The Centre intends to squeeze the training period for IAS officers by six months from the present two years to make up for the higher age profile of the entrants and easier access to learning resources.
“It has been proposed to amend the training duration for the training of IAS officers on the basis of recommendations of Kiran Agarwal committee,” Rajesh Arya, director, training at the department of personnel and training said in an order issued Friday.
The Agarwal committee had recommended cutting short the duration to 18 months and pushed for a cost-benefit analysis of the training in view of the changing profile of entrants and access to learning resources. A big chunk will be in the year-long district training that Indian Administrative Service officers have to go for after the first round of classroom training. It may be reduced from 54 to 33 weeks.
Most IAS officers who completed their training in recent years had complained about the sub-optimal effectiveness of attachments in the district and the relatively higher utility of independent charges for on-the-job learning. The Centre proposed to reduce training at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie, from 26 weeks to 21 weeks.