Dr. Manoj Soni took the Oath of Office and Secrecy as the Chairman of UPSC

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Dr Manoj Soni took the oath of office and secrecy as the Chairman of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on 16 May.

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  • The oath was administered by Smita Nagraj, the senior-most member of the commission.

  • Dr. Manoj Soni became the Member of the Commission on June 28, 2017 and was later appointed as the Chairman under Article 316(A) of the Constitution of India on April 5, 2022.

  • Prior to joining UPSC, Dr. Soni studied Political Science with specialisation in International Relations Studies and holds a Doctorate degree in "Post-Cold War International Systemic Transition and Indo-US Relations" from Sardar Patel University.

  • He served as Vice-Chancellor of MS University of Baroda for one term and Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University, Gujarat for two terms, making him the youngest Vice-Chancellor in independent India.


  • It is a constitutional body established under Articles 315-323 Part XIV Chapter II of the Constitution of India.

  • It discharges its duties, functions and obligations assigned under Article 320.

  • It is responsible for conducting examinations and interviews for the appointment of civil servants in the Central Government.

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