Candidates from Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat take part

Hundreds of candidates from various States took part in the recruitment for Territorial Army (TA) conducted here on Thursday by the 117 Infantry Battalion (TA) The Guards.

During the scrutiny at Anna Stadium, the candidates from Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Goa, and the union territories of Puducherry, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, and Lakshadweep were asked to produce original nativity certificate; community certificate, transfer certificate, mark sheet in original; and 10 self-attested passport size photographs.

Employees of Central / State government, public sector undertakings, except police/ armed police/ railways had to produce ‘no objection certificates’ from their respective heads of departments. The candidature of those who had not brought along any of these documents was not considered. Personnel from uniformed services such as police/ armed police/ central police organisations/ home guards were not eligible to join Territorial Army.

Subsequently, the physical endurance tests were carried out at the Kallukuzhi railway grounds. About 1,500 candidates in the age group of 18 to 42 with a minimum height of 160 cm and weight of 50 kg took part in running, long jump, and high jump.

While a pass in SSLC with 45 per cent aggregate marks was mandatory for general duty, the extent of score was relaxed for those with higher qualification. Candidates were considered for tradesmen openings. For Clerk (staff duty), the candidates were required to have passed in 10+2 intermediate exam from any stream with minimum 50 per cent aggregate marks and minimum 40 per cent marks in each subject.

For house keeper, the qualification was a pass in 8th standard with proficiency in the trade. The list of successful candidates will be made known shortly.

The chosen candidates will be employed in Territorial Army for two months in a year or embodied during emergency.