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FSSAI Recruitment Exam 2021 - Complete Details

FSSAI Recruitment 2021 - Know it All

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) hereinafter referred to as ‘Authority’ is a statutory body under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. FSSAI has been created for laying down science-based standards for articles of food and to regulate their manufacture, storage, distribution, sale, and import to ensure the availability of safe and wholesome food for human consumption. FSSAI has invited applications on Direct Recruitment (FSSAI Recruitment 2021 Notification) basis from dynamic and motivated candidates looking for exciting career opportunities in the Food Regulatory System.

FSSAI 2021 Notification

FSSAI has released the recruitment notification to recruit for a number of posts, the prominent ones being the technical officer (125 vacancies), central food safety officer (37 vacancies), assistant (33 vacancies) and many more etc. A total of 233 vacancies have been announced by FSSAI in FSSAI Recruitment 2021 Notification. The apply online link has been activated and the aspirants can register for various posts till the 12th of November 2021.

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FSSAI Recruitment 2021 Notification

FSSAI 2021 Important Dates

EventsImportant Dates
Website Link open for online registration of applications and payment of Fees/Intimation Charges13 October 2021
Last Date for Online Application12 November 2021
The cut-off date for Eligibility and Qualification Criteria12 November 2021
Tentative Date for availability of downloadable Admit Card for CBT (Stage-1)To be announced
Date of CBT (Stage-1)To be announced
Dates for CBT (Stage-2)To be announced

FSSAI 2021 Eligibility Criteria & Experience Required

1. FSSAI Technical Officer Eligibility Criteria/Experience/Educational Qualification

Age-Limit on the Closing Date of Application - 30

(a) “Master Degree from a recognized University or Institution in Chemistry or Biochemistry or Food Technology or Food Science & Technology or Food & Nutrition or Edible Oil Technology or Microbiology or Dairy Technology or Agricultural or horticultural Sciences or Industrial Microbiology or Toxicology or Public Health or Life Science or Biotechnology or Fruit & Vegetable Technology or Food Safety & Quality Assurance. 

OR 

(b) PG Diploma of at least one-year duration in Food Safety or Food Science or Food Processing or Quality Assurance in Food sector or Dietetic and Public Health or Nutrition or Dairy Science or Bakery Science or Post Harvest Technology from a Govt. recognized University/ Institute with a condition that

candidates who have completed these PG Diploma courses must have studied any one of the following subjects at their Bachelor’s degree level i.e. Chemistry or Biochemistry or Food Technology or Food Science & Technology or Food & Nutrition or Edible Oil Technology or Microbiology or Dairy Technology or Agricultural or horticultural Sciences or Industrial Microbiology or Toxicology or Public Health or Life Science or Biotechnology or Fruit & Vegetable Technology or Food Safety & Quality Assurance or Food Processing Technology or Fruit & Vegetable or Medicine or Veterinary Sciences or Fisheries or Animal Sciences” 

OR 

(c) BE or B.Tech in Food Technology or Dairy Technology or Biotechnology or Oil Technology or Food Process Engineering or Food Processing Technology or Fruit & Vegetable Technology or Food Safety & Quality Assurance or Bachelor’s degree (not less than four years duration) in Medicine or Veterinary Sciences or Fisheries or Animal Sciences. 

Desirable: Graduate Aptitude Test Engineering or Council of Scientific and Industrial Research or Indian Council of Agricultural Research National Eligibility Test. 

2. FSSAI Central Food Safety Officer (CFSO) - Eligibility Criteria/Experience/Educational Qualifications

Age-Limit on the Closing Date of Application - 30

(a) Degree in Food Technology or Dairy Technology or Biotechnology or Oil Technology or Agricultural Science or Veterinary Sciences or Biochemistry or Microbiology or Master’s Degree in Chemistry or degree in medicine from a recognized University 

OR 

(b) any other equivalent or recognized qualification notified by the Central Government. 

Desirable: Graduate Aptitude Test Engineering or Council of Scientific and Industrial Research or Indian Council of Agricultural Research National Eligibility Test. 

3. FSSAI Assistant - Eligibility Criteria/Experience/Educational Qualifications

Age-Limit on the Closing Date of Application - 30

Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized University or Institution. 

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FSSAI 2021 Vacancy Details – Post-wise & Category-wise

A total of 233 vacancies have been announced in the FSSAI Recruitment 2021 Notification. Here is a split-up of post-wise and category-wise vacancies.

