Chief Secretary of the State
State Secretariat
StatusHead of Permanent Executive
Member ofState Civil Services Board[a]
Committee of Secretaries of the state on Administration[a]
State Crisis Management Committee[a]
Senior Selection Board[a]
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.
Succession23rd (on the Indian order of precedence)
Salary225,000 (US$2,800) monthly[1][2]

The Chief Secretary is the top-most executive official and senior-most civil servant of the state government.[3] The Chief Secretary is the ex-officio head of the state Civil Services Board, the State Secretariat, the state cadre Indian Administrative Service and all civil services under the rules of business of the state government. The Chief Secretary acts as the principal advisor to the chief minister on all matters of state administration.

The Chief Secretary is an officer of the Indian Administrative Service. The Chief Secretary is the senior-most cadre post in the state administration, ranking 23rd on the Indian order of precedence. The Chief Secretary acts as an ex-officio secretary to the state cabinet, therefore called "Secretary to the Cabinet". The status of this post is equal to that of a Secretary to the Government of India.


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.[b] As per Warrant or Precedence of 1905,[b] Secretary to Government of India was listed together with Joint Secretary to Government of India and was ranked above the rank of Chief Secretary.[b]


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 K. S. Jawahar Reddy, IAS 1990
2 Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar Dharmendra, IAS 1989
3 Assam Dispur Dr.Ravi Kota, IAS[33] 1993
4 Bihar Patna Amir Subhani, IAS 1987
5 Chhattisgarh Raipur Amitabh Jain, IAS 1989
6 Goa Panaji Puneet Kumar Goel, IAS 1991
7 Gujarat Gandhinagar Raj Kumar, IAS[34] 1987
8 Haryana Chandigarh Sanjeev Kaushal, IAS 1986
9 Himachal Pradesh Shimla Prabodh Saxena, IAS 1990
10 Jharkhand Ranchi Lalbiaktluanga Khiangte, IAS 1988
11 Karnataka Bengaluru Rajneesh Goel, IAS[35] 1986
12 Kerala Thiruvananthapuram V. Venu, IAS [36] 1990
13 Madhya Pradesh Bhopal Veera Rana, IAS[37] 1988
14 Maharashtra Mumbai Nitin Kareer, IAS 1988
15 Manipur Imphal Vineet Joshi, IAS 1992
16 Meghalaya Shillong Donald Philips Wahlang, IAS 1993
17 Mizoram Aizawl Dr Renu Sharma, IAS 1988
18 Nagaland Kohima J. Alam, IAS 1991
19 Odisha Bhubaneswar Pradeep Kumar Jena, IAS 1989
20 Punjab Chandigarh Anurag Verma, IAS[38] 1993
21 Rajasthan Jaipur Sudhansh Pant, IAS 1991
22 Sikkim Gangtok Vijay Bhushan Pathak, IAS 1990
23 Tamil Nadu Chennai Shiv Das Meena, IAS[39] 1989
24 Telangana Hyderabad Shanthi Kumari, IAS 1989
25 Tripura Agartala Jitendra Kumar Sinha, IAS 1996
26 Uttar Pradesh Lucknow Durga Shankar Mishra, IAS 1984
27 Uttarakhand Dehradun Radha Raturi, IAS[40] 1988
28 West Bengal Kolkata Bhagwati Prasad Gopalika, IAS[41] 1989

Union territories

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 Keshav Chandra, IAS 1995
2 Chandigarh Chandigarh Rajeev Verma, IAS 1992
3 Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu Daman Amit Singla, IAS 2003
4 Delhi New Delhi Naresh Kumar, IAS[42] 1987
5 Jammu and Kashmir Srinagar (May–Oct)
and Jammu (Nov–Apr)
Atal Dulloo, IAS[43] 1988
6 Ladakh Leh Pawan Kotwal, IAS 1994
7 Lakshadweep Kavaratti Sandeep Kumar, IAS 1997
8 Puducherry Pondicherry Dr. Sharat Chauhan,IAS 1994

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