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Rajni Razdan takes over as news UPSC chief

PTI 17 Aug 2014, 14:00:03 PM IST
New Delhi: Rajni Razdan took over as new chairman of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), which conducts the prestigious civil services examination to select IAS, IFS and IPS officers among others.

Razdan was administered the oath as UPSC chief by the outgoing chairperson DP Agrawal, whose tenure ended on Saturday.

She had joined as UPSC member on April 19, 2010. Razdan, 64, a former IAS officer of Haryana cadre, had retired as Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances.

During her tenure as IAS officer, she had held several important assignments both in Haryana and at the Centre.

Her assignments at the Centre included Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Food, and Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions.

In her home cadre, her assignments included Secretary, Cooperation and Public Health; Principal Secretary, Housing and Chairman, Haryana Housing Board. She has authored a number of publications.

Her new charge comes at a time when the Commission is facing a controversy due to the demand for change in the pattern of the examination from a section of aspirants. The civil services preliminary examination is scheduled to be held on August 24.

The UPSC is headed by a chairman and 10 members. Former DoPT Secretary Alka Sirohi, academician David R Syiemlieh, Retd IFS officer Manbir Singh, former CBI Director Amar Pratap Singh, Former Navy Vice Chief D K Dewan, Ex-Railway Board Chairman Vinay Mittal, educationists P Kelimsungla and Hem Chandra Gupta, and former IAS officer Chhatar Singh are members of the Commission.