Every aspirants who is giving UPSC EXAM is very eager to know about the training they will undergo, after clearing the UPSC exam. The course which is mandated for all new civil service recruits, is designed to instill not just the academic knowledge, but also the discipline and life skills expected of a civil servant. At LBSNAA, successful candidates go through a kind of full fledged personality development programme. Apart from the classroom sessions, there is a whole gamut of field activities which includes - The Village visits , Bharat Darshan, District Training etc.. Lets see them one by one.
- Foundation course
- village visit
- 'Phase 1 Training
- Bharat Darshan
- Phase 2 Training
- district Training
As the Officer Trainees are fresh entrants, the focus is on familiarizing them with the environment of political, economic, social and administrative issues through a well-defined syllabus. This equips them with requisite skills, knowledge and attitudes to shoulder the responsibilities of a public service officer. The Academy stands out as one of the very few institutions in the world with focus not only on Civil Service capacity building but also inter-services camaraderie and cooperation. The raison d’etre of a common FC is to instil a shared understanding of government and build camaraderie among the civil services for smoother conduct of the affairs of the Government.
The Foundation Course is designed to serve the following objectives:
- Orient Officer Trainees to the administrative, social, economic and political environment of the country.
- Generate awareness of the challenges and opportunities within the Civil Services,
- Promote overall development of personality traits of the Officer Trainees: intellectual, moral, physical and aesthetic,
- Foster greater coordination among the members of different Civil Services by building esprit de corps.'
The Village Visit Programme is an important component of the Foundation Course. Officer Trainees are taken to rural areas and exposed to the realities and complexities of rural life. The Officers are expected to gain a first-hand understanding of various programmes/schemes during the course of their stay in the villages. Simultaneously, the Officer Trainees look to learn from initiatives and best practices that have succeeded opportunities that have been utilized and interventions that have worked. The Trainees submit a report on villages visited by them covering various aspects like poverty, inequality of opportunities and lack of access of various facilities in rural areas.
The villages visit aims at achieving the following:
- Assess the socio-economic-political dynamics that exist in a village;
- Recognize the importance of the need to learn from the villagers in evolving people based solutions to local problems;
- Evaluate the spatial and temporal changes that have occurred in the village in terms of quality of life resulting from Governmental and non-Governmental interventions .
- Evaluate the working of various village level institutions, formal and informal, in terms of participation and effectiveness;
- Organize a cleanliness drive under “Swachh Bharat Mission” with the help of villagers and the district administration.
- Understand and analyse the problems faced by the rural people especially the marginalized sections such as Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, physically challenged old, poor, landless and women.
IAS Professional Course, Phase-I (22 weeks approximately)
Soon after the completion of Foundation Course, the IAS Officer Trainees graduate to Phase-I training. This Course imparts rigorous training to the Officer Trainees of the Indian Administrative Service in a wide range of subjects to enable them to handle varied assignments that they would hold in the first ten years of their service. Emphasis is on understanding of public systems and their management. Starting in December, it runs up to May of the next year and comprises of Academic instruction (12 weeks); Winter Study Tour (7 weeks) and 1 week of Block Leave.
At the end of the IAS Professional Course Phase I, an Officer Trainee is able to:
- Acquire a pan-India perspective of emerging socio-economic and politico-legal trends, an understanding of the emerging role of the IAS and its shared administrative responsibilities with other services.
- Acquire knowledge and skills needed to discharge administrative responsibilities in the first decade of their career in the following areas:
BHARAT DARSHAN - Winter Study Tour
The IAS officers have traditionally been taken for a Winter Study Tour (WST) called Bharat Darshan in Phase I. The 6-7 week Winter Study Tour (WST) precedes the academic module comprising of attachments with the armed forces, the public sector, the private sector, municipal bodies, voluntary agencies, tribal areas, e-governance and Non-Government Organizations. This gives Officer Trainees an opportunity to experience the diversity of our country and to see and understand closely the functioning of numerous organizations. The Officer Trainees are divided into groups of about 18-20 each with each Officer Trainee traversing nearly 20,000 kilometres across the length and breadth of the country.
As regards curricular activities, Phase I entails a total of around 400 teaching hours across 5 subjects of Law, Basic Economic Principles and Indian Economy, Political Concepts & the Constitution of India, Management & Behavioral Sciences and Public Administration. Instructions are also imparted in ICT and the language of the cadre allotted to the Officer Trainee. The Course is thematically divided into weekly modules that form the focus of most teaching in that particular week.
Committed to development of all-round personalities, the Academy provides space for several co-curricular activities in Phase I including weekend treks; events such as Lit Fest, Theatre Workshop & film festival; activities organised by various Clubs & Societies etc. The high points, however, are the Inter Services Meet and Zonal days.
The Officer Trainees organize four Zonal days during the Phase I programme in which they showcase and display the culture and cuisine of their allocated cadres. The details of constitution of groups for each zone are as follows:
- East Zone: Assam- Meghalaya, Bihar, Jharkhand, Manipur- Tripura, Nagaland, Orissa, Sikkim, Bhutan and West Bengal cadres.
- South Zone: Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Telangana cadres
- West Zone: Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan cadres
- North Zone: Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, J & K, Punjab, U.P and Uttarakhand cadres and AGMUT
phase 2 training
- To analyse individual and collective experiences of District Training through a process of structured reflection,
- To understand the imperatives of working as field officer and for improving public service delivery,
- To improve administrative, managerial and ICT skills along with practical application of laws at the district level.
District Training (52 Weeks)
The Officer Trainees seek to understand the following issues during their attachment with each Department.
- Organizational structure, roles and responsibilities.
- Basic understanding of Acts and Rules
- Office procedures including understanding a file, methods of noting/ drafting, preparation of office orders and movement of files etc..
- Budgeting and Audit for understanding the procedure and sequence of resource allocation, guidelines for expenditure, financial powers vested with officials and audit.
- System of programme implementation, monitoring and reports.
- Shortcomings or problems.