PPSC Exam Syllabus : Defence and Strategic Studies Syllabus

Updated on: Mar 4, 2013
Section A

1. War : Concept, Definition, Origin and History of warfare.
2. Principles of War : Historical development, Meaning, Importance and Practical Application.
3. War as an Instrument of Policy.
4. Modern Warfare : Meaning, Historical Development and Features of Modern War and Humanization of War.
5. Limited War : Concept, Origin, Objectives and practical application in Indo-Pak conflicts.
6. Guerilla War : Origin, Principles, Techniques, Characteristics, Mao-Tse-Ting’s views on Guerilla War and Counter Guerrilla warfare.
7. Psychological War : Concept, Definition, Functions and Limitations including various Psychological Aspects of War i.e. Leadership, Discipline, Motivation and Fear and Panic.
8. Nuclear War : Beginning of Nuclear era, Effect of Nuclear explosion, Nuclear weapons (Fission and Fusion Bombs), Types of Missiles and their classification, Nuclear Strategies for Defence (Pre-emptive, Deterrence, Massive Retaliation and Flexible Response) , Conventional Warfare in Nuclear Age.

Section B

1. Kautilya’s Philosophy of War : Diplomacy and Strategy, Institution of Spies, Army organization, Mode of Warfare, Types of Forts and their role.
2. Machiavcllis : views on the Art of War.
3. Clausewitzs : theories on war and its relationship with policy, tactics and strategy.
4. Military Organization and techniques of fighting of Macedonians and Indians with particular reference to the Battle of Hydaspes, (326 BC ) and its analysis.
5. Military organization and techniques of fighting of Rajputs with particular reference to Battle of Terran (1192 AD) and its analysis.
6. Military Organizations and Techniques of fighting of Mughals and Afghans with particular reference to the First Battle of Panipat, (1526 AD) and its analysis.
7. Military Organization of Marathas under Shivaji and their techniques of fighting.
8. Military Organization of Sikhs under Maharaja Ranjit Singh and their techniques of fighting.

Section C

1. Concept of National Power and National Security with reference to contemporary thinking.
2. Elements of National Power and National Security with reference to Social, Political and Geographical factors, Economic and Industrial Potential, Scientific and technological potential, Transportation and communications, National Unity and Morale, Defence potential and defence preparedness and Intelligence.
3. Security Problems of India : Bi-lateral, regional and global environment and its impact on Indian’s Security with particular reference India’s relation and Foreign policy towards Bangladesh, China, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
4. Indian’s Maritime security : Maritime boundaries, Maritime Zones and island territories, threats from Sea and Role of Navy and Coast Guard.
5. Indian’s Internal Security Problems : Insurgency, Secessionism and Terrorism.
6. Indian’s Defence Policy and Planning : Higher defence organization, Para-military organizations and civil defence.
7. Indian’s Nuclear Policy : Doctrine and Command and Control organization.
8. Planning and Production in war : Mobilization of resources during peace and war, Defence production of Indian and role of DPSU’s and ordinance factories.

Section D

1. Balance of Power : Meaning, Concept and Historical Development of the System and Functioning of the System.
2. Science and Technology : Relationship between Technology and Weapon System and Impact of new and emerging technologies on Strategy and Tactics.
3. Regional Military, Security and Development Alliances : NATO : Aim, Organization, working and Relevance today.
4. SAARC AND ASEAN : Aim, objectives, Features, Problems and Achievements.
5. Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) : History, Features, Problems, Achievements and Relevance today.
6. United Nations Organization (UNO) : Structure, Functions and role in maintaining Collective Security.
7. Disarmament and Arms Control : Difference between Disarmament and Arms Control, Types of Disarmament, Efforts and achievements made by UN towards Disarmament.
8. International Law on Atomic, Biological and Chemical Warfare and International Convention on Human Rights.
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