Mr. P. Raghavendra Rao is a member of the Indian Administrative Service, 1985 batch, from Haryana State Cadre. His native State is Andhra Pradesh in South India. Shri Rao obtained Bachelor of Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Jawahar Lal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad. He was admitted for M.Tech. in Industrial Engineering and Management at the IIT, Kanpur before shifting to civil services. Shri Rao also underwent training as probationer in the Indian Audit and Accounts Service and the Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers. Shri Rao subsequently did his MBA in Public Services Management from the University of Birmingham (UK). He also completed advanced course in Public Administration from the Syracuse University, USA. He also attended a course for senior managers in Government at the Kennedy School, Harvard University, MA, USA.
Shri Rao held various important assignments in the State Government of Haryana as Additional Chief Secretary of Town and Country Planning, Housing, Women and Child Development, Urban Development, Rural Development, Environment and Finance Departments. He also worked as Executive Director (Finance) in the Food Corporation of India. Shri Rao is currently working as the Secretary in the Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals, Govt. of India since March 2018.