(Food Safety Officer) RPSC FSO 2024 Syllabus Download

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Are you a student of Agriculture subject and preparing for Food Safety Officer, then this post is for you.
The Food Safety Officer (FSO) exam conducted by the Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC) is one of the most popular competitive exams in Rajasthan. The FSO exam aims to select candidates who can ensure the safety and hygiene of food so that public health is not compromised.
This Post covers the complete RPSC FSO 2024 syllabus, exam pattern, preparation tips and FREE PDF download of the detailed syllabus.

Food Safety Officer 2024 Exam Pattern

The FSO exam syllabus for 2024 is divided into two parts:

Part A – Rajasthan General Knowledge (40 marks)– This section tests your knowledge of Rajasthan’s history, culture, geography, economy and current affairs. Preparing for this section will require a thorough understanding of the state.

Part B – Technical Subjects (110 marks)– This section covers subjects such as: Agronomy, Plant Breeding, Horticulture, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Microbiology, Food Technology, Livestock.

  • The FSO exam consists of 150 multiple choice questions of 1 mark each to be answered in 150 minutes.
  • 1/3 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer.
  • The questions are objective.
  • Part A comprises 40 questions on Rajasthan General Knowledge.
  • Part B comprises 110 questions on technical subjects.

Food Safety Officer 2024 Syllabus

General Knowledge of Rajasthan

History, Culture & Heritage of Rajasthan

  • Pre & Early history of Rajasthan, Age of Rajput: Major dynasties of Rajasthan and the achievements of prominent rulers.
  • Emergence of Modern Rajasthan: factors of Socio-Political awakening of 19th century: Peasants and tribal movements of 20th century; Political struggle of 20 century and the integration of Rajasthan.
  • Visual Art of Rajasthan – Architecture of forts and temples of Rajasthan; Sculpture traditions of Rajasthan and various schools of painting of Rajasthan.
  • Performing Art of Rajasthan – Folk music and musical instruments of Rajasthan; folk dance and folk drama of Rajasthan.
  • Various religious cults, saints, and folk deities of Rajasthan.
  • Various dialects and their distribution in Rajasthan; literature of Rajasthani language.

Geography, Natural Resource & Socio-Economic Development of Rajasthan

  • Broad physical features- Mountains, Plateaus, Plains & Desert;
  • Major rivers and lakes;
  • Climate and Agro-climatic regions;
  • Major soil types and distribution;
  • Major forest types and distribution; Demographic characteristics;
  • Desertification, Droughts & Floods, Deforestation, Environmental Pollution and Ecological Concerns.
  • Economy of Rajasthan Major Minerals-Metallic & Non-Metallic;
  •  Power Resources Renewable and Non-Renewable;
  • Major agro based industries-Textile, Sugar, Paper & Vegetable oil;
  • Poverty and Unemployment;
  • Agro-food parks.
Current Events and Issues of Rajasthan and India
  • Important Persons, Places, and Current events of the State.
  • National and International events of importance.
  • National and International Organisations– (BIS, ICMR, ICAR, Council for Social Welfare, APEDA, Export Inspection Council, FAO, WHO ISO, WTO).
  • New Schemes & Initiatives taken recently for welfare & development in Rajasthan.

Concerned Subject

  • Chemical bonds and forces, concept of ph and buffer, thermo chemistry, chemical equilibrium, chemical kinetics.
  • Aliphatic and Aromatic hydrocarbons- concept of aromaticity, methods of preparation and chemical properties of alcohols, phenols, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, nitro compounds and amines.
  • Different methods of purification, qualitative and quantitative analysis.
  • Solutions- concentration terms.
  • Liquid properties, surface tension, viscosity and its applications. Surface chemistry-adsorption.
  • Homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, colloids and suspension.


