Tuesday, 2 August 2011

How to Join the Territorial Army


Captain Rajpal Singh, TA Officer/ Additional Director, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI)

Becoming a Commissioned officer in the Indian Territorial Army is a two step process. The first step involves PIB (Preliminary Interview Board) and  step two involves the SSB (Services Selection Board). To be more specific:
Basic Eligibility

  • Graduate in any subject.
  • 18-42 years of age.
  • Only gainfully employed whether private or government or self employed. Members of police forces (Including CPOs) are not eligible.
  • Indian Citizens.
Application Process
  • Advertisement published in all major newspapers.
  • Download application from Indian Army website. 
  • Apply to respective commands as mentioned in advertisement.
  • You will receive call-up for PIB only on the correctness of application.

Step One  PIB comprises a written examination of two papers. Papers one of English language (subjective: essay and comprehension) and paper two of general studies (multiple choice, may also include reasoning ability questions). Both the papers are of UPSC standard and aspiring candidates should study the basic fundamentals of all subjects. Candidates should aim at minimum 50 percent to qualify; there is no negative marking as yet. Successful candidates of both the written papers are required to appear before an interview board (with two military officers and a psychologist). Positive attitude, good communication skills, body language, truthfulness and convincing ability are the key to success. The panel would generally ask questions based on your background information and suitability for Officer's Like Qualities, which are:

  • Effective Intelligence - Head
  • Reasoning Ability - Head
  • Organizational Ability - Head
  • Power of Expression - Head
  • Social Adaptability - Heart
  • Cooperation - Heart
  • Sense of Responsibility - Heart
  • Initiative - Guts
  • Self Confidence - Guts
  • Speed of Decision - Guts
  • Ability to Influence Group - Heart
  • Liveliness - Heart
  • Determination - Physical & Mental
  • Courage - Physical & Mental
  • Stamina - Physical & Mental
Result of written is declared within two to three days and successful candidates are required for interview in next two days. Final result of successful candidates after interview would be declared in a span of 15-20 days  though intimation letters. 
Note: All candidates appearing for PIB should carry along with them, all their certificates in original and copies duly attested by a commissioned officer, medical certificate, domicile certificate, PAN card, No-Objection certificate from employer/ affidavit in case of self employed, income certificate and pass port size photographs.

Step Two Successful candidates of PIB would receive their call-up letter for SSBs within two to four months after PIB and would be tested along with candidates of regular commission in the armed forces. There is virtually no difference in the testing procedures for TA Commission. Successful candidates of SSB would be retained for medical examination thereafter. Candidates who are declared recommended in the SSB will have to wait for another three to four months before they are being allotted an infantry battalion in respective zones. Candidates become officer, the day they join and that is the seniority date as well.

Training  All training activities are post commission in nature:
  • 30 days of Basic Military Training at unit itself.
  • 90 days of Advance Military Training at TA Training Center, Deolali.
  • 90 days of training at the Indian Military Academy, Dehradoon.
  • Military courses based on willingness of candidates and suitability of service.
  • 90 days of cross-military attachment with the regular army battalion based on willingness of candidates and suitability of service.
Service Conditions
  • Minimum 30 days to a maximum 60 days Annual Training Camp every year at battalion. Waiver for two years can be granted by competent authorities based on willingness of candidates and suitability of service.
  • Voluntary training attachments for military courses based on willingness of candidates and suitability of service. No duration specified.
  • Compulsory military service during declared national emergencies.
  • Secondment to regular army battalions for a period of five years based on willingness of candidates and suitability of service.
  • TA officers with two years of regular service and if below 25 years of age; have an option of converting their TA Commission into regular Short Service Commission.
  • TA officers can be placed on Special Unattached List for a maximum period of six years. Only 14 days every year is mandatory in that case. Strictly based on willingness of candidates and suitability of service.
  • Seniority of TA officers is not affected on full time or part-time nature of service.
  • Promotion: Captain in four years; Major in eight years; Lieutenant Colonel in 15 years; Colonel and beyond is based on selection. TA Officer can rise up to Major General as per books.
  • No difference in pay and perks during service or training. Pay begins from Pay Band 3 of the Central Sixth Pay Commission.
  • Commission is conferred by the President of India. Status of class one commissioned officer Group A.
  • A TA officer can also apply for civil services examination while being in service and can serve in both the services together. A great opportunity which is never offered to regular officers.
For Ex Armed Forces Officers
  • Age: 18-45 years.
  • Apply through normal advertisement; no written exam; no SSB; interview at the army headquarters; medical test; verification of previous military service.
  • Ex officers can get the ante-date seniority of previous military service, provided they refund the gratuity.
Note: Remember TA is a part-time military concept and do not offer any employment. One should be careful of this and it should never be considered as a back door entry for the regular army
Total time taken from filling the application and  joining is eight to ten months only. A very fair selection procedure, no recommendations whatsoever and no reservations for any caste or community. 


Some Important Links:
Indian Army Website: Territorial Army
To prepare for PIB written exam:
To know more about SSB:
History of TA:

All information compiled from open sources. The blog do not guarantee for correctness, however a great care has been taken in verifying the data.


