LBSNAA IAS Training : Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration

Training of IAS Officer Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) Uttarakhand

If you all know about Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) then  I am sure you would love to know more about it ? and if you do not know about it at all then you are missing a good topic to know about!

Let’s add some more things to your pool of knowledge about (IAS).

Well LBSNAA stands for LAL BAHADUR SHASTRI NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ADMINISTRATION  situated in Mussoorie (Uttarakhand)

The main purpose of Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) is to train the officers of civil services for all the three Indian service examination.

All the IAS officers are much excited about the training is given by Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) for the 3 months before a candidate joins its official duty.

These three months are most adventurous for all the civil servant.

This is a journey of “100-day long foundation course”  at the beginning , the course team at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration LBSNAA try to cure the disorientation and illusions about what is happening and will happen in the future.

All three Indian service exams  servants have their training sessions together and they all are from different backgrounds and education backgrounds . this diversified group of people r oriented towards their duties and responsibilities and authorities given to them and how they have to fulfill it towards the government and the people.
There are around  50 odd residents of this hostels are relatively cut off from the proceedings of the academy. The rest three hostels (Ganga, Narmada, and Kaveri) for Officer Trainees (OTs )  are not so good as far as infrastructure is concerned.

The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee interacting with the Civil Service Officers promoted to IAS from Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration
The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee interacting with the Civil Service Officers promoted to IAS from Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration

There are around  50 odd residents of this hostels are relatively cut off from the proceedings of the academy. The rest three hostels (Ganga, Narmada, and Kaveri) for Officer Trainees (OTs )  are not so good as far as infrastructure is concerned.
After all the formalities are done they  are asked to adorn ceremonial dress of bandh gala Jodhpuri suit (different from the formal dress) as the Honourable Vice President of India, Shri Hamid Ansari himself was coming to formally have a talk with the civil servants .
The first week are  relatively not hectic  as the academic hours are  mainly restricted and focused on ice breaking sessions I and for the civil servant to know the reality of the job profile. The introduction of faculty exercises in team building and some other orientation exercises.
Then after the initial ice breaking sessions are over now come the time for some reality checks to know the physical capabilities of the candidate.  It starts with waking up at 5:30 am and having a morning  walk for about  1.5 km to reach the hallowed ‘polo ground’. Followed  by a PT session  from 6am- 7am , where the candidates are made to do few  light exercises which include running around a km .

Now comes the hardest part of the day. It includes an ascent of 150minutes  to reach back to the respective  hostels get ready .

They start up with teaching them following subjects.

The professors are Mostly from  the permanent faculty (includes IAS officers, central civil servants, and expert academicians) deliver the lectures. There were all some guest speakers sometimes coming from different institutions a retired army officers  sometimes guest speakers  from LSR, DU, JNU profess and even retired civil servants leading various departments, writers, authors etc and they  are asked to visit the academy to highlight in the areas of their expertise and experiences they came across while they were working or maybe until day of their life so when all the technical part was covered in the rest of the days in the week.

Saturdays have their own enjoyment and every Saturday is  a trek organised which typically involves walking and climbing a total of 18-22 km from 8 am to 3 pm. Although it is tiring But the scenic beauty  and the sense of achievement one feels on reaching the top is really worth the effort.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a group photograph with IAS probationers of 2015 batch
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a group photograph with IAS probationers of 2015 batch

Places that they get to visit are Kempty Falls Benog hills  Lal Tibba hills, known for its blood sucking leeches.

Life in the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) is more about enjoying treks, playing games, etc. one haves  relaxation session before joining the job.

In this first week of October,they are  taken to a Himalayan trek. My group went to Uttarkashi. It is both, literally and metaphorically, the high point of FC.

Interspersed activities include playing guitar, riding horses, firing guns, cooking, baking, cadre predictions, ‘matchmaking’, river rafting, bungee jumping, etc. and at they had to do all the other work too at the end of the day  after coming back from a long  painfully amazing trek, there were many activities like submitting assignments, essays, book reviews, and the dreadful midterm examination  the  level of preparation can be gauged by the fact that less than 48 hours before the exam.

Anyway, after the exams, there was a cross-country run of 10 KM around the academy  A village visit  is scheduled from 1-8 November for all the OTs where they are supposed to stay in the villages and have the taste of real-life practical problems faced by the villagers on a daily  basis.

They have to visit  and gauge the functioning of PHCs, village schools, panchayat functioning.and go to the farms and observe the cropping patterns which are  practiced.

On 15th November, India Day was organised which marked the extreme diversity of India and celebration of the same in the form of varied dresses, food, dances, processions, etc.

It will be followed by an athletic meet and then finally an end term exam.
The course ending will be marked by a valedictory function on 12th of December. Thereafter all the other services except IAS will leave. On 15th December, phase 1 of our training will start, with one week of classes followed by  2 months of India tour. Then, one-year cadre posting, and finally Phase-2 which will be from June 2015 to June 2016.

 

I write this on my last day here in LBSNAA at the end of IAS Professional Training-Phase 1. So my impressions may be clouded by a fair amount of sepia tinted nostalgia. For that, I seek the patient reader’s indulgence.

It was in September that I first came to LBSNAA. The road that climbs up from Dehradun is one of the steepest to any major ‘hill station’-as Mussoorie is. Soon you have the Doon valley spreading out far below you and a persistent monsoon mist envelopes the road. It was only at Library Point, the heart of Mussoorie, that I saw a sign at Milkhi Ram’s garment shop welcoming probationers and realised with a start that I was almost there.

The road to the Academy leaves the town behind and curves between old estates and forested cliffsides. The Academy itself was crowded with probationers and their parents. It is housed in what was once the Charleville Hotel-one of the finest in India. The old building burnt down in 1984 and there is little of the Raj that survives in the newer ones. I remember feeling palpably excited as I completed the entry formalities and made the short trek up to the main building to sign many more documents (the Government LOVES making us do this). I was informed that I had been allotted Silverwood Hostel that lies just outside the Main Gate and is popularly referred to as the Five Star Hostel for its plush rooms. I certainly wasn’t complaining! I took a stroll around the campus, saw the Mess with its gorgeous views of the Himalayas (on a clear day, you can see the Kedarnath peak as well as the Yamunotri range) and admired my decidedly non-sarkari room.

The enthusiasm vanished early next morning. We were woken up at 4 30 AM with morning tea and advised to make the trek down to Polo Ground-a good kilometre and a half away. Now descending down hillsides is not my cup of tea at the best of times, but to do it before dawn in Mussoorie’s chill called for an extra shot of masochism. Anyway, our unfit and panting bunch was subjected to an hour of PT at the said Polo Ground and was warned of more dangerous things ahead-weekend treks, Athletics meet and the mother of all-the weeklong Himalayan trek. A chastened and sombre bunch made the infinitely more painful trek uphill and I absolutely cursed Silverwood for being so far away. All that activity meant that breakfast (unlimited omelettes) was wolfed down and the classes were spent dozing through.

I never thought I would concede this point, but now I think I am going to miss life here. Life in the districts can be hectic and unpredictable, possibly also more exciting. But the charm of an ordered existence at 7000 feet cannot be overstated. By Abdaal M. Akhtar

Sharoz Dawa

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4 thoughts on “LBSNAA IAS Training : Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration

  • May 7, 2016 at 10:56 pm
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    Inspired, the experience shared became one of the reason to become IAS.

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  • May 9, 2016 at 4:20 pm
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    Hi Sandeep
    I am an civil service aspirant. I want to know u run this website ,,when u study for your graduation degree

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  • January 12, 2017 at 9:20 am
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    is there junior trainning center for 11 and 12

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