State Eligibility Test (SET)-2010
Syllabus & Sample Paper: Defense & Strategic Studies:
Theories and Concepts
1. Defense and Strategic Studies : Assumptions and Approaches.
2. (a) The concepts of Nation. State and Nation-State
(b) Theories and elements of State
(c) National Power and its components.
3. (A) Key concepts of security (a) National Security, (b)
Regional Security, (c) Comprehensive Security, (d) Common Security, (e)
(B) National Security objectives : Core values, National
(C) Challenges to Security : Individual. Sub-National :
National. Regional and International
4. Non-Alignment. Balance of Power. Collective Security and
Balance of Terror concept, development and relevance.
5. Concepts of Geopolitics and Geo-strategy : Theories of
Hanford Mac kinder and Carl Haushofer.
6. Defense and Security Policies : Concept, formulation,
objectives and linkages.
7. National Security Organizations in India : (a) Higher
Defense Structure in India, (b) National Security Council, (c) Para-military and civil
defence, (d) Civil-military relations.
8. Deterrence and Detente : Concept, Theories of nuclear
deterrence and their current relevance.
9. Contribution to strategic thought by Kautilya, Mao, Jomini,
Clausewitz, Douhet and AlfredMahan.
Problems Of Pease & Security
1. War : (a) Theories and causes of war, (b) Principles of war,
(c) Contemporary warfare : Conventional Warfare in Nuclear age, Limited war,
Revolutionary warfare, Low Intensity Operations, Guerilla warfare, Insurgency
2. Armaments : Arms race, Arms Aid, Arms Trade, Arms
3. Military alliances and pacts, Peace treaties, Defence
cooperation, strategic partnership and security dialogue.
4. Problem of system of Governance and Human Rights.
5. Terrorism : Concept and kinds (National, International and
6. Conflicting Ideologies : Militarism, Nationalism,
Fundamentalism, Separatism, Irredentism.
7. Nuclear Proliferation & NPT, CTBT, MTCR, NMD.
8. Industrial Military Complex.
Global Security Issues
1. End of cold war and emergence of new world order.
2. Military, nuclear and missile capabilities of China, Pakistan
3. Re-structuring of UN.
4. Environmental issues : Global warming, Desertification, Acid
rains, Industrial pollution, Deforestation.
5. Military Geography & Defense problems : Nature of
boundaries, terrain :
(a) Sino-Indian and Indo-Pak border disputes and India's
Continental Strategy with her neighbours,
(b) Sri Lankan Ethnic Conflict, (c) Domestic unrest in
Afghanistan, (d) West-Asian Crisis,
(e) Developments in Central Asian Republics, (f) Ethnic issues
(g) Crisis in Chechnya.
6. Organized Crimes : Money Laundering, Narco-trafficking.
7. Miniaturization of Indian Ocean and India's national, maritime
and security interests in the Indian Ocean region. India's Maritime Strategy for
the 21st Century.
8. Issues of Logistics : Resources, Supply chain, Transportation
9. Problems of refugees : (a) Causes of migration, (b)
Population in border areas and border security.
Issues in conflict Resolution.
1. Origin, type and structure of conflict at inter-state level.
2. Images, belief systems and International conflicts.
3. Techniques of conflict prevention.
4. Conflict management : Pacific solution of International
Disputes, Coercive methods and war as an instrument.
5. International Humanitarian Laws and Laws of Armed Conflicts.
6. Confidence Building Measures : Concept, kinds and utility.
7. IGOs & NGOs in conflict resolution : Peace making, Peace
keeping and Peace building.
8. Techniques of preservation of peace : Collective security
system, Pacific settlement, Enforcement action, Regional Security
Economics, Science & Technology Issues and National Security.
1. Broad survey of technological changes from industrial
revolution to inform action revolution.
2. Economic Theories of Defence.
3. (a) Basics of Defence Planning
(b) Determinants of Defence expenditure and Defence budgeting.
4. National Security and International Trade regimes (WTO,
TRIPS, TRIMS, NAFTA, SAPTA).
5. (a) India's nuclear and space power programmes, (b) India's
6. Research and Development :
(a) Relevance of science and technology in National security,
(b) Impact of information technology : Revolution in Military
(c) Choice of Weapon systems.
7. Impact of economic liberalization and globalization : (a)
Defence production in India (Role of DPSU's and Ordnance factories), (b) Defense
and development and peace and development dichotomies.
8. Issues of mobilization of resources during war and peace.
9. Transfer of technology : Dual use and critical technologies
and their impact of national security.
Sample Questions: (Paper II)
1. Equal security :
( i ) is a product of 1972 US-USSR agreement (SALT).
( ii) seeks to respect each other's legitimate interests.
(iii) is based on the principle of collective security.
(iv) is based on the principle of balance of power.
(A) Only (i) and (ii) are correct
(B) Only (ii) and (iv) are
(C) Only (i), (ii) and (iii) are correct
(D) Only (i), (ii) and
(iv) are correct
2. The treaty which is considered as a landmark in making
nation-state an actor in international relations is :
(A) Treaty of Westphalia
(B) Treaty of Versailles
(C) Treaty of Rome
(D) Treaty of Serves