sarvesh Verma
  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by Abhijit Guha
  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by RS Aggarwal
General knowledge
  • Quick General Knowledge with Current Affairs by Disha Publication
  • Manorama Yearbook 2020 by Mammen Mathew
  • Arihant’s General Knowledge by Manohar Pandey
  • Lucent’s General Knowledge by Binay Karna and SP Suman
  • Pratiyogita Darpan
  • Objective General English by SP Bakshi
  • Wren & Martin High School English Grammar and Composition
  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman & Lewis
TA Exam Recruitment

Territorial Army 2021 Process of Recruitment

The commission follows up a unique way of recruiting candidates into the posts. The recruitment process has been divided into several stages to examine the ability of the candidates. The several phases of the exam are,

  • Written exam
  • Preliminary interview
  • SSB interview
  • The final medical examination

Candidates qualifying the initial written exam get to appear for a preliminary interview. A candidate who aces the preliminary interview shall appear for SSB interview and finally, the medical examination to get recruited.

TA Exam FAQs


Ques. Are there any changes in qualifying marks based on the social categories the candidates belong to?

Ans. No, the cutoff remains the same for every candidate taking up the exam.

Ques. Which are the cities allotted as examination centres?

Ans. The commission has announced to conduct the examination in 17 several cities across India.

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