- FCI (Food Corporation of India) is responsible for buying food grains from farmers and distributing to States which are in need of it.
- Selection in FCI is through an Entrance Exam followed by an Interview.
- The job has fixed timings, good enough Salary, Medical Benefits, Pension etc.
Name — Rohit Kumar Khandelwal
Profession — AG 2, FCI (Food Corporation of India)
Age — 29
Gender — Male
City — Nabha
Industry — Government
Where have you been born and raised?
I was born in a lower-middle-class in Bandhikui, Rajasthan. I have done my 10th from SAVM, Bandhikui. Then, I completed 12th from BN Joshi Government Senior Secondary School.
I have participated in several cultural activities at school.
What is your family background?
My father owns a shop in my hometown and my mother is a homemaker. I have a younger brother. He helps my father in the shop. My family’s love and care made me who I am today. I am blessed to have friends like Ronak Aggarwal, Manish Sharma, Jitendra Soni and Manpreet Singh who have been with me and have acted as my constant support.
Manish Sharma and I share a bond of 15 years and counting. He is a major part of my life being with me in all ups and downs of my life and helped me through everything.
Who all had the most influence on you and how?
My dad was my role model. I have seen him working hard and without a fuss. My hard-working nature is inspired by him. Being in his constant care and shade, I grew up being active and self-aware about things in my life.
Please give us a summary of your career, chronologically, including organization names and your role/designation.
After this, I completed my MBA from EIILM University, Sikkim through correspondence. Post that, I joined FCI in 2011 as AG-3 in Samana. Later in 2015, I got promoted to AG-2 and currently, I am placed in Nabha.
Which institutes are best for the education/training of this profession? Also, mention the costs associated with the education/training of this profession.
According to me, Maharaja College, Jaipur is the best for pursuing BCA. The cost is nearly 5 lakhs. Talking about MBA institutes, the first name that strikes is IIM’s and the cost is nearly 25 lakhs.
How does one get into Food Corporation of India?
A person must have Under-Graduation degree, at the least. Then, you have to clear the entrance/competitive exam held by FCI.
The exam includes questions based on maths, reasoning, English and GK. One must take proper coaching for the exam and be prepared for the interview.
What is the range of remuneration one can expect when starting out in your line of career & industry?
Starting Salary is 2,40,000 p.a.
After 5 years — 3,00,000 p.a.
After 10 years — 4,20,000 p.a.
After 15 years — 6,00,000 p.a.
After 20 years — 8,40,000 p.a.
Employees also get very good Medical Benefits, around 30% Super- Annuation Benefit based on their performance.
Please describe your work in Food Corporation of India?
I am associated with the food grain storing unit (also called Godowns or warehouse) of FCI. And I am also part the department that issue food grains to States that face a scarcity of food.
I have regular timings i.e., 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m and we work 6 days a week with second Saturday Off.
If we work overtime, in case of emergencies, we do get aptly paid for our efforts.
One has to do both desk work and field work so one must excel in both the aspects.
Then we have to maintain the records from whom we buy the food grains.
What are some of the positives, which would encourage someone to consider Career in Food Corporation of India?
The work culture is cooperative.
Also, the managers don’t pressurize unnecessarily thus giving one the freedom to work with peace.
Then there is extra pay for overtime, medical benefits, etc.
The retirement benefits are more than enough when retirement comes.
What are some of the challenges that you would want someone to be aware of when considering this career/job?
The foremost challenge that we face is the shortage of staff. We are generally 40% short of the required staff. This puts pressure on workers, but only during a crisis or natural calamity.
Then there is corruption, which is prevalent across the system. Starting with suppliers, employees and state officials, everyone is trying to fill their pockets than serving the poor.
What are the relevant trends/skills/technologies that are currently commanding a premium in your job profile?
A person should have a basic knowledge of computers and be acquainted with the new technologies on the internet. As this generation has become more computer dependant than manual work, it is necessary to have knowledge about these computers. Also, a person should be good with calculations. Being totally dependent on computers may not help always in this profession.
What kind of person would be happy in your career?
A person, who is hard-working, has high morals and is willing to give his 100% honest efforts would be happy in this career.
Given another choice, what would you do differently as far as your professional selections are concerned?
If I had the opportunity to pursue something else in my life, I would have loved to be an IAS/IPS Officer as it’s the job that comes with high responsibility along with a commanding respect.
What would be your advice to students or professionals who are just starting their journey on a path similar to yours?
Today’s newbies are smart. All that I can guide them through my own experience is to remain dedicated to the work and organization. The work assigned should be done with honesty. The senior officials should be respected not only for their position but also for the experience and knowledge that they pass on to the newcomers.