(Published by the team of TERRITORIALS)

215 comments:

  1. Thanks a so much sir !!!

    This article is a great help for all TA officer aspirants. First time I have seen a complete TA officer selection procedure information.

    Wish u lots of success and all the best!!!

    Regards,
    Sandeep Karki

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  2. Thankyou Sir. Information is concise, accurate and to the point. Its unfortunate that not much is written about TA anywhere. Thanks once again.

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  3. Sir,
    Can you please publish the application dates for this year.

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  4. i have done 3 yrs Diploma in Computer Engineering and have 12 yrs experience. Am i eligible for this?

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  5. Sir,
    The dates for Dec 2011 are out. last date is 31st dec.2011. Employment news 5th nov. 2011.

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  6. I visited your blog on Territorial Army and it gave a lot of insight of TA. I am working in an Educational Institute in Pune. I have some questions regarding the training embodiments.

    • 30 days of Basic Military Training at unit itself.
    • 90 days of Advance Military Training at TA Training Center, Deolali.
    • 90 days of training at the Indian Military Academy, Dehradoon.
    Generally during which months are these trainings held?

    Regards

    Krishnan Ramanathan

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  7. Dear Sir,
    I visited your blog on Territorial Army and it gave a lot of insight of TA. I am working in an Educational Institute in Pune. I have some questions regarding the training embodiments.

    • 30 days of Basic Military Training at unit itself.
    • 90 days of Advance Military Training at TA Training Center, Deolali.
    • 90 days of training at the Indian Military Academy, Dehradoon.
    Generally during which months are these trainings held?

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  8. Training is conducted as per your availability and service conditions.

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  9. Thank you sir for the information.

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  10. Sir,
    Please go through this link.
    http://pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=74321
    It displays an average intake of 20 officers per year in TA. Does it mean that the number of aspirants are so low in calibre or does it hint towards a need to restructure the selection parameters.

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  11. Respected Sir,

    I have specs.

    Am I eligible for TA?

    Thanks.

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  12. Dear Sir,
    As the last date for sending form is 31st December 2011,When is the PIB likely to be held?

    Krishnan

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  13. Dear Sir,
    I have attach all graduation year marksheet & degree,but dont,t have PG degree.Is it require to to submit PG Degree aslo?
    pls help me.

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  14. Dear Brother,

    Thank for the correct information. Respecting your effort for such a great content. This will help other and save their time.

    BTB - It would be good if you add about the salary and benefits for a person getting into TA.

    God Bless
    Prasanth

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  15. 1. PIB likely in Feb to Mar anytime.
    2. No need to submit PG Degree. You may send provisional degree or Copy of Mark Sheets.
    3. For salary details, pl refer Central Sixth Pay Commission Report of Govt of India on net.
    Happy Reading.

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    1. Sir,

      I am a graduate, can I apply for TA since I'm neither self-employed nor in any service.

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  16. hi , i am pursuing pg .and it is about to finish ..so i want to ask that can i join t- army without showing any job experience because right now i am not doing any job and i am totally fresher...so pls suggest me Ur valuable...comment

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  17. hi Surender,
    i came across this blog for the first time. very informative. my only concern is the element of BEING GAINFULLY EMPLOYED, is this rule fair? in todays world very few private companies allow their staff to go away for TA duties,due to the stress of performing at work and looking for such companies is a headace by itself.a recent survey showed that upto 71% of people in mumbai do not take their annual leave due to pressure from work. with the sorry state of affairs of our PSU's not many ambitious youth wish to spoil their career working for such coy's.on 1 of my travel trips i spoke to a soilder form the alaska air nationl guard and he mentioned to me that it is not necessary for an individual to have a job in the civial sector, he himself was a petrol station attendend and joined the reserves first and then got the job.no coy can reject anyone for a job because he is part of the reserves.apart from the crieteria for selection, i feel this part must be relooked into. many of my friends working for private coy have been told a big NO for TA. its either TA or the job.

    i request the esteemed members of this blog to shed some light on this issue.

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  18. Thanks a lot!!!!!!!!!
    this is a complete info for me, which i was surfing since last 1 year

    Regards
    U.S.Panwar

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  19. hi,
    this is the great blog and the positive way of enouraging for TA is impressive...it helped me a lot to understand the things..

    can i have PIB written examination details like what type of question will be there etc.

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  20. Dear Sir,

    I am a Business man from India. Millitary service was the ever painful lost dream for me until I see this site.I am 35(Unmarried)

    I am eligible according to all the criterion.But my question is :

    1) is it possible to continue my Business after Joining TA ?

    2) how man days in a year (approx) I will have to be in service(on duty) ?

    I do not mind even if it is the least smaller post. I do want to give some thing to my country. There is nothing better than my own blood.

    Kindly Please let me know as soon.I really appreciate you for this web-site.

    Regards,
    Shahnawaz.

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  21. 1. Written comprises two papers English with Essay writing on current affairs and General Studies in multiple choice. You may also prepare reasoning questions.
    2. Interview once you qualify in written part. Questions based on background information of candidates.

