LBSNAA Full Form: IAS Training Academy- History, Training and more

By Aarna Tiwari|Updated : June 21st, 2022

LBSNAA stands for Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration. It is situated in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand. LBSNAA is the dream destination for all those who are preparing for the UPSC Exam. The successful candidates of the IAS Exam are sent here for their probational training, stretching over a period of two years. 

In this article, we will be shedding light on LBSNAA, the Full Form of LBSNAA, and why LBSNAA is a dream destination for every UPSC aspirant.

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Full Form of LBSNAA

The Full form of LBSNAA is Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration. It is situated at a height of little above 6580 ft and is spread over 189 acres. 

In 1958, the then Union Home Minister Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant declared in the Lok Sabha that the Indian Government would set up a National Academy of Administration. The Academy would be the place where training would be given to all the recruits of the Civil Services. The name of LBSNAA was changed twice; first in October, 1972, it became Lal Bahadur Shastri Academy of Administration, followed by al Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) in July, 1973.

LBSNAA conducts a common Foundation Course for entrants to the All India Services; Indian Foreign Service; Group ‘A’ services of the Union and the Royal Bhutan Service followed by professional training for the regular recruits of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and members of the Royal Bhutan Service. The Academy, from time to time also conducts in-service and Mid-Career Training Programmes (MCTPs) for members of the IAS and Induction Training programs for officers promoted to the IAS from State Civil Services. Workshops and seminars on policy and governance-related issues are held from time to time.

Mission of LBSNAA

LBSNAA's mission statement states that “We seek to promote good governance by providing quality training towards building a professional and responsive civil service in a caring, ethical and transparent framework.” The motto of LBSNAA is "Sheelam Param Bhushanam" or "Character is the highest virtue".

Training at LBSNAA

LBSNAA conducts a common Foundation Course for entrants to the All India Services; Indian Foreign Service; Group ‘A’ services of the Union and the Royal Bhutan Service followed by professional training for the regular recruits of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and members of the Royal Bhutan Service. 

Foundation Course at LBSNAA

The foundation course at LBSNAA is compulsory for all recruits of the All India Services; Indian Foreign Service; Group ‘A’ services of the Union and the Royal Bhutan Service. The foundation course usually starts in August and continues till December. Post this 6 months training program, the recruits proceed to their respective training academies. Like, the IPS recruits join the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (SVPNPA), the IFS recruits proceed to Sushma Swaraj Foreign Services Institute, the IRS recruits to the National Academy of Direct Taxes or to the National Academy of Customs Indirect Taxes and Narcotics and so on. 

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The IAS recruits stay back at LBSNAA for their Phase- 1 & 2 training, Bharat Darshan, and the District Attachment training. Post this, the IAS recruits are posted as Assistant Secretary under different Ministries in New Delhi, and after the completion, they are confirmed for the Indian Administrative Services under the hand and seal of the President of India.

LBSNAA Meaning in Hindi

LBSNAA Meaning in Hindi stands for लाल बहादुर शास्त्री राष्ट्रीय प्रशासन अकादमी.

लाल बहादुर शास्त्री राष्ट्रीय प्रशासन अकादमी, मसूरी भारत में सिविल सेवाओं के लिए एक शीर्षस्थ प्रशिक्षण संस्थान है। इसकी अध्यक्षता निदेशक द्वारा (भारत सरकार के सचिव स्तर के अधिकारी) द्वारा की जाती है और यह कार्मिक और प्रशिक्षण विभाग, भारत सरकार का एक संबद्ध कार्यालय है। यह अकादमी अखिल भारतीय सेवाओं, भारतीय विदेश सेवा, संघ की समूह “क” सेवाओं तथा रायल भूटान सेवा के प्रवेशकों के लिए सामान्य आधारिक पाठ्यक्रम का आयोजन करती है तथा भारतीय प्रशासनिक सेवा (आई आए एस) के नियमित भर्तियों तथा रायल भूटान सेवा के सदस्यों के लिए व्यावसायिक प्रशिक्षण देती है।

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How to get into LBSNAA?

LBSNAA is the dream destination for all those who are preparing for the UPSC Exam. To qualify for the IAS, one needs to dedicate one full year to the UPSC Preparation. Follow the UPSC Preparation Strategy, and complete the UPSC SyllabusUPSC Prelims Syllabus, and UPSC Mains Syllabus in an integrated manner. 

If one thoroughly goes through the UPSC Books, and NCERT Books for UPSC, and prepares notes simultaneously with sheer dedication and determination, it would be pretty easy for the candidate to qualify for the UPSC Prelims in one go.

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LBSNAA FAQs

  • No, the foundation course at LBSNAA is compulsory for all recruits of the All India Services; Indian Foreign Service; Group ‘A’ services of the Union, and the Royal Bhutan Service. Post this the recruits other than the ones selected for IAS, proceed to their respective training academies. The IAS recruits continue with their Phase- 1 & 2 training at LBSNAA.

  • The fees to get into LBSNAA are sheer determination, dedication, and hard work. Nothing monetary is asked from the recruits; the expenditure on training each new recruit is borne by the government.

  • LBSNAA stands for Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration. It is situated in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand.

  • Yes, during the training phase, the recruits at LBSNAA get decently paid. The pay band is 15600–39100 with 5400-grade pay. After deductions of mess charges and other expenses, a decent amount comes in hand.

  • To qualify to be called to LBSNAA for training, one needs to appear for the UPSC Exam and qualify all the three levels of the exam, viz. UPSC Prelims, UPSC Mains, and Interview. Only the recruits of the All India Services; Indian Foreign Service and Group ‘A’ services of the Union of India are called for training at LBSNAA.

  • The Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration at present is headed by Srinivas Katikithala as its director. He is an IAS officer of the 1989 batch of Gujarat cadre.

  • LBSNAA is a Government establishment in Mussoorie. It is a civil service training institute, on public policy and public administration. LBSNAA is headed by a Director (an officer of the level of Secretary to the Government of India) and is an attached office of the Department of Personnel & Training, Government of India.

  • The recruits or the Officer Trainees are strictly prohibited from using mobile phones in the academic area. However, they are allowed to use mobile phones in their hostel rooms. The mobile phones are confiscated if any OT is found using them on the academic premises.

  • No. LBSNAA does not allow the common public inside the premises of the Academy. However, if someone’s known is in training at LBSNAA, they can visit their kin. For this, a proper procedure is followed which is stated by the Academy to the recruits/trainees.

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