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The Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) conducts the FSSAI exam for the purpose of hiring Food Safety Inspectors to work for its organisation.  This role requires functional knowledge. The FSSAI Exam 2023 structure is designed to select the most competent officers for its ranks.

Exam Conducting AuthorityFood Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)
Frequency of the ExamBased on Vacancy Availability 
Job CategoryCentral Government Job 
Mode of ApplicationOnline 
Mode of Exam Online  
Location All Over India 
Selection ProcessComputer-Based TestInterview
Application FeesRs. 1,500/- for the General & OBC categories. 500/- SC/ST/EWS/Women/Ex-Servicemen/ PwBD
FSSAI Website https://www.fssai.gov.in/

FSSAI Exam Eligibility Criteria 

The Eligibility Criteria for the FSSAI exam: 

  • Age Limits 

One of the qualifications the FSSAI sets for recruiting its candidates is their age.

Listed below is information on the FSSAI age limit.

PostsMaximum Age Limit
Food Analyst35 years
Technical Officer30 years
Central Food Safety Officer30 years
Assistant Manager30 years
Assistant 30 years
Hindi Translator30 years
Personal Assistant30 years
IT Assistant 30 years
Junior Assistant Grade-I 25 years
  • Educational qualifications 

To qualify for any of the following positions at FSSAI, candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree. The educational requirements vary depending on the position that each individual is applying for. Post-specific minimum educational requirements are provided below:

PostsMinimum Qualification
Central Food Safety OfficerAgro Sciences degree, Food Technology degree, Dairy tech degree, Oil Technology degree, Biotechnology degree, Food Technology degree, Microbiology degree, or master’s degree in Chemistry or Medicine.Valid GATE or CSIR NET scores.
AssistantBachelor’s degree from a reputed university in any stream
Junior Assistant Grade-IGrade 12 from a recognized Board.
Hindi TranslatorMaster’s degree from an Accredited Institution in Hindi or English.
Personal AssistantA Bachelor’s degree, from a reputable university.
Assistant Manager (IT)Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Computer Science from a Credible Board or University.3 years of relevant experience is preferred.
IT AssistantBachelor’s degree in Information technology 
Assistant ManagerBachelor’s degree in Psychology, Journalism or Library Science and at least two years of relevant job experience
Food AnalystMaster’s degree in Dairy Chemistry, Microbiology, the Chemistry of food, or Chemistry of Biochemistry.a candidate with a bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Science or Dairy OilCandidates with three years of experience will have an advantage.Any applicant who has a valid GATE or CSIR NET score will be favoured
Technical OfficerMaster’s degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Food Technology, Food, and Nutrition, Dairy Technology, Microbiology, or another relevant field related to Life Sciences can be considered for the post.

Important Dates for FSSAI Exam 2023

The 2023 FSSAI exam cycle dates are yet to be announced. Candidates can refer to the official website for further notification from the FSSAI Career Page. 

The tentative dates for the FSSAI exam 2023 are as follows:

Online Application process startsMarch 9th 2023
Application Deadline30th September 2023

Also Read: How to Become a Food Scientist?

FSSAI Application Process 2023

We have put together a list of steps that will make it easier for the candidates to apply for the exam. The list of these steps is given below:

  1. Visit the FSSAI’s official website at www.fssai.gov.in to visit the FSSAI homepage.
  2. Click on Careers at the bottom of the page.
  3. Click on ‘Apply Online’.
  4. Complete the Registration Process.
  5. Enter the required details in the Application Form
  6. Add a recent passport-size photo and supporting documents.
  7. Pay the Application Fee.
  8. Click the “Submit” button.
  9. Review and download the FSSAI application.

Tip: Take a printout of the document to use later.

