1.    The University Division came into being in Feb 2006 and has affiliation with University of Madras for providing M.Phil Degree to all those course officers/alumni/staff at NDC who meet the eligibility conditions as laid down by University of Madras.

2.    OIC University Division is a Service officer in rotation from one of the three services Army/Navy/Air Force. He is the link between NDC and University of Madras for processing all documents related to M.Phil registration starting with checking and ensuring eligibility of candidates, depositing of registration forms alongwith supporting documents to University of Madras including fees etc.

3.    All hand written papers submitted towards the end of each study by the candidates during the course including the thesis are evaluated by internal and external examiners as applicable and complete processing till issue of degree is handled by the University Division of NDC.

4.    Finally the award of M.Phil degree parchment is carried out during a Convocation Ceremony held under the overall coord of OIC University Division at a suitable date after the M.Phil degree Certificates are received from the University of Madras.

M.Phil At a Glance

5.    Subject & Duration. M.Phil Degree in “Defence and Strategic Studies” and One year (Full Time) on voluntary basis.


6.    Officers must be on the posted strength of the NDC/attending NDC Course/NDC alumni. Post Graduate Degree or equivalent in any discipline with a minimum in aggregate, If qualified before 01 Jan 1991- 50% marks and after 01 Jan 1991 - 55% marks. Army Higher Command or equivalent Courses from three services and similar Foreign Staff Course will be considered equivalent to Post Graduate Degree.

Fee Structure

7.    Post Graduate from Indian University – Rs 5,000/- and Post Graduate from Foreign University - Rs 12,500/-. Cheque (payable at par)/DD in favour of “NDC UNIVERSITY DIVISION FUND” or by cash.

Syllabus, Examinations/Submission and Marks

S No Paper Examinations/Submission Marks
Part I
(a) Paper I - National Security 500 + 50 words hand written submission of six studies 100
(b) Paper II – Research Methodology Written Examination 100
(c) Paper III – On Area of Specialization i,e, Thesis 1000 + 50 words hand written/typed submission 100
Part II
(d) Thesis on allotted subject 14000 words including bibliography and appendices typed submission 200
Total 500

Pass Percentage.

8.    Minimum 50% marks in each submission (all service papers, research methodology and thesis).

Guidelines for M.Phil


9.    University of Madras has accorded recognition to the National Defence College for award of M. Phil Degree in Defence and Strategic Studies vide University of Madras letter No. AII/ M PHIL (FT) Defence Studies/2006/1105 dated 23 Feb 2006.


10.  Candidates are placed under the Guides (Senior Directing Staff) approved by the University of Madras for supervision of their Research work. Candidates are advised to remain in constant touch with their respective Guide for necessary assistance in their Research work.

Course Contents

11.  The M. Phil Course (full time - One year), which runs concurrently with the NDC course on National Security & Strategic Studies, consists of two parts.
        (a)    Part I.     Examination/submissions on the following subjects for assessment: -
                  (i)      Paper –I - National Security (Hand written submissions)
                  (ii)     Paper –II - Research Methodology (Written Examination)
                  (iii)    Paper –III - On area of specialization (Thesis related submission)
        (b)    Part II.     Thesis on the allotted subject.

Assessment Procedure

12.   Part I.    All the SDSs are the internal examiners and the external examiners are approved during the Academic Council Meeting with the University officials. A system of continuous assessment by internal examiners is being followed. The assessment procedure is as appended below: -
        (a)   Paper I (National Security).     Continuous assessment would entail submission of 500 + 50 words hand written service paper on the subject of study undertaken by the candidates during the course of each study, to the University Division as per the promulgated training programme. Thus, candidates would be required to submit a total of six service papers during the year, one during each study. Each paper will be assessed out of 100 marks and later an aggregate of 600 will be converted to 100 marks.

         (b)    Paper II (Research Methodology).     The assessment of this paper would be carried out under three headings, namely:-
                  (i)    Understanding of research methodology.
                  (ii)    Use of research methodology in developing the arguments in the Thesis.
                  (iii)   Effectiveness of research methodology tools employed.

       (c)     The written examination will also be conducted during the course on Research Methodology. Candidates are advised to refer to the Notes on Thesis Writing and other relevant books available in the library and apply these principles whilst planning and writing their thesis. A written test will be conducted and assessed out of 100 marks.

      (d)    Exemption of Written Test.     Paper II (Research Methodology) written paper is exempted to those officers who have scored 50% or more in Research Methodology during their Post Graduation. These officers need to bring this fact to the notice of OIC Univ Div and marks Sheet (copy) handed over.

