The Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA – Established: 1959) is located in the remote town of Mussoorie, Uttarakhand in the foothills of the Himalayas. The academy’s main purpose is to train civil service officers of the three All India Services namely Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service and the Indian Forest Service; and also for Group-A Central Services such as Indian Foreign Service among others.
In India, most officers of the premier civil services of the country are selected through competitive civil service exams administered by the Union Public Service Commission. Applicants who are accepted attend LBSNAA for a four-month Foundation Course. In this course the feeling of “equality” among all the trainees is introduced.
After this, officers of the Indian Administrative Service continue their professional training at the academy, while officers of other services proceed to respective staff colleges, such as the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (SVPNPA – Formation: September 15, 1948) in Hyderabad for Indian Police Service officers and the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy (IGNFA) in Dehradun for Indian Forest Service officers. Group-A Central Services officers proceed to their own staff colleges such as Foreign Service Institute, India for Indian Foreign Service officers. Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy was constituted in the year 1987 by renaming the erstwhile Indian Forest College, which was originally established in 1938 for training senior forest officers.