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  22. Dear Surender,
    First of all thank you very much for this informative site on TA.
    I have one question. Can I join as a Jawan in TA first ? and after 2-3 years can I try for officer post ? Is it allowed to apply for officer position when I am seving as TA Jawan ?
    Please let me know.There is an oppotunity in Bangalore next month.

    Thanking you,
    Kaushik Kumar Singh Deo.
    Bangalore.

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  23. Dear bro
    1. If u are qualified don't ever think of joining as a jawan.
    2. There are provn for jawans to get commission as Branch Commissioned Officers (BCO).
    3. Be an offr buddy.
    Regards.

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    1. Dear Sir,
      Thank you for the reply.Currently I am doing my degree .That is why I wanted to join as a Jawan.Also some where I heard that Jawan's will get more physical training.
      Can you please explain me how BCO's differ from other officers. Please give any web link regarding to that.
      Also, why Jawan posts are not as good as Officer's. Actually Jawans are the real fighters...is not it ?

      Kindly please advice.

      Thanking you,
      Kaushik Kumar Singh Deo.
      Bangalore.

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  24. Hi Sir,

    Great information and nicely presented helps alot about this dedicated force. Truly said its a passion and not the job. Am appearing for the PIB on 5th Feb'12. Your tips and info will help me.

    Regards,

    Avdesh :-)

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  25. Hello Surender,

    Your blog is really informative & one point repository for anyone who wishes to join the TA, indeed a great task .. thanks for it.

    I have a query, since i missed the last date of 31st Dec 2011 for applying do you know the tentative dates of when we can apply again or will it be that we need to wait till the end of the year for Dec 2012. Also are the openings released twice a year say in the month of June or is just once a year & that too in the Dec 2012.

    Once again thanks for all these loads information relating to TA.

    Cheers
    Bhushan

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  26. excellent guidance. thanks gentleman.

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  27. hi sir,
    i was an OT of Indian Naval Academy(11NOC course)joined through indian coast guard assistant commandant entry but left my training after 7days as i realized that i could not prepare for my civil service with that hectic training.i have following questions:
    1.does my previous record of leaving INA create impediment at ssb of territorial army?
    2.are the indian foreign service officers/IAS officers allowed to join territorial army?
    3.does the central/state govt employee always get leave for rendering their service in territorial army or during training?what will happen if leave is not granted?does it affect their seniority in present service?
    4.i am slated to join as an auditor in cgda.can i apply when the next notification will come?(i am not talking about the last week notification).

    thanks a lot for creating such wonderful blog.

    -Abhrajyoti Pal

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  28. All,

    Indian Army is now accepting application forms till 30th June 2012 for Territorial Army. Guys who are interested can download the forms from the Indian army's website & do the needful.

    Cheers
    Bhushan

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  29. SIR,
    MY self const.Hardeep Singh and im serving in DELHI POLICE from last one n half year. i want to know that as im serving in delhi police,im i ellible?

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    1. May not be possible as per rules of TA.

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  30. sir,
    i am umesh singh interested in the territorial army and currently preparing for the entrance exam so i am not working anywhere so i want to know should i leave the colum in the form blank and there is sign of witness so the witness can be my friend.
    i am thankful to you.

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  31. i am unemployed.....am i eligible?

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  32. my employer refuses to sign and give me a stamp on the column 18 in the private employee section.but he agrees to give me an experience letter certifying.i am leaving the column 18 blank and submitting the form with a letter stating the reason for the same.i wonder how people like ms dhoni,mohanlal and kapil dev could have manage as they don't serve any where viz private/public/self employed.Please helppppppppppppppppppppp before 30th june 2012.
    email me:-kasirpatel@gmail.com or call 8097868726

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  33. Sir,
    Last time i applied for TA Officer exam but not got Call-Letter for PIB. Sir, please tell me the correct way of filling Application Form.
    I shall be thank full to u sir.

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  34. Does the officers in Indian Territorial Army are paid on a monthly basis regularly or paid only when they are on active service?

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    1. Paid only during the few training days. TA Army is not an 'employment'. This wont meet your need if 'earning' is your objective.

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  35. can u help me for preparation PIB in TA (Eastern Zone)forthcoming 2012 june exam? I am a primary govt. school teacher.
    waiting for ur reply
    Bhaskar Ghosh

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  36. 1. English essay writing on current affairs.
    2. General studies multiple type. UPSC standard.

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    1. hello brother , thank you very much for the detailed blog about TA. i have been called for written exam in Aug. can you pls guide me for the written exam. my mail id banagarvishu@gmail.com. send me what all to study and any sample patterns.... pls pls pls. i am very much interested in joining army....

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    2. congrates doctor .

      i am dr rajeev applied this yr june for ta in central cammand lknw but not got call letter yet. can u pls let me know when u got your call letter and when is your exam. should i contact the center regarding this.

      waiting for your reply thanks a lot

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  37. Kindly go through the blog entries....

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  38. i want to join as jawan plz tell me what is the procedure in ta
    i am from Delhi and pursuing graduation

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  39. same procedure as for regular army. pl contact nearest TA unit.

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  40. sir i am a student completing my degree this year only and i am not a employed person. Is i am eligible for the post of officer in territorial army????

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  41. only employed pers are eligible to apply..

