Doval is the second key officer to take charge after Prime Minister Narendra Modi assumed charge. The first was that of Nripendra Misra, who was made Modi’s Principal Secretary.
Doval retired in January 2005 as Intelligence Bureau chief and according to official notification he will assume charge from Friday.
His appointment will be co-terminus with the term of the Prime Minister or till further orders, whichever is earlier, the order said.
It may be recalled that Doval had met Modi few days ago at Gujarat Bhavan and briefed him on security challenges facing the country. Doval is the first police officer who received Kirti Chakra, a military honour.
He is a 1968-batch IPS officer and is known for his acute intelligence skills. He was India’s main negotiator with the hijackers of Indian Airlines plane IC-814 taken to Kandahar in 1999.
Doval had also worked as an intelligence officer for over 33 years during which he had served in the Northeast, Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab.