Mohanty hails from Odisha and the first Odia officer to be selected for the coveted post, which is next in rank to the Chief of Army Staff in the Indian Army. He is an alumnus of Rashtriya Indian Military College, Dehradun, National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla and Indian Military Academy, Dehradun. Mohanty was commissioned into the Rajput Regiment on June 12, 1982.
In his career he had commanded a battalion on the Line of Control (LOC) in Jammu and Kashmir and later in the North East. He commanded two brigades: first on the Line of Actual Control and later on, the multinational UN Brigade in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He later commanded the Rangiya-based Division in a counter-insurgency environment and the Sikkim based Trishakti Corps immediately after the Doklam incident. The General officer also has a unique distinction of commanding two Administrative formations as well: the Jodhpur Sub Area as a Major General and Uttar Bharat Area as a Lieutenant General.
He was the alumnus the Defence Services Staff College Wellington, Higher Defence Management Course Secunderabad and the National Defence College New Delhi, the General Officer’s staff and instructional assignments include an instructional tenure at NDA, Brigade Major of an Armoured Brigade, Military Advisor in Seychelles, Colonel Military Secretary (Selection) in the MS Branch, Brigadier General Staff (Operations) of a Corps in the Eastern Theatre and Director General, Operational Logistics and Strategic Movement.
He has been honoured with Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM), Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM), Sena Medal (SM) and Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM) for his outstanding services.