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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 Authority Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)
Frequency of the Exam Based on Vacancy Availability 
Job Category Central Government Job 
Mode of Application Online 
Mode of Exam  Online  
Location  All Over India 
Selection Process Computer-Based TestInterview
Application Fees Rs. 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.

Posts Maximum Age Limit
Food Analyst 35 years
Technical Officer 30 years
Central Food Safety Officer 30 years
Assistant Manager 30 years
Assistant  30 years
Hindi Translator 30 years
Personal Assistant 30 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:

Posts Minimum Qualification
Central Food Safety Officer Agro 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.
Assistant Bachelor’s degree from a reputed university in any stream
Junior Assistant Grade-I Grade 12 from a recognized Board.
Hindi Translator Master’s degree from an Accredited Institution in Hindi or English.
Personal Assistant A 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 Assistant Bachelor’s degree in Information technology 
Assistant Manager Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Journalism or Library Science and at least two years of relevant job experience
Food Analyst Master’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 Officer Master’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 starts March 9th 2023
Application Deadline 30th 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:

Post Stages of Selection Weightage Assigned
Food Analyst Written Test + Interview Written Test – 85%Interview – 15%
Technical Officer CBT (Stage-1) + CBT (Stage-2) CBT (Stage-1) – 50%CBT (Stage-2) – 50%
Central Food Safety Officer CBT (Stage-1) + CBT (Stage-2)
Assistant Manager (IT) CBT (Stage-1) + CBT (Stage-2)
Assistant Manager CBT (Stage-1) + CBT (Stage-2)
Hindi Translator CBT CBT – 100%
Assistant CBT
Personal Assistant CBT + Proficiency in Shorthand and Typing
IT Assistant CBT
Junior Assistant Grade-I CBT

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 Intelligence General Knowledge English Language Computer Literacy
1. Analogies Economic scene General English MS Office (word, excel, PowerPoint)
2. Similarities and differences History Finding errors Email
3. Relationship concepts Culture Passage-based questions Basic knowledge of Facebook, Whatsapp, and other social media platforms.
4. Space visualization Geography Idioms, Phrases Google Docs
5. Problem-solving Sports and scientific research Direct/indirect speech
6. Analysis General Polity  Sentence improvement
7. Arithmetical number series Current Affairs Fill in the Blanks
8. Verbal & figure classification Para Jumbles
9. Decision-making Synonyms and antonyms
10. Visual memory Word substitution
11. Judgment Spotting errors
12. Discriminating observations Spelling error
13. Arithmetical reasoning Grammar 

Part B: Functional Knowledge

S.No. Indian and International Food Laws FSSAI – Understanding its Role, Functions, and Initiatives
1. FSS Rules and Regulations Genesis 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.

Stay tuned to the Leverage Edu Website for more news about the National Recruitment Exams 2022-2023, and don’t forget to join our social media pages on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for more updates about the National Recruitment Exams.

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