Mr. Arakelyan received his degree in Armenian language and literature from Yerevan State University in 1968. The Supreme Council of the USSR awarded him a medal for excellence in work in 1986.
From 1968-1970 he worked as a teacher in Ijevan Secondary School # 1. From 1970-1977 he was the first secretary of the Ijevan Regional Council. For the next six years he headed the organizational department of the Ijevan Regional Council of the Communist Party of Armenia. From 1983-1987 he was the second secretary of the A CPIjevan Regional Council. From 1989-1991 he was the responsible secretary for the Nairi newspaper in the town of Yeghvard. From 1994-1996 he was the deputy director of 21st Century Ltd. From 1995-1998 he was a head of division in the RA Ministry of Culture and from 1999-2000 he was the first deputy in the Tirast CJSC.
On May 25, 2003 he was elected as a deputy to the NA from the National Unity Party. He currently serves on the NA Standing Committee on Science, Education, Culture and Youth Affairs. He is a member of the Natioanl Unity Faction and its vice president.
Mr. Arakelyan is married and has two children.