It is that part of the year when a number of Govt/ PSU job vacancies float over internet and as an aspirant one has to struggle to know the details of the exam such as pattern of exam, job description/ job profile (what exactly I have to do man!!! once I get into the job), salary structure, promotion opportunities, career growth etc.
One most talked about recruitment is in Food Corporation of India, which is one of the largest PSU’s in India. I will be discussing about Food Corporation of India recruitment, throughout this article.
Recently, Food Corporation of India came out with vacancies of Assistant Grade-III (General/Technical/Depot).
While we browsed through internet, we found that not much information is available on the internet regarding the job profile and other necessary information sought by the aspirants that can help them while opting a suitable option among the three cadres.
In this blog post, we will discuss over the various aspects of the exam and will try to throw some light over the job profile as well.
First of all, let us know what Food Corporation of India is all about. Food Corporation of India (FCI) was established in 1965 under FCI act, 1964. It is governed by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs. The main purpose behind establishment of FCI was to:
- Provide Minimum Support Price (MSP) to farmers
- Stabilize rate of food grains in open market
- Provide subsidized food grains to vulnerable section of society (BPL/APL) and implement food policy of Govt of India
- Maintenance of buffer stock to meet emergencies
Food Corporation Of India Recruitment
This year exam pattern is slightly different from the previous one. Candidates can opt for any one cadre only Assistant Grade- III (General/Technical/ Depo/ Accounts/Hindi) for a particular region. Moreover candidate can apply for a single region only.
Paper-I will be common for all the cadres except AG-II (Hindi). However, Paper-II will be conducted for AG-III (Technical) cadre and AG-III (Accounts) which will test the technical knowledge of aspirants of biology and accounts respectively. Paper-II will be conducted only for candidates applying for technical and accounts cadre.
Paper-III and Paper-IV will be conducted for AG-II (Hindi) which will test proficiency of candidates in Hindi language. Paper-IV will test the translation ability of candidates.
Merit will be prepared based on performance of candidates in the written test.
||Merit on the basis of
|Assistant Grade- III (General)
|Assistant Grade- III (Technical)
||Paper-I and Paper-II(Biological Sciences) combined
|Assistant Grade- III (Depot)
|Assistant Grade- III (Accounts)
||Paper-I and Paper-II(Accounting knowledge) combined
|Assistant Grade- II (Hindi)
||Paper-III and Paper-IV (only candidates qualified in paper-III can appear in paper-IV)
| Typist (Hindi)
||Paper-III and skill test (qualifying)
Organizational Structure of FCI
Now let us discuss the vacancies for various posts for which applications has been invited by Food Corporation of India. The recruitment is for category-III post in the pay scale of Rs. 9300-22940. It is to be noted that this pay scale is under IDA pattern.
Dearness Allowance provided in FCI
Dearness allowance (DA) is the allowance which is given to employees to fight the effect of inflation/ rising prices. Now, there are two types of dearness allowance.
- Central Dearness Allowance (CDA)
- Industrial Dearness Allowance (IDA)
Major Difference between CDA and IDA
It is a common practise that CDA is higher than IDA, as CDA is revised as per the price rise at consumer level while IDA is revised as per the inflation or price rise at industrial level. Currently, IDA is 100.3% which is lower than CDA.
In addition, Grade Pay is not admissible in IDA pattern, and hence FCI does not provide any grade pay to its employees.
Questions must be popping in your mind that then how much you are going to earn while working in Assistant Grade-III???!!!! Now let’s come to that aspect now.
Salary Structure in Food Corporation of India (AG-III)
As a fresh recruit in Assistant Grade-III post, your in-hand salary would hover in between 17500-21500, depending upon your place of posting such as Tier-1/Tier-2 city (that has a bearing on your House Rent Allowance (HRA),30%,20% or 10%) and other allowances admissible from place to place (such as hilly area allowance, remote area allowance etc).
Annual Increment plan in FCI (AG-III)
In the beginning of each calendar year, i.e. January, an increment of 3% in the basic pay will be admissible to the employees.
