On 14 April 2012, Singh was appointed as District Magistrate of Muzaffarnagar where he served until 28 August 2013. While magistrate in Muzaffarnagar he undertook to reduce corruption in all areas from education to land encroachments. Surendra Singh was transferred from Muzaffarnagar on 27 August after arrests for a series of murders in Kawal village in 2013. It was widelt reported that Singh was removed by political pressure because of the connections of those arrested. Singh is, at present, the District Magistrate of Pratapgarh, Uttar Pradesh.
In 2013, India's Prime minister presented individual "best election practices" awards jointly to Kamini Chauhan Ratan, the District Election Officer of Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh, and Surendra Singh, the District Election Officer of Firozabad.
^The commission [National Commission for Minorities] concluded that transfer of DM Surendra Singh and SSP Manzil Saini within hours of the incidents at Kawaal village, where three persons were killed, seemed hasty and detrimental to law and order.Verma, Lalmani (7 October 2013). "Minority panel puts UP govt in the dock". The Indian Express. Archived from the original on 25 July 2014.