Ms. Praveen Mahajan, the first lady to head the CBEC, joined Indian Revenue Service in 1976 and has held many important assignments in the department including Member (P & V) from 1st August, 2011, before the present assignment. She has also worked in Customs Cooperation Council at Brussels, Director General (Export Promotion), Additional Director General, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, New Delhi, Commissioner, Customs & Central Excise, Jaipur & Bhopal, et al. For her distinguished record of service she has been conferred with the Presidential Award.
She did her Masters in History from Punjab University in April, 1975 and Masters in English from Punjab University in April, 1978. She holds a Diploma in 'International Economic Relations' from the International Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), Paris.
Her Interests include literature and music. She is a keen sportsperson and plays Tennis, Badminton and loves Horse riding. She won the bronze medal in shooting at the National Level. She represented her college & university in Tennis and Badminton. She has travelled many parts of the world and loves to find new places to experience and explore