Name of PostNumber of VacanciesCategory of VacancyAge-Limit on the Closing Date of Application
Technical Officer125

UR-50,

OBC (NCL)-33, 

SC-19,

ST-10,

EWS-13

30
Central Food Safety Officer (CFSO)37

UR-14,

OBC(NCL) – 10,

SC-6,

ST-3,

EWS-4

30
Assistant33

UR-13,

OBC (NCL) – 9, 

SC-6,

ST-2,

EWS-3

30
Food Analyst4

UR-1,

OBC (NCL) – 1, 

SC-1,

EWS-1

35
Assistant Manager (IT)4

UR-2,

OBC (NCL) – 1, 

SC-1

30

Assistant Manager (Journalism

or Mass Communication or Public Relation)

2

UR-1,

OBC (NCL) – 1

30

Assistant Manager (Social Work,

Psychology, Labour and Social Welfare, Library Science)

2UR-1, SC-130
Hindi Translator1UR-130
Personal Assistant19

UR-10,

OBC (NCL) – 4, 

SC-2,

ST-2,

EWS-1

30
IT Assistant3

UR-2,

OBC (NCL) – 1

30
Junior Assistant Grade-13

UR-1,

OBC (NCL) – 1, 

EWS-1 

(Out of the total posts, one post is reserved for Ex-Servicemen)

25

Note: Candidates applying for multiple posts would be required to indicate their priority for joining the posts in case of selection for more than one post. The priority indicated by the candidate in the online application will be final. 

FSSAI 2021 Exam Pattern

(a) Scheme of Exam

PostsStage of SelectionWeights Assigned
Technical OfficerCBT (Stage-1) + CBT (Stage-2)

CBT (Stage-1) – 50%

CBT (Stage-2) – 50%

Central Food Safety OfficerCBT (Stage-1) + CBT (Stage-2)

CBT (Stage-1) – 50%

CBT (Stage-2) – 50%

AssistantCBTCBT -100%
Food AnalystWritten Test + Interview

Written Test – 85%

Interview – 15%

Assistant Manager (IT)CBT (Stage-1) + CBT (Stage-2)

CBT (Stage-1) – 50%

CBT (Stage-2) – 50%

Assistant ManagerCBT (Stage-1) + CBT (Stage-2)

CBT (Stage-1) – 50%

CBT (Stage-2) – 50%

Hindi TranslatorCBTCBT -100%
Personal AssistantCBT + Proficiency in Shorthand and TypingCBT -100%
IT AssistantCBTCBT -100%
Junior Assistant Grade-ICBTCBT -100%

(b) Shortlisting of Candidates for CBT (Stage-2)

Candidates in the ratio of 1:20 will be shortlisted/called for CBT (Stage-2).

(c) Shortlisting of Candidates for Interview

Candidates in the ratio of 1:5 will be shortlisted/called for an interview for the post. 

(d) Shortlisting of Candidates for Proficiency in Shorthand and Typing (for the post of Personal Assistant)

Candidates in the ratio of 1:10 will be shortlisted for proficiency in shorthand. Qualifying the proficiency test in shorthand and typing will be mandatory for the selection of the post. However, marks obtained in shorthand and typing exams will not be added to the final result. 

FSSAI Technical Officer and Central Food Safety Officer (CFSO) Exam Pattern

Computer Based Test (Stage-1) will be of 180-minute duration with 120 MCQ questions. 4 marks would be given for each correct answer and 1 mark deducted for each wrong answer.

PART A - General Aptitude and Computer Literacy

Subject Number of Questions 
General Intelligence10
General Awareness10
English Language Comprehension10
Computer Literacy10

PART B - Functional Knowledge

Subject Number of Questions 
Indian and International Food Laws (An Overview) 20
FSSAI-Role, Functions, Initiatives (A General Understanding) 20

Principles of Food Preservation, Processing and Packaging

Principles and Basics of Food Chemistry and their role in Human Nutrition

Principles and Basics of Food Chemistry and their role in Human Nutrition

Principles and Basics of Food Chemistry and their role in Human Nutrition

40

FSSAI Assistant Exam Pattern

Single computer-based test of 180-minute duration with 120 multiple choice type questions. Each correct answer will carry 4 marks whereas the wrong answer will carry a (-1) mark.

Subject Number of Questions 
General Intelligence20
Quantitative Aptitude20
English Language10
General Awareness20
Computer Literacy25
FSSAI - Role, Functions, Initiatives (General Understanding)25

FSSAI 2021 Exam Syllabus

FSSAI Technical Officer and Central Food Safety Officer (CFSO) Syllabus

PART A - General Aptitude and Computer Literacy

General Intelligence: Would include questions of both verbal and non-verbal type for e.g. Questions on analogies, similarities and difference, space visualization, problems solving, analysis, judgement, decision making visual memory, discriminating relationship concepts, arithmetical reasoning, verbal and figure classification, arithmetical number series. 

General Awareness: Questions to test the ability of the candidates General Awareness of the environment around him/her and its application to society. Also testing knowledge of current events and matters of everyday observation as may be expected of an educated person. The test will include questions relating to India and neighbouring countries especially pertaining to History, Culture, Geography, Economic scene, General Polity including Indian Constitution, sports and scientific research etc. These questions will be such that they do not require a special study of any discipline.

