Arvind Saxena appointed as Chairman of UPSC
President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed Arvind Saxena as the new Chairman of the Union Public Service Commission. He joined as a member of the Commission in May 2015 and has been performing the duties of the post of Chairman since June 2018.
The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind on November 28, 2018 appointed Arvind Saxena as the new Chairman of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
The term of his appointment will be from the date he enters the Chairman office till August 7, 2020 when he attains the age of 65 years or till further orders, whichever is earlier.
The Government had appointed Saxena as the acting Chairman of UPSC in June 2018. He took over charge from Vinay Mittal who had completed his term.
About Arvind Saxena
• Arvind Saxena studied civil engineering at the Delhi College of Engineering and did his M.Tech. in systems management from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), New Delhi.
• In 1978, he was selected for the Civil Services and joined the Indian Postal Service.
• In 1988, Saxena started working at the Cabinet Secretariat, where he specialised in the study of strategic developments in neighbouring countries.
• In his decade’s long career, Saxena has served in different countries as well as in the States of Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh.
• He joined as a member of the Union Public Service Commission on May 8, 2015 and has been performing the duties of the post of Chairman, UPSC since June 20, 2018.
• He was appointed as a member of UPSC in May 2015 after he completed his stint as the Director of Aviation Research Centre (ARC).
• He has also previously worked in India's Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) after he joined it in 1988.
• Saxena has received several awards for his excellent services such the awards for Meritorious Services in 2005 and Distinguished Services in 2012.
The Union Public Service Commission is a constitutional body that conducts prestigious civil services examination for bureaucratic positions such as the Indian Administrative Service, Indian Foreign Service and Indian Police Service (IPS) among others.
The commission was established under Article 315 of the Constitution of India. It comprises Chairman and ten Members, who are appointed and removed by the President.
The term of the members and the chairman is six years or until they attain the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier.
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.