  • Types of micro organism associated with food, their morphology and structure, factors affecting their growth, microbiological standards, sources of micro organism in food.
  • Some important food spoilage micro organisms, fermentation– definition and types, micro organisms used in food fermentation, dairy fermentation, fermented foods- types, methods of manufacture for vinegar, sauerkraut, soya sauce, beer, wine and traditional Indian foods.
  • Biomolecules – carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids, their classification, structure, biosynthesis, metabolism, and calorific value.
  • Enzymes– classification, kinetics, factors controlling enzyme activities, enzymes used during food processing, modification of food by endogenous enzymes, Vitamins, and their types.
  • Minerals– important minerals and their functions in human body.
  • Plant alkaloids and their uses.
  • Animal and plant toxins.
  • Toxic substances and their metabolism- pesticides, metals, food additives, etc.
  • Classification- five kingdom system up to phylum, plants, and animal products used as food by human. Culture of animals used as food.
  • Eukaryotic and Prokaryotic cells.
  • Types of cells, animal tissues, and organs.
  • Human physiology Nutrition and Digestion.
  • Respiration– respiratory pigment, transport and gaseous exchange.
  • Excretion- structure of kidney and urine formation,
  • Circulatory system– Heart, Blood vascular system, blood and its components.
  • Nervous system– conduction of impulses. Muscular system- types of muscles and muscle contraction. Reproductive system.
  • Endocrine system– hormones and their role.
  • Immune system– types of immunity, antigen-antibody reaction, Diseases- deficiency diseases, communicable diseases and diseases caused by animals (protozoans, helminths, arthropods).
Genetic and Statistical Analysis
  • Genetically modified plants and animals.
  • Plant and animal tissue culture and its application,
  • Importance of GM crops and their products,
  • Environmental biotechnology- pollutants, Biomagnification, and microbial bioremediation.
  • Statistical analysis– mean, median, mode, standard deviation, regression and correlation, T-test, variance, chi-square test.
Agronomy and Horticulture
  • Salient features of agriculture with special reference to Rajasthan.
  • Soil Fertility and Management of Problematic Soils in Rajasthan.
  • Introduction to Dry land Farming and Agro-forestry.
  • Introductory knowledge about Production Techniques of important field crops (Wheat, Mustard, Groundnut, Pulses, Bajra, Maize).
  • Horticultural crops (Citrus, Mango, Guava, Ber. Onion, Tomato, Cucurbits, Chilli, Rose etc.)
  • Spices and Medicinal crops (Cumin, Fenugreek, Fennel, Coriander, Isabgol, Aloe vera, etc.)
  • Important diseases and Pests of major Crops and their Management.
  • Importance of agriculture marketing.
  • General awareness about Seed science and Crop Physiology.
  • Importance of Livestock in Economy of Rajasthan.
  • Fundamentals of Livestock and Poultry Production.
  • Artificial insemination and Pregnant animal management.
  • Laboratory diagnostics, Important diseases of livestock and their management.
  • Present status of Milk and Milk products.
  • Milk production and quality of milk.
  • Milk processing and packaging.
  • Dairy equipment and utilities.
  • Introduction to livestock products.
Food Technology
  • Present status of Food Technology in India and Rajasthan.
  • General methods of food preservation and food processing.
  • Importance of Post-harvest technology of fruits and vegetables.
  • Technology for processed products like Squash, Jelly, Sauce, Pickles, etc.
  • Post-harvest Physiology and handling of fruits and vegetables.
  • Types and functions of Packaging materials used in fresh and processed food.
  • Food laws brief review of regulatory status in India (FPO, Prevention of Food adulteration Act, Food Safety and Standard Act, Testing Food for its Safety, AGMARK), Hygiene and Sanitation (HACCP, Good Manufacturing Practices, Good Laboratory Practices, etc.)

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • <strong>From where can I download FSO exam syllabus PDF?</strong>

    The official FSO exam syllabus PDF can be downloaded from the link given in the article.

  • <strong>What is the time duration of RPSC FSO exam?</strong>

    The total exam duration is 150 minutes.

  • <strong>Is there negative marking in FSO exam?</strong>

    Yes, 1/3 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer.

  • <strong>What is the FSO exam syllabus for Rajasthan GK?</strong><br>

    Rajasthan GK syllabus covers history, art, culture, geography, economy, and current affairs of Rajasthan.

  • <strong>What are the main technical subjects in FSO exam?</strong><br>

    The main technical subjects are Agronomy, Plant Breeding, Horticulture, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Microbiology, Food Technology and Animal Husbandry & Dairy.

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