Officers IAS Academy is India’s only Civil Services (UPSC) coaching institute, which was founded and is run by a Seven-member Team of former Civil Servants (IAS, IRS, IRAS). It is a place with passionate and like-minded individuals who have accomplished high goals and have now come forward to help others to fulfill their dream to achieve those goals. They are on a mission to mentor UPSC aspirants and in this process create the next generation of Civil Servants.
The biggest distinction between Officers IAS Academy and numerous other coaching institutes is that it is fostered by a group of core faculty who have cleared all the stages of the examinations, but have served the country as respectable civil servants but have resigned from their posts to embark their knowledge and help the future generation to become a part and serve this nation backed by highly efficient pedagogy, a rhythm of preparation, personal mentoring, rigorous coaching schedule, evaluation, and feedback.
The teaching methods lead students to understand the basics and encourage them to question the facts and concepts, rather than just accepting them blindly. They put their efforts by providing their students with a roadmap to follow their dream of entering the Civil Services and support them continuously support them along the run, and tracking individual progress and making up the course correction.
At Officers IAS Academy their ultimate goal is to emulate the Gurukul System, where the students are trained by Gurus to achieve what they have achieved. They aim to create better Civil Servants. They train the students for making a difference in society. A regular curriculum is followed at this academy to help the students. Regular tests, modules, and everything is followed by a pattern. It works 365 days a year to help the future officers achieve their goals. The experienced teaching faculty are there to guide the students at every point and to help them understand. Plenty of Guest Lectures are organized where Serving IAS/ IFS/ IPS officers are invited to motivate and show a guiding light to the students. The mental health of students is also kept at a check so they put forward Stress Management Modules before prelims, mains, and interviews.
There is rather a fascinating story that revolves around the famous LalBahadurShastri National Academy of Administration. On April 15, 1958, The Union Home Minister, PanditGovindBallabh Pant announced in the LokSabha the setting up of a National Academy of Administration for training all the recruits of Civil Services. They amalgamated the IAS Training School, Delhi, and the IAS staff College, Shimla to form a National Academy of Administration which was setup Mussoorie’sCharleville Estate. In the year 1959 the academy was established in Mussoorie along with the Director’s office. And in the year 1960 a common FC for IAS, IFS, and other Central Services was introduced. It was in the year 1972 when the name of the Academy was changed to LalBahadurShastri National Academy of Administration.
The premier training institution for the civil services in India, LalBahadurShastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie is an attached office of the Department of Personnel & Training, Government of India, and is headed by a Director.
For the entrants of All India Services, the Royal Bhutan Services, Group ‘A’ services of the Union, and Indian Foreign Services, it conducts a common Foundation Course that is followed by professional training for the regular recruits of the Royal Bhutan Service and the members of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). In-service and Mid-Career Training Programmes (MCTPs) for members of the IAS and Induction Training Programme for officers promoted to the IAS from State Civil Services are also conducted by the academy. Workshops and seminars on policy and governance-related issues are also held from time to time.
The IAS (Probation) Rules specify the period of probation of a person recruited into the IAS. A person is confirmed on the successful completion of probation. While under training at the Academy, Officer Trainees (OTs) are under the disciplinary control of the Director & the salaries/advances paid during the training are covered under these Rules.
The Rules list the circumstances under which an Officer Trainee may be discharged from Service or reverted to the permanent post on which he holds a lien, or would hold a lien, had s/he not been suspended prior to her/his appointment to the Service, if-
i. If she/he fails the re-examination under rule 9.
ii. If the Central Government is satisfied that the probationer was ineligible for recruitment to the Service or is unsuitable for being a member of the Service.
iii. In the opinion of the Central Government s/he has wilfully neglected his probationary studies or duties.
iv. Found lacking in qualities of mind and character needed for the Service, or
v. Fails to comply with any of the provisions of these Rules.
Except in a case falling under clause (a) above, the Central Government shall hold a summary inquiry before passing an order under these rules.
The Mission statement of LBSNAA is: “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.” They are taught to embrace and respect the caste diversities, religious differences, various colors, distinct genders, age gaps, prominent languages, cultural regions, different human ideologies, and socioeconomic status gaps. Reach out to all with humility and empathy. The level of professionalism is at utmost priority. To be judicious and apolitical in their approach, be professional and completely committed to the job with a bias for action and result and continuously pursue improvement and excellence. Their ultimate goal has to serve the unprivileged. To be humane in their approach while dealing with people, to be the voice of the underprivileged, and be proactive in addressing any injustice against them. Success can be achieved in this endeavor if the act is done with all integrity, respect, professionalism, and collaboration.