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  42. Dear Surender sir,

    TA officers with two years of regular service and if below 25 years of age; have an option of converting their TA Commission into regular Short Service Commission - Great.

    But is there any possibility that TA officers above 25 years of age can get regular Short Service Commission?

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  43. Hello, I need to ask the author a fairly complex question- does an officer in the TA qualify for the UPSC's IPS limited exam which was first started this year? Apparently 5 years of service and rank of captain is nescessary to qualify, but does that mean 5 years of continuous-full time service? Secondly, does being in the TA allow for age relaxations for a UPSC civil services mains exam? Would appreciate your reply on this. Thanks!

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  44. hi sir
    i heard that TA army has become regular army. one can serve nation as full time officer (or one can choose to be a regular soldier in ta or part time officer in ta army). is true? please give me information on this.
    thank you

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  45. TA is only a part-time force.
    5 yrs service, part-time or full-time.
    As of now no relaxation in UPSC exams.
    Conversion to SSC only up to 25 yrs of age.

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  46. Thank you for this nice blog, but the big concern is that whoever is working in govt. or semi govt. organisation, their employer would never allow them to do concurrent job that too for 2 months in a year which is uncertain about which month it is in. Your please guide me about this bcz I am working in a bank as a clerk and very desirous to join army bur my employer says big no to sign on the annexure. plz tell me what shall i do

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  47. I am afraid... U ve to convince the bank. Pl read my article titled " Provisions for Govt Employees for Joining TA". There are govt rulings that employers have to motivate people to join TA. That is the only way out. There are bank employees in TA already serving.

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  48. hello sir .
    please tell me the minimum income for self employed option

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  49. Hi Surender,

    Many thanks for your efforts. Before I ask my HR,
    need just one confirmation:

    on the wiki page, it says 4 hours of training on weekends/holidays is considered as 1 day. So all that you've said about minimum 30/60/90 days applies on the principle above?

    Thanks and would really appreciate an answer.

    -Vijay

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  50. Thanks a lot. Really............it helps a lot !

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  51. Vijay..
    Ur rt for trg. Sachin Pilot is following the same rule.Minomu income is Rs. 4000/ pm.

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  52. Hello sir,
    How to join TA as a special case like Kapil Dev ,M.s dhoni and Sachin Pilot ? and where I contect for it ? Because I'm a good advanced level mountaineer. Please you can reply on my email.
    Thanks
    Regards
    Pawan Grewal
    Pagr0001@gmail.com

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  53. Forget abt it bro.... Rather apply like a normal candidate.

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  54. Can anybody name few IT Companies which allow their employees to go for TA... mine boasts of allowing employees but didn't do so.... any TA officer working in IT ?????

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  55. Sir,

    what are minimum physical requiremenst for joining TA. E.g. Height, Chest, Eye Sight etc.

    Plz guide regardign the physical Fitness.

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  56. Same as regular army. No fitness test. One shud be mentally fit.

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  57. I am graduate and presently serving in regular army as a jawan can i join TA as an officer?

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  58. Hi Mr. Surender,

    First of all thanks for all the information you have given to us.

    I just wanted to know that few months back I have resigned from my job and presently I am not working any where and I have applied for TA Officer. Now I got the call letter for the written examination, where they have asked for a NOC & Income Certificate. Now please tell me what to do....?

    Also want to know that they have asked me for a Domicile Certificate at the time of written examination which has to be given by SDM but the people from SDM office are saying that it would take atleast 20-25 days to get the Domicile Certificate and my examination is on 10 Feb 2013. Can I present any other address proof in place of Domicile Certificate...?

    I will be highly oblige if you clear my doubts.

    Thanks,

    Ashish Verma

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  59. Respectd sir

    well i wuld like to share that my brother has got a call letter for written exam.
    i just want to know whether the the documents hav to be taken at the time of exam or at the time of interview.
    plz reply as soon as possible.

    regards
    s b shukla
    09428168459

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  60. pl cary all docu for exam and interview.

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  61. NOC is must.... Domicile may be different... ration card.

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  62. i have lost my call up letter, I there any procedure to get..

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  63. sir,
    Can you please publish the next application dates for this year.

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  64. This blog is really very helpful. Very Very informative. Touches the issues that are not explained by even the official websites. Good Job. Can you tell me what preparation does one need for the PIB ?

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  65. Pl read all blog entries and comments therein.

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  66. Sir, can you help me understand the division of training periods? If it says 30 days or 60 days training , does it mean continuously being in the training establishment or only during weekends and holidays??

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  67. It can be weekends and holidays as well. 14 days of camp in one go.

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  68. Surender Sir,

    What type of questions can be asked at PIB?

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  69. Replies
    1. ok,that means if I am from management background,they will ask questions related to management?

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  70. Surender ji...I thought I would get regular salary once i am embodied for service but i came to know that only when there is training and service...i.e. only once in a year...is it true?
    So now i think i shouldnt go for PIB interview because i was taking TA as career betterment opportunity,as I am from a lower middle income group.Please clarify.

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  71. You can make TA as career as well.

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    1. but how can I make it a career,I will not receive regular salary...i can only get a maximum of two mmonts of salary every year,that also only for 4 years in my life.

