Choubey worked as advisor in telecom regulator Trai between 2006 and 2009 when Misra was the chairman.
Choubey will replace 1983 batch Uttarakhand cadre IAS Shatrughna Singh who was an influential officer in Manmohan Singh’s PMO. Singh has now been transferred to department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP).
Choubey, originally hailing from Bihar, is post graduates in physics and economic social planning.
During the NDA regime, he was first appointed as director and then joint secretary in the ministry of finance.
Between 2010 and 2012, he became Development Commissioner (Handlooms) under the textile ministry. In the next two years, he became Director General of Directorate General of Hydrocarbons under the ministry of petroleum before joining as additional secretary in February, 2014, as additional secretary in the ministry of power.