UPSC gets new chairman 

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Prof. (Dr.) Pradeep Kumar Joshi, presently Member, Union Public Service Commission, took the oath of office and secrecy as Chairman, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) today.   

The oath was administered by Shri Arvind Saxena, outgoing Chairman of the Commission. 

About Pradeep Kumar Joshi 

  • Prof.(Dr.) Joshi joined the Commission as Member on 12/05/2015.  
  • Prior to joining the Commission, he held the post of Chairman, Chhattisgarh Public Service Commission and Chairman, Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission.  
  • He also served as Director, National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA). In his illustrious academic career, Prof.(Dr.) Joshi taught more than 28 years at post-graduation level and held many important positions in various policy making, academic and administrative bodies. 
  • A specialist in the field of Financial Management, Prof.(Dr.) Joshi has published and presented research papers in several national and international conferences and seminars. 

Article 316 

Appointment and term of office of members. 

  • 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, and 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 by reason 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, and the Governor of the State in the case of a State Commission, 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. 

About UPSC 

  • The Union Public Service Commission is a constitutional body that conducts prestigious civil services examination for bureaucratic positions such as the Indian Administrative Service, Indian Foreign Service and Indian Police Service (IPS) among others. 
  • The commission was established under Article 315 of the Constitution of India. It comprises Chairman and ten Members, who are appointed and removed by the President. 
  • The term of the members and the chairman is six years or until they attain the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier. 
  • The commission reports directly to the President and can advise the government through him, although such advice is not binding on the government. 
  • Being a constitutional authority, UPSC is amongst the few institutions which function with both autonomy and freedom, along with the country’s higher judiciary and lately the Election Commission. 
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