APPSC Food Safety Officer Syllabus
APPSC Food Safety Officer Syllabus


Title: Detailed APPSC Food Safety Officer Examination Syllabus

Name of OrganisationAndhra Pradesh Public Service Commission
Name of PostsFood Safety Officer
Official Website
Recruitment DetailsAndhra Pradesh Public Service Commission Food Safety Officer
Type of TestObjective Type
Test ModeOnline (Computer Based Test – CBT)

Detailed APPSC Food Safety Officer Examination Exam Pattern

       PAPER – 1General Studies & Mental Ability    150 Marks     150 Questions   150 Minutes
       PAPER – 2Concerned subject    150 Marks     150 Questions   150 Minutes
         Total :    300 Marks

Detailed APPSC Food Safety Officer Examination Syllabus


1. Events of national and international importance.

2. Current affairs- international, national and regional.

3. Basics of General Science and their relevance to the day to day life. Current developments in science, technology and information technology

4. History of Modern India with emphases upon Indian national movement.

5. Economic development in India since independence.

6. Logical reasoning, analytical ability and data interpretation.

7. Basic things about Disaster management (CBSE-VIII & IX Standard).

8. Geography of India with focus on A.P

9. Indian Constitution and Polity.

10. Sustainable Development and Environmental Protection

11. Bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and its Administrative, Economic, Social, Cultural, Political, and legal implications/problems, including

a). Loss of capital city, challenges in building new capital and it’s financial implications.

b). Division and rebuilding of common Institutions.

c). Division of employees, their relocation and nativity issues.

d). Effect of bifurcation on commerce and entrepreneurs.

e). Implications to financial resources of state government.

f). Task of post-bifurcation infrastructure development and opportunities for investments.

g).socioeconomic, cultural and demographic impact of bifurcation.

h).Impact of bifurcation on river water sharing and consequential issues.

i). AP REORGANISATION ACT, 2014 on AP and the arbitrariness of certain provisions.

PAPER-2: (Concerned Subject)

1. Food Chemistry

Carbohydrates -Structure and functional properties of mono, di&oligo-polysaccharides including starch, cellulose, pectic substances and dietary fibre; Proteins – Classification and structure of proteins in food. Lipids-Classification and structure of lipids, Rancidity of fats, Polymerization and polymorphism; Pigments-Carotenoids, chlorophylls, anthocyanins, tannins and myoglobin; Food flavours-Terpenes, esters, ketones and quinones; EnzymesEnzymatic and non-enzymatic browning in different foods.

2. Food Microbiology

Characteristics of microorganisms-Morphology, structure and detection of bacteria, yeast and mold in food, Spores and vegetative cells; Microbial growth in food- Intrinsic and extrinsic factors, Growth and death kinetics, serial dilution method for quantification; Food spoilage- Contributing factors, Spoilage bacteria, Microbial spoilage of milk and milk products, meat and meat products; Food borne disease-Toxins produced by Staphylococcus, Clostridium and Aspergillus; Bacterial pathogens- Salmonella, Bacillus, Listeria, Escherichia coli, Shigella, Campylobacter; Food Hazards of natural origin – sea food toxins, biogenic amines, alkaloids, phenolic compounds, protease inhibitors and phytates.

Types of hazards, biological, chemical, physical hazards factors affecting safety, importance of safe foods. General methods of food preservation and food processing preservation of food spoilage

3. Food Processing technology Food processing- structure, composition, nutritional significance and types of processing methods for various categories of foods: Cereals (Rice-milling, parboiling, Barley- Pearling, malting, brewing, Corn- wet and dry milling, Wheat-milling, pulses (milling, germination, cooking, roasting, frying, canning and fermentation), and oil seeds (extraction and refining) , Fruits & vegetables (canning, drying and dehydration, concentration, freezing, IQF, thawing and plantation crops (primary and secondary processing of Tea, Coffee and Cocoa), Spices (Oleoresin and essential oil extraction), Meat, fish and poultry (ante mortem inspection, slaughtering and dressing, post mortem examination, canning, curing, smoking, freezing, dehydration), milk (receiving, separation, clarification, pasteurization, standardization, homogenization, sterilization, UHT).

Unit operations of food processing – grading, sorting, peeling and size reduction. Product development – Consumer trends and their impact on new product development; stages- to conceive ideas, evaluation of ideas, developing ideas into products, test marketing and commercialization; criteria for selection of raw materials, sensory evaluation, objective evaluation, standardization.

Types & functions of packaging materials used in foods. Packaging material as a threat, impact on health and controlling measures. Surveys – types, sampling procedures for conducting surveys and for quality control.

4. Food Laws and Organizations

Laws and Regulations – Brief review of regulatory status in India before the advent of FSSAI: FPO, MMPO, MFPO, Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, Paradigm shift from PFA to FSSAI;

Overview of Food Safety Standards Act 2006, Food Safety Standards Rules & Regulations, 2011 (Licensing and registration of food businesses, Food product standards & Additives, Packaging & labelling, Contaminants, toxins and residues, Laboratory and sample analysis, Prohibition and restriction on sales), Organizational hierarchy, Powers and duties of Food business Operator, Food Safety Officer, Designated Officer, Food Analyst; Food recall and Traceability, Other Acts: Essential commodities Act, Legal Metrology Act, AGMARK Codex Alimentarius – development and issue of standards, Committees under Codex, role in maintaining harmony in food standards.

National Organizations – Bureau of Indian Standards, ICMR, ICAR, NABL, Council for social welfare, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare – delivery Health Services in India. Export and Quality Control through Export Inspection Council (EIC), APEDA and MPEDA. International Organizations FAO (Food & Agriculture Organization), WHO (World Health Organization), ISO, WTO, APLAC, ILAC.

5. Hygiene & Sanitation

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), Good Hygienic Practices (GHP), Good laboratory Practices (GLP).

6. Public & Occupational health and Nutrition

Public Health: Definition of Public Health and Associated Terms, Current Concerns in Public Health : Global and Local, Core functions and scope of public health, History of public health and evolution of Public Health, Concept of health and disease, Natural history of disease, Levels of prevention, Concept of health and disease, Natural history of disease, Determinants of health, Infectious Disease and Germ Theory, Introduction to public health ethics, Globalization and Health, Governance in Health, International Health Regulations, Indian Health Systems.

Occupational Health- health of workers in industries safety measures, occupational diseases. Nutrition- Assessment of nutritional status, Balanced diet, food sources of nutrients, essential vitamins, amino acids and fatty acids, their deficiency diseases and toxicity, PER, Recommended dietary allowances for various nutrients, Antinutrients, clinical and diet surveys. Programmes on Nutrition in India (mid-day meals at schools, anganwadi systems, ICDS, NIDDCP, NNAPP, WIFS, National Food Security Mission, SABLA, FSSAI initiatives on food fortification, FFRC)

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