Born in Allahabad 1st August 1934, educated in Allahabad University for an MSc in Maths, Chandra began his carreer at the Indian Administrative Service in 1956, where he stayed unttill 1964 in different capacities in Rajasthan.
1973 - 1977 appointed Secretary, Industry and Mines development of the Government of Rajasthan and the chairman of Rajasthan Electricity Board. 1977 - 1981 appointed as Joint Secretary, Ministry of India, Government of India. 1981 - 1984 Adviser on export Industrialization and Policy in the Commonwealth Secretariat of Sri Lanka. 1984 - 1985, took over as Finance Secretary, govt. of rajasthan, 1985, Shri Naresh Chandra became Chief Secretary, Government of Rajasthan. 1986 - Adivser to the Governor of Jammu & Kashmir 1987 - 1989 Secretary Ministro of Water Resources, Govt. of India. 1989 - 1990 Defence Secretary 1990 - Home Secretary (9 months) 1990 - 1992 Cabinet Secretary 1992 (august) - ? Senior Adviser to Prime Minister 1995 - 1996 Governof of Gujarat 1996 - 2001 Ambasador to the US 2002 - 2003 Chairman of the Indian Government Committee on Corporate Governance & Audit. 2004 - 2005 Chairman of the Committee on Civil Aviation Policy.