Born in Delhi on 1 October 1948, Robin Gupta decided on a career in the
civil service early in his life. After a brief stint with the Indian Police Service, he
was accepted into the Indian Administrative Service in 1974. His deputations
included challenging assignments throughout the country, and he was posted
as commissioner in the fi eld on seven separate occasions, a record in the history
of Indian civil service. His fi nal posting before retirement was as fi nancial
commissioner, Government of Punjab.