His selection as CVC comes at a time when he is due to complete a two-year tenure as Defence Secretary before which he was Secretary, Defence Production, and Secretary, Disinvestment.
Kumar, who will turn 62 on September 29, 2011, did his graduation in Electrical Engineering from IIT-Delhi before joining the IAS in 1972. He belongs to the Haryana cadre.
In 1986, he went to University of Wales, UK, on study leave to do a Masters in Economics and Social Sciences.
As an IAS officer, Kumar is well-versed with the corridors of power in the capital. In 1997, he served as Joint Secretary in the ministry of heavy industries and public enterprises.
Kumar, who is Defence Secretary at present, was appointed to the post for a two year term in 2009. He was to retire on July 31.