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How to Get a Job in the Food Corporation of India?

The Staff Selection Commission or the SSC conducts the SSC FCI (Food Corporation of India) exam every year to recruit employees to various dignified positions in the Food Corporation of India. FCI is a statutory body under the ownership of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Government of India. It is the nodal central agency that procures foodgrains to ensure the country’s food security. FCI ensures proper price distribution to guarantee maximum financial benefits to the poor farmers of our country. It is a regulatory body that checks that the consumers receive the foodgrains at a reliable price. The FCI has been managing various depots and private equity godowns all across the country. 

The SSC FCI exam is a national-level recruitment exam. The total number of vacancies and posts varies each year depending on the requirements. This year the FCI has released notifications for the posts of Assistant General Manager for General Administration, Technical Officers, Law Officers, and Medical Officers. The Staff Selection Commission is responsible for recruiting the staff. The candidates who get selected through the FCI recruitment will be full-time employees of the FCI and will be governed by the rules and conditions of the FCI. 

Eligibility criteria

The number of vacancies varies depending on the five zones which are east, west, north, south, and northeastern. Different posts have different eligibility criteria. The candidates aspiring to join the FCI must go through the detailed advertisements before applying for any position. The FCI releases notification for the positions of both technical and non-technical roles. 

The candidates should have scored a minimum of 60 percent aggregate in their undergraduate or post-graduate degrees. The important educational qualifications of the various posts are given as follows:

  • Technical (AGM): B.Sc. in Agriculture with 55% marks OR BE/BTech in either of the following: Food Science, Food Technology, Food Processing, with 55% marks OR BE/BTech in Agriculture engineering with 55% marks OR BE/BTech in Biotechnology or Biochemical, or Agricultural Biotechnology with 55% marks.
  • General Administration (AGM): Must have a Postgraduate degree with an aggregate of 55% OR, ACA/AICWA/ACS OR Bachelor’s degree in Law with a minimum aggregate of 55% marks.
  • Accounts (AGM): Associate membership of Chartered Accountant / Cost Accountants / Company Secretaries. 
  • Law (AGM): Full-time degree in Law with 5 years of experience.
  • Medical officer: MBBS with 3 years of experience.

The educational qualifications for other posts:

  • JE (Civil Engineering): Degree in Civil engineering or Diploma in Civil Engineering with one year of experience.
  • JE (Electrical Engineering): Degree in Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering or Diploma in Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering with one year of experience for diploma holders. 
  • Stenographer Grade-II: Graduate along with ‘O’ level qualification of DOEACC and speed of 40 words per minute in typing and 80 words per minute in shorthand typing OR degree in Computer Science or Computer Application with the speed of 40 words per minute in typing and 80 words per minute in shorthand.
  • AG II (Hindi): Degree from a recognized university with Hindi as the main subject, proficiency in English, one-year post qualification experience in English to Hindi translation, and vice versa. A Post-graduation degree in Hindi is desirable. 
  • Typist (Hindi): Graduation or equivalent degree from a recognized university. 30 words per minute speed in Hindi typing. Preference will be given to candidates with computer knowledge and who can type in both English and Hindi language. 

The maximum age limit as mentioned in the advertisement for the different posts is listed below:

  • Assistant General Manager (General Administration): 30 years
  • Assistant General Manager (Technical): 28 years
  • Assistant General Manager (Accounts): 28 years
  • Assistant General Manager (Law): 33 years
  • Medical Officer: 35 years
  • Junior engineer: 28 years
  • Typist and stenographer: 25 years

Salary:

  • Medical officer: Rs 50,000 - 1, 60,000 per month
  • General administration (AGM): Rs 60,000 - 1,80,000 per month
  • Technical (AGM) : Rs 60,000 - 1,80,000 per month
  • Accounts (AGM): Rs 60,000 - 1,80,000 per month
  • Law (AGM) : Rs 60,000 - 1,80,000 per month

FCI recruitment selection process

The selection process for the above-mentioned posts consists of an online test and an interview round. The weightage for the online test is 90 percent and for the interview is 10 percent. Candidates belonging to the unreserved category should score at least 50 percent marks in the online test and the candidates belonging to the SC, ST, OBC, PWD category must score at least 45 percent to get shortlisted for the interview. Normally the number of candidates shortlisted for the interview is three times the vacancies mentioned in the advertisement. 

Exam pattern

The aspiring candidates must be aware of the syllabus and should refer to the resources accordingly. For the best resources and latest updates, you can click here. The syllabus for different posts is different. You can check the resources on the website for detailed information. The important topics for the different exams are as follows:

Assistant General Manager (General Administration): This paper consists of four sections with 45 questions in each section. The total duration of the exam is 2.5 hours. The four sections of this exam are as follows:

  • Reasoning, Data Analysis, Numerical Ability
  • General Awareness and Current Affairs
  • Agriculture, Agricultural Economy, and Computer Awareness
  • Management and Ethics

Assistant General Manager (Technical, Law, Accounts) and Medical Officer post: The exam pattern for all of these posts is similar. The online exam consists of five sections. The common sections in this exam consist of 30 questions each. These are as follows:

  • Reasoning, Data Analysis, Numerical Ability
  • General Awareness and Current Affairs
  • Agriculture, Agricultural Economy, and Computer Awareness
  • Management and Ethics

The number of questions from the relevant discipline is 60. The total exam duration is 150 minutes.

The most important factor to crack this exam is practice. You can join various online forums and groups where you can post your doubts and involve in group discussions. Practice mock tests which are based on the latest exam pattern. These tests will help you to assess your performance and preparation. All the best.


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