Chandra is an IIT graduate, and a 1980-batch officer of the Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax cadre).
Notably, with his appointment as the chief election commissioner, Chandra has become the second IRS officer in the history of independent India to be given the post.
Apart from Chandra, the only IRS officer to hold the post is TS Krishnamurthy, who was appointed in 2004.
Lok Sabha elections
Chandra will join the panel overseeing the Lok Sabha elections
While Chandra will not take charge of his post immediately, he will join the three-member poll panel comprising chief election commissioner Arora and election commissioner Ashok Lavasa that will oversee the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Top sources in the Election Commission (EC) told TNM that the presence of an IRS officer in the poll panel would help the agency deal with issues of expenditure.