English Language Comprehension: Would test the candidates understanding of the English language its vocabulary, grammar etc. would include questions on comprehension, one-word substitution, synonyms and antonyms, spelling error, spotting errors in sentences, grammar noun, pronoun, adjectives, verbs, prepositions, conjunctions, use of ‘a ‘an” and ‘the’, idioms And phrases etc, Parts of speech. 

Computer Literacy: Candidates are expected to be able to handle all regular office work on computers. Knowledge of MS office (word, excel, PowerPoint) including basic commands, Google Docs, emails, digital signature, Commonly use social media handles (Whattsapp, FB, Twitter, etc). would be tested. 

PART B - Functional Knowledge 

Indian and International Food Laws (An Overview) 

  • Food Safety and Standards Act of India, 2006 Provision, definitions and different sections of the Act and implementation.
  • FSS Rules and Regulations
  • Overview of other relevant national bodies (e.g. APEDA, BIS EIC, MPEDA, Spice Board etc.)
  • International Food Control Systems/Laws, Regulations and Standards/Guidelines with regard to Food Safety– (i) Overview of CODEX Alimentarius. Commission (History, Members, Standard setting and Advisory mechanisms: JECFA, JEMRA, JMPR): WTO agreements (SPS/TBT).
  • Important national and international accreditation bodies

FSSAI-Role, Functions, Initiatives (A General Understanding) 

  • Genesis and Evolution of FSSAI
  • Structure and Functions of Food Authority
  • Overview of systems and processes in Standards, Enforcement, Laboratory ecosystem, Imports, Third-Party Audit etc.
  • Promoting safe and wholesome Food (Eat Right India, Food Fortification, SNF, Clean Street Food Hub, RUCO and various other social and behavioural change initiatives)
  • Training and capacity building
  • Role of State Food Authorities

Principles of Food Preservation, Processing and Packaging

  • Food Processing Operations, Principles, Good Manufacturing Practices
  • Overview of food preservation methods and their underlying principles including novel and emerging methods/principles
  • Overview of food packaging methods and principles including novel packaging materials/techniques

Principles and Basics of Food Chemistry and their role in Human Nutrition

  • Structure and functions of macro-and micronutrients
  • Role of macro and micronutrients in human nutrition
  • Overview of food additives with respect to their technological functions
  • Overview of anti-nutritional factors and their removal from foods
  • Overview of enzymes as food processing aids
  • Overview of nutraceuticals and functions foods
  • Overview of food contaminants and adulterants and their effects on human health
  • Food allergens and allergen city Importance of diet in alleviating health risks, especially non-communicable diseases

Food Microbiology & General Principles of Food Hygiene

  • General principles of food microbiology and overview of foodborne pathogens
  • Overview of sources of microorganisms in the food chain (raw materials, water, air, equipment etc.) and microbiological quality of foods
  • Microbial food spoilage and Foodborne diseases
  • General principles and techniques in the microbiological examination of foods
  • Overview of beneficial microorganisms and their role in food processing and human nutrition
  • General principles of food safety management systems including traceability and recall – sanitation, HACCP, Good production and processing practices (GMP, GAP, GHP, GLP, BAP, etc)

General concepts of Food Analysis and Testing

  • Fundamentals of field level and laboratory sampling with reference to the importance of statistical tools.
  • Overview of basic/classical methods of food analysis
  • Overview of modern analytical techniques including mass spectrometry and molecular techniques.
  • Principles of Quality assurance and Quality control with reference to food analysis and testing

FSSAI Assistant Syllabus

General Intelligence: It would include questions of both verbal and non-verbal types. The test will include questions on Semantic Analogy, Symbolic operations, Symbolic/ Number Analogy, Trends, Figural Analogy, Space Orientation, Semantic Classification, Venn Diagrams, Symbolic/ Number Classification, Drawing inferences, Figural Classification, Punched hole/ pattern-folding & unfolding, Semantic Series, Figural Pattern – folding and completion, Number Series, Embedded figures, Figural Series, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Emotional Intelligence, Word Building, Social Intelligence, Coding and decoding, Other sub-topics, if any Numerical operations.

Quantitative Aptitude: Number Systems, Computation of Whole Number, Decimal and Fractions, Relationship between numbers Fundamental arithmetical operations: Percentages, Ratio and Proportion, Square roots, Averages, Interest (Simple and Compound), Profit and Loss, Discount, Partnership Business, Mixture And Alligation, Time and distance, Time and work, mensuration (area, perimeter, volume).

