Originally hailing from Bihar, he has a degree in mechanical engineering. He has served in various Ministries such as Ministry of Steel, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas and also as MD of Oil India Ltd.
He has succeeded Dr Amarjit Singh, a 1982-batch IAS officer of Gujarat cadre, who superannuated on November 30, 2017.
Smita Nagaraj, a 1984-batch IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre, has taken oath of office and secrecy as Member, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), in Delhi. The oath was administered by Prof David R Syiemlieh, Chairman, UPSC.
Nagaraj, during her career spanning over 33 years, has held several important positions in the Central Government as well as in the Government of Tamil Nadu.
She served as Executive Director of the Central Social Welfare Board, Director in the Department of Personnel and Training, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Defence and prior to her joining the Commission, she was working as Director General (Acquisition) in the Ministry of Defence.
In the State also, she held various important positions in the Energy, Finance, Health and Small Industries Department.