List of Chairmen of the UPSC (1926 – 2023)

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is the central recruitment agency in India for the recruitment officers of the Government of India. It includes the President and members appointed by the President of India. Take a look at the list of all UPSC presidents from 1926 to 2023 below.

List of UPSC presidents

List of UPSC presidents

The Union Public Service Commission is the principal central recruitment agency of India. It is responsible for recruiting all Group ‘A’ officers under the Government of India through various examinations. UPSC is one of the few institutions in India that operates with complete autonomy and freedom. Articles 315 to 323 of Part XIV of the constitution contain detailed provisions regarding the composition of the UPSC.

Also Read: Who is Manoj Soni, the new UPSC president?

UPSC consists of the President and members appointed by the President of India. The president and members of the UPSC hold office for a period of 6 years or until the age of 65 years. Sir Ross Barker was the first president of the UPSC, he joined in October 1926 and served until August 1932.

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List of UPSC Presidents (2026-2023)

Name of the president

Registration date

Retirement date

1. Sir Ross Barker

October 1926

August 1932

2. Sir David Petrie

August 1932

1936

3. Sir Eyre Gorden

1937

1942

4. Sir F.W. Robertson

1942

1947

5. sh. HK Kripalani

April 1, 1947

January 13, 1949

6. sh. R.N. Banerjee

January 14, 1949

May 9, 1955

7. sh. N. Govindarajan

May 9, 1955

December 9, 1955

8. sh. VS Hejmadi

December 9, 1955

December 9, 1961

9. sh. BN Jha

December 11, 1961

February 22, 1967

10. Sh. KR Damle

April 18, 1967

March 2, 1971

11. Sh. RCS Sarkar

May 1, 1971

February 1, 1973

12. Dr AR Kidwai

February 5, 1973

February 4, 1979

13. Dr M L Shahare

February 16, 1979

February 16, 1985

14. Sh. HKL Capoor

February 18, 1985

March 5, 1990

15. Sh. JP Gupta

March 5, 1990

June 2, 1992

16. Mrs. RM Bathew (Kharbuli)

September 23, 1992

August 23, 1996

17. Sh. SJS Chhatwal

August 23, 1996

September 30, 1996

18. Sh. JM Qureshi

September 30, 1996

December 11, 1998

19. Lieutenant General (Retd) Surinder Nath

December 11, 1998

June 25, 2002

20. Sh. hot pc

June 25, 2002

September 8, 2003

21. Sh. Mata Prasad

September 8, 2003

January 4, 2005

22. SR Hashim

January 2005

April 2006

23. DP Agrawal

August 2008

August 2014

24. Rajni Razdan

August, 2014

November, 2014

25. Deepak Gupta

November 2014

September 2016

26. Alka Sirohi

September 21, 2016

January 3, 2017

27. David R. Syiemlieh

January 4, 2017

January 21, 2018

28. Vinay Mittal

January 22, 2018

June 19, 2018

29. Arvind Saxena

June 20, 2018

August 6, 2020

30. Pradeep Kumar Joshi

August 7, 2020

April 4, 2022

31. Dr. Manoj Soni

April 5, 2022

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There have been 31 UPSC presidents till date. Dr. Manoj Soni is the current president of UPSC.

India’s constitution does not specify the strength of the commission and has left the matter to the discretion of the president. The commission usually consists of between 9 and 11 members, including the president.

Current UPSC Members

Name

Service

Position

Started term

End of term

Dr Manoj Soni

Academic

President

April 5, 2022

June 27, 2023

Smita Nagaraj

NIC

Member

December 1, 2017

September 21, 2023

M. Sathiyavathy

NIC

Member

April 9, 2018

May 15, 2023

Preeti Sudan

NIC

Member

November 29, 2022

April 29, 2025

TCA Anant

Indian Economic Service

Member

January 14, 2019

January 2, 2023

Rajiv Nayan Choubey

NIC

Member

February 1, 2019

January 27, 2024

Lieutenant General Raj Shukla (retd)

Indian Army

Member

July 18, 2022[23]

March 26, 2027

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Frequently asked questions

How many UPSC presidents have been there?

There have been 31 UPSC presidents till date.

How does a candidate become a DM?

To become a DM, the candidate must first qualify the UPSC-CSE exam and become an IAS officer.

What is the salary of an IAS officer?

The basic monthly salary of an IAS officer starts at INR 56,100 (TA, DA and HRA).

What is the age limit for UPSC Civil Services?

21 to 32 years is the age limit for General category candidates.

Who was the first UPSC president?

Sir Ross Barker was the first president of UPSC. He first took office in 1926.

Who is the current UPSC president?

Manoj Soni is the current president of UPSC. He assumed office on April 5, 2022.

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