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The Territorial Army (TA) is one of the arms & services of the Indian army composed of volunteers who receive military training for a few days in a year so that in case of an emergency they can be mobilised for the defence of the country.
It is a second line of defence after the Regular Indian Army; the Indian Territorial Army 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.
NOTE: Serving members of the Regular Army/ Navy/ Air Force/ Police/ GREF/ Para Military and like forces are not eligible.
Eligibility: Only male citizens of India and Ex-service officers who are medically fit.
Age Limit: The lower limit of the age is 18 years and the upper limit is 42 years.
Candidates must be gainfully employed in Central Govt. /Union Territory /State Govt. /Semi Govt / Pvt. Sector / Self Employed.
Selection for Civilians: Candidates whose application forms are found correct will be called for screening (written exam and interview) by a Preliminary Interview Board (PIB) at the respective TA Group Headquarters.
Successful candidates will further undergo a Service Selection Board (SSB) and Medical Board for final Selection.
Selection for Ex Service Men: Ex Service Men of three services should send their applications along with release order and release medical board proceedings directly to Addl. Directorate General TA, Integrated HQ of MoD (Army), 'L' Block, New Delhi-01
The candidates will be screened by an Army HQ Selection Board (ASB) held at Addl. Dte Gen. TA GS Branch 'L' Block Church Road New Delhi which is followed by a Medical Board at New Delhi (Armed Forces Clinic) and Police Verification for shortlisted candidates.