Salary Slip Structure in FCI (AG-III)
A typical salary slip of an Assistant Grade-III employee will be as under.
|Basic Pay = Rs.9300
||Employee Fund Contributory Social Security Scheme = Rs.70
|DA (100.3%) = Rs.9328
||Benevolent Fund Recovery Rs.30
|HRA (10%/20%/30%) = Rs.930/Rs.1860/Rs.2790
||Medical Health Scheme Deduction Rs.60
|Lunch Subsidy = Rs.300
||CPF Deduction (12% of Basic+ DA) Rs.2235
|Transport Allowance = Rs.495
|Net payment- Rs.17958/Rs.18888/Rs.19818
||Total Deductions = Rs.2395
* Medical re-imbursement of Rs.2250 is payable in each quarter, in addition to the net payment.
Now, let us try to understand the job profile in the different cadres of Assistant Grade-III. In order to understand it more clearly, let us first understand the various branches of FCI that it deals in.
FCI is involved in the procurement of food grains from farmers at MSP.
It can be of two types:
It refers to the type of procurement wherein state govt procures as well as stores the food grains and distributes through Public Distribution System (PDS). However the surplus food grains procured by state govt. are transferred to FCI for storage in decentralised procurement.
In non decentralised procurement, state as well as FCI both actively procure from the farmers which is stored by FCI and later again taken by state govt. for distribution. A.G-III (General) has not much role to play in Procurement. However, A.G-III(Technical), A.G-III (Depo) and A.G-III (Accounts) play a major role in procurement, which will be discussed later.
(b) Quality Control (Q.C)
This branch form the backbone of FCI. Quality Control refers to check the specifications of food grains that are being procured and stored by FCI.
(c) Storage- It involves all the functions which lead to storage of food grains. Food Grains are stored in Depots, which may be owned or hired by FCI. Depots that are owned by FCI are called as Food Storage Depot (FSD), while godowns maybe hired from State Warehousing Corporation (SWC) or Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC). Silos and PEG godowns are also being used by FCI for storage of food grains.
It refers to movement of food grains from the place of surplus to the place of defecit. This can be achieved by Railways or Roadways.
It deals with the labour system within FCI.
In layman terms, this section is homologous to Admin department of any organisation. It deals with Recruitment, Training, Transfer, Promotion etc.
It deals with the management of accounts within FCI
This branch keeps a check upon the miscreants that try to sabotage the property of FCI by means of theft, mismanagement/ carelessness in discharge of duties by officials or otherwise. Charge sheets are given to recover the loss from the erring officials.
(i) IT- E-litigation, IRRS, IISFM
These are various IT initiatives that are being implemented to ensure smooth management of various processes. IRRS/IISFM is being used for daily/fortnightly/ monthly reporting of food grains stored in different godowns (owned/hired) of FCI.
(j) Physical Verification (PV)
Physical Verification of stored food grains is being done on quarterly and annual basis. Food grains are stored in huge quantities in the godowns of FCI, and there is possibility of theft, mismanagement by the officials of FCI that might lead to loss of food grains.
To check such practises, PV is done periodically. Special PV is done at any time (apart from scheduled check) on account of suspicious activities/ complaint in any depo.
Zero PV is also done wherein complete stock is liquidated to estimate the losses incurred by FCI with respect to a particular Depot (s).
(k) Storage Loss / Transit Loss
This branch calculates the amount of loss incurred during the storage of food grains in godowns in the form of storage loss. Transit Loss is the loss incurred during the movement of food grains from one depo to other depo. Both the losses should be less than 0.5%.
If the incurred loss is more than the prescribed limit, it is recovered from the erring officials due to whom the losses have been incurred.
FCI hires Engineers in this cadre for disciplines like civil, mechanical and electrical engineering.
This department deals with the management of various legal cases that are being fought Vs FCI in different Courts of India. E-Litigation is a portal which is used to keep a track upon the various cases pertaining to FCI.
