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There are many career options available after the 12th. One has an option to choose the various field as per their interest and passion. Many Government vacancies are also available after the 12th like defence, banking, Railways etc. Here in this article, I am sharing with you the complete details about How to Become Food Safety Officer in India. Well, there are many ways to be. Here we will get to know the complete Career as a Food Safety Officer in India. To get detailed info, One must check the article below.

Food Safety Officer

The Government job in India is something that most of the candidates opts for. In order to be a Government service department, there are several stages of selection like a Written Exam Interview or may be Medical exam (if needed). It is tough to clear these rounds as there is huge competition in this. Let’s see the complete details of How to Become a Food Safety Officer in India ad Career growth in this field etc.

How to Become Food Safety Officer in India:

One has an option to join the Government sector as well as the private sector as a food safety officer. In the Government posts, One can get recruited in the state administrative post or central administrative posts in India. In order to join the  Government service, One will need to appear for the SCS (State Civil Service) Examination which is conducted by the states individually.

The job of Food Safety Officer is reputed as they are hired at the administrative level. The Payscale, Allowances, Perks and benefits are way better than any private job. You may be already aware of the Government job allowances and perks etc. Now let’s see teh required eligibility criteria to apply for this State Civil Service Examination and after this, we will talk about the selection process etc.

Food Safety Officer Eligibility Criteria:

There are eligibility criteria that have been set for every government examination and that is followed very strictly. In order to apply for the Exam, One must have done graduation from any government recognized Institute, University or College in the following stream:

  • B.Sc/ B.Tech in food technology
  • B.Sc/ B.Tech in Dairy technology
  • B.Sc/ B.Tech in Biotechnology
  • B.Sc/ B.Tech in Agriculture Science
  • B.Sc/ B.Tech in Biochemistry etc

These are the fields where one need to have done graduation in order to become a food safety officer in India. If any candidate wishes to become a scientist in this field, he/she must hold a PhD degree in the relevant field. A candidate also needs to have some years of experience in this field. There is also some age limit that has been set for the examination. Here are the details about that.

In order to apply for the government examination, The age of the candidate should not be less than 21 years old and it should not be more than 40 years old. There is also some relaxation that has been given to the reserved categories candidates regarding age. You can exact details about this in the official notification as it keeps on changing every year. Now let’s see the selection process of the Food Safety Officer in India.

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Selection Process of Food Safety Officer:

The Government exam has a kind of fixed schedule for the selection. The State Civil Service Examination is an A-grade examination in India. The Selection of the candidates will be done in three phases. There are two written examinations and one Interview. One will appear for:

  • Preliminary Exam
  • Mains Exam
  • Interview etc

The Preliminary Examination is easy to clear as compared to the Mains Examination. The Paper of Preliminary Exam would be in Objective form with multiple choice answers. while the mains exam paper would be conventional type. After clearing the Preliminary Exam and Mains Exam, All the qualified candidates will proceed for the Interview.

Remember: It is mandatory to clear both Written Examinations. The only candidate will be allowed to appear for the Mains Examination who would clear the Preliminary Examination. Now let’s see the food safety officer syllabus.

Food Safety Officer Exam Syllabus:

There are two papers that one has to study. Here are the details about that.

Paper 1 (Composite):

General Studies
  • Indian History
  • Economics
  • Geography,
  • Major events in World History,
  • General Science,
  • Environmental issue,
  • human Right issues,
  • Indian Polity,
  • Current events etc.
Mathematics
  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Statistics
  • Trigonometry of HSC Standard
Computer Applications
  • Windows
  • MS Office(Word, Excel & PowerPoint)
  • MS Access
  • Usage of Internet Services
English
  • Grammar Usage
  • Vocabulary

Paper 2 (Technical Paper):