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    2. Dear Bro... You can only serve as long as the org needs you and can only be paid for that duration only... Think before joining.

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  72. dear sir, it means one can serve for more than two months a year subject to his own willingness. or it is the sole discretion of his CO/higher authorities???

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    1. It is subject to willingness and the organizational reqmts...

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  73. hi,
    I am currently an officer in a PSU.I need to know that if I join TA then how my salary will be calculated? based on pay scale of TA on that of PSU or it will be combination of both. PLZ tell

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    1. There r provisions for PSU employees.. Kindly ref the link of my blog
      http://territorials.blogspot.in/2011/08/rules-for-central-government-psu.html
      You will draw both salaries. Kindly ref.

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  74. Hi Surinder,

    It'll be great if you could interview someone who is in the TA to help readers understand what life in the TA is like.

    Specially, how do officers in the TA balance their professional/personal life with the trainings/reportings from TA, and what if they are unable to report to their postings because of personal or professional issues. Thanks!

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  75. Surely will do that soon...

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  76. does anybody on this forum have received any intimation regarding result of the PIB interview held at chandigarh 20-22 feb,13. any contact number from where this info. can be obtained????.
    regards

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  77. hi buddy,

    Is it allowed for NRI people to join TA?

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  78. Hello Every one..

    I am from Bangalore.I hold a Bachelor Degree in Business from Tamilnadu Goverment's OpenUniversity. It is UGC and DEC recognised. BUt I do not have +2/12th.
    Can I apply for Territorial Army officer post without having +2/12th qualification.

    Kindly please help me with the accurate answers.

    Thank you.

    Kaushik Kumar Singh.

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    1. Yes u can....

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    2. Thank u for the reply.

      Is not TA is a Goverment Job that requires 10+2+3 pattern degrees..?? Some where I heard that it requires all certifications beyond matrics, which I do not have other than degree.

      Kindly please clarify....Thank u.

      Kaushik Kumar Singh,
      Bangalore.

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    3. I think you may check by writing to the TA directorate.

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    4. Yes..I tried to contact...but no response...

      Thank u very much.

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  79. Hello Sir, After read this blog regarding Indian TA, really I am fully impressed. It is very helpful those who want to get in TA. Thank you.

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  80. R/S by what time will one receive communication from army headquarters regarding SSB for PIB interview held Feb.,2013? pls reply as i am waiting for the same and have to schedule other commitments accordingly.

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  81. Expect SSB in june or July. Intimation may be 20-30 days prior.

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  82. Sir, i applied in territorial army for the officer rank in January 2013. bt still i didn't get any call letter or admit card for d interview/test even i dont have any information about that. What's the procedure for getting admit card? Via post or downloading?

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    1. pl wait for some more time till May mid..

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  83. Same pblm...didn't get admit card. ....but the written test was on Feb..!

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  84. pl wait till May end...

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  85. Hello Sir,

    I am having few doubts regarding training

    1. Can we opt for full one year regular training / volunteer for specialized trng
    2. Does one stand a chance to join Special Forces in his mid 30's - provided he has excellent fitness.
    3. Do TA officers stand a chance to serve abroad -UN

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    1. Training yes. No SF. No UN.

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  86. Sir, what is JCO means? Is it requires the written exam? I am graduate, self employed and NCC C CERTIFICATE holder. How to apply ? Like to know more about this post/rank.

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    1. Same as Regular Army.... Read Wikipedia.... Apply to TA Gp HQ of ur region with an application directly...

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  87. Is TA forms Out...? If Yes When is the last date of submission of forms..?

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  88. I had applied in end-December 2012. No intimation whatsoever, while some members in this forum seem to have received call letters and attended written tests.
    Can I take it that my application was rejected? Or is it that applications are dealt with batch-wise? Do I apply once more or do I wait?
    Kindly advise.

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  89. Could you please tell me as to when was PIB Bangalore conducted? I hadn't received any admit card, though I'd provided correct details.

    Aravind.

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    1. Ur application may have been rejected.... Try again... Ad is out and last date is 30 Jun.

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  90. sir,
    i am in the merchant navy...and i am planning to join territorial army because i m passionate about the army....also i have 4 to 5 months in an year when i am not sailing....i have following doubts/questions...would be grateful if these can be adressed...

    1. apart from any emergency,do we get to choose d duration of our embodiment?
    2. is there any other certificate or form that needs to be attached alongwith the three page application form?
    3.reasons for the application being rejected and me not getting a call for the written/pib
    4.can the ssb dates be postponed due to some unforeseen circumstance from our side?
    5.do we get the choice of postings wen there is no emergency?
    6.do we get choice of units?

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  91. Hello Sir....
    I am Nitish I have spoked to U earlier also regarding my TA entry.... Sir I am waiting for my SSB call but have not yet received any intimation.... Sir what is ur say on this ? Should I wait some more time ?
    Sir plz give me ur reply on my gmail id
    my id is nitishdas24@gmail.com

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  92. Some times emotions run out of fuel, unsatisfied and hungry feelings crouch under the wings of faith and corrode them like hell that bends for leather ... I accept to fall but not to give up .. Im not lost but on a trip to find the ship on which I was on coz its my designed destiny.. hope as fuel and knowledge to quench my thirst .. Coz tough tims never last but tough people DO...

