Smita Sabharwal

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Smita Sabharwal

NameSmita Sabharwal
DOB19 June 1977
(Age 46 Yr. )

Personal Life

Education Graduate in Commerce
Religion Hinduism
Nationality Indian
Profession Civil Servant (IAS)
Birth Place Darjeeling,  West Bengal, India

Physical Appearance

Height 5 feet 5 inches
Weight 65 kg (approx.)
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Black

Family Status


Father- Colonel Pranab Das
Mother- Purabi Banerjee 

Marital Status Married

Akun Sabharwal (IPS)


Son- Nanak Sabharwal

Daughter- Bhuvis Sabharwal


Foods South Indian Food

Smita Sabharwal is an Indian Administrative Service officer of 2001 batch belonging to Telangana cadre. She is popularly known as The People’s Officer for addressing citizen issues by involving people. She is the first lady IAS Officer to be appointed to the Chief Minister's Office. She is presently working as, Secretary to CM, Government of Telangana and holds additional charge as Secretary, Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Department (Mission Bhagiratha Department).

Early life & education

Sabharwal was born in a Bengali family in Darjeeling, West Bengal to an Army officer, Colonel Pranab Das, and Purabi Das.

Sabharwal did her schooling at St. Ann's High School, Secunderabad. She was the all India topper in ICSE exam. She graduated in commerce from St Francis College for Women, Hyderabad. She was 22, when she cleared the Union Public Service Commission exam in 2000, securing All India fourth rank.


After completing the administrative training in Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie in 2001, Sabharwal was trained in Adilabad district during her probation.

Her first independent charge was as Sub Collector, Madanapally in Chittoor which let her gain hands-on experience in Land Revenue Management & District Administration. Thereafter she worked in Rural Development sector as Project Director, DRDA, Kadapa.

She worked as a Municipal Commissioner, Warangal, where she introduced "Fund your City" scheme where a large number of public utilities such as Traffic Junctions, Foot-overbridges, Bus-stops, Parks were created with Public-Private partnership (PPP). Later, she served as Deputy Commissioner, Commercial Taxes, Visakhapatnam.

As District Collector

Smita Sabharwal worked as Joint Collector of Kurnool and Joint collector of Hyderabad.

In April 2011, she took charge as District Collector, Karimnagar district where she made significant contribution in the Health and Education sector. The health initiative to improve institutional deliveries in the public sector popularly known as Ammalalana, was started and successfully implemented in the district. It became a role model for many health initiatives of ‘high risk pregnancy management targeting, IMR and MMR’ in NRHM of Government of India. This initiative was also nominated as one of the best initiatives for Prime Minister's award for excellence in public administration.

With the help of public representatives, Karimnagar town underwent a facelift in the form of wider roads, scientifically planned traffic junctions, bus-stops, Toilets and other public utilities. Karimnagar district was awarded the best district in PM's 20 Point Programme for 2012–2013. She successfully started a programme, Voter Panduga to increase polling percentage.

She also served as District Collector of Medak during the General Elections 2014 and successfully conducted free and fair polls registering a high polling turn out.

Sabharwal is known popularly as people's officer and is known to use latest developments in technology to her advantage, especially in implementing Government Programmes on field. Monitoring of Government doctors through skype has completely changed the scenario in the public health sector. Performance monitoring of Government schools through specially designed software has made Karimnagar & Medak Districts stand top in the state during her tenure.


  • Indian Express Devi Award - 2015, for Innovation and Dynamism
  • e-India (e-Health Category) Government Digital Initiative – 2013
  • Chief Minister's Award for best district in 21 Point Flagship Programme in 2011–12.
  • Chief Minister's Award for best district in 20 Point Flagship Programme in 2012–13.
  • Recipient of "Platinum Award" worth ₹10.00 Lacs under District Category sponsored by Information Technology & Communication Department for the
  • Best e-Governance initiatives taken up at the district for the year 2012–13.
  • Nominated for Prime Minister's award under individual category for excellence in public administration in best district initiative "Ammalalana" programme in erstwhile united Government of Andhra Pradesh.


  • Smita Sabharwal does not smoke.Smita Sabharwal does not consume alcohol.
  • She is one of the youngest candidates to pass the Union Public Service Commission test, achieving an All India 4th rank and choosing the IAS as her career path.
  • She delivered a fantastic speech about women’s empowerment in society. You may read about her opinions here.
  • In 2012-13, she received the Chief Minister’s Award for the finest district in the 20 Point Flagship Program. 
  • She was also honoured with the Indian Express Devi Award in 2015, the E-India (e-Health Category) Government Digital Initiative, and the Chief Minister’s Award for the best district in the 21 Point Flagship Program in 2011-12.