PSC Food Safety Officer Syllabus - 2015



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PSC has notified for Food Safety Officer. The expected vacancies are above 80. This is a high profile Government job with wonderful career development with the government of Kerala. If you have the right qualification and eligible to apply for it,focus your entive energy, your and effort to win this job. Because it is worth the effort you take.


Syllabus of PSC Food Safety officers



PSC is yet to publish the final syllabus of the Food safety
officer. But sensing the trend and Recent development of syllabus fixation, we can guess the probable syllabus of the exam with almost 80% accuracy. Let us start the preparation with the expected syllabus and cover the most probable areas now itself. So that you can build up a strong base and scoring power even before the general majority start their preparation after the publication of syllabus very close to the exam.


How PSC Finalise the Syllabus



PSC finalise the syllabus based on two factors. One is the the qualification prescribed for the exam. In this case the qualification is widely differs. Graduation is any one of the subjects is the prescribed qualification.


  1. Food Technology.
  2. Diary Technology.
  3. Bio Technology.
  4. Oil Tchnology.
  5. Agricultural Science.
  6. Veterinary Science.
  7. Bio Chemistry
  8. Medicure OR Post Graduation in chemistry.

Since the qualification is so wide, questions from all these topics cannot be included. What they do is to select common areas in the topic of study .


The second factor is the nature of job involved in the post. The candidates must have general awareness and indepth knowledge about various aspects of food , its safety ,common adulterants in food, food coloring,diseases associated with food contamination, various food preservatives etc.


The following are the important duties and responsibility of Food Safety Officer.


1. Examine the food sample and find out whether they are contaminated with toxic substances due to adulteration, over use of pesticide ,whether they are stale, look for pathogens in food samples. These officers are responsible for the overall cleaniness of hotels,canteens, all institutions dealing with food , food items and beverages etc.


All general PSC exam are objective multiple choice type. So for Food Safety Officer objective multiple choice exam is expected.There will be 100 question for 100 marks. Exam will be in English medium. Expected duration is 75 minutes. There will be negative mark for wrong answers. 1/3 mark will be deducted for every mistake. (.33 marks).


Will there be general knowledge for Food Safety Officer?



yes, the recent trend is to include 20 marks from general knowledge for all common PSC exam. Even for Assistant Engineers exam, they have included general knowledge as a subject. So this is expected for your exam as well. The expected syllabus for general knowledge is.

General Knowledge :


  1. Current Affairs.
  2. Constitution.
  3. General Science.
  4. Indian History( 1857 to 1947).
  5. Kerala Renaissance.
  6. Facts about India.
  7. Facts about Kerala


So 20 questions for 20 mark is expected them General Knowledge. Questions from Food related topics for Food Safety officer. 80 questions then 80 marks are expected from this topics.


The main topics for Food Safety Inspector Exam



Expected detailed syllabus:


  1. Introduction to Nutrition, Health and Public Health
  2. Nutrients – Proteins, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins and minerals – functions,
    requirements, food sources, and deficiency.
  3. Assessment of nutritional status – biochemic
    al, anthropometry, clinical and diet surveys.
  4. Food processing, types of processing methods.
  5. Food Microbiology
    Food spoilage-types, role of micro organisms, factors influencing
    spoilage, prevention of food spoilage.
    General methods of food preservation and food processing. Preservation of different types of foods (milk, milk products, meat and meat products).
    Food born hazards of microbial origin, types, bacterial infections and intoxications. Food Hazards of natural origin – see food toxins, biogenic amines, alkaloids, phenolic compounds, protease inhibiters, phytates.
  6. Product development – criteria for selection of raw materials, sensory evaluation
    objective evaluation, standardization, labeling.
  7. Food Laws and Regulations – Essential commodities Act, Standards of Weights and Measures Act, Agmark, Bureau of Indian Standards, Export and Quality Control, Prevention of Food Adulteration Act - Food additives and contaminants, food colours flavouring agents and related substances, sweeteners, preservatives, antioxidants, emulsifying and stabilizing agents, antimicr obial substances, -Indirect additives, residues, contaminants and adulterants, pesticide residues, contaminants from packaging material, Metallic contaminants , adulterants Irradiated Food, Genetically Modified Food.
  8. Surveys – types. Sampling procedures for conducting surveys and for quality control.
  9. Occupational health- health of workers in industries safety measures, occupational
  10. Hygiene and sanitation in food sector – pest control measures, Garbage and Sewage disposal, Water – Sources, purification, Hazards Analysis & Critical Control Point (HACCP), Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) .
  11. International Organizations – FAO (Food & Agriculture Organization), WHO(World Health Organization), Codex Alimentaruis, ISO, WTO. National Organizations – ICMR, ICAR, Council for social welfare, Ministry
    of Health & Family Welfare – delivery Health Services in India.
  12. Programmes to eradicate malnutrition and improve the health status of people in India.


At least 80questions for 80 marks are expected . The level and standard of the questions will be +2 and above. All the questions will be multiple choice.



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