Graduate from Sydenham College of Commerce & Economics, Mumbai. After post graduation in Commerce, he did CA Articles with Price Waterhouse & Co., Mumbai and completed CA (Intermediate) with 11th all-India rank. He joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1984 in the Gujarat cadre. In a span of over 36 years in the IAS, he served in various prominent positions in the Government of Gujarat, namely District Development Officer of Bharuch and Kutch districts, Collector & District Magistrate of Bharuch district, Commissioner of Labour, Transport, Higher Education, Bureau of Public Enterprises, Civil Supplies, Commissioner of Industries, VC&MD of Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC), Managing Director of Gujarat State Financial Corporation, Chairman of Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB), Additional Chief Secretary of Industries & Mines, Forest and Environment, and Finance Departments. He was also nominated as a director on important companies of the Government of Gujarat.