Difference between AG-III Cadres
- Assistant Grade-III (General)
A graduate in any discipline is eligible to apply for this cadre. As the name suggests, an individual would have duties and responsibilities that would be general in nature and not specialised. A candidate from General Cadre would have pure office job. However he might have to go on a field duty in certain cases.
In storage section, a candidate will be actively involved in processing of hiring and dehiring of godowns(depot), payment of bills, preparation of monthly stock account, paper work for godown maintenance etc.
He would be deployed in the escorting team to escort the food grains from rail head to godown during movement of food grains. He will take care of all labour contracts while working in contract section.
Admin related work is to be undertaken by the General Cadre candidates. Vigilance, PV, Legal, IT, SL/TL and so on related processes are to be undertaken by a General Cadre Candidate.
Procurement and Quality Control are the two branches wherein a General Cadre candidate will not have anything to do.
As any graduate is eligible to apply for this cadre, competition is fierce in the entrance exam which leads to elevated cut-off marks for this cadre.
- Assistant Grade-III (Technical)
The minimum eligibility qualification for this cadre is a graduate degree in Biology/Biotechnology/Agriculture etc. (for detailed qualification requirements visit FCI Job Portal) . This cadre is believed to be the backbone of Food Corporation of India.
They are entrusted with the safekeeping of food grains that are being procured or stored in godowns of FCI. During procurement, Technical Assistants are required to check the quality of food grains as per the specifications prescribed by FCI with regard to moisture, color, admixture, pests etc.
Food grains certified by Technical Assistants are only purchased by FCI.
Once procured, the safekeeping of food grains in depot is also the responsibility of Technical assistant. He is required to do periodical checks to ensure pest free food grains. Periodical curative and prophylactic treatment etc. of food grains is be undertaken by the candidates of this cadre.
- Assistant Grade-III (Depo)
A graduate in any discipline is eligible to apply for this cadre. Depo Cadre candidates have a pure field job.
They are deployed at the field level and are required to maintain an environment where in storage loss of food grains is minimal. Issue of food grains for PDS is supervised by a depo cadre candidate.
Food grains are stored in the form of stacks in the godowns. Depo cadre ensures that the stacks are formed in standard form with all safety precautions taken care of so that they might not fall. A typical stack stored in FCI is as follows:
4. Assistant Grade-III (Accounts)
The minimum eligibility qualification for this cadre is a graduate degree in commerce. Accounts cadre candidates are deployed in the account section of office. FCI runs on FAP (Financial Accounting Package).
All the entries are done through FAP and an accounts cadre candidate is principally involved in FAP operations.
However, it may also interest you that, depending upon the circumstances, any cadre candidate may be posted in any other cadre.
For eg. An aspiring candidate ‘X’ who qualifies as AG-III (Technical) may be deployed in accounts section, movement, storage, admin etc. section despite being a technical specialist depending upon the need of the hour.
- Assistant Grade-II (Hindi)
The minimum eligibility qualification for this cadre is a graduate degree with Hindi as main subject. One year experience of translation from English to Hindi and vice versa is mandatory for the applicants of this cadre. They are entrusted with the job of promotion of Hindi language in day to day office work.
- JE (Civil/Electrical/ Mechanical)
The minimum eligibility qualification for this cadre is a graduate degree in (Civil/Electrical/ Mechanical) whichever is applicable. Diploma holders in (Civil/Electrical/ Mechanical) can also apply provided they possess 1 year of job experience in their respective field. They play a major role in construction of new food storage depo’s/ silos, depo maintenance (structural/functional) etc. to ensure smooth running of FCI processes.
Unlike other PSU jobs, there are no departmental exams being undertaken in FCI. Promotion is purely on seniority basis. Promotion hierarchy is as follows: It might take minimum 3 years to get promoted from AG-III to AG-II, then again minimum 3years to become AG-I. AG-I gets promoted to the grade of Manager in a span of 4-6 years (provided everything goes well 😉 ) In a nutshell :
You can access previous years question papers of FCI from the link below,
FCI Question Paper 2013
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