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20 Jan 2020

Best way to Serve our Nation

IAS officers under training are strongly encouraged to lead a rich, varied and vibrant campus life extending much beyond the confines of lecture halls. Some examples of such experiences are as follows:

  • Trainees are sent on treks to the greater Himalayas where they learn to cope with conditions of adversity, bad weather, insufficient accommodation and limited access to food items.

  • Visit and stay in backward villages to understand and appreciate the realities of rural life is integral to induction level programmes.

  • Officer Trainees (OTs) are encouraged to take up extra-curricular modules and cultivate in-depth interest and proficiency in any hobby of choice.

  • To achieve this, they are encouraged to participate in the activities of various clubs and societies in order to express their creative potential.

Recent Trends in IAS Training

The Kiran Aggarwal Committee constituted by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has recommended that the total training period for IAS officers be brought down from two years to one-and-a-half years.  The step was suggested in view of the strong feedback received from recent batches of IAS officers about the relative sub-optimal effectiveness of attachments in the district and the relatively higher utility of independent charges for on-the-job learning.

If we assume the rising median age of IAS officer trainees (around 28 years), the training duration reduction seems a little valid as many enter service with significant work experience and less potential years of service. Moreover, the scope of training has widened over the years as a structured mid-career training programme and short-term refresher courses can be availed by the offers after four years of service. And lastly, the reduction in training or probation period would be welcomed by state governments given the general shortage of junior-level IAS officers.