English Language: Spot the Error, Fill in the Blanks, Synonyms/ Homonyms, Antonyms, Spellings/ Detecting misspelt words, Idioms & Phrases, One-word substitution, Improvement of Sentences, Active/ Passive Voice of Verbs, Conversion into Direct/ Indirect narration, Shuffling of Sentence parts, Shuffling of Sentences in a passage, Cloze Passage, Comprehension Passage, Parts of speech.

General Awareness: Questions are designed to test the candidate’s general awareness of the environment around him and its application to society. Questions are also designed to test knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspect as may be expected of an educated person. The test will also include questions relating to India and its neighbouring countries, especially pertaining to History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General policy and scientific research, important national/ international agencies/ institutions/ bodies.

Computer Literacy: Candidates are expected to be able to handle all regular office work on computers. Knowledge of MS office (word, excel, powerpoint) including basic commands, Google Docs, emails, digital signature, commonly used social media handles (Whatsapp, FB, Twitter etc). would be tested.

FSSAI: Role, Functions, Initiatives (A General Understanding) - Genesis and Evolution of FSSAI, Structure and Functions of Food Authority, Overview of systems and processes in Standards, Enforcement, Laboratory ecosystem, Imports, Third Party Audit, Promoting safe and wholesome Food (Eat Right India, Food Fortification, SNF, Clean Street Food Hub, RUCO and various other social and behavioural change initiatives), Training and capacity building, Role of State Food Authorities.

FSSAI 2021 Apply Online & Fees

You can use the direct link given below to register for the FSSAI 2021 exam.

FSSAI 2021 Exam Apply Online Link

FSSAI 2021 Exam Application Fees

Category 

Application

Fee

Intimation

Charges 

Total*
General/OBC Rs 1000/- Rs 500/- Rs 1500/-

SC/ST/EWS/Women/

Ex-Servicemen/ PwBD

Nil Rs 500/- Rs 500/-

FSSAI 2021 Online Course and Mock Test

With Oliveboard you have access to the comprehensive online course for the posts of Technical Officer, Central Food Safety Officer (CFSO) and the Assistant post. 

You will also get the best Mock Test series available online.

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The vast variety of practice questions (based on the latest pattern), detailed solutions & solving tips by experts, advanced analytics, etc. makes this the best FSSAI 2021 Online Test Series and Course.

FSSAI 2021 Study Pack (CBT-Stage 1) - For Technical Officer & Central Food Safety Officer (CFSO) Posts

  • Video Lessons for Important Concepts of Reasoning & English (Part A)
  • Notes covering Computer Section (Part A)
  • Current Affairs Coverage (Part A)
  • Detailed Notes for all the chapters (50+) of Part B (Functional Knowledge)
  • 90+ Topic Tests for Phase 1 (Reasoning, English)
  • 60 Sectional Tests for Phase 1 (Reasoning, English)
  • 5 Full-Length Mock Tests

FSSAI 2021 Study Pack - For Assistant Posts

  • Video Lessons for Important Concepts of Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning & English
  • Notes covering Computer Section
  • Current Affairs Coverage for General Awareness Section
  • Detailed Notes for all the chapters of FSSAI related section
  • 90+ Topic Tests for Phase 1 (Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, English)
  • 60 Sectional Tests for Phase 1 (Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, English)
  • 5 Full-Length Mock Tests

Exam Date

To be announced

Total Vacancies

233

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FAQs

What is the full form of FSSAI?

FSSAI is an acronym for Food Safety and Standards Authority of India. It is a statutory body under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. FSSAI has been created for laying down science-based standards for articles of food and to regulate their manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import to ensure the availability of safe and wholesome food for human consumption.

How can I apply for FSSAI Recruitment 2021? +

You can check the eligibility criteria for the post that you want to apply for and then you can use the direct link to register for the FSSAI 2021 exam,

Can I apply for more than one post listed in FSSAI recruitment 2021? +

Yes, you can. Candidates applying for multiple posts would be required to indicate their priority for joining the posts in case of selection for more than one post. The priority indicated by the candidate in the online application will be final.

What is the latest updates for the FSSAI exam 2021 ? +

The latest update from FSSAI is the revised application form filling date. Earlier the last date was 7th November 2021 but now the date has been extended till 12th November 2021.

Can a candidate from any stream apply for the FSSAI 2021 exam? +

The answer is yes. FSSAI Assistant post offered is the one where a candidate with Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized university or institution can apply .

Can I clear the FSSAI 2021 exam in the first attempt? +

Yes, you can clear the exam on your first attempt. Practice as many test modules as you can and keep attending Mock tests for better results.

What is the exam date for the FSSAI exam 2021 ? +

The exam dates are yet not released by FSSAI. Once released, the same will be updated on the official website of FSSAI.

Is there any negative marking for the FSSAI 2021 examination ? +

Yes, there is a negative marking in the FSSAI 2021 Examination. For every wrong answer, there is a deduction of 0.25 marks.

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