Arvind Saxena appointed as Chairman, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
The President has appointed Shri Arvind Saxena as Chairman, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
The tenure of Shri Arvind Saxena as Chairman, UPSC will commence from the date he enters upon the office of Chairman, UPSC. The term of his appointment will be till 07. 08.2020 when he attains the age of 65 years or till further orders whichever is earlier.
Shri Arvind Saxena joined UPSC as a Member on May 8, 2015, and has been performing duties of the post of Chairman, UPSC since June 20, 2018.
A student of Civil Engineering at the Delhi College of Engineering besides M.Tech. in Systems Management from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), New Delhi, Shri Saxena was selected for the Civil Services and joined the Indian Postal Service in 1978. In 1988, Shri Saxena started working at the Cabinet Secretariat, where he specialised in the study of strategic developments in neighbouring countries. Shri Saxena has served in different countries and in the States of Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh.
A recipient of Awards for Meritorious Services (2005) and Distinguished Services (2012), Shri Saxena has travelled extensively in India and abroad.
The Union Public Service Commission is India’s premier central recruiting agency. It is responsible for appointments to and examinations for All India services and group A & group B of Central services. While Department of Personnel and Training is the central personnel agency in India.
The agency’s charter is granted by Part XIV of the Constitution of India, titled as Services Under the Union and the States. The commission is mandated by the Constitution for appointments to the services of the Union and All India Services. It is also required to be consulted by the Government in matters relating to the appointment, transfer, promotion and disciplinary matters. The commission reports directly to the President and can advise the Government through him. Although, such advice is not binding on the Government. Being a constitutional authority, UPSC is amongst the few institutions which function with both autonomy and freedom, along with the country’s higher judiciary and lately the Election Commission.
The commission is headquartered at Dholpur House, in New Delhi and functions through its own secretariat. Arvind Saxena is its current Chairman of UPSC.