The Foundation Course Begins

At Charleville Block, LBSNAA

“Officers’ Mess of this academy is not a casual place. It is an institution. When you are here, you must be proper in your attire, polite in demeanour, and must always uphold this institution’s decorum and dignity.”

These lines from the introductory session here at LBSNAA, Mussoorie are still ringing in my head as I begin my Foundation Course (FC) at this academy. This 100-day course, mandated for all new civil service recruits, is designed to instill not just the academic knowledge, but also the discipline and life skills expected of a civil servant. We are taught history and polity, law and economics, administration and management. But these are hardly the things that make this academy special.

It’s only when you sit in the auditorium listening to the course faculty speak about the rich history of the academy and its institutions, you truly appreciate this place’s eminence and realise how lucky and privileged you are to be sitting there.

While preparing for the Civil Service Exam, every aspirant, at one point or the other, dreams of being at this academy. I wasn’t any different. For years, I thought and imagined myself walking in these hallowed portals. In April 2015, when I had the chance to visit LBSNAA as a participant for the Inter-Service Meet, I looked at this place’s sheer grandeur and wondered longingly, “Will I ever revisit this academy as one of its own?”

After more than three years of endless wait, the day did arrive. On 26th August 2018, as I stepped into the academy, I had imagined the journey to be emotionally charged. Truth be told, it wasn’t to be. Instead of the surge of emotion I expected, the experience was rather mundane.

It’s only a few days into the course that I’m able to appreciate the feeling of being a trainee at this exceptional place. So much history is embedded in every corner that all I have right now is a sense of fulfillment and gratitude to everyone who had helped me reach here.


“Character is the highest virtue.”

As I begin this new journey, I feel thankful for my parent service, the IRS (Customs & Indirect Taxes) for it had given me many close friendships. I’ll especially cherish my time spent with my batchmates playing football and travelling to various Customs and Central Excise offices across India.

For all the perceived inadequacies that one may have about the job as a taxman, my stint in the IRS has taught me a lot— from how to make a file noting to how to conduct a review meeting, from learning to interpret a tax law, to writing a tax judgement, from earning government revenue to administering a government office. It’s been such an exciting, enriching journey. I have no doubt that, even in my new job, the experience I gained during these four years would be priceless.

The next 100 days at FC are going to be glorious.

What do I look forward to? The mountain treks, the camaraderie, the friendships, the disciplined life, and most importantly, the joy of learning.

I’ve always enjoyed interacting with people who have done extraordinary work in their respective fields. Hearing them speak is equivalent to reading a book. I eagerly look forward to all the talks at the academy by eminent speakers from diverse professions— former and current civil servants, constitutional authorities, politicians, authors, academicians, CEOs and NGOs.

I also promised myself to teach myself one new skill during these 100 days. I declare it here so that you can hold me accountable at the end of my FC and so I am pushed to pursue it sincerely.

Elon Musk once said this— “We need things in life that are exciting and inspiring. Life can’t just be about solving some awful problem. There have to be reasons to get up in the morning.”

Right now, every morning, I feel that excitement.

Until next time,

58 thoughts on “The Foundation Course Begins

  1. Barnalee Paul

    A hearty congratulations to you.?Thank you for sharing this and keep your promise sir ?

  2. Anonymous

    Awesome writing sir..keep writing during your training days too…all the best for all the opportunities to come..God bless you as always…


    Awesome writing sir..keep writing during your training days too…all the best for all the opportunities to come..God bless you as always…

  4. Anonymous

    I wish all the best sir.

  5. Barnalee Paul

    Dreams are made to be followed. People like you are proving this again and again. Hope you get the best out of this journey of FC. Best wishes for you.
    LBSNAA is dream place for every upsc aspirants. More or less it act as an incentive. The way you described it shows that this FC is not just a course but an emotion for officers.

  6. Kajal

    Year 2020 I’m also coming here …. Guranteed … 101% I’ll also score like you N will be a part of its own (LBSNAA)

    Want ur blessings?

    1. Anonymous

      You Never what is going to happen in future as in 2020 or whatsoever..
      Stay positive and get Blessed

    2. Anonymous

      There seems no difference between today’s political leaders and Kajal…. Lakme, Colossal, Mac

      1. Kajal

        You can’t hurt someone’s feelings by saying so… My intention was nothing like that… At that time I was very much demotivated n depressed that I was thinking I can’t do anything So while I saw Sir’s post N listened his speech … Which makes me motivated n was inspired by him .. So just for felling me good and being motivated I commented this in a childish way

        1. Nishant Tiwari

          Don’t worry, Kajal. That you believe you can do it, you are almost halfway there. Hope is not a flame to be blown off. It is a feeling.that gives you a reason to stay determined and perseverant. You can do it, believe this. And you will, i believe that. 🙂
          All the best! 🙂

  7. Anonymous

    Congratulations sir.. and all the best for your journey as an IAS Officer…

  8. Anonymous

    All the best sir…. Keep posting blogs.

    You are an great inspiration?

  9. Anonymous

    All the best sir

    1. Ganesh dream LBSNAA

      Feeling proud that u r from Telugu state…!! Such a motivational words and an inspirational personality…!! Hatsoff to u sir..??????!!

  10. Preet Kaur

    You are our inspiration. great and valuable writing. All the best Sir.

  11. Rupesh

    Wow! You are really living and leading an ideal life. Keep writing sir !

  12. Anonymous

    One day I will also be attending training at LBSNAA….your words keep me motivated….

  13. Anonymous

    It seems like a travellouge. I am very excited to read upcoming episodes of your travelligoue at Mussoorie Sir..?
    Please keep sharing..mesmerising experiences…

  14. Anonymous

    Man I like the way you put your thoughts..
    You mastered it…

  15. Mahesh

    Awesome sir.. Keep writing.. as you always say, this will reach to a lot of ppl who dreams and works hard for civil services exams from all parts of India.. 🙂 thank you so much sir.. Jaihind 🙂

  16. Anonymous

    Dream place… ❤❤❤??

  17. Anonymous

    Awesome writing sir!!! U r igniting us with your posts! im very much thankful to you sir??.please share your experience every now and then. All the best sir?

  18. Lingaraj Hiremath

    Awesome writing sir!!! U r igniting us with your posts! im very much thankful to you sir??.please share your experience every now and then. All the best sir?

  19. Arul Mozhi

    Thank you so much for this piece of writing sir. In your previous blog regarding AI , I requested you to write about your training experiences for motivation & thank you so much for this work despite your hard schedule sir !! This concern for the betterment of your younger self proves your quality of generosity sir ! Do continue your writing whenever you get time sir.
    Wishes & Prayers for your success & happiness Sir !
    Thank you again Sir !

    1. Anonymous

      Arul mozhi from vikravandi

  20. Anonymous

    my dream place✨?️.. greatfull to u Bhai? *Hugh congratulations ❤️

  21. Amit Parmar

    Very inspiring !! Your words are very inspiring !! Your writing skill is excellent Anudeep.
    You will be a True civil servant. i am damn sure about this.
    You are visible to people right from your Day one.
    So, You will be visible till the rest of your carrier. For the people, With the people.
    India has a long way to go !! Miles to go before WE Sleep.

  22. Anonymous

    Beautifully written!

  23. Aparna Ajith

    Let this much awaited dream journey of 100days bestow the best in and to you,Sir.Warm and affectionate Regards!!!! Do not fail to smile,come what may.hehe.??

  24. tedtri

    Include more photographs, please. All the best for your endeavor of learning a new skill. 276 DAYS TO PRELIMS 2019.

  25. Xperiac

    Hi sir
    Pls can you say how many hours should be given to hindu readings if we r not making notes

  26. Bismarck

    Happy reading. I feel so enthusiastic and motivated.

  27. Pooja nayak

    Such a heartfelt account. I don’t want to disturb, just enjoy your journey but do write sometimes too.?

  28. Anonymous

    I wish more enriched blog in future…..full of ur experience about fc,Human behaviour,relationship, etc. …..watvr u got frm reading books or frm other sources.
    Awesome writing. ……….I m sure I wil get this blog active after 10…20…..years …..Coz once u said in ur speech …..ur work will speak nd u will active on blog.
    Happy journey

  29. Himanshu

    Congratulation for ur success sir we all are really happy for your achievements best of luck for future journey sir ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  30. Anonymous

    Congratulations sir.!

  31. Donald Trump

    Thanks for sharing such wonderful Insights

  32. Jayanthi Raj

    ???? congratulations sir. Enjoy every moment sir.

  33. Anonymous

    Thanks for shatsha information which inspire us a lot

  34. Anonymous

    Awesome anna…

  35. Rajat Garg

    sir what does sheel param bhushnam meant??

  36. Anonymous

    Sir,LBSNAA is also my dream place.Wish you all the best and also waiting for my turn.Thank you for sharing these,it was very energetic.

  37. harshita

    Such posts motivate us to cherish our dreams.. Thank you sir

  38. Nidhi Priya

    congratulations Anudeep sir!

  39. lasya priya

    Nice article sir,all the best for ur career and i hope that you fulfill your duties and responsibilities in a flawless manner.A lot has to be changed in our existing society like unfair treatment of few sections of people,reservation system,corruption,transparency in government actions etc.Sir please look into these matters deeply and contribute your bit towards healthier society.Thank you.

  40. Pramod Raj N R

    Anudeep sir.
    Every word that you write has a lot of power in it sir. For aspirants like me, you are a very great inspiration sir. Keep writing sir it really helps us a lot. Hope someday i get to write like you do and hope someday i get to meet you.
    Thank you sir.

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  42. Veereshwari SK

    Its true that ‘every person we meet has got something to teach us’. Your posts leave behind important lessons that we can pick up and reflect in our life. It’s not just the goal that you have reached that inspires me to read your articles, but the journey you have travelled and the way you handled your mind has alot to teach. Looking forward to learn more from your experiences.

    Thank you!

  43. Kanika

    This is what I find, makes you different from others!!!

  44. Anudeep Durishetty Post author

    Thank you everyone! All these encouraging comments from diligent, patient readers are the reason I keep writing. I’m grateful to all of you.

  45. Prashanth

    Love you Annaiah!Keep Rocking

  46. Asha Deepthi

    You are blessed with the gift of spelling an enigmatic magic on ur readers.,Anudeep.!
    This night.,when I’m in short of a good book to read.,this article exceptionally served the whole purpose…
    The lines u wrote describing ur longing to be at the place are splendid…
    “Imagined myself walking in these hallowed portals..;will i ever revisit this academy as one of its own..”
    Words loaded with intense emotion never fail to pierce through the layers of readers hearts n u seem to have a great expertise in constructing them!
    Keep going…young man.!
    (Lots of support from Andhra…!*)

  47. Jaspreet

    Hats off sir.
    U have every quality to be called as an idol of a person.
    U are real inspiration sir.
    Keep going ??

  48. Amit

    Thank you sir
    After reading these inspiring line .we learn alot from you,sir
    Please continue to share your experience.
    Again l thankyou, sir
    May god bless you

  49. fighterpreeti

    Sir..can you suggest someone appearing with Agriculture optional

  50. YouTube user

    Your thoughts are so insightful. It’s like reading a book on positive thoughts. I felt like I am reading ‘The Secret’ again. You just ooze positivity, enthusiasm and a sense of rising every day in me so that I too can be a part of this institution’s glorious past, present and future. Thanks a lot for inspiring me this much.

  51. Anonymous

    Can I get mains booklist link from anudeep durishetty please help!


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