About Territorial Army (TA) Written Exam

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The MKCian Says Indian Territorial Army (TA) is a second line of defence after the Regular Indian Army; it is not a profession, occupation or a 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.

ATTENTION: TA 2018 written examination; 6 months Comprehensive Course starts on 1st January 2018 & 8th January 2018, 15TH January 2018, 22 January 2018, 29 January 2018.

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Examination Details

  • Forms- June
  • Exam-29 July
  • Age Limit - 18 to 42 years
  • Graduation Passed in any stream
  • Gainfully Employed in Central Govt / Semi Govt / Pvt firm / Own Business
  • Written Examination
  • Preliminary Interview Board (PIB) at their respective TA Group Headquarters.
  • SSB Interview
  • Medical Examination

Age Limits

Only male citizens of India and Ex-service officers who are medically fit.
Age- 18 to 42 years as on 31 Dec 2016


The selection process of Territorial Army Is based on the selection process which comprises of three steps:-

1. The Written Examination –

Written test duration is of : Two Hours

Maximum marks in the paper one can obtain is : 100 Marks

Part – I of the Question paper is made up of the following Sections Short Essay’s: The Essay is on current affair ( i.e. it could include national and international events.) English comprehension and Language Arrangement of Sentences (consisting of 04 marks).

Comprehension/Passage (consisting of 06 marks).

Fill in the blanks. ( consisting of 10 marks)

Part II- of the Question Paper consists of Objective Type Questions

It includes General Awareness which consist of the following Subjects

  • Economics
  • Politics
  • Defence
  • Sports
  • International Events etc
  • Reasoning –verbal/non- verbal

Next Step os the Preliminary Interview Board – PIB

And the Final Step is The Service Selection Board- SSB

Already employed candidates fulfilling all the eligibility criteria can apply in retort to the advertisements which are published in the leading national newspaper & The Employment News in the months of June – July and December – January every year. Applications are then to be sent to the concerned TA Group Headquarters. After processing of applications, the eligible candidates are called for Preliminary Interview Boards held at the various respective Territorial Army Group Headquarters ( which are located at Pune, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Lucknow). Selected candidates are then to go through the SSB Interview, Medical Board & Police Verification. The successful candidates are then granted commission by the President of India.

Ex – Defence service officers can also join the Territorial Army. They need to apply directly to The Additional Directorate General of The T.A. and need to appear before the Board of Officers who is presided by the Additional Director General of T.A. at New Delhi . Selected Officers are then to be cleared by the various Medical Boards, before they can be granted a commission in the Territorial Army . All such officers are given the benefit of their previous commissioned service in the Services and their respective Arms on joining the Territorial Army.

Examination Schedule

Paper Availability of Forms Date of Examination
I & II 1 June 29 July


11 Written exam center in all over India

  • Chandigarh
  • Lucknow
  • Patna
  • Kolkata
  • Shillong
  • Jaipur
  • Pune
  • Bangalore
  • Hyderabad
  • Udhampur
  • Sri Nagar


The TA examination will be conducted in two phases:

Paper Subjects No. of Questions Marks Time Alloted
I Part - Reasoning

Part-II Elementary Mathematics



2 hrs
II Part -I General Knowledge

Part-II English



2 hrs

QUALIFYING MARKS: Minimum 40% marks in each part of the paper separately and overall average of 50% Marks


 Mathematics PAPER - II
General knowledge & English
Syllogism Arithmetic Number System History , polity , Economy
statements Elementary Number Theory Geography, Science, Current
figures Unitary Method Antonyms
letters  Algebra Synonyms
relations Trigonometry Reading Comprehension
directions Geometry Para Jumbles
missing numbers Menstruation Spotting Error
time and date Statistics  
Negative Marks –

Yes, 1/3rd marks will be deducted for each incorrect response

Cut off -

The cut-off will be decided by the commission. But candidates need to obtain minimum cut off marks in order to qualify for the next round.

Category  Paper I(out of 250)  Written test (out of 450) Final Selection (out of 600)
General 110-120 170-180 275-285
Other Backward Class (OBC) 110-120 170-180 270-280
Scheduled Caste (SC) 90-100 150-160 250-260
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 90-100 145-155 245-255
Ex-Servicemen (ExS) 35-45 65-75 200-210


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MKC Publication

The Indian Army conducts a recruitment examination for recruiting Indian nationals to the post of officers in Territorial Army. This book has been designed for the aspirants preparing for Territorial Army Officers Recruitment Examination.

The present book for Territorial Army Officers Recruitment Examination has been divided into four parts covering Reasoning, Elementary Mathematics, General Knowledge and English, each sub-divided into number of chapters as per the syllabi of the recruitment examination. Each chapter covered in the book contains ample number of solved problems which have been designed on the lines of questions asked in previous years' Territorial Army Officers Recruitment Examination. At the end of each chapter, unsolved practice exercises have also been provided to help aspirants practice the concepts covered in each chapter. A separate current affairs section has also been provided to help aspirants get an insight into the recent events and happenings from across the globe. The book also contains solved paper of Territorial Army Officers Recruitment Examination to help aspirants get an insight into the recent year examination pattern and three practice sets to help aspirants revise and master the concepts.

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