The Various Training Institutes for Different Civil Services in India

After clearing the UPSC civil services exam, all fresh recruits have to undergo rigorous training at various institutions according to the service allocated to them. This training is meant to enable future civil servants and diplomats of the country to acquire the physical and mental fitness and capacities to administer their duties and responsibilities efficiently. The training aims at increasing the technical efficacy of the officers, to enable them to be more adaptive to changing situations in the country and local region, and to improve mental toughness also.

The institute where all fresh recruits go first is the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand. Here, irrespective of the service, i.e., whether officers are inducted into the IAS, IFS, IFoS, IPS, IRS, etc., the initial training called the ‘Foundation Course’ which runs for four months is held. This is done to instill a sense of ‘equality’ among all the recruits. After this initial training period, the probationers move on to their respective training institutions depending on their service.

The IAS trainees remain at the LBSNAA to continue their training which lasts for about two years. This period includes their Bharat Darshan and stint with the Bureau of Parliamentary Studies in New Delhi.

The Indian Police Service (IPS) trainees move on to the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy in Hyderabad.

The Indian Forest Service (IFoS) officers go to the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy in Dehradun for their training.

Other group-A Central Services officers such as the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) proceed to the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) India located in New Delhi.

Indian Revenue Services (IRS) officers move on to either the National Academy of Direct Taxes, Nagpur or the National Academy of Customs, Excise & Narcotics, Faridabad depending on the branch they are allocated to go. (there are two branches of the IRS: IRS – Income Tax; and IRS – Customs and Central Excise).




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Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)




Osmania University


Foreign Service Institute

New Delhi





Degree from Forest Research Institute

IRS (Income Tax)

National Academy of Direct Taxes


NALSAR University

IRS (Customs and Central Excise)

National Academy of Customs, Excise & Narcotics


NALSAR University

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