A 1985 batch IAS officer of Bihar cadre, Sharan has been secretary and additional secretary in consumer affairs, food and public distribution, food and civil supplies and managing director, Bihar State Finance Corporation. Sharan had also served as director, Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.
As many as 20 names are in the fray for the position. Sharan began his tenure in the Indian Administrative Services as assistant collector and ADM with the Land Revenue Management and District Administration in 1987. During his tenure as DG, Sharan had also made a film titled 'Woh Subah Kidhar Nikal Gayi?', which was produced by FTII.