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Chief Secretary of the State
Reports to
SeatState Secretariat
AppointerAppointments Committee of the Cabinet
The Chief Secretary is usually the senior most IAS officer of the senior most batch in the state. The appointee for the office is approved by state Chief Minister, based on appointee's ability and strong confidence with him or her.
Term lengthNo fixed tenure is imposed on the office but term can be extended.
Salary225,000 (US$3,200) monthly[1][2]

The post of Chief Secretary (Mukhya Sachiv) is the senior-most position held in the civil services of the states and union territories of India.[3] The position is a cadre post for the Indian Administrative Service.


The salary of Chief Secretary of United Provinces of Agra and Oudh, Punjab and Burma was fixed and was same to Joint Secretary to Government of India during the British Raj.[a] As per Warrant or Precedence of 1905,[a] Secretary to Government of India was listed together with Joint Secretary to Government of India and was ranked above the rank of Chief Secretary.[a]


Chief Secretaries are members of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) who are the administrative head of state governments.[4] A Chief Secretary functions as the central point of interdepartmental coordination at the departmental level and is classified as being in the Apex Grade.[4][5] Chief Secretary is considered to be 'a linchpin' in the administration.[4][6][7][8] Chief Secretary of the state also acts as the ex-officio Chairman of the State Civil Service Board, which recommends transfer/postings of officers of All India Services and State Civil Services in the state.[4][9][10][11][12][13][14]

Traditionally, the most senior IAS officer within a state is chosen as the Chief Secretary;[15][16][17][18][19][20] however, there are exceptions.[21][22][23][24]

Chief Secretaries are assisted by Additional Chief Secretaries or Special Chief Secretaries, depending on the state, and Principal Secretaries, who are the administrative heads of departments they are assigned to.

Chief Secretaries are chosen by the state's Chief Minister.[25][26][27][28][29] State Chief Secretaries are IAS officers generally equivalent in rank to a Secretary to Government of India and are placed 23rd on Indian Order of Precedence.[30][31]

The post of Chief Secretary of a State Government is equivalent to Vice Chief of the Army Staff/Commanders and officers in the rank of full General and its equivalents in the Indian Armed Forces, and are listed as such in the Order of Precedence.[30][31]

List of current Chief Secretaries in the States of India[32]
S.No. State Capital Chief Secretary Batch
1 Andhra Pradesh Amaravati Adityanath Das , IAS 1987
2 Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar Naresh Kumar, IAS 1987
3 Assam Dispur Jishnu Baruah, IAS 1988
4 Bihar Patna Deepak Kumar, IAS 1984
5 Chhattisgarh Raipur Amitabh Jain, IAS 1989
6 Goa Panaji Parimal Rai, IAS 1985
7 Gujarat Gandhinagar Anil Mukim, IAS 1985
8 Haryana Chandigarh Vijai Vardhan, IAS 1985
9 Himachal Pradesh Shimla Anil Kumar Khachi, IAS 1986
10 Jharkhand Ranchi Sukhdev Singh, IAS 1987
11 Karnataka Bengaluru P. Ravi Kumar, IAS 1984
12 Kerala Thiruvananthapuram V. Joy, IAS 1984
13 Madhya Pradesh Bhopal Sudhi Ranjan Mohanty, IAS 1982
14 Maharashtra Mumbai Sanjay Kumar, IAS 1984
15 Manipur Imphal J. Suresh Babu, IAS [33] 1986
16 Meghalaya Shillong M.S. Rao, IAS 1987
17 Mizoram Aizawl Lalnunmawia Chuaungo, IAS 1987
18 Nagaland Kohima Pankaj Kumar, IAS 1987
19 Odisha Bhubaneswar Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, IAS 1986
20 Punjab Chandigarh Vini Mahajan, IAS 1987
21 Rajasthan Jaipur Niranjan Arya, IAS 1989
22 Sikkim Gangtok A. K. Srivastava, IAS 1984
23 Tamil Nadu Chennai Rajeev Ranjan, IAS 1985
24 Telangana Hyderabad Somesh Kumar, IAS 1989
25 Tripura Agartala Lalit Kumar Gupta, IAS 1987
26 Uttar Pradesh Lucknow Rajendra Kumar Tiwari, IAS 1985
27 Uttarakhand Dehradun Om Prakash, IAS 1987
28 West Bengal Kolkata Alapan Bandopadhyay, IAS 1987[34]

Union territories[edit]

In the union territories, which are governed by Administrators, Chief Secretaries are absent. In these territories an Adviser to the Administrator is appointed by the Union Government. However, the union territories of Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir and Puducherry, which have been granted partial statehood, do have Chief Secretaries. In Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir and Puducherry, the Chief Minister chooses the Chief Secretary and is appointed by the Lieutenant Governor.[6]

Chief Secretaries and Advisers to the Administrators of Union territories, in general, are junior in rank compared to the Chief Secretaries of the States. The office bearers generally are of the rank Joint Secretary to Government of India and its equivalents. However, in Delhi and Chandigarh, the topmost civil servant is either of the ranks of Secretary to Government of India and its equivalents or Additional Secretary to Government of India and its equivalents.

List of current Chief Secretaries/Advisor to Administrators of Union territories[32]
S. no Union territory Capital Chief Secretary/Advisor to Administrator Batch
1 Andaman and Nicobar Islands Port Blair Chetan B. Sanghi, IAS 1988
2 Chandigarh Chandigarh Manoj Parida, IAS 1986
3 Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu Daman A. K. Singh, IAS 1985
4 Jammu and Kashmir Srinagar (May–Oct)
and Jammu (Nov–Apr)
B. V. R. Subrahmanyam, IAS 1986
5 Ladakh Leh Umang Narula, IAS 1989
6 Lakshadweep Kavaratti Mihir Vardhan, IAS
7 National Capital Territory of Delhi Delhi Vijay Kumar Dev, IAS 1987
8 Puducherry Pondicherry Ashwani Kumar, IAS 1986

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  1. ^ a b c As per published records and the book named "The India List and India Office List 1905" as published by India Office and India Office Records.