Sujata Mehta and Ajit Bhonsle Appointed as UPSC Members

Former diplomat Sujata Mehta and Air Marshal Ajit Shankarrao Bhonsle appointed as Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) members

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One of the officials said that both Mehta and Bhonsle have been appointed to the posts with effect from February 21, 2017.

Sujata Mehta a former diplomat and Air Marshal Ajit Shankarrao Bhonsle have been appointed as the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) in New Delhi. An order issued by the Personnel Ministry said that President has appointed Sujata and Ajit to the posts for a period of six years or until they attain the age of 65 years.

The strength of the Commission has gone to seven with the addition of these two appointments. Recently, Prof David R Syiemlieh was appointed as the head of the UPSC Board and the UPSC Board can have a maximum of ten members. A 1980-batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) Officer, Sujata Mehta a 59-year-old was in contention for the post of the Foreign Secretary.

About Sujata Mehta

Mehta born on March 30, 1957, has completed her Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) in Political Science and she had served in Indian Missions in Moscow, Dhaka and at the United Nations in New York. Mehta had also served on the delegation to the UN in Gaza and New York. She has also served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva and was an Ambassador to Spain before becoming returning an Additional Secretary and later Special Secretary in July 2013.

In February 2014, she was appointed as Secretary (Economic Relations) in the Ministry of External Affairs and took charge as Secretary (West) in the Ministry in January 2016.

About Ajit Shankarrao Bhonsle

Ajit Shankarrao Bhonsle an Air Marshall a 60-year-old has completed his Master of Science MBA and M.Phil from National Defence Academy, Defence Services Staff College, College of Defence Management and National Institute of Defence Studies, Japan and has opulent and diverse experience in command and staff appointments during the 39 years of service in the Indian Air Force.

Ajit Shankarrao Bhonsle is also honoured with two Presidential Awards – Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM) and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM).

About UPSC

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is a central agency of India authorized to conduct various examinations in such as Civil Services Exam, IFoS, NDA, CDS and others.

The Union Public Services Commission (UPSC) consists of a chairman and 10 members and below given are the names UPSC members and its as on 04/1/2017.



Date of Joining


Prof. David R. Syiemlieh

04/01/2017 (FN)


Sh. Vinay Mittal



Sh. Chhatar Singh

02/09/2013 (AN)


Sh. Arvind Saxena

08/05/2015 (AN)


Prof. (Dr.) Pradeep Kumar Joshi

12/05/2015 (AN)


Sh. Bhim Sain Bassi

31/05/2016 (AN)



21/02/2017 (AN)


Ms. Sujata Mehta

Air Marshal (Retd.) A. S. Bhonsle

21/02/2017 (AN)

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