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FSSAI is recruiting Technical Officers to fill 125 vacancies in the year 2021. According to the official notification a total of 125 vacancies have been announced for the Technical Officer post in the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India. Aspirants who have applied for the same are advised to go through this article containing relevant information on all the important topics and types of questions asked in this exam. In this article, you will get the syllabus, exam pattern, tips to prepare well for the exam, and many more things.

  • FSSAI Technical Officers Examination has a different syllabus for both stages of the selection process.
  • The FSSAI Technical Officers exam follows a negative marking scheme. The aspirants should prepare themselves accordingly.

FSSAI Technical Officer Syllabus 2021

According to the previous official notification, the syllabus is mentioned in the notification. Aspirants are advised to go through the table below and prepare for their exams accordingly. The Syllabus for the respective post has been divided into two sections- Part A and Part B. Part A consists of the general awareness and computer literacy section, whereas Part B has functional knowledge about the post. In the below tables details are given:

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CBT 1 Syllabus for Technical Officer 2021

Part A General Aptitude and Computer Literacy
General IntelligenceProblems solving, Analysis

The difference, Space visualization

Classification, Arithmetical Number Series

Discriminating relationship concepts

Judgment, decision making, visual memory

Analogies & Similarities

Arithmetical reasoning, Verbal and figure
General AwarenessSports and scientific research

Current events and matters of everyday observation

Indian Constitution

History, Culture, Geography, Economics of India and neighboring countries.

General Polity
English Language ComprehensionParts of speech

Synonyms and antonyms

Questions on comprehension

One word substitution

Spelling error & spotting errors in sentences



Idioms And phrases

Grammar (noun, pronoun, adjectives, verbs)

Computer LiteracyKnowledge of Google Docs, Emails, digital signature

Basic Knowledge of Social media handles like FB, Twitter, Whatsapp, etc.

Knowledge of MS office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) with basic commands
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 and FSS Rules and Regulations

Overview of other relevant national bodies (e.g. APEDA, BIS EIC, MPEDA, Spice Board, etc.)

Important national and international accreditation bodies

International Food Control Systems, Regulations & Standards/Guidelines about Food Safety.
FSSAI-Role, Functions, Initiatives (A General Understanding)Structure and Functions of Food Authority

Genesis and Evolution of FSSAI

Overview of systems in Standards, Enforcement, Laboratory ecosystem, Imports, Third-Party Audit, etc.

Training and capacity building

Role of State Food Authorities

Promoting safe and complete Food (Eat Right India, Food Fortification, SNF, Clean Street Food Hub, RUCO, and various other social & behavioral change initiatives)
PrinciplesPrinciples of Food Preservation, Processing, and Packaging

Overview of food preservation methods and their principles including new and upcoming methods/principles

Food Processing Operations, Principles, Good Manufacturing Practices

Overview of food packaging and principles including new packaging


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

Structure and functions of macro-and micronutrients

Role of macro and micronutrients in nutrition

Overview of anti-nutritional factors and their removal

Overview of enzymes as food processing aids

Food allergens and allergen city

Importance of diet in reducing health risks, especially non-communicable diseases

Overview of nutraceuticals and functional foods

Overview of food additives and their technological functions

Overview of food contaminants and adulterants and their effects on the health of humans

Food Microbiology & Principles of Food Hygiene

Overview of sources of microorganisms in the food chain (raw materials, ai, water, equipment, etc.) and microbiological quality of foods

Microbial food spoilage and Foodborne diseases

General principles of food microbiology and overview of foodborne pathogens

Overview of beneficial microorganisms and their role in human nutrition and food processing

General techniques and principles in the microbiological examination of foods

General principles of food safety management systems including 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 concerning the importance of statistical tools.

Principles of Quality assurance and control with food analysis and testing

Overview of basic/classical methods of food analysis

Overview of modern analytical techniques including molecular techniques and mass spectrometry

CBT 2 Syllabus for Technical Officer 2021

According to the previous official notification the FSSAI authority has not released any information regarding CBT 2 yet. After CBT 1 is conducted, the authority will officially release the updated syllabus for CBT 2 round. Once the syllabus is released officially, a link will be uploaded here.

FSSAI Technical Officer Exam Pattern 2021

The details of the FSSAI Assistant exam pattern as explained below. Aspirants should know the details of the exam pattern before they attempt the exam so that they can score the maximum marks and manage their time accordingly. The FSSAI Technical Officer recruitment exam is conducted in two phases: The first phase is the Computer Based Test (CBT 1) and aspirants must be qualified, appear for the second stage CBT 2 which is the Written Exam. The details are given  below:


  • The exam is conducted for a total of 120 marks
  • 4 marks will be awarded for every correct answer.
  • 0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer
  • Time Duration is 180 Minutes .
SubjectsNo. of QuestionsMax. MarksDuration
Part A General Aptitude
General Awareness1010
180 Minutes
General Intelligence1010
English Language Comprehension1010
Computer Literacy1010
Total Marks4040
Part B Functional Knowledge
Indian and International Food Laws (An Overview)2020
FSSAI-Role, Functions, Initiatives (A General Understanding)2020
Principles of Food Preservation, Processing, and Packaging
Principles and Basics of Food Chemistry and its role in Human Nutrition
Food Microbiology and Principles of Food Hygiene
General concepts of Food Analysis and Testing
Total Marks8080


Once the CBT 1 is conducted, the authority will officially release the syllabus & exam pattern for the CBT 2 round. Meanwhile, keep visiting the official website of FSSAI. After CBT 1 is conducted, the authority will officially release the updated syllabus for CBT 2 round. Once the syllabus is released officially, a link will be uploaded here.

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FSSAI Assistant Preparation Strategy

  • Read newspapers daily for daily current affairs like The Hindu and Yojana Magazine.
  • Free mock tests or test series are available in our portal. Testbook Test Series to get free test series for several other competitive exams which is beneficial for aspirants.
  • By solving the previous year question paper aspirants analyze their marks and weak points
  • Check out the MPSC PSI Result and MPSC PSI Cut off before proceeding to the exam hall.
  • Confident and stay calm and believe in yourself that you have the potential to do it while you enter the exam hall.

FAQs for FSSAI Technical Officer Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2021 

What is the duration of the examination of FSSAI Assistant 2021?

The duration of the examination of FSSAI Assistant 2021 is 180 minutes.

What is CBT?

CBT or computer-based test exam is a type of objective exam that is carried out through specially designed computer software for exams.

Are old editions of the FSSAI Assistant preparation books useful? Can I refer to them?

Yes, but be sure that the book has all the topics which are mentioned in the official notification. You can refer to old editions of preparation books. 

Where is the weightage of the FSSAI Assistant CBT exam?

As per the FSSAITechnical Officer Exam pattern, the CBT examination has a weightage of 120 marks.

Are there any negative marks for the wrong answer in the FSSAI Technical Officer  2021?

Yes , 0.25 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.