UPSC Chairman List (1926-2022): UPSC Members, Current Chairman

By Aarna Tiwari|Updated : August 4th, 2022

UPSC Chairman List consists of the names of the persons who were elected as the Chairman of the Union Public Service Commission, since its establishment in 1926. Ross Barker was the first UPSC Chairman, whereas Dr Manoj Soni is the current Chairman of UPSC. He joined in April 2022. UPSC is India's premier central recruitment agency for recruiting all Group 'A' officers under the Government of India. It is also responsible for appointments and examinations for all of the Group 'A' and Group 'B' posts of all the union government establishments, including all the central public sector units and the central autonomous bodies.

The article covers the List of UPSC Chairman since 1926, the UPSC Members, their appointment and removal, along with the composition of UPSC.

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UPSC Chairman List 2022

The list of UPSC Chairman consists of 33 people who served as the Chairman of UPSC. Ross Barker was the first UPSC Chairman in October 1926. Dr Manoj Soni is the current Chairman of UPSC.

A list of UPSC Chairmen from 1926 to date is given below:

UPSC Chairman List

Tenure

Sir Ross Barker

October 1926 - August 1932

Sir David Petrie

August 1932 - 1936

Sir Eyre Gorden

1937 - 1942

Sir F. W. Robertson

1942 - 1947

H. K. Kripalani

April 1, 1947 - January 13, 1949

R. N. Banerjee

January 14, 1949 - May 9, 1955

N. Govindarajan

May 10, 1955 - December 9, 1955

V. S. Hejmadi

December 10, 1955 - December 9, 1961

B. N. Jha

December 11, 1961 - February 22, 1967

K. R. Damle

April 18, 1967 - March 2, 1971

Ranadhir Chandra Sarma Sarkar

May 11, 1971 - February 1, 1973

Akhlaqur Rahman Kidwai

February 5, 1973 - February 4, 1979

M. L. Shahare

February 16, 1979 - February 16, 1985

H. K. L. Capoor

February 18, 1985 - March 5, 1990

J. P. Gupta

March 5, 1990 - June 2, 1992

R. M. Bathew

September 23, 1992 - August 23, 1996

S. J. S. Chhatwal

August 23, 1996 - September 30, 1996

J. M. Qureshi

September 30, 1996 - December 11, 1998

Surendra Nath

December 11, 1998 - June 25, 2002

Purna Chandra Hota

June 25, 2002 - September 2003

Mata Prasad

September 2003 - January 2005

S. R. Hashim

January 4, 2005 - April 1, 2006

Gurbachan Jagat

April 1, 2006 - June 30, 2007

Subir Dutta

June 30, 2007 - August 16, 2008

D. P. Agrawal

August 16, 2008 - August 2014

Rajni Razdan

August 16, 2014 - November 21, 2014

Deepak Gupta

November 22, 2014 - September 20, 2016

Alka Sirohi

September 21, 2016 - January 3, 2017

David R. Syiemlieh

January 4, 2017 - January 21, 2018

Vinay Mittal

January 22, 2018 - June 19, 2018

Arvind Saxena

June 20, 2018 - August 24th, 2020

Pradeep Kumar Joshi

August 25th, 2020 - April 4th 2022

Dr Manoj Soni

April 05, 2022- till date

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The list of UPSC Chairman consists of 33 people who served as the Chairman of UPSC. Ross Barker served as the first UPSC Chairman, whereas Dr Manoj Soni is the current Chairman of UPSC.

Present UPSC Chairman: Dr.Manoj Soni

Dr Manoj Soni is the current Chairman of UPSC, who took the oath of office in April 2022. Before this, Dr Soni had served three terms as Vice-Chancellor, including two consecutive terms as Vice-Chancellor of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University (BAOU) and one as Vice-Chancellor of The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (The MSU of Baroda). When he joined the MSU of Baroda, Dr Soni was the youngest ever Vice-Chancellor in India and the MSU.

  • Dr Manoj Soni is a scholar of Political Science with a specialization in International Relations Studies. Dr Soni's doctoral research is on the “Post-Cold War International Systemic Transition and Indo-U.S. Relations”. This is one of the earliest and one-of-its-kind studies from 1992 and 1995.
  • Dr Soni has earned several awards and recognitions.
  • Dr Soni has in the past served on the Boards of Governors of several institutions of higher education and public administration.
  • He was also a member of a quasi-judicial body constituted by an Act of the Gujarat Legislature, which regulates the fee structure of the un-aided professional intuitions in Gujarat.

UPSC Members

As per the Union Public Service Commission (Members) Regulations, 1969, the following overview regarding the UPSC Members can be concluded:

Parameters

Information

UPSC members number

The UPSC consists of 10 members, with the Chairman as the head

UPSC members tenure

UPSC member holds office for a term of six years or until he/she attains the age of sixty-five years, whichever is earlier.

UPSC members' salary

Rs 2,25,000 per month.

UPSC members eligibility

Members of the commission are civil servants with at least 10 years of experience either in Central or State service.

UPSC members removal

The Chairman or any other member of a Public Service Commission shall only be removed from his office by order of the President on the ground of misbehaviour after the Supreme Court, on a reference being made to it by the President, has, on inquiry held following the procedure prescribed in that behalf under Article 145.