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  93. Dear Sir

    I am Ex NCC Cadet with C Certificate and presently working in an private company. I want to know the next application date so that i can apply and Join TA.

    Regards
    Bishwa Bhusan Dash
    +91 9338332323
    bishwabhusan@gmail.com

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    1. Last dt is 30 jun.. next add will be out by sep 13.

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  94. Surendra - I am an ex Short Service Commission offr who left Army way back but my age qualifies for joining TA and I am keen on applying within a week against the June advt. As I work for a MNC need to know if I can opt for a choice of station in NCR and what will be the minimm service embodiment needed. Is it 60 days or can I choose a 14 day option covered over weekends.Please advise.

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  95. Dear Sir,

    Private Sector employers have to certify that any difference between the civil and military pay and allowances of the applicant will be paid by them. What are the implications of this?
    Will this be applicable only when the civil pay is more than the military pay?
    Will there be any instance where they will be expected to serve without getting their full pay?
    What are the administrative overheads of the employer?
    What are the risks to the employer once he issues this certificate?

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    1. Private employers are liable to pay the difference. However, company policies can not be ruled out.
      Only if military pay is more. Kind of a vague rule, difficult to apply.
      No military service without pay.
      Employer has to decide overheads.
      Risk is self explanatory. Its a national service.

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  96. Dear sir,
    This is really an excellent blog. I have one question what if while applying for TA I am associated with one company and before examinations I join another company? Will my application still be considered?coz my application form will have one employer's name and during exams my Noc will be of different employer.
    Please reply since that is the only reason why I am waiting to apply.
    Thanks in advance,
    Rounak

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    1. It will have no implications. You can change employer after selection.

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  97. Sir i have cleared PIB of TA from chandigarh but waiting for the SSB letter i want to knw when will be the SSB.....

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  98. Within three months from PIB.

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  99. Dear sir , I m 39 have deviated nasal septum, and _1power in both eyes can I apply,

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  100. Hi Sir,
    I am a B.E (Electronics and Communications) and M.B.A and my age is 29. I have 3 years of corporate experience. I hope am eligible for Officer grade but I need some information on job profile and is the corporate experience is counted? The physical requirements will be as equal as jawans? Is there any coaching centre for the exam in pune? Even during the training will one be paid the same salary like in service?

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  101. Respected Sir

    I am a cruise ship employee, I serve for 6 to 8 months in a year . Can I, May I apply for joining TA as an officer so that I should not be left out to avail the opportunity to serve my motherland

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  102. Hi Surender,

    Appreciate the effort you have put in gathering the information. Can you help me with the government website from which I can download the application form and also get information on exam dates and eligibility criteria.
    Thank you.

    Regards,
    Santosh

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  103. Hello sir
    I just wanted to know if the pay iin TA is year round or do I just get paid for my 3 months of service
    Also do I get to change my service to regular full time army permanent service commission later on
    Waiting for a reply thanking

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  104. Please read all comments to understand.
    Pay only for time u serve. TA is a prt time committment only.

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  105. very good information surinder ji , just one question as t.a. is a part time commitment so the govt will pay us only for the time we provide our services and rest of the months will be wageless... isn't it..?

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  106. Dear Surender sir,
    I am Surya, an aspirant of TA. I am 26 years old.I want to apply for TA this year in the month of Nov. I am currently not working, and am aiming at getting a govt job which will allow me to get permission easily.
    I weigh around 95 kgs and i am working out drop my weight .How will this excess fab around my belly effect my chances? If i need to cut down all the fab before i apply , i may have to wait for June 2014.

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    1. You must be employed bro. As for weight try bring it to 70s. That ll do.

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    2. Dear sir,
      Thank you. As far as the employment goes, i am waiting for a gvt job. If i do not get it i can join my fathers company. So job is not a problem.
      Yes i am working on my weight and one day i ll surely get leaner and fitter . I only see one dream in my life. I want to be a TA officer.

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  107. Hello eveyone . I am a B.E. graduate of 2008 in CSE. I worked as Software engineer in Hyderabad for 1 year then i have to resign and join my family business in 2010 due to some personal reasons. From past 2 years i am in my family business. The revenue we generate is around 2.2 lac /annum. My father is 60+ so we didn't pay income tax but we do pay VAT. I earlier applied for army and air force got recommended from both the SSB boards but I got medical out from army and merit out in air force. Sir am i eligible for Territorial Army? I do not have any tax proof apart from our personal documentation..

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  108. Sir,
    When is the next TA Commission Advertisement expected?
    Thank you.

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  109. Dear Sir

    I want to know that A person from Intelligence bureau is eligible to apply for T.A
    means is it a police organization ?

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  110. Yes members of IB can apply.

