Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Know more about the first three 2000 batch IAS posted as GoI joint secretaries

UNION joint secretary is a position being held by officers with a wide age-gap; they belong to a seniority gap of 10 to 12 years as well. With the three 2000 batch IAS officers getting appointed as GoI joint secretaries just days after 26 of the batch got empaneled, they are without doubt the junior-most, if not the youngest. Know more about these three 2000 batch IAS — Dr N Saravana Kumar (Bihar cadre), Niranjan Kumar Sudhansu (Maharashtra cadre) and S Suresh Kumar (Andhra Pradesh cadre): 

Dr N Saravana Kumar
Age: 44 years
Batch: 2000
Cadre: Bihar
Posting: Joint secretary, Department of higher education
Originally belonging to Tamil Nadu, Kumar did his graduation in veterinary science and masters in animal husbandry before getting selected as IAS. In Bihar, he served as director of the animal husbandry department besides undertaking other assignments such as collector and district magistrate in Sheikhpura, Samastipur, Supaul and Purnia respectively. For the last three years, he has been serving as the private secretary to minister of electronics and information and technology. 

Niranjan Kumar Sudhansu
Age: 42 years
Batch: 2000 
Cadre: Maharashtra
Posting: Joint secretary, Ministry of coal
Hailing from Bihar, Sudhansu was allotted the Maharashtra cadre after getting selected as IAS. He is a B.Tech in petroleum engineering. Since July 2015, he has been serving as a director in the President’s secretariat. Between 2014 and 2015, he was a director in the newly-created ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship. In the cadre, he had served as assistant collector in Aurangabad district and collector in Gadchiroli district. He also served as the Managing Director of Maharastra State Mining Corporation. 

S Suresh Kumar
Age: 45 years
Batch: 2000
Cadre: Andhra Pradesh
Posting: Additional CEO, GeM SPY (joint secretary level)
Belonging to Kerala, he was allotted the Andhra Pradesh cadre after getting into IAS. He did his graduation in forestry and post-graduation in silviculture (growing and cultivation of trees). During July 2014-August 2017, he was the private secretary to the then urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu. Once Mr Naidu was elected as the Vice-President of India, S Suresh Kumar was kept in compulsory wait before getting this new posting. In the cadre, Kumar was assistant collector in East Godavari district, joint collector in Krishna and Chittoor districts and collector, first in Medak and then in Guntur district.


  1. its good to see a vet leading top positions

  2. Lt. General Kapoor (R)September 27, 2017 at 11:26 PM

    India is destined to remain and be ruled by mediocre IAS officers. No wonder India is a 3rd world country.

    Major General and equivalent positions in the Indian Armed Forces promotions take place when a person completes a minimum of 32 years of WORK EXPERIENCE.

    IAS with only 17 years old work experience with desk job get equivalent to Major General at less than now 15 years work experience.

    There are Brigadiers and equivalent positions in the Indian Armed Forces who have completed 35 years work experience and have SM and VSM medals and have still not been promoted.

  3. Lt, you wouldn't say these words had you not failed UPSC prelims in your time.

    1. Lt. General Kapoor (R)September 29, 2017 at 6:35 AM

      Mr. Anonymous (IAS Lobby),

      Dont be a coward. Indian Armed Forces as an institution is superior to any other service or institution in the country. IAS is an outdated, corrupt, non-specialized service.

      If there is no Armed Forces personnel tomorrow, India will be invaded by outside and Indians as a human race will be slaves under Invaders and religious persecutions.

      US, UK, Israel, France are only strong as a country until their Armed Forces is second to none in their own country.

  4. Lt Gen

    Army needs to promote officers faster. Too much time spent as Colonel and Brig. Too little time as Generals.

  5. The whole debate should be linked to functionality and productivity. Any service under Government Of India is important and parity across Class one or Group ‘A’ Service is required without any debate. Let’s not discuss the issue of superiority and inferiority. Each service is equally respected but linking productivity to seniority is must otherwise, parameters for promotion must be quantified for all services. Armed forces of the Union of India are at huge disadvantage in comparison of their civilian counterpart , in no way this is justifiable. Sometimes, debate is veered towards remuneration in the name of status and prestige of the service which is utterly pathetic as the whole debate is about self respect of the service personnel belonging to a particular service. There is no objective scale which can determine that which examination is the toughest examination. Each examination conducted by UPSC has its own set of requirements and variables which suits to meet the requirements of the job. All class one service should have identical RR and promotional avenues based on qualified measurable outcome of their productivity in the service. Promoting one service officers just because rules say so cannot be justified,after all rules are formulated by Government only and it can be suitably amended to bring parity across services by linking productivity of the officers to the jobs assigned to them.