Bureaucratic Reshuffle: J&K cadre officer Rakesh Gupta is new UPSC Secy

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Senior IAS officer Rakesh Kumar Gupta of the Jammu and Kashmir cadre has been appointed as Secretary, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), as part of a major bureaucratic reshuffle effected by the Centre.

A total of 14 civil servants has been appointed to various central government ministries as joint or additional secretaries in the rejig.

Gupta, a 1986-batch IAS officer of the J-K cadre, has been appointed as new UPSC Secretary in place of T Jacob, who is due to superannuate on May 31, an order issued by the personnel ministry said.

The UPSC conducts civil services examination to select officers of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS), among others.

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