What are the components of the foundation course at LBSNAA?

This Course is meant for the Officer Trainees of the All India Services viz the Indian Administrative Service, the Indian Police Service & the Indian Forests Service; the Indian Foreign Service and various Central Services (Group- ‘A’). It is run once a year usually from September to December and marks the commencement of training of candidates selected by the UPSC.  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 Foundation Course is designed to serve the following objectives:

  1. Orient Officer Trainees to the administrative, social, economic and political environment of the country.
  2. Generate awareness of the challenges and opportunities within the Civil Services,
  3. Promote overall development of personality traits of the Officer Trainees: intellectual, moral, physical and aesthetic,
  4. Foster greater coordination among the members of different Civil Services by building esprit de corps.

Curricular inputs are given in various subjects of social, economic and political importance like Political Science, Law, Management & Behavioural Science, Public Administration, Economics, History & Culture and ICT besides lectures by eminent persons from social, political, cultural and economic walks of life.


The Foundation Course also encompasses a wide array of co-curricular activities that include: Short weekend treks, in first four weeks, High Altitude Trek: 1 week, Village Visit: 1 week, India Day, Athletics meet, AK Sinha Memorial One Act Play, Homi Bhabha Science Debate and Literary Festival. Teaching a language is an important component of the training at the Academy. With the exception of those Officer Trainees who have to compulsorily learn Hindi, all others are required to opt  for  one  of  the languages that are on offer. The All-India Service officers have to opt for the language of the State cadre they are allotted to (in case such allotment is made prior to the Foundation Course). Normally the languages offered include Assamese, Bengali, Malayalam, Tamil, Marathi, Urdu, Gujarati, Kannada, Telugu, Manipuri, Oriya, Punjabi, French and English.