      (e)    Paper III (On Area of Specialization i.e, Thesis).     The assessment of this paper will be done out of 100 marks under headings, namely:-

(I) Background to the Study - 25 Marks

- 25 Marks
- Upto 500 Words
(II) Hypothesis
(III) Detailed Outline - 50 Marks Upto 500 Words
Total - 100 Marks
          (f)    The total marks obtained would be converted into grading on the same lines as for thesis. Candidates are advised to stick to the schedule published in the Notes on Thesis writing and in the training programme. Delayed submission will attract negative marks of minus 2 per day.. The above requirements will be submitted to OIC University Division as per time lines issued in the weekly programme.

13.   Part II.     Thesis written by course officer is assessed as follows:-
         (a)     Internal Examiners (SDS). 100 Marks.
         (b)     External Examiners (HoD, DDSS, UoM/Nominated experts). 100 Marks.

14.   Overall marking system is as follows:-
         (a)     Part I.

                  (i)     Paper I - 100 Marks
                  (ii)    Paper II - 100 Marks @
                  (iii)   Paper III - 100 Marks
         (b)     Part II. 

                  (i)     Internal Examiner - 100 Marks
                  (ii)    External Examiner - 100 Marks.
            Total - 500 Marks @ {@400 marks for those officers who have obtained exemption from Paper II}

15.   Pass Percentage.     It is mandatory to score minimum 50% marks in each submission (all service papers, research methodology and thesis).

The grading system for Part I and II is in conformity with the requirement of the University of Madras. The grading system at the College is as shown below: -

Percentage Grade Classification Percentage Grade Classification
00% - 49.99% U Re-appear 75% – 79.99% D First Class with Distinction
50% – 54.99% B Second Class 80% – 84.99% D+
55% – 59.99% B+ 85% – 89.99% D++
60% – 64.99% A First Class 90% – 94.99% O First Class Exemplary
65% – 69.99% A+

Dissertation/ Thesis

16.   Two copies of the dissertation along with a soft copy are to be submitted to OIC University Division, duly approved and signed by respective SDS. The dissertation, besides being evaluated by the respective Supervisor/Guide, will also be evaluated by an external examiner approved during the Academic Council Meeting with the University officials.

Withdrawal from the Course

17.   Fees once paid will not be refunded by the University. Candidates desirous of joining the course will have to note that no refund will be given if a candidate withdraws after registration.


18.   M.Phil Degree is a stepping stone towards obtaining ‘DOCTORATE’ in the subject. The normal duration of Ph.D course is four years reduced by one year for M.Phil graduates. In addition, M.Phil graduates are not required to appear in the entrance test and Research Methodology paper when they apply for the Ph.D course.
19.   Although the syllabus for M.Phil course is considerably light, a detailed and systematic study spread over the complete duration is recommended. Candidates are advised to collect the prescribed reference books from the college library in time to derive maximum benefit.

Documents Required for Registration

20.   Application in the prescribed forms, duly completed. Two photocopies of Post Graduate Degree and Marks Sheet duly self attested or equivalent course certificate and marks sheet. One Passport size colour photo in civil clothes.

21.   If Post graduate degree and Marks Sheet or equivalent course certificate are in any foreign languages, those should be translated in English and attested by concerned Embassies or competent authority. Officers who possess Post Graduate Degree equivalent course certificate (e.g, HC/HDMC), they should submit two copies of Graduation Degree (eg, BA/B.Sc) and marks sheet also duly self attested.

22.   The fee may be paid by Local Cheque/Demand Draft in favour of “NDC, University Division Fund” or by cash.

Notes on Thesis Writing


23.   Each participant of the NDC Course is required to write a thesis.

24.   These notes explain the norms, specify the assignments and provide guidelines for thesis writing. The notes are laid out in two parts as follows:

        (a)    Part I    Individual Thesis Assignment.
        (b)    Part II   Hand out on Thesis Writing.



 25.  The aim of the individual thesis is to enable Course Members to research and study a chosen subject of national or international interest and to make an original contribution to the existing knowledge on the subject.

Method and Scope

26.   While preparing a thesis, a course member will get an opportunity to study the selected subject in detail and would thus acquire some specialisation in the subject.

27.   A thesis, to be useful, has to be based on facts which are objectively analysed and interpreted.

28.   A computerised word count of the thesis will be presented at the end of the thesis. The thesis should reflect ability to present facts and points of view in a concise manner.

Selection of a Topic

29.   While selecting a topic the following points may be kept in view:
         (a)    The subject is of current national/international or service interest, for which source material is available in the College Library and can be supplemented from other libraries in Delhi.
         (b)    The research will be useful in subsequent service.
         (c)    The scope of the subject is limited both in time and in geographical area so that the study can be in some depth.
         (d)    The subject has a direct or significant bearing on National Security.

