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FSSAI Exam Pattern - For Technical, Food Safety Officers, Assistants and Other Posts

FSSAI Exam Pattern 2021

Take a brief look at the FSSAI exam pattern for various posts announced in the FSSAI recruitment 2021 notification.

(a) Scheme of Exam: Know the scheme of the FSSAI exam 2021 for various posts here.

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 + InterviewWritten 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. 

(e) The ratio at (b), (c) and (d) above may change depending upon the number of applicants for each post. 

(f) Marks scored in all stages of selection mentioned against each post in para (a) above in accordance with weightage assigned to each stage will be counted for final selection. Candidate absent in any stage(s) of selection will not be eligible for selection. Further, the Authority reserves the right to introduce an additional stage of examination which would be notified at a suitable time, if considered necessary.  

(g) Resolution in case of Tie at the Final Stage of Selection. In case of two/ three candidates scoring the same marks at the final stage, the candidate possessing a desirable qualification wherever applicable as per Recruitment Regulations shall be given preference. If the tie still persists the candidate older in age will get preference. If the tie continues to persist, the tie will be resolved by referring to the alphabetical order of names i.e. a candidate whose name begins with the alphabet which comes first in the alphabetical order will get the preference. 

FSSAI Technical Officer and Central Food Safety Officer (CFSO) Exam Pattern 2021

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

FSSAI Assistant Exam Pattern 2021

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

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Flexible pricing options for all the aspirants


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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