Chetan Bhagat was born on 22 April 1974 in New Delhi, India.

He is an Indian author, columnist, screenwriter, television personality and motivational speaker, known for his English-language comedy-drama novels about young urban middle-class Indians.

His father was an army officer and his mother was a government employee in the agricultural department. His younger brother, Ketan Bhagat, is also a novelist.

He completed his school years at The Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan in Delhi.

He received his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi in 1995 and his MBA degree from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad in 1997.