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Table of Content: –

  1. About LBSNAA
  2. History
  3. Mission Statement
  4. Extra-curricular Activities
  5. Campuses
  6. Facilities at the Academy
  7. A day in the life of a Trainee
  8. Academy Song

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  • The Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie is a premier training institution for the civil services in India.
  • The Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) is India’s premier institution dedicated to training Officers of the country’s higher civil services.
  • It 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 also conducts 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. In addition, workshops and seminars on policy and governance-related issues are held from time to time.
  • Established in 1959 in Mussoorie as the National Academy of Administration by merging the IAS Training School, Delhi and the IAS Staff College, Shimla, the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration has gained global recognition and stature as a world-class institution for training career civil servants.
  • Objectives: –
  1. Induction level training to members of the All India Services and Central Services (Group A) through a common Foundation Course
  2. Induction-level professional training for officers of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS)
  3. Mid-career training for IAS officers
  4. Induction training for officers promoted to the IAS from the State Civil Services


  • In 1958, the Ministry of Home Affairs decided to amalgamate the IAS Training School, Delhi and the IAS Staff College, Shimla to form a National Academy of Administration to be setup in Mussoorie’s Charleville Estate.
  • The Charleville Hotel was built in 1854 by General Wilkinson on the grounds of Chajauli Estate, a part of the abutting Chajauli Patti.
  • The grounds of Happy Valley were acquired in 1904 by the brewer V.A. Mackinnon. The main building of the erstwhile Charleville complex was destroyed in a fire in 1984.
  • In October 1972, the name of the Academy was changed to “Lal Bahadur Shastri Academy of Administration” and in July 1973 the word “National” was added to it.
  • The Academy is now known as the “Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration” (LBSNAA). There have been subsequent expansions and several new buildings have been constructed and others acquired over the years.

Mission Statement

“LBSNAA – 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.”

  1. Integrity: – Be consistent in your thoughts, words and actions which will make you trustworthy. Have courage of conviction and always speak the truth to even the most powerful, without fear. Never ever tolerate any degree of corruption, be it in cash, kind or intellectual.
  2. Respect: – Embrace diversity of caste, religion, colour, gender, age, language, region, ideology and socio-economic status. Reach out to all with humility and empathy. Be emotionally stable; grow with confidence and without arrogance.
  3. Professionalism: – Be judicious and apolitical in your approach; be professional and completely committed to your job with a bias for action and results; and continuously pursue improvement and excellence.
  4. Collaboration: – Collaborate in thoughts and actions by engaging deeply with all to evolve consensus. Encourage others, promote team spirit and be open to learning from others. Take initiative and own responsibility.
  5. Serve The Underprivileged: – Be humane in your approach while dealing with people; be the voice of the underprivileged and be proactive in addressing any injustice against them. You can achieve success in this endeavour if you act with integrity, respect, professionalism and collaboration.

Extra-curricular Activities: LBSNAA

  • Extra-curricular activities such as short treks, community services, adventure sports-rock climbing, para-gliding, river rafting etc. are also organized on holidays and weekends.
  • Officers under training are encouraged to lead a rich, varied and vibrant campus life extending beyond the confines of lecture halls. At the Academy, outdoor events are an integral part of the dynamic training curriculum.
  • Our Happy Valley Sports Complex has been expanded to meet the growing physical training needs of the times. It has a state-of-the art gymnasium, badminton, squash, lawn tennis courts, cycles, football and hockey ground, to assist officers under training to improve their proficiency in sports and games.
  • A swimming pool is under construction. It will be operational soon. The Academy also has a full-fledged horse-riding infrastructure with instructors drawn from the best in the elite Army unit that is the President’s Body Guards.
  • The horse riding establishment has been shifted from March, 2017 to its new location in the Polo Ground.
  • The Academy puts together many experiences for its OTs.
  • Himalayan trekking, hiking, visiting nearby institutes are some of the weekend activities held. There are also sports that are played within the ground of the Academy such as cricket, volleyball, billiard, badminton, table tennis, football, etc.
  • OTs are also encouraged to participate in cultural festivals and organize cultural events during their stay in Mussoorie.
  • Many important figures such as the President and Prime Minister visit the budding civil servants.
  • Performances of music, dance, poetry, etc. are put up in their honor by the officer trainees oftentimes.
  • Officer Trainees are encouraged to participate in the activities of various clubs and societies in order to express their creative potential. The various clubs and societies in the Academy include:
  1. Adventure Sports
  2. Alumni Association
  3. Computer Society
  4. Film Society
  5. Fine Arts Association
  6. Hobbies Club
  7. House Journal Society
  8. Management Circle
  9. Nature Lovers’ Club
  10. Officers’ Club
  11. Officers’ Mess
  12. Rifle & Archery Club
  13. Society for Contemporary Affairs
  14. Society for Social Service


  • The Academy is located at Mussoorie, a hill station at a height of little above 6580 ft. It is 35 Km. by road from the rail head at Dehradun and some 270 km. north of Delhi.  
  • From the main campus built on the Charleville estate, there have been subsequent expansions. Today, spread over an area of 189 acres, the Academy has 6 major complexes housing its basic infrastructure: Main Academy Complex at Charleville, Indira Bhawan Campus, Glenmire Estate, Happy Valley Complex, Polo Ground and Monastery Estate. Besides this, 17 other properties/campuses provide residential facilities.
  • The Charleville complex is spread over 69 acres and caters to training of fresh entrants as well as customized courses. Glenmire houses the erstwhile National Institute of Administrative Research (NIAR), and now the National Centre for Good Governance and a residential area of LBSNAA.

