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Territorial Army recruitment 2021 eligibility criteria, syllabus, exam pattern, study plan, vacancies, salary, and more


The Territorial Army Commission, Indian Army has invited applications from young citizens to serve the nation by joining the Territorial Army as territorial army officers (Non-departmental). This is an exceptional opportunity for patriots to serve in the army without switching their primary profession.

At a glance

OrganizationTerritorial Army, Government of India
Conducting bodyPreliminary Interview Board for Territorial Army Commission
PostTerritorial Army Officer (Non-departmental)
Submission of Application20 July 2021 to 19 August 2021
Application modeOnline
Selection processWritten test, Medical Standard tests
Date of written examination26 September 2021
Official website

Important dates

Start date of application20 July 2021
Last date to apply19 August 2021
Admit card releaseto be announced
Date of written examination26 September 2021
Resultsto be announced
Medical standard teststo be announced

Eligibility Criteria


Motivated young Indian Citizens can apply.

Educational Qualification

Graduates from any recognised university can apply. There are constraints on the subject of graduation.


As of 19 August 2021, candidates must be between the age of 18 to 42 to be eligible to apply.

Employment Status

Gainfully employed citizens are eligible to apply.

Application fee

All applicants₹ 200

How to Apply

  1. Register yourself as a new user using this link.
  2. Fill in all the details and provide an active email id and phone number. By default, the provided email id will be your username. Set a password for your profile.
  3. Log into your profile by entering the correct credentials here.
  4. After successful login, you can view your dashboard on screen. Continue with your registration.

Admit Card

The Admit Card for the written examination will be available for download after the submission of the application. All Candidates are instructed to download and take a printout of their Admit cards.

Selection Process

  • Candidates whose applications check out will be allowed to appear for a written examination by a Preliminary Interview Board (PIB) of the respective Territorial Army Group Headquarters.
  • Candidates who clear the written examination stage will be subjected to an Interview by the PIB.
  • Candidates who successfully clear the previous stages will further undergo tests at a Service Selection Board (SSB) and Medical Board before the final selection.
  • The final appointment is made concerning departmental requirements.

Examination Pattern

PAPER-I: Reasoning and Elementary Mathematics

SectionSubjectNumber of questionsMaximum marks
2Elementary Mathematics5050

PAPER-II: General Knowledge and English

SectionSubjectNumber of questionsMaximum marks
1General Knowledge5050
  • Duration: 2 hours for each paper
  • Type of questions: Objective. Answers should be marked on the OMR sheet.
  • Marking Scheme: Each question carries 01 marks, and 0.5 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer.


PAPER-I: Reasoning and Elementary Mathematics

ReasoningContinuation of patterns
Elementary MathematicsNumber Systems

PAPER-II: General Knowledge and English

General KnowledgeCurrent events of national and international importance

For detailed Syllabus, refer to the notification.


The results will be hosted on the official website. Keep checking the website for updates.


Minimum qualifying marks for selection is 40% in each paper individually and an aggregate of 50% in both the papers taken together.

Job Profile

Qualified candidates have to undergo a one month training period in the first year of the Commission. After selection, the Commission is granted the rank of Lieutenant. The main purpose of the territorial army is to provide assistance during emergencies and relieve the regular army from static duties.


RankPay LevelPay MatrixMilitary Service Pay
LieutenantLevel 10₹ 56,100 - ₹ 1,77,500₹ 15,500
CaptainLevel 10A₹ 61,300 - ₹ 1,93,900₹ 15,500
MajorLevel 11₹ 69,400 - ₹ 2,07,200₹ 15,500
Lt. ColonelLevel 12A₹ 1,21,200 - ₹ 2,12,400₹ 15,500
ColonelLevel 13₹ 1,30,600 - ₹ 2,15,900₹ 15,500
BrigadierLevel 13A₹ 1,39,600 - ₹ 2,17,600₹ 15,500

Exam Analysis

The Elementary Mathematics paper will be of the Senior Secondary standard. Questions will be similar to the ones mentioned in NCERT textbooks.

The standard of other subject papers will be at the level of a regular graduate student of an Indian university. General Knowledge paper will focus mainly on India.

Preparation tips

  • Previous years question papers - links to last year's papers of the examination are given in the article. Solve these papers to get an idea of the pattern and type of questions.
  • For Mathematics, solve all NCERT exercises and exemplar questions. Make a habit of solving at least 50 questions of mathematics every day.
  • For general awareness, make a habit of reading newspapers every day. The Hindu and Indian Express are recommended. Make a note of important events as you go.

Question papers

Important links-

Recommended Books


Book nameAuthor/Publication
Mathematics Textbook of Class 11 and Class 12NCERT
Mathematics for NDA and NAR.S Aggarwal/ S Chand publication
NDA Entrance ExamE. S. Ramasamy


Book nameAuthor/Publication
Objective General EnglishSP Bakshi
High School English Grammar and CompositionWren & Martin
Word Power Made EasyNorman & Lewis

General Knowledge

SubjectBook nameAuthor/Publication
General ScienceScience Textbooks for classes 9 and 10NCERT
HistoryHistory textbooks for classes 11 and 12NCERT
GeographyGeography textbooks for classes 11 and 12NCERT
Current eventsCompetition success review, Manorama YearbookNCERT

Study Plan

Syllabus: Covering all the topics in the syllabus is very important. The mathematics syllabus includes almost all the topics prescribed by NCERT for CBSE classes 11 and 12. Solve a maximum number of multiple-choice questions for practice. You can also rely on the internet for some topics. Don't limit yourself to only conventional sources.

Making notes: make notes as you proceed through the list. These notes should be crisp and to the point. Include mindmaps and flowcharts wherever appropriate. Use these notes for revision.

General Studies: Questions in this section are from various topics like the history of India, geography, politics, current affairs etc. NCERT class 11 and 12 textbooks come in handy while studying for this paper. Reading Newspapers will strengthen your current affairs knowledge. Make a note of important events, and you read. Monthly magazines and yearbooks contain all the information under one title. Get a subscription for competition success review or Manorama yearbook.

Hope you found all the information you were looking for about Territorial Army recruitment 2021. Stay updated with the latest news about the exam and plan your preparation accordingly. All the best!

Link to the Official Notification