Renowned academician Professor David Reid Syiemlieh was deputed as the Chairman of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on Monday by President Pranab Mukherjee.
In a statement, Press Information Bureau (PIB) said, "The President has appointed Prof. David R. Syiemlieh, Member, Union Public Service Commission, to perform the duties of the post of Chairman, Union Public Service Commission, with effect from the forenoon of January 4, 2017 till further orders or till completion of his term as member on 21.01.2018, whichever is earlier."
Syiemlieh has been a UPSC member from June 25, 2012. He is 63 years old and will succeed Alka Sirohi as the Chairman of the commission.
Also, after Rose Bathew Kharbuli, the first woman chairperson of the Commission, in early 1990s. He is the second person from Meghalaya to be appointed as the head of UPSC
Prof Syiemlieh has earlier worked as Pro-Vice-Chancellor, North-Eastern Hill University and Vice-Chancellor of the Rajiv Gandhi University, Itanagar.
The Civil Services Examination (CSE) is a National level competitive examination in India, conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment to various Civil Services of the Government of India.
The Civil Services, also known as the UPSC exam is considered one of the toughest and prestigious competitive exams in India with success rate of just 0.1%. The examination is conducted to recruit officers for three types of services namely, All India Services, Central Services and State Services.