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Arvind Saxena (born 8 August 1955)[1] is an Indian civil servant and is the current chairman of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).[2] A 1978-batch officer, he served in the Indian Postal Service for 10 years, before joining the Research and Analysis Wing in 1988, and the UPSC in 2015.[3]

Arvind Saxena
Arvind Saxena, Chairman UPSC.jpg
Chairman, Union Public Service Commission
Assumed office
28 November 2018
Preceded byHimself (acting)
Member, Union Public Service Commission
Assumed office
May 2015
Special Secretary in-charge, Aviation Research Centre
In office
December 2014 – May 2015
Personal details
Born (1955-08-08) 8 August 1955 (age 64)
Delhi, India[1]
NationalityIndian
Alma materDelhi College of Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (M. Tech)
OccupationCivil servant

EducationEdit

Saxena earned his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Delhi College of Engineering, Delhi, before pursuing the master's degree in systems management from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.[1]

CareerEdit

He joined the Indian Postal Service in 1978 and worked as Divisional Head of Postal Services at Bharatpur and Kota. In 1982, Saxena was appointed Officer on Special Duty in-charge of arrangements for postal services for the Asian Games and the seventh meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement. He later took over as Philately Officer at the Postal Directorate in New Delhi and subsequently as OSD for modernization of the Stamps and Seals Factory in Aligarh. He was posted as Director, Mail Planning Operations in Mumbai, looking after mail arrangements in the States of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, before being selected as Principal of the Postal Training Centre in Saharanpur. He also underwent a program for trainers at the University of Manchester in the UK.[1]

In 1988, Saxena left the Postal Service to join the Research and Analysis Wing, where he "specialised in the study of strategic developments in neighbouring countries",[3] including Nepal, China and Pakistan.[1] Apart from serving in various countries, he served in the Indian States of Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. He took over as Special Secretary in-charge of the Aviation Research Centre (ARC) in December 2014,[4] where he worked in strengthening ties with similar agencies of other countries while interacting closely with the Chiefs of the Indian Armed Forces and heads of the Central Armed Police Forces. Saxena is a recipient of awards for Meritorious Services (2005) and Distinguished Services (2012), conferred by the Prime Minister of India.

Union Public Service CommissionEdit

In May 2015, he joined the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) as its member and was appointed its acting chairman in June 2018, after the retirement of Vinay Mittal.[5] In November 2018, he was appointed the full-time chairman.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Arvind Saxena Profile" (PDF). UPSC. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Arvind Saxena appointed UPSC chairman". The Times of India. Press Trust of India. 28 November 2018. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Arvind Saxena appointed acting UPSC chief". The Times of India. Press Trust of India. 10 June 2018. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Khanna is new RAW chief". The Pioneer. 21 December 2014. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Arvind Saxena appointed acting chairman of UPSC: to take over from Vinay Mittal on 20 June". First Post. 25 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Arvind Saxena appointed UPSC chairman". The Times of India. Press Trust of India. 28 November 2018. Retrieved 3 December 2018.