Officially known as Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), it is a research and training institute on public policy and public administration in India. Operated by India's Union Government, LBSNAA 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 Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service, Indian Forest Service; and also for Group-A Central Services such as Indian Foreign Service among others. The Indian Administrative Service (IAS) trainee officers will be awarded an MA degree in Public Management from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.
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.
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 in Hyderabad for Indian Police Service officers and the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy 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, National Academy of Customs Indirect Taxes and Narcotics for Indian Revenue Service officers etc.
It began conducting Mid Career Training Programmes for officers of the Indian Administrative Service in 2007. Officers with about 15 years' service who are due to become Joint Secretaries undergo the Phase IV Mid Career Training Programme, while officers with about eight years' service undergo the Phase III Mid Career Training Programme. The academy also conducts a number of short-duration training programmes in various aspects of governance and public administration.
The most important research centre of the academy is the National Institute of Administrative Research headed by an Executive Director. It also boasts of Centre for Disaster Management; Centre for Rural Studies; Gender Centre, and Centre for Rural Credit.