|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 170 cm
in meters- 1.70 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 7”
|Eye Colour||Dark Brown|
|Hair Colour||Salt and Pepper|
|Service||Indian Administrative Service (IAS)|
|Cadre||• Bihar (1984-2000)
• Jharkhand (2000-present)
|Major Designation(s)||Designations Held in State
• Deputy Development Commissioner (DDC) at Land Revenue Management & District Administration/Development Administration in Santhal Parganas (1 September 1986 to 1 May 1988)
• CEO of Industries/Khadi and Village Industries (May 1988 - October 1988)
• DDC at Land Revenue Management & District Administration/Development Administration in Patna (1 October 1988 - 1 December 1989)
• District Collector (DC) and District Magistrate (DM) in Nalanda at the Land Revenue Management & District Administration/Development Administration (1 December 1989 - 1 June 1992)
• DM and DC 0f Muzaffarpur (1 June 1992 - 1 April 1995)
• DM and DC of Gaya (1 April 1995 - 1 June 1996)
• Resident Commissioner of Jharkhand Bhavan in New Delhi (19 August 2005 - 15 January 2009)
• Chief Secretary of Jharkhand (27 January 2015 - 31 March 2016)
Designations Held in The Centre
• Private Secretary in the Ministry of Environment (1 June 1996 - 1 February 1997)
• Private Secretary in the Ministry of Non-conventional Energy Sources (21 February 1997 - 1 July 1997)
• Director of the Ministry of Environment (1 August 1997 - 1 April 1998)
• Private Secretary in the Ministry of Defence (2 April 1992 - 19 September 2001)
• Advisor/Senior Advisor to the executive director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, D.C. (15 October 2001 - 9 June 2005)
• Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Environment (15 January 2009 - 22 August 2012)
• Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (22 August 2012 - 14 July 2014)
• Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs (15 July 2014 - 26 January 2014)
• Secretary of the Ministry of Urban Development (1 April 2016 - 23 June 2017)
• Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the Ministry of Home Affairs (23 June 2017 - 31 August 2017)
• Secretary of the Home Ministry (31 August 2017 - 31 August 2019)
• OSD to the Cabinet Secretariat (21 August 2019 - 30 August 2019)
• Cabinet Secretary of India (30 August 2019 - present)
|Date of Birth||15 August 1959 (Saturday)|
|Age (as of 2023)||64 Years|
|School||He did his schooling in Bihar.|
|College/University||• Patna University (1976-1982)
• Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO), New Delhi (1986-1987)
• Indian Commerce Association (ICA) (1987 - 1988)
• CMC (1988 - 1989)
• Indian Institute Of Management Bangalore (IIM Bangalore) (2006 to 2007)
• Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi (2011-2012)
|Educational Qualification(s)||• Obtained a degree in Physics at Patna University
• Pursued a course in Urban and Rural Development at Housing and Urban • Development Corporation (HUDCO)
• Pursued a course in Financial Management Level – I at the Indian Commerce Association (ICA)
• Pursued a course in MIS & Computer Application in Government Level-I at CMC
• Pursued a course in E-Governance: Opportunities and Challenges at the Indian Institute Of Management Bangalore (IIM Bangalore)
• Pursued an advanced course on World Trade Organisation (WTO) at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade SUPREMO Rajiv Gauba – LinkedIn
Note: He secured first class in Patna University for which he was awarded gold medal.
|Relationships & More|
|Wife/Spouse||Pammi Gauba (dean and head of the Department of Biotechnology at Jaypee Institute of Information Technology)
|Children||He has two kids, a son, and a daughter.
|Salary (as Cabinet Secretary of India)||Rs. 2.5 lacs + Other Allowances (as per the 7th CPC) The Economic Times|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Rajiv Gauba
- Rajiv Gauba is a 1982 batch IAS officer of the Jharkhand cadre. He has occupied various significant positions in both state and central administrations, such as holding the role of Chief Secretary of Jharkhand from 2015 to 2016, serving as India’s Home Secretary from 2017 to 2019, and assuming the post of Cabinet Secretary of India in 2019. In August 2023, he made news when the Indian Government granted him his third consecutive term as the Cabinet Secretary of India, establishing a record as the country’s longest-serving Cabinet Secretary.
- He hails from a Punjabi family in Bihar.
- After completing his formal education, Gauba appeared for and successfully cleared the UPSC civil services exam. Subsequently, he joined the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand.
- After completing his training at LBSNAA in 1984, he joined the Bihar cadre and assumed the post of an SDM at the Land Revenue Management & District Administration/Sub Divisional Administration.
- Rajiv, in his capacity as the chief secretary of Jharkhand, implemented various strategies aimed at tackling Naxalism. These approaches involved a combination of proactive policing and developmental initiatives. One significant step was the appointment of young officers as DMs and SPs in the area to improve law enforcement and government administration. Moreover, efforts were made to establish CAPF and State Police camps in remote regions while also promoting development through the construction of roads and bridges. As a result of these measures, there was a visible decline in the areas impacted by Left-Wing Extremism.
- Gauba, as the secretary of the Urban Development Ministry, focused on enhancing water supply, sewage networks, and green spaces across the country. He played a central role in tackling the infrastructure deficiencies prevalent in Indian cities and urban regions. Moreover, he was instrumental in shaping and executing major urban transformation initiatives such as the Smart Cities Mission, Swachh Bharat Mission, and AMRUT Mission. Additionally, Rajiv led important endeavours like formulating a comprehensive report on alleviating traffic congestion in Delhi, which outlined a four-pronged approach to tackle the city’s traffic issues. Furthermore, under his leadership, the Ministry crafted a significant National Policy on Fecal Sludge and Sewage Management. Notably, one of his prominent projects involved the redevelopment of 12,970 existing homes and the construction of 25,667 new dwelling units, with an estimated budget of INR 32,835 crores, including operation costs for 30 years.
- While serving as Union Home Secretary, Gauba effectively executed multiple strategies aimed at combating left-wing extremism, particularly the Naxalite movement, across the country. Gauba is recognized for his efforts in improving the acquisition process of weapons and equipment for the Central Armed Police Forces engaged in anti-Naxal operations by simplifying procedures and empowering commandant-level officers with financial authority.
- As Cabinet Secretary, Gauba played a significant role in India’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. He took the lead in crucial endeavours, including setting up multiple task forces and efficiently coordinating the entire government apparatus to ensure a comprehensive and unified response to the pandemic. Additionally, Gauba was a key figure in the development of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019, which resulted in the division of the former state into two distinct Union territories following the revocation of its special status under Article 370 of the Constitution.
- Rajiv has received three extensions from the Union government since he was appointed the Cabinet Secretary in 2019. In August 2023, the Indian government modified the regulations related to appointing a Cabinet Secretary, allowing Rajiv to serve another term, which became his third extension. The official statement of the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) read,
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved an extension in service to Shri Rajiv Gauba, lAS (JH:82) as Cabinet Secretary for a further period of one year beyond 30.08.2023, in relaxation of AIS (DCRB) Rules, 1958 and Rule 56(d) of the Fundamental Rules.”
- Rajiv Gauba has served as a member of the advisory council at the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI).
- He is proficient in conversing in Hindi, English, and Punjabi.