UPSC Members [2017 - 2027]

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) consists of a chairman and ten members. The terms and conditions of service of the chairman and members of the Commission are governed by the Union Public Service Commission (Members) Regulations, 1969. Each member holds office for a term of 6 years or until he attains the age of 65 years.

Designation

Name

Date from which holding the Post

Date of Retirement

Member

Ms Smita Nagaraj

01/12/2017

21/09/2023

Member

Ms M. Sathiyavathy

09/04/2018

12/05/2023

Member

Sh. Bharat Bhushan Vyas

13/12/2018

14/11/2022

Member

Dr T. C. A. Anant

14/01/2019

02/01/2023

Member

Sh. Rajiv Nayan Choubey

01/02/2019

27/01/2024

Member

Lt. Gen. Raj Shukla (Retd.)

18/07/2022

26/03/2027

Functions of UPSC

Under Article 320 of the Constitution of India, the Commission is, inter-alia, required to be consulted on all matters relating to recruitment to civil services and posts. The UPSC is a constitutional body. It is a central agency which is authorized to conduct various examinations in India.

The Commission's functions under Article 320 of the Constitution are:

  • Conduct examinations for appointment to the services of the Union.
  • Direct recruitment by selection through interviews.
  • Appointment of officers on promotion/deputation/absorption.
  • Framing and amendment of Recruitment Rules for various services and posts under the Government.
  • Disciplinary cases relating to different Civil Services.
  • Advising the Government on any matter referred to the Commission by the President of India.

UPSC Chairman & Members: Organizational Structure

Union Public Service Commission is India's premier central recruiting body, which through the UPSC Exam, conducts the recruitment and examinations for All India services (Group A & Group B), such as the IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS, IFoS, etc.

The organization's charter is granted by Part XIV of the Constitution of India, titled Services Under the Union and the States.

UPSC's organizational structure consists of 9 to 11 members, including the chairman. The terms and conditions of service of the chairman and members of the Commission are governed by the Union Public Service Commission (Members) Regulations, 1969.

  • The chairman and any other member of the Commission can submit his resignation at any time to the President of India.
  • He may be removed from his office by the President of India on the ground of misbehaviour (only if an inquiry of such misbehaviour is made and upheld by the Supreme Court) or if he is adjudged insolvent or engages during his term of office in any paid employment outside the duties of his office or in the opinion of the President unfit to continue in office because of the infirmity of mind or body.

The Commission is serviced by a Secretariat headed by a Secretary with four Additional Secretaries, several Joint Secretaries, Deputy Secretaries, and other supporting staff.

How is UPSC Chairman Selected?

The Chairman and other members of a Public Service Commission shall be appointed, in the case of the Union Commission or a Joint Commission, by the President, and in the case of a State Commission, by the Governor of the State:

  • Provided that as nearly as may be one-half of the members of every Public Service Commission shall be persons who at the dates of their respective appointments have held office for at least ten years either under the Government of India or under the Government of a State. In computing, the said period of ten years, any period before the commencement of this Constitution during which a person has held office under the Crown in India or under the Government of an Indian State, shall be included.
  • If the office of the Chairman of the Commission becomes vacant or if any such Chairman is because of absence or for any other reason unable to perform the duties of his office, those duties shall, until some person appointed under clause (1) to the vacant office has entered on the duties thereof or, as the case may be until the Chairman has resumed his duties, be performed by such one of the other members of the Commission as the President, in the case of the Union Commission or a Joint Commission. In the case of a State Commission, the State Governor may appoint for the purpose.
  • A member of a Public Service Commission shall hold office for a term of six years from the date on which he enters upon his office or until he attains, in the case of the Union Commission, the age of sixty-five years, and in the case of a State Commission or a Joint Commission, the age of sixty-two years, whichever is earlier:
    Provided that:
    • a member of a Public Service Commission may, by writing under his hand addressed, in the case of the Union Commission or a Joint Commission, to the President, and in the case of a State Commission, to the Governor of the State, resign his office
    • a member of a Public Service Commission may be removed from his office in the manner provided in clause (1) or clause (3) of Article 317.
  • A person who holds office as a member of a Public Service Commission shall, on the expiration of his term of office, be ineligible for reappointment to that office.
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FAQs on UPSC Chairman List

  • According to Article 316, A person who holds office as a Chairman or member of a Public Service Commission shall be ineligible for reappointment to that office on the expiration of his term of office. However, he/she is eligible for employment as chairman or member of UPSC or chairman of other SPSC.

  • UPSC chairman can be removed subject to the provisions of clause (3) of Article 317. The Chairman or any other member of a Public Service Commission shall only be removed from his office by order of the President on the ground of misbehaviour after the Supreme Court, on a reference being made to it by the President, has, on inquiry held following the procedure prescribed in that behalf under Article 145.

  • Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has a chairman and ten members. The terms and conditions of service of the chairman and members of the Commission are governed by the Union Public Service Commission (Members) Regulations, 1969.

  • The salary of the UPSC chairman is Rs 2,50,000, and each member receives pay of Rs 2,25,000 per mensem.

  • As per Article 316, the President shall appoint the Chairman and other Union Public Service Commission members.

  • The First Chairman of UPSC was Ross Barker, who joined the Union Public Service Commission in October 1926 and retired in August 1932.

  • Every UPSC member holds office for a term of six years or until he attains the age of sixty-five years, whichever is earlier.

  • The parliament determines the salaries and allowances of members of UPSC.

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