The Training Canvas

The Backdrop

In a dynamic and increasingly interconnected world, professional development is the sine qua non for leadership and a successful career in public service. The capability to become instruments of change requires intense curiosity and willingness to explore, depth of knowledge, specific skill sets and strength of character to translate vision into action.

Looking at the balance sheet of India’s tryst with democracy and development during the past six decades, the picture that emerges is rather mixed. While the higher Civil Services, by and large have lived up to the vision of our founding fathers in institutionalizing democracy, a lot still remains to be done.

The Challenge before us is to craft an open, responsive, effective and vibrant public administrative system by injecting professionalism, skills, competencies and right attitudes amongst its member. This can only be achieved through quality training aimed at creating officers with depth of character, breath of vision and requisite skills to deliver on the tasks bestowed on them.

The Training Programmes

The Academy Offers variety programmes, all of which have been developed based on a detailed training needs assessment:


The Academy stands out as one of the very few institutions in the world with focus not only on Civil Services capacity building but also inter-services camaraderie and cooperation.

This Course is intended for the new recruits to the All India Services and Central Services (Group A). It equips fresh entrants with requisite skills, knowledge and attitude to shoulder responsibility as public servants. Its main objective are:

  • to foster greater cooperation and coordination among various public services by building an esprit de corps;
  • to promote all round development of the personality of an officer trainee- intellectual, moral, physical and aesthetic.


This Course imparts rigorous training to the Officer Trainee of the Indian Administrative Services in a wide range of subjects to enable them to handle varied assignments that they would typically hold in the first decade of their service. This programme has two basic modules: the Winter-study tour and academic module.

The Winter Study Tour (WST) precedes the academic module wherein the Officers Training travel across the country to experience its rich cultural diversity. Its also includes a week-long attachment with the Bureau of Parliamentary Studies which exposes them to the functioning of the Parliamentary system in India. The Officer Trainees also call on important dignitaries such as the President of India, the Vice-President of India, the Prime Minister of India and others during this attachment.

The Academy module is theme-based. It covers the following subjects:

  • IAS in perspective/Role of the IAS in policy making
  • National Security/ Law and order.
  • Agriculture /Land Management and Administration
  • Rural Development /Decentralization and Panchayati Raj
  • Urban management/Infrastructure and Public-Private Partnership
  • E-Governance/Office Management/Administrative Skills
  • Soft skills (Leadership, Organizational Behaviour, Inter-personal skills)
  • Projects Management, Engineering Skills and ICIT
  • Financial management and project Appraisal
  • Social Sector/Weaker Section & Minorities


One year of district training, in effect, is a drill to enable the Officers Trainee to see, study and live the paradox that is the quintessential India- with its unfathomable diversity, myriad challenges and opportunities. They study the administrative set-up, interact with people, their representatives and officials in order to understand the paradigm of development as well as effectiveness of strategies.


This phase of induction level training provides the officer Trainees with a platform to share individual learning experiences gained in the field and enables them to articulate the strengths and weaknesses of our administration and governance. This phase of interactive learning is supplemented with special sessions with distinguished experts from within and outside the Government. The penultimate phase of training serves as a vibrant learning ground before the Officer Trainees launch their career in public service.



The Mid Career Training Programme was initiated in 2007 with the aim of imparting structured in-service training to IAS officers to prepare them for higher levels of responsibilities. Spanning three phases, viz. Phase-III, Phase-IV and Phase-V training programmes. The programme was initially outsourced to various national/ international institutions for a period of three years. Since 2010, the Academy has been mandated the responsibility of designing and delivering each of these courses.



To equip officers who have completed seven to nine years of service for effective transition to strategy formulation and its implementation.


  • To appreciate contemporary developments in political economy at the national and global level
  • To equip officers with tools, skills and knowledge that will help them achieve ‘excellence in implementation’ of programs.
  • To design and implement BPR in Government and leveraging IT to improve public service delivery
  • To strengthen communication, inter-personal and team-building skills and appreciate the centrality of values in governance.



To equip officers who have completed fifteen to sixteen years of service for effective transition to policy formulation and better implementation.


By the end of the Course, the officer will be able to:

  • Appreciate contemporary developments in political economy at the global and national level,
  • Understand the process of public policy formulation, analysis and evaluation,
  • Enhance domain knowledge in the context of public policy,
  • Strengthen leadership and negotiation skills, and,
  • Appreciate the centrality of values in governance.



To equip officers who have completed twenty-six to twenty-eight years of service for effective transition to strategy formulation and its implementation.


By the end of the Course, the officer will be able to:

  • Develop a wider global and national perspective in order to formulate  strategies to meet future challenges
  • Understand the importance of inter-sectoral policy design and implementation 
  • Provide effective leadership in her work environment
  • Reinforce service networks essential for policy formulation and implementation

Induction Training programme (6-Weeks)

The Induction Training Programme is conducted for officers promoted to the IAS from the state civil services. The aim of the course is to update levels of knowledge, skills and to provide opportunities for exchange of ideas, views and experiences with people who have developed expertise in different sectors of national development. Considerable focus is given to new managerial techniques and skills as well as to frontier areas of technology and its management. The course aims to impart an all India perspective to the officers promoted to the IAS.


  • To acquire & update interdisciplinary knowledge & skills to function effectively as administrators.
  • To acquire a   pan Indian   perspective on   administrative issues and govern- ance challenges through exchange of experiences, ideas & views.
  • To equip the participants with new Information Communication Technology skills and managerial techniques.

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