FSSAI 2023 Exam Pattern

Following is the exam pattern for FSSAI 2023 exam:

PostStages of SelectionWeightage Assigned
Food AnalystWritten Test + InterviewWritten Test – 85%Interview – 15%
Technical OfficerCBT (Stage-1) + CBT (Stage-2)CBT (Stage-1) – 50%CBT (Stage-2) – 50%
Central Food Safety OfficerCBT (Stage-1) + CBT (Stage-2)
Assistant Manager (IT)CBT (Stage-1) + CBT (Stage-2)
Assistant ManagerCBT (Stage-1) + CBT (Stage-2)
Hindi TranslatorCBTCBT – 100%
Personal AssistantCBT + Proficiency in Shorthand and Typing
IT AssistantCBT
Junior Assistant Grade-ICBT

Salient features of FSSAI Exam 2023

  • Candidates are chosen for CBT on a ratio of 1:10 (Stage 2).
  • Candidates will be scheduled for interviews in a ratio of one to five after being shortlisted for the position.
  • For the position of Personal assistant, the candidate needs to qualify for the shorthand and typing proficiency with a ratio of 1:10.
  • Selection for the position will require passing the Shorthand and Typing Competence Tests. However, the results from the Typing and Shorthand tests won’t be included in the total.
  • Introduce an additional assessment stage that, if considered important, would be announced.

Tie-Breaking Rule for FSSAI Exam 2023

The following are the two tie-breaking rules as announced by the FSSAI for the 2023 Food Safety Inspectors Exam:

  • When two or more candidates receive the same marks in the last round of the recruitment process, the candidate who possesses the desired qualification, when appropriate, under the recruitment regulations, is given preference.
  • If there is still a tie, priority will be given to the candidate who is older in age. If a tie still exists, it will be broken using the names’ alphabetical order, which means that the applicant whose name starts with the letter that occurs first in the list will be given preference.

FSSAI Exam Syllabus 2023

The syllabus is divided into two parts: Part A and Part B. 

Part A: General Aptitude

The detailed syllabus for this section is listed below.

S.No.General IntelligenceGeneral KnowledgeEnglish LanguageComputer Literacy
1.AnalogiesEconomic sceneGeneral EnglishMS Office (word, excel, PowerPoint)
2.Similarities and differencesHistoryFinding errorsEmail
3.Relationship conceptsCulturePassage-based questionsBasic knowledge of Facebook, Whatsapp, and other social media platforms.
4.Space visualizationGeographyIdioms, PhrasesGoogle Docs
5.Problem-solvingSports and scientific researchDirect/indirect speech
6.AnalysisGeneral Polity Sentence improvement
7.Arithmetical number seriesCurrent AffairsFill in the Blanks
8.Verbal & figure classificationPara Jumbles
9.Decision-makingSynonyms and antonyms
10.Visual memoryWord substitution
11.JudgmentSpotting errors
12.Discriminating observationsSpelling error
13.Arithmetical reasoningGrammar 

Part B: Functional Knowledge

S.No.Indian and International Food LawsFSSAI – Understanding its Role, Functions, and Initiatives
1.FSS Rules and RegulationsGenesis and Evolution of FSSAI
2.Food Safety and Standards Act of India, 2006: Provision, definitions, and different sections of the Act and Implementation.Structure and Functions of Food Authority 
3.Overview of other relevant National Bodies (e.g. APEDA, BIS EIC, MPEDA, Spice Board, etc.)Capacity building and Training by FSSAI.  
4.International Food Control Systems/Laws, Regulations and Standards/Guidelines concerning Food Safety- Overview of CODEX Alimentarius Commission (History, Members, Standard setting and Advisory mechanisms: JECFA, JEMRA JMPR): WTO agreements (SPS/TBT) Understanding the role of State Food Authorities
5.Important National and International Accreditation Bodies. 


Is there a negative marking in the FSSAI exam?

Yes, for each wrong answer, 0.25 marks will be deducted.

Does FSSAI conduct an exam every year?

Every year, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) holds a nationwide recruitment drive to find qualified applicants for a number of its vacant posts.

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