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  111. Good day Major Surender Singh

    Nice to have a talk with you. You have cleared most of my doubts but as you asked to publish my query in your blog, I am publishing my query so that other TA aspirants get benefited who are in the same profession of merchant navy.
    I am in merchant navy since 8 years. I use to have 6 months contract onboard ship and next 4-6 months i spend my time at home. I have checked TA appication form. If I apply as a candidate who is working in private company then I have to take sign from my HOD that company will pay me the difference of civil and military pay. But I am sure as I am working in merchant navy for only 6 months in a year no company employer will sign that clause to pay difference of wages in the application form.
    So i am thinking to apply as a self employed candidate. But as a self employed candidate one must show IT Return slips otherwise his candudature gets cancelled. But as I am in foreign company I have never filed IT returns.

    So my questions are
    1) Can I apply as a self employed candidate as I am in merchant navy.
    2) Can I show my company format salary slips as I have never filed IT return.

    Thanks in advance for your reply....

    Regards.

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  112. Dear reader.. You can apply as a self employed professional as Merchant Navy is a contractual arrangement. Your salary slips can be taken as income and you must produce your IT Returns.

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  113. SIR am a graduate holder .... can i have a chance to appy for TA ,got a problem that am neither a service man and self employed.....so please kindly rply regarding to overcome sugestion !

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    1. Sir i am in final sem of ma B.E course after two months i m going to join a company ,so by the time of filling the form of TA i wll have just a Proof that i am employed but i will not have an experience of years ,so in that case am i egligble for filling the form or not??
      Plz reply me on my email id if it is possoble for you,it will be your greatness.
      Thank you sir.

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  114. Hello,
    I read through this blog and am keenly interested in joining the TA. However, I had a few doubts which I wanted to clarify.
    1) Is this a full-time or a part-time job ?
    2) Can we get commissioned at a higher rank than a Lt., if applying for an Officer grade basis the prior work-experience ?
    3) Is the salary paid monthly or weekly or only for number of hours spent?
    4) What is the criterion for calculating the hours/days spent ?
    5) Can I choose to quit voluntarily or do I have to serve for a specified mandatory period ? I am currently employed with an MNC and have about 9 years of work experience
    6) Can I get a commission into the regular Army if I spend a stipulated amount of time in the TA?

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    1. 1. It is a part time commitment.
      2. You will join in the rank of Lt and will rise gradually as per service rules.
      3. You can resign anytime during service.
      4. If below 25 yrs n two yrs of service, you can convert into regular officer. Beyond 25 yrs, there r provisions for attachment with regular army.
      5. To know more such rules you may buy book on TA from Prabhat Publications, Delhi by calling 9811033318. It ll be couriered at ur address. The book is also mentioned in the Blog.

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    2. 1. Salary is paid for the duration u serve.
      2. You work 24 hrs in army.
      Best of luck.

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  115. i'm employed in Public sector bank... but i have little bit .. stammering... is it hurdle for me to join?

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    1. Pl check with some military doctor. You may not.

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  116. can we get pension and other all respects... same as regular officer

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    1. Pay n perks r same as regular army.
      For tuition as self employment, you have to fill IT returns.

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  117. i want to know can i get pay monthly .if i passed ssb.and done all the training.

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    1. You will be paid only for the duration u serve in the TA.

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  118. Hi Surender..!

    This is sankar from chennai.I am BE Computer science graduate and i have 5 .8 years experience in Software companies(Thales Software+Wipro Techologies),last month i resigned my job.I have all my reliving letter and experience certificate also.I am going to apply for officer post in TA.what documents i need to submit while applying...?

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  119. Hi,

    I saw the below certificate to be produced from my employer ...Is this mandatory ? Because since I work in an MNC I dont think they will agree to this . Please advice
    (a) Any difference between the civil and military pay and allowances of the applicant
    Name _________________S/o _____________________ an employee of this
    organization will be paid by us for the period of his military duties in the Territorial Army.

    (b) On return from military duty in the Territorial Army Shri__________________ will
    be absorbed in the same or equivalent post which he would have held if his service in
    the civil had not been so interrupted and the such military service would count for all
    benefits in his civil job, like seniority for promotion, increment of pay, bonus and
    provident fund etc. To which he would have other wise been entitled.

    Also Is TA not an employment with regular salary from the day of commission till resignation ? Please advice

    Regards

    LT

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    1. This certificate is mandatory n TA is not an employment. You get paid only for the duration u serve in army.

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    2. This certificate is mandatory n TA is not an employment. You get paid only for the duration u serve in army.

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  120. One has to be employed to apply for it bro.

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  121. One has to be employed to apply for it bro.

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  122. sir what is the procedure of depositing fee of TA OFFICER




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  123. Hi Surender,

    What kind of trainings and courses does a newly inducted TA officer pursue? It'll be great if you could also let us know the durations of these courses/trainings.

    Also, are deployments or active service a mandatory part of TA (of course, except in war-like situations where these are compulsory).

    Thanks!

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  124. Hi Surender

    Im Ananth.I work for an NGO, Am I eligible to apply for TA.
    pls help me by answering ..Last date(30 Dec.2013) is fast approaching
    With Regards
    Ananth,

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  125. Is it possible to postpone my PIB interview date

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  126. Dear Sir ,
    Gr88 effort put on by you . i have a few things to know hope it ill be clarified..

    1. whether a TA officer is entitled for health and CSD Canteen benefits ? if yes , is it for full time or only for the period he is in service?