30.    The NDC has selected seven broad themes that will be researched by the NDC course participants. Each of these themes will be steered by a nominated SDS. In turn the SDS will allot sub themes/topic to each of the participants opting for a particular theme through an iterative process. However, each SDS will be able to guide only 14 to 15 participants hence all participants may not get their first choice of theme. The seven themes and suggested topics under them will be uploaded on NDC website before commencement of the course.

31.    The course participants will hand over their choice of selected three themes in the prescribed proforma at downloads. Allotment of theme for thesis topic will be put up on the Notice Board. There will be preliminary interaction with the SDS guide from 2nd/3rd week of Jan in the afternoon.


32.    An outline is to be prepared by the Course Members prior to the first discussion with the respective SDS. This will be followed by the synopsis of the thesis. This will form the basis for all subsequent work.

Senior Directing Staff in Charge

33.    Thesis will be prepared in consultation with Senior Directing Staff who will be available for advice and discussion. Their names will be notified along with allotment of themes.

Production of Thesis

34.    Timely submission of the thesis is the responsibility of the individual officer concerned. Computer facilities are available in the Library and Raksha Bhawan, which can be freely used.


35.    Standard size (A4) typing paper available in the College will be supplied for production of the final thesis. Course Members are requested not to use any other size paper for this purpose. Course Members are also required to make their own arrangements for paper for manuscripts and draft typing, etc.


36.    The thesis will be reviewed by the SDS in Charge, who will discuss the thesis with the member before putting it up to the Commandant for review. Copies of selected theses will be forwarded to the concerned Service Headquarters/Ministries/ Departments of the Government of India, and/or bound for permanent record and reference by the future courses. Some theses found suitable by the Editorial Board may also be published in the NDC Journal.

Reproduction of Theses

37.    Theses, once submitted, become the property of the College. Hence, reproduction or re use of the theses for any other purpose like publishing in other journals and periodicals or submission to some other University for acquiring higher qualifications are subject to the specific sanction and approval of the Commandant, NDC/ Madras University. Further, such sanction will only convey that the NDC / Madras University does not have any objection to such reproduction or re use and it may be noted that any other clearance that the Course Member may require from his/her Department or Service for such re use is invariably obtained by the officer himself/herself.


Basic Considerations for Writing of Thesis

38.    The structure and layout to be adopted in documenting a thesis in orderly fashion is given at downloads. The principles to be kept in mind are:
       (a)    Accuracy.     There is need for accuracy in facts and figures. In this context, exaggeration, over emphasis and implied statements are inaccuracies.
     (b)   Brevity.     Brevity means the ability to inform the reader in the shortest possible time without sacrificing clarity, completeness or style. This is not to be confused with abruptness or ‘telegraphs’.
         (c)     Clarity.     Not only should individual words or phrases be clear and unambiguous in meaning, but the sense of the whole should be easy to understand at the first reading.
       (d)    Relevance.     This includes both the exclusion of any irrelevant work, phrase or idea, and the inclusion of all pertinent essentials.
        (e)     Logic.     The ideas must not be contradictory to each other and the sentences and paragraphs should be linked together. Similarly, each part of the thesis must flow logically out of the previous one.
        (f)      Style.     Slang should be avoided. Similarly, jargons and 'officialism' mars a good style.
     (g)  Plagiarism.     Thesis are to be scanned for plagiarism on the anti plagiarism web utility ‘TURNITIN’ prior to submission. Plagiarism is viewed very seriously and if detected will result in the course participant being barred from submitting the thesis in addition to disciplinary action being taken.
        (h)     Research Methodology.     Books on Research Methodology are available in the library for reference.

Briefing on Thesis Writing

39.    Additional details about structure and format of the thesis will be provided during the briefing on thesis writing by HoD, Defence and Strategic Studies, Univ of Madras.

Format of the Thesis

40.    The format to be used and guidelines for final submission of the thesis are at downloads. The length of the thesis should be restricted to less than 14000 words, as follows:-
          (a)     Main Text - 10,000-12,000 words (Word count)
          (b)     Appendices & Bibliography - not more than 2,000 words.

Final Submission

41.     Course Members should hand over two copies of the thesis along with a CD to OIC University Division (date will be intimated during course). Satisfactory completion and timely submission of thesis is a requirement for NDC qualification. All theses submitted after time schedule are to be forwarded to OIC University Division with a covering note from the respective SDS. The note is to contain reasons for the delay and recommendation regarding condoning of the delay. Such theses will NOT be considered for award of prize.


42.     All theses will be assessed in accordance with the scheme of awarding marks for various aspects by the SDS concerned and the Commandant. The assessment will be carried out for the following purposes: -
          (a)     Reference to concerned organisations/ Ministries/ departments.
          (b)     Selection for publication.
          (c)     Award of MPhil degree, consideration for Colonel Pyara Lal Medal and book prizes.










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