Food Safety Standards Act Rules & Regulations
  • Food: Definition,
  • Food additives and processing aid,
  • Contaminants,
  • Toxic substances
  • Heavy Metals
  • Pesticides: Pest control,
  • Antibiotic Residues and microbiological control
  • Genetically modified foods,
  • Organic foods,
  • functional foods,
  • proprietary foods
  • Packaging and Labelling of Foods
  • Restriction on advertisement & prohibition to unfair trade practices
  • Responsibilities of the Food Business Operator
  • Liability of manufactures, packers, whole-sellers, distributors and sellers
  • Food Recall procedures
  • Licensing and Registration of Food Business
  • General requirements on Hygienic and Sanitary practices by the FBOs ( Good Manufacturing Practice, Good Hygienic practice, Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Point/Personal Hygiene)
  • Water pollution: Portable water: sources and methods of purification,
  • Food and Water
  • Borne Diseases
Chemistry
  • Carbohydrates,
  • Proteins,
  • Lipids – Definition,
  • Classification and Properties, significance
  • Essential and Non-Essential Acids
  • Vitamins: Fat-soluble and water-soluble vitamins, their sources, properties and Significance.
  • Enzymes- definitions, classification properties
  • Chemical components of foods-Micro and Micronutrients and their dietary sources and biochemical rules
  • Nutrition deficiencies and disorders
  • To estimate acid value iodine value saponification value of lipids
  • Food spoilage- microorganisms conditions (Factors & Control)
  • Food poisoning (intoxication)- Bacterial, fungal, algal.
  • Food preservation: Storage, physical and chemical methods
  • Fermentation of food items: Types of cheese, yoghurt, bread, etc.
Computer Skill Test (CST)
  • Windows
  • MS Office
  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • MS Access
  • Usage of Internet Services

Food Safety Courses in India:

There are various courses that are offered in this field. One can pursue these courses to get quick career growth in the respected field. One can appear for the following courses. All these courses are diploma or certificate courses.

  • Certificate IV In Work Health And Safety
  • Certificate IV In Government Occupational Health And Safety
  • Certificate IV In Public Safety (Community Safety)
  • Certificate IV In Public Safety (Emergency Communications Centre)
  • Diploma Of Work Health and Safety etc

Payscale of Food Safety Officer:

Job Role or PositionStarting Pay:Mid Level:Highest Pay:
Health InspectorRs 2.40 Lakhs per annumRs 3.00 Lakhs per annumRs 6.00 Lakhs per annum
Food ScientistRs 4.00 Lakhs per annumRs 7.50 Lakhs per annumRs 20.00 Lakhs per annum
Food TechnologistRs 3.00 Lakhs per annumRs 4.50 Lakhs per annumRs 7.00 Lakhs per annum
 Food and Drug AdministratorRs 3.00 Lakhs per annumRs 4.00 Lakhs per annumRs 5.00 Lakhs per annum

The  Payscale in the Government job depends on many factors like duty position, area of working etc. There are also many more things that one gets in the service and that is after salary. Now let’s see the employment area of the food safety officer in India.

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Employement Area for Food Safety Officer:

The food Safety officers are hired in the different departments of food safety and Health department as per the Government of India. The Food Officers are hired at the Administrative post service area. These departments includes:

  • Agriculture Sector
  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • State Government
  • Central Government etc

The role of the food safety officer can be health Inspector, food Scientist or food technologies etc or may be any other. These are the some famoys posts that one gets. I Hope you got the answer for Career as a food Safety Officer and How to become Food Safety Officer in India etc.

FAQs For Food Safety Officer

One must have done graduation in any of the following streams B.Sc/ B.Tech in food technology, B.Sc/ B.Tech in Dairy technology, B.Sc/ B.Tech in Biotechnology, B.Sc/ B.Tech in Agriculture Science & B.Sc/ B.Tech in Biochemistry etc.

One must be between 21 years old to 40 years old to apply for the FSO State Civil Examination. There is some relaxations in age for reserved categories candidates

One will need to clear two phase of written exam and Interview etc. Written Exam as Preliminary Exam and Mains Exam etc.


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