    2. Does he get the posting at a place of his choice ?

    3. Is he entitled for pension? if yes , after how much service ?

    4. Training & service periods are fix or some choice is considered ?

    Kindly answer ASAP

    Regds

    Raman


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    1. 1. Pay n perks for time u serve.
      2. Postings depends n zonal in nature.
      3. Pension on completing 20 yrs embodied service.
      4. Service n training depends on both.
      Pl read the whole blog n comments to more details.

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  127. sir, I would like to know the physical standards that is height and weight needed to become a lieutenant in territorial army and also I would like to know the written exam result of Feb 9 2014 Jaipur zone.

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    1. Dont worry about physical parameters bro. Its all about mental qualities. As for result, you will be intimated if qualify. You may also directly contact the TA Gp HQ.

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    2. Thank you sir,I knew the result I passed the exam but they have not sent the confirmed email or sms I have a doubt that without confirmed message Can we attend the interview?

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    3. If u have passed in written, you may contact for interview.

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  128. Dear sir, I am a post graduate nurse and presently working. your blog is really informative.
    I wear high power glasses to correct short sightedness and astigmatism. I am 180cm/83kg. Am I eligible for applying to the officer post in TA?
    Also as I went through the application, in the declaration section signature of witness is required. Can it be anyone including family?
    Looking forward to a positive response soon as the deadline is 30th June.

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  129. I'm working in a reputed PSB as Clerk, when i asked about Permission to Join TA.." We don't have partime in our service conditions.. No Attestation will be... On your Application".

    I'm going to do for the Nation... Is there any way to convince them...

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    1. You have to be convince them. See my blog to refer an article on rules for banks and PSUs to allow their employees to join TA.

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  130. hello Mr. Surender
    Thanks for this wonderful post. I've been a late starter but now i m so eager to serve the nation in military. I have a complicated case.I'm not sure whether I'd be eligible for TA or not.
    1. I'm 40 yrs old, overall physically fit, led a disciplined life of regular exercising and martial arts routine. But not sure about my eyes. Does TA require perfect vision without glasses?
    2. I have been free-lancing for last 16 years.But i don't have any documentary evidence . I can though provide affidavit or last two--three years of IT returns.
    3. I'm not a graduate yet. Only for TA, i joined a regular college and my graduation will be over by may 2015 and result will be declared in july 2015.
    4. My wife is a foreigner
    5. i have got many useful skills .will i get any chance through TA to move higher into ranks or regular inductions or special ops?
    Please advise:
    samreseaux@hotmail.com

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  131. 1. You have to be a graduate.
    2. Self employment is mandatory for you.
    3. Eye sight can do.
    All the best.

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  132. well my doubts remain but Thanks for replying and your wishes anyway ! :)

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  133. Sir, How does the place of posting or allocated battalion get decided?

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  134. Hi,

    I am 33yrs married, working IT company can i apply.

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  135. Hello Surender Sir..
    First of all I want to thank you for such a good post regarding TA..!!
    I am a 29 year old physically fit person and aspiring to attempt for TA in December. I have a working experience of 6.5 years in IT and Telecom Industry.

    Although I have done some research on TA and also gone through all the comments on this blog but there is something in my mind that have not been asked or answered here, so far.
    Its my dream to have the honour of wearing that glorious uniform and to be part of Indian Armed Forces. Its being said that once you are a military personnel then you are on duty 24/7 till you serve. But in case of TA its only part-time job and commitment. My query is - Do TA officers get the same status EVERYTIME as regular army officer? To elaborate, I would like to know that as TA officer can one consider himself as an army man even at times when not on service/training?
    For example:
    1. Can TA officer prefix Lieutenant with his name always?
    2. Can TA officer access Army/Defence sports complex and other such restricted areas with his TA ID card? Actually I am a sportsperson and would like to know if such facilities can be availed always even when TA officer is not engaged in service/training.
    3. Most Importantly, Will a TA officer feel and get the same respect, honour and reputation as regular army officer all the time? Basically what's the difference between a regular army officer and TA officer off service/training/duty??

    Hope you got my point here. Such things are nowhere discussed and I couldn't find my answers. Its more related to the feeling of being an Armed Forces officer after joining TA and having the same reputation even when not on service.

    Awaiting your response.. please reply.

    Thanks a million for your guidance.
    Anshul Arora

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    1. 1. You can prefix the rank.
      2. You can access sports facilities.
      3. No difference bro. You will get same respect and honour.

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  136. Hello Surender Sir..
    First of all I want to thank you for such a good post regarding TA..!!
    I am a 29 year old physically fit person and aspiring to attempt for TA in December. I have a working experience of 7 years in IT but current coy will not provide letter for permision to join TA.
    But i also have income from my fields and also my wife working.
    Can i apply as SELF employed.
    What other options you suggest.
    Please help

    Thanks,
    Sandeep

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  137. Hello mr. Surender
    Is there difference in promotion time scale. I am told that it takes 4 years to become Captain in TA. But in regular army its only 2 years.
    Appreciate your efforts in replying to query of all aspirants. Thanks in advance.

    Regards!

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  138. Bro, can you tell me what is the passing percentage in PIB interview?

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