The mid-career training programme (MCTP) which is given to the IAS officers and is conducted in two phases between completing 7 years and 16 years in service, would be cut short to 7 weeks from its existing 8 weeks. The government has also proposed a plan for initiating relaxation in the eligibility criteria of the last phase of the training which takes place in the 26-28 years of service to that of 23-24years of service. The MCTP is a must for IAS officers and gets conducted in three phases by the authorities. The three phases are called, Phase III (at 7-9 years of service), Phase IV (at 14-16 years of service) and Phase V (at 26-28 years of service, which are presently functional and are under revision.
These phases are important as they are directly linked with the increments and promotion of the officers. Previously the Phase III and Phase IV programmes were of 8 weeks and the Phase V training was of over 5 weeks. The revision is made on the duration of Phase III and IV and has set to be 7 weeks. The eligibility condition in the Phase V has been changed to 23-24 years from that of 26-28 years of service.
The MCTP was made mandatory for IAS officers on the basis of various committee recommendations that were part of the civil service reforms. There was a revision in the IAS pay rules in 2007 and it was made compulsory to complete various phases in order to acquire increments and promotions. The DoPT thus implemented the three-phased mid-career training architecture.