The government has appointed former IAS officer Deepak Gupta as new chairman of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), breaking away from the tradition of appointing the chief from the serving members of the Commission.
Gupta, a retired IAS officer of Jharkhand cadre and younger brother of former Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta, took over as the chief of UPSC on Saturday after the tenure of Rajni Razdan came to an end, official sources said. Razdan became the UPSC chairperson in August this year.
As per convention, the UPSC chief is appointed from among the members of the Commission. It is for the first time that somebody from outside has been appointed as the UPSC chairperson, the sources said.
This time it was the turn of former Madhya Pradesh cadre IAS officer Alka Sirohi, who is working as member in the Commission, to become the chairperson, they said.
The UPSC conducts the prestigious civil services examination to select IAS, IFS and IPS officers among others.
The Commission has 10 members. Besides Sirohi, academician David R Syiemlieh, retired IFS officer Manbir Singh, former CBI Director Amar Pratap Singh, former Navy Vice Chief D K Dewan, former Railway Board Chairman Vinay Mittal, educationists P Kelimsungla and Hem Chandra Gupta, and former IAS officer Chhatar Singh are members of the Commission.