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Territorial Army:

GS Paper 3

Topics Covered: Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate.



Indian Army celebrated the 72nd Territorial Army Day on October 9.


About the territorial army:

  • India’s first Governor General Shri C Rajagopalachari formally inaugurated the Indian Territorial Army on October 9 in 1949.
  • It is an organization where volunteers apply for a short period of training every year, so as to be ready to tackle any emergent situation or to serve for the defence of India.
  • The Territorial Army, also known as the ‘Terriers’, is considered the second line of national defence after the regular Army.



Any male Indian citizen between the ages of 18 and 42 can apply and enter into the TA service provided they clear the written test, interview, medical examination and the necessary training.


Roles and responsibilities:

The Territorial Army is part of a Regular Army and its present role is to relieve the Regular Army from static duties and assist civil administration in dealing with natural calamities and maintenance of essential services in situations where life of the communities is affected or the security of the country is threatened and to provide units for Regulars Army as and when required.

Territorial Army comes under the Defence Ministry.



  1. About TA.
  2. Eligibility.
  3. Roles and responsibilities.

Mains Link:

Write a note on the Territorial Army and its significance.

Sources: PIB.