The Indira Bhawan campus offers facilities for in-service training, other specialized courses, programs, workshops and seminars.

Facilities at the Academy

To support its training mission, the Academy has a wide range of facilities which include spacious and well-equipped lecture rooms, conference halls, auditorium, library, mess, hostels, sports complex, dispensary, reprographic unit, bank, post office, EPABX, computer lab and wi-fi campus.

  • Teaching Facilities    
  • IT Services
  • Library
  • Officers Mess
  • Accommodation
  • Medical Centre
  • Sports Complex

A day in the life of a Trainee

  • Morning Schedule: – On a typical day an Officer Trainee (OT) is up by 6 am for morning exercise at the Polo Ground for 60 minutes. The riding schedule operates at the same time (and also at other times during the day as per batch size). The OTs thereafter have about an hour and half to get ready, have breakfast and report for classroom sessions, which typically commence at 9:30 am.
  • Afternoon Schedule: – There are 5-6 academic sessions of 55 minutes (length may vary from course to course) each on working days as per a pre-determined session plan. Curricular Inputs are given in various subjects of social, economic, political impotence like History, Political Science, Economics, Law, ICT, Public Administration and Management & Behavioural Science. A course usually demands 8-10 hours of activity per day, which totals to about 60 hours of academic and other engagements per week.
  • Evening Schedule: – Evening hours could be varied from time to time for extra-curricular module, sports, riding etc. Cultural performances and programmes are also scheduled occasionally in the evening before dinner.
  • The OTs use the pre and post-dinner time to interact with each other and also to review the day’s learning and prepare for the sessions of the next day.
  • As part of the induction level training curriculum, Officer Trainees are sent on treks in and around Mussoorie and to the Greater Himalayas. They learn to cope with conditions of adversity, bad weather, insufficient accommodation and limited access to food. Visits and stay in backward villages help to understand and appreciate the realities of rural life.
  • Officer Trainees are encouraged to take up extra-curricular modules and cultivate in-depth interest and proficiency in any hobby of choice.

Academy Song

The Academy Song is a Bengali Song composed by Shri. Atul Prasad Sen (1871 – 1934), the noted Bengali composer, lyricist and singer. He was a successful lawyer, philanthropist, social worker, educationist and Literature.

It was adopted by the Academy during the tenure of Shri. Rajeshwar Prasad, who was the Director of the Academy from 11th May 1973 to 11th April 1977.

The Academy has modified the song by introducing the translation of some lines of this song into Hindi, Tamil and Marathi. The song embodies what is expected to be the spirit of Indian Civil Services and is thus a constant inspiration for all the officers.

Hao Dharmete Dheer, Hao Karomete Bir
    Hao Unnato Shir—Naahi Bhay.
Bhuli Bhedabhed Gyan, Hao Sabe Aaguaan
   Sathe Aache Bhagwan—Habe Jai
Raho Dharam Mein Dheer, Raho Karam Mein Bir
   Rakho Unnat Shir—Daro Na
Nana Bhasha, Nana mat, Nana Paridhan
   Bibidher Majhe Dekho Milan Mahaan
Dekhiya Bharte Mahajatir Uthan,
   Jag Jaan Manibe Bishshai
Jag Maan Maanibe Bishshai
   Ullittal Urudiyail Sailil Virmudan
Talle Nirmindu Niripai Ni
   Bhuli Bhedbhed gyan, Hao Sabe Aaguaan
Sathe Aache Bhagwan—Habe Jai
   Waha Dharmate Dhir, Wha Karneet Vir,
Waha Unnat Shir—Naahi Bhay
   Nana Bhasha, Nana mat, Nana Paridhan
Bibidher Majhe Dekho Milan Mahaan
   Dekhiya Bharte Mahajatir Uthan,
Jag Jaan Manibe Bishshai
   Jag Maan Maanibe Bishshai
Hao Dharmete Dhir, Hao Karomete Bir,
   Hao Unnat Shir—Naahi Bhay
Hao Unnat Shir—Naahi Bhay


Q1. What is the duration of training period in LBSNAA?

Answer: The total duration of the training period of IAS officers is 2 years.

Q2. Is there any dress code in LBSNAA?

Answer: At LBSNAA, training officers are only allowed to wear a formal dress on campus. Even a dress code has been prescribed for eating in the mess.

Q3. What is the LBSNAA?

Answer: The Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration is a civil service training institute on public policy and public administration in India.

Q4. What are the facilities at LBSNAA?

Answer: The newly constructed Aadharshila and Gyanshila buildings have faculty and staff offices, computer hall and lecture halls. Sampoornanand Auditorium is the largest central hall used for cultural programs and functions. Indira Bhavan campus about 1 km from the main campus hosts the short-term programs.

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