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About UGC NET Defence and Strategic Studies Exam

National Testing Agency (NTA) has uploaded the UGC NET 2023 notification along with exam registration dates and exam dates on its official website. NTA has released the UGC NET 2023 Notification PDF for June-2023 Examination for the post of Assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) on 10th May 2023. NTA will conduct UGC NET 2023 exam for eligibility for JRF and Assistant Professor in 83 subjects. in CBT mode. Aspirants can check all the detailed information related to UGC NET 2023 June cycle.

UGC NET Defence and Strategic Studies Exam Date

The UGC NET exam date 2023 for the UGC NET's June cycle has been notified on the official website along with UGC NET Notification 2023. The UGC NET 2023 online CBT exam was held from the 13th to the 22nd of June 2023. Check the important dates for UGC NET 2023 as mentioned below. 

Events Dates
UGC NET Notification 10th May 2023
Release of Application form 10th May 2023
UGC NET Application Form Last Date 31st May 2023 (up to 5 pm)
Last date to Pay Fee 01st June 2023 (upto 11:50 P.M)
Correction of Application Form  02nd – 03rd June 2023 (upto 11:50 P.M)
UGC NET Admit Card 2023 10th June 2023
UGC NET 2023 Exam Dates 13th to 22nd June 2023
UGC NET Answer Key 2023 06th July 2023 
UGC NET Result 2023 25th July 2023 
Official website 

UGC NET Defence and Strategic Studies Eligibility

Age Limit 

Age criteria that candidates need to have in order to be eligible for the exam is as follows:

  • To apply for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) Candidates should not be aged more than 31 years as of June 01, 2022.
  • For the role of Assistant Professor, there is no age bar to apply
  • SC/ST/OBC/PwD and women candidates will be given a relaxation of five years. Candidates who have research experience will be given relaxation, limited to the period spent on research in the relevant subject of Post Graduation degree.

Age Limit for Assistant Professor

The candidates who are appearing for the UGC NET Exam for the post of Assistant professor only do not have to adhere to any upper limit pertaining to the age criteria.

Age Limit for JRF

The candidates applying for the UGC NET Exam 2022 for the post of JRF should not exceed the age of 31 years as of June 01, 2022. The candidates are also offered several relaxations based on the category they belong to. The candidates will not be eligible for the position if they cross the upper age limit set for the category they belong to.

Age Relaxation


Age Relaxation (in years)



Females of all categories


Candidates holding LLM degree


Candidates in armed forces


Educational Qualification

Candidates need to obtain the below given educational qualification in order to be eligible for the UGC NET exam. Read them thoroughly before applying for the same:

  • Candidates should secure at least 55% marks in master’s degree exam candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST)/Other Backward Class (OBC)/Persons with Disability (PwD)/Transgender category is given relaxation of 5%.
  • Candidates should have a post-graduation degree from a UGC-recognized college or university in relevant streams such as Electronic Science, Humanities, Computer Science & Applications, Social Science etc.
  • Candidates appearing or waiting for their final year results (master’s degree) are also eligible to apply online for UGC NET. However, such candidates will be accepted provisionally and will be considered eligible only when they pass their master’s exam with the required percentage. “Such candidates need to complete their PG degree examination within two years from the date of NET result with required percentage of marks, failing which they shall be treated as disqualified”, notifies the Official website.
  • Those who hold PhD degree whose master’s exams completed on September 19, 1991, are eligible for a relaxation of five percent marks in the aggregate i.e. only 50 percent marks will be required for such candidates.
  • Candidates who have qualified as CA or CS or ICWA can appear for the UGC NET exam.
  • SC students are applicable for National Fellowship based on the merit of each UGC-NET-JRF or CSIR-NET-JRF examination.


A candidate should be an Indian national to be eligible for UGC NET Recruitment. He should have any of the following document to prove his nationality:

  1. Birth Certificate
  2. Aadhar Card
  3. Pan Card
  4. School Leaving Certificate

UGC NET Defence and Strategic Studies Admit Card

UGC NET 2023 Admit card is an important document which must be carried by the appearing students on the exam day. No candidate will be allowed to take exam without showing the admit card to the invigilator.

The Admit card will be released on May 2023 for June session exam and in the 2023 for December session exam. It will be available through online mode only by entering application number and password.

In case any problem arises at the time of downloading the admit card, candidates can contact the officials to rectify the problem. Also, if any candidate has forgotten his password or application number, he/she can retrieve it back by clicking the given option of forgot password answering various questions.

UGC NET Defence and Strategic Studies Syllabus

1. Defence and Strategic Studies: Assumptions and Approaches.
2. The Concepts of Nation:
3. State and Nation – State, Theories and Elements of State
4. National Power and its Components
5. Key Concepts of National Security: Defining National Security, National Defence and National Interest, National Character and Evolution-of the National Security concept in the 20th Century and Beyond.
6. National Security Concerns of Major Powers, Middle Powers and Small Powers
7. National Security Structures: Armed Forces, Intelligence Agencies, Police Forces, Decision-Making Structures, etc.
8. National Security Environment: Internal and External
9. Defence, Foreign, Security and Domestic Policies; Concept formulation, objectives and linkages.
10. Military Alliances and Pacts, Peace Treaties, Defence Cooperation, Strategic Partnership and Security Dialogue.
11. Non – Alignment, Balance of Power, Collective Security and Balance of Terror – Concept, Development and Relevance.
12. Deterrence and Détente: Concept and contemporary relevance.

Contribution of Sun Tzu, Kautilya, Machiavelli, Jomini, Carl von Clausewitz, General Giulio Douhet, W.Mitchell, J.F.C.Fuller, Capt.B.H.Liddell Hart, Marx, Lenin, Mao Zedong and Che Guevara, Nuclear Deterrence: Andre Beaufre, Henry Kissinger and K. Subrahmanyam, Thoughts of Gandhi and Nehru on Peace, Security and Development.

1. Theories and causes of War.
2. Principles of War.
3. Contemporary Warfare: Conventional Warfare in Nuclear age, Limited War, Revolutionary Warfare, Low Intensity Operations, Guerilla Warfare, Insurgency and Counter – Insurgency.
4. Armaments : Arms Race, Arms Aid, Arms Trade, Arms Proliferation, Proliferation of Small Arms
5. Military Alliances and Pacts, Peace Treaties, Defence Cooperation, Strategic Partnership and Security Dialogue.
6. Terrorism: Concept and kinds (National, International and Cross border).
7. Conflicting Ideologies: Militarism, Nationalism, Fundamentalism, Separatism, Irredentism.
8. Concept and Elements of Deterrence: Nuclear & Conventional.
9. Evolution of Global Nuclear Doctrines
10. Democratic Peace Theory.

1. Basic Concepts and Theory
2. Concepts of Disarmament & Arms Control
3. Objectives and Conditions of Disarmament
4. Elements of Arms Control Mechanisms: Agreements, verification, inspection, control.
5. Approaches to Disarmament & Arms Control
6. Historical Survey of Disarmament Efforts:
7. Under the League of Nations
8. Under the United Nations
9. Unilateral, Bilateral and Multilateral approaches
10. Role of Non-aligned Nations in Disarmament Negotiations
11. Weapons of Mass Destruction: Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons.
12. Nuclear Arms Limitation Nuclear Arms Control Treaties.
13. Chemical weapons Convention and Biological Weapons Convention
14. Concept of Non-proliferation, NPT, CTBT, PTBT MTCR FMCT, & other treaties
15. Nuclear Export Control Regimes
16. New Challenges and Responses – Missile Defense, Cooperative Threat  Reduction and G-7 Global Partnership
17. Disarmament & Arms Control and Economic Development
18. Terrorism and Nuclear Proliferation.
19. Concept of Star Wars and NMD

1. End of cold war and emergence of new world order.
2. Proliferation of Military, Nuclear and missile capabilities
3. Environmental Issues : climate change and Global Warming, Desertification, Acid Rains, Industrial Pollution, Deforestation
4. Organized Crimes: Money Laundering, Narco – trafficking, Human Trafficking and small arms proliferation.
5. Migrants and Refugees: (a) Causes (b) Illegal migration and border management (c) Problem in South Asia (d) Role of International Committee of Red Cross and UN High Commission for Refugees.
6. Global Security Concerns: Palestinian-Israeli conflict & Arab Spring, Developments in Central Asian Republics (CARs), Rise of Fundamentalism, Challenges in Korean Peninsula, Taiwan and Power Rivalry in South China Sea.
7. Problem of System of Governance and Human Rights
8. Food Security, Energy Security and Water Security problems in modern era.
9. Millennium Development Goals.

1. Genesis of Sino-Indian Relations
2. The Boundary Dispute, Sino- Pakistan Nexus, OBOR and CPEC, China and India- Military Balance, Chinese Policy towards South Asia
3. Rise of India and China: Cooperation and Competition, Chinese Interests in Indian Ocean and South China Sea
4. Strategic Dimension of India- Pakistan Relations: Genesis of India-Pakistan Conflict, Indo-Pak Military balance, The Kashmir Question, Pakistan Sponsored Terrorism, Pakistan’s Nuclear Strategy, The Powers Structure of Pakistan, Contentious. Issues: Siachin, Sir Creek, River Waters, etc.
5. India and South Asia: Issues and Challenges for Regional Cooperation.
6. Making of India’s Defence Policy since Independence: (a) Threat perception, assessment and preparedness (b) Political and military lessons of 1948, 1962, 1965, 1971, 1999 wars (c) Future trends
7. India’s Look East and Act East Policies, Indo- Pacific Cooperation, Strategic Partnerships.
8. India’s maritime security and strategy in 21st century: (a) Indian Ocean (b) Asia-Pacific region(c) Security of Sea Lanes, India’s Maritime Strategy for the 21st Century.
9. India’s Defence Doctrines and Strategies including Nuclear Doctrine
10. Higher Defence Organization of India.

1. Origin, Type and Structure of Conflict.
2. Ideologies and International conflicts.
3. Role of United Nations in Conflict Management and Re – Structuring of UNO
4. Techniques of Conflict Prevention
5. Conflict Management: Pacific Solutions of International Disputes, Coercive methods.
6. International Humanitarian Laws and Laws of Armed Conflicts.
7. Confidence Building Measures: Concept, kinds and utility.
8. IGOs & NGOs in Conflict Resolution: Peace Making, Peace Keeping and Peace Building.
9. Gandhian Philosophy on Peace and Non-violence
10. Nehruvian approach to National Security and Cooperation

1. Basic Concept & meaning of Disaster, Introduction to terminologies associated with Disaster and National Security: Natural and Manmade, Vulnerability, Risk etc., Identifying various types of Disasters.
2. Natural Disaster and Human Induced Disaster: Floods, Cyclone, Earthquake, Tsunami – WMD Disaster – Disaster associated with various industries
3. Study of Disaster in India / Around the World: Case Studies: Tsunami 2004, Bhopal Gas Tragedy, Chernobyl, Fukushima, Uttarakhand etc.
4. Disaster Management: Meaning, Association and Distinction with related concepts like Disaster Mitigation, Response, and Recovery, Relief, and Reconstruction
5. Institutional Mechanism for Disaster Management in India: Role of Armed Forces, Central and State Governments, NGO, National Disaster Management Authority, Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services.

1. Economic Theories of Defence.
2. Sustainable Development: Challenges & Responses.
3. Basics of Defence Planning, Determinants of Defence Expenditure.
4. Defence Budgeting.
5. Economic Causes of War.
6. Economic Warfare in modem times.
7. Economic Problems of Post War reconstruction.
8. National Security and International Trade regimes (WTO, TRIPS, TRIMS, FTA’s NAFTA, SAPTA, & NSG).
9. India’s role in Regional and Global Economic Forums and Organizations.
10. Geo-economics and its Implications for global/regional economic stability

1. Broad Survey of Technological Changes from Industrial Revolution to Information Revolution.
2. India’s Civil Nuclear and Space Programs, India’s Energy Scenario.
3. Research and Development:
4. Relevance of Science and Technology in National Security.
5. Impact of Information Technology; Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA).
6. Choice of Weapon Systems.
7. Impact of Economic Liberalization and Globalization :
8. Defence Production in India (Role of DPSU’s and Ordnance factories).
9. Defence and Development and Peace & Development Dichotomies.
10. Issues of Mobilization of Resources during War and Peace.
11. Military Industrial Complexes.
12. Transfer of Technology: Dual use and critical technologies and their impact on national security.
13. Interdependence and Cooperation at Regional and Global levels.
14. Cyber Security : Vulnerabilities of Information technology and internet, Need and importance of cyber security, Different kinds of cyber security vulnerabilities, Cyber wars including propaganda, measures for cyber security- Technology, laws and regulations, global issues in cyber security.
15. Social Media and its Impact on National Security- Global reach with rapid speed for propaganda and indoctrinate misinformation and rumour mongering cadre recruitment and use of social networking sites for mobilizing public opinion.

UGC NET Defence and Strategic Studies Exam Pattern

UGC NET Defence and Strategic Studies Exam have two papers, i.e., Paper 1 and Paper 2.

Here you can know the facts about UGC NET Defence and Strategic Studies Exam 2022

Particulars Paper-I Overview Paper-II Overview
Exam mode Online Online
Exam duration 3 hours (180 minutes)
Type of paper Common for all candidates Subject-specific questions
Total questions 50 100
Type of questions MCQs; 4 options with only 1 correct option MCQs; 4 options with only 1 correct option
Total marks 100 200
Marking scheme 2 marks for the correct answer
0 for an incorrect answer
2 marks for the correct answer
0 for an incorrect answer
Language of paper English and Hindi English and Hindi

UGC NET Defence and Strategic Studies How to Apply

1. The Online Application Form of UGC NET 2023 will be released on March 2023 for the June session exam and in the first week of September 2023 (December Session).
2. Candidates can fill the application form by following various steps – Online Registration, Filling the application form, uploading of scanned images and payment of application fee.
3. Last date to fill the application form online is till April 2023 for the June exam and in the last week of September 2023 for December Session.
4. Candidates can also correct mistakes in the details of the application form when the board will open the correction facility.

Application Fees : 
1. General Category is Rs. 1000
2. OBC it is Rs. 500
3. SC/ST/PwD candidates the fee is Rs.250.

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