GPSC Scientific Officer (Chemistry), (FSL), Class-II, Syllabus, Advt No. 123/2018-19) Scientific Officer Part 1 and Part 2 Exam Pattern & Syllabus Notification. Preliminary Test and Mains Exam Syllabus.
Gujarat Public Service Commission (GPSC) has published the syllabus for the written exam to be conducted for the Post of Scientific Officer.
- Designation: Scientific Officer
- Advt. No: (123/2018-19)
Part 1 Syllabus (Total Marks- 100):
- Geography of Gujarat-Physical, Economic, Social, Natural Resources and population-related topics
- The cultural heritage of Gujarat -Literature, Art, Religion, and Architecture
- History of India with special reference to Gujarat
- Indian Economy and Planning
- Indian Polity and the Constitution of India:
- Fundamental Rights and Fundamental Duties
- Directive Principles of State Policy
- Composition of Parliament
- Powers of the President of India
- Powers of Governors
- Election Commission of India
- Provisions for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and backward classes of the
- Attorney General
- Comptroller and Editor General (CAG)
- Panchayati Raj Institutions
- Finance Commission
- Constitutional and Statutory Bodies: Election Commission of India, Union Public Service Commission, State Public Service Commission, Comptroller and Auditor General; Central Vigilance Commission, Lokpal, and Lokayukta, Central Information Commission
- General Mental Ability
- General Science, Environment and Information & Communication Technology
- Daily events of Regional, National and International Importance including Sports
Part 2 Syllabus (English, Total Marks- 200):
- Fundamentals of Forensic Chemistry
- Introduction to forensic chemistry, Types of cases/exhibits received for
analysis, Overview of forensic chemical analysis.
- Narcotic drugs & psychotropic substances
- Introduction to Controlled Substances, Classification of controlled
substances, Precursor chemicals, Narcotic raids, and clandestine drug
laboratories evidence and forensic examination. Mandatory provisions
of NDPS Act, 1985. NDPS Drugs, Classification of Drugs. Commonly
abused drugs, Drug dependence, and Drug Tolerance. Designer Drugs,
Analysis of Drug of abuse by various chemical and instrumental
- Explosives Chemistry
- Introduction, assessment, classification and chemistry of explosives.
Various types of IEDs and their reconstruction. Mechanism of explosion
and their effects. Oxygen balance, Explosive Power, Index, Heat and
The temperature of the Explosion, Pressure of explosion, Mechanism of Ignition
and hot spot formation. Thermal decomposition, physical and chemical
aspects of combustion, Deflagration, and Detonation, Kinetics of
Explosive Reactions, Analysis of low and high explosives by different
instrumental techniques, Quality control, Proficiency Testing,
Interpretation and Significance of Results.
- Processing of explosion scene of the crime – Role of Forensic scientist in
Post-blast investigation-Documentation of bomb scene and Collection of
post blast residues-Evaluation and assessment of explosion site and
reconstruction of the sequence of events-Famous case studies in an explosion
and court testimony. Clandestine explosive manufacturing. Analysis of
Post-blast residues by chemical methods, microscopic method and
various instrumental techniques including chromatographic,
spectroscopic and electrophoresis methods.
- Forensic nuclear chemistry
- Introduction to nuclear forensics, nuclear threats, Nuclear explosive
devices, Radioactivity, Radioactive decay rates and Half-lives, Methods
of detection and measurement of radio actives (G.M and Scintillation
Counter). Applications of Radioisotopes.
Activation analysis: Neutron activation analysis, principle, technique,
applications and steps involved in neutron activation analysis.
Isotope dilution analysis: Principle, types of isotope dilution analysis,
typical applications of isotope dilution analysis.
- Chemical Warfare Agents
- Classification, physical and biochemical properties, toxic effects
detection by Biosensors and various instrumental Techniques.
- Forensic Drug Chemistry
- Introduction to Drugs, Controlled Substance Act, Forensic examination
of drugs/Narcotics (Cannabis), Phenethylamines (Amphetamine,
Methamphetamine), Hydroxyl derivative (Ephedrine) Ketone Derivative
(Cathinone), Methoxy Derivative (Mescaline) Tertiary Amines (Cocaine
and Opiates) Tryptamines (Psilocin and Psilocybin) Anabolic Steroids,
Miscellaneous Controlled Substances (Barbiturates, Benzodiazepines,
GHB, Ketamine and LSD). Sample Preparation, Extraction Techniques- Chemical-color test, Microcrystal techniques and other instrumental
techniques involved in the analysis.
- Petroleum Chemistry
- Paraffins, Iso-olefins, Olefin Hydrocarbons, Naphthenes,
Cycloparaffins or Aromatic Hydrocarbons, Sulphur Compounds,
Nitrogen Compounds, Oxygen Compounds, Organo-Metallic
Hydrocarbons; H/C Ratio of Hydrocarbons;
Physical Properties of Petroleum Products: Density, Viscosity, Surface
Tension, Color, Fluorescence, Cloud Point, Pour Point, Aniline Point,
smoke point, boiling point, Optical Properties, Flash Point, Refractive
Index and Calorific Value, Determination of Cetane and Octane number,
Analytical Techniques: Quantitative and Qualitative Steps in Analysis
- Fire Chemistry
- Fire and energy, basic chemistry, chemistry and behavior of fire. State of
matter and behavior of gases, liquids and solids, stereochemistry and
- Analysis of ignitable residues and evaluation of ignition sources
- Introduction, Evolution of separation and analytical techniques and
standard methods. Isolation of the residue, Analysis of ