About CSM


Sambhav: Impossible is nothing

Behind me is an infinite power, before me is an endless possibility, around me is boundless opportunity. In a time of constant distrust building trust, doing what needs to be done than doing what one is capable of doing is all about roles leaders play. What it takes to be selected is the secret sauce that Civil Service Mentoring (CSM) initiative is all about. CSM initiative of IIPA management is all about discovering you, defining you, enhancing you and promoting brand YOU. It amplifies your ability to reach and access the best opportunities suited to YoU.

It is easier to plant a seed than a tree. In 75th year of independence, IIPA seeks to start SAMBHAV Civil Service Mentoring initiative as CSR. CSM also targets at enhancing your performance in decision making process, dealing with co-workers, approaching citizens and customers and professional relationships, making the right choice in work specialisation. The CSM perspective is all about self-knowledge of your core strengths and ingenuity of your personality that will help you approach challenges of life in your own way. It makes you stay relevant to the ever changing needs of a dynamic market ecosystem to decide your role as a competitor or a person who complements the team.

All competitive examinations, including Civil Services Examination (CSE), conducted by UPSC and State Public Service Commissions and recruiting agencies test aspirants about their competencies and motivation levels to take up the challenging roles on offer. Knowledge, skill and attitude is in abundance in youth but only a few make it to the top. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel referred to civil servants as the 'steel frame of India' while addressing the probationers of Administrative Services in 1947 at Metcalf House, Delhi. Hon’ble PM Modi ji said on 28 October, 2017, ‘You are a member of service and not a mere job seeker’. Hon’ble PM also observed at Kevadia in 2019, ‘We need a bureaucracy that is creative and constructive, imaginative and innovative, proactive and polite, professional and progressive, energetic and enabling, efficient and effective, transparent and tech enabled.’ A Civil Servant has the honour and dignity of being a servant of the Indian people, not any individual master.


IIPA, an Institute of eminence specialized in the domain of Public Administration and Governance, aims at knowledge dissemination catering to the needs of Civil Services. The Institute’s forte includes

v  IIPA was set up to be a change agent and de-colonise the mind-set

v  IIPA at arm’s length from DOPT,  NITI, UPSC, and other Recruitment Agencies, yet keeps abreast of Government Policies and contribute to contemporary ‘Think Tank’

v  Expertise of IIPA’s  Faculties in Governance, Public Administration

v  Curated content, both in short notes and video explainers, prepared by experienced IIPA Faculty including experts popular in the market for their teaching abilities

v  Many Faculties on Government Committees, provide valuable inputs to Government for Policy formulation

v  Proven track record of high quality training

v  Facilitates effective KT (Knowledge Transfer) to the Aspirants of various Competitive Examinations/Services

v  Lectures on subjects of critical aspects of Nation building, being offered to in-house career civil servants, are also made available to aspirants as value-addition 

v  Anywhere, Anytime learning facility for youth

v  Moodle accessible also on Mobiles, Tablets and Laptops

v  We understand the “search cost” of quality reading materials and “time-value of money” to prepare the aspirants so that best possible quality content is made available in easy to learn formats, in a self-paced learning ecosystem. Our faculty will be privileged to even provide in-person guidance and clarification in due course. 

v  It is the right time that IIPA initiates Capacity Building for the aspirational youth venturing to take honour and dignity of being a servant of the Indian people.

NEP, 2020 envisions, inter-alia, skill development of Work force Global employability and vocational education. IIPA seeks to sharpen Aspirants’ own uniqueness found in varied combination of strength, skills, approaches and values - with mix of science-policy-culture perspective. I

In past it was said that BIG fish Eats small fishes.the dynamics have changed now the Fast Fish Eats Slow Fish even if it is Big, Very Big. In the twentieth century, constructivism influenced education. Constructivists argued that learners must construct their own understanding of what is taught. The teacher's role is to create an environment in which students are able to direct their own learning and arrive at their own interpretations of knowledge.

The teacher was the “sage on the stage”. However, technology shifts the teacher’s role to the “guide on the side” as students take more responsibility for their own learning- so is public administration.

Coverage of Competitive Examinations

IIPA seeks to mentor youth for examinations conducted by


v  State Public Service Commissions

v  National Recruitment Agency (NRA)

v  Mass recruitment like Agniveer etc.

Features, Contents Digital Resources

CSM also offers high quality learning content relevant for almost any competitive examination that have three stage testing formats like MCQ based preliminary, short-answer based main examination and personality test. 

v  Anytime, anywhere learning

v  Previous Years Questions (PYQs) of CSE (Preliminary) that one can practice and rate one’s progress

v  Short Notes on fundamental concepts covering the entire syllabus

v  Videos Repository with descriptive answers

v  Pre-recorded lectures, curated videos, tutorials and even personalized mentoring sessions

v  In-Person Training (In Association with Regional/Local Branches & DACE (Dr Ambedkar Centre of Excellence.

v  Live Webinars on contemporary issues will be hosted on our Digital Platforms

v  Focused material on Optional subjects viz. Public Administration and Sociology for CSE (Main)

v  Stalwarts’ Interviews

v  Achievers’ Nuggets on Success Mantra

v  Useful References

Personality Test /Interview

Designed to test your endurance and commitment, Mock Interviews will be held by seasoned serving/superannuated bureaucrats, Academia and other Practioners of repute in Public sectors.  We have lost our purpose why we all are here, find our purpose, passion everyone has.  Remember only you are responsible what you are. You are hired for your knowledge but fired for your attitude. Think like a leader. Solve the problems, collaborate to take advantage of your resources. Communicate clearly with passion and compassion. Leadership is not a title. We all can lead in our own spheres. Five resolutions (PanchPran) will make India as a developed country when the Nation celebrates 100 years of her independence in 2047.

Thematic Coverage & IIPA Faculty

S. No.


Faculty of IIPA



Prof. Ashok Vishandass


Current Events of National and International Importance

Dr. Manan Dwivedi


History of India and Indian National Movement

Prof. Ashok Vishandass



Dr. Amit Singh


Indian Polity & Governance

Dr. Mamta Pathania


Economic and Social Development

Prof. Ashok Vishandass

Dr. Saket Bihari

Dr. Gadadhara Mohapatra


Environmental, Ecology, Bio-diversity & climate change

Dr. Shyamli Singh


General Science

Dr. Saket Bihari


Process of Registration

v  Register online for wealth of relevant information

v  Free for first 10000 eligible aspirants in the 75th  year of independence 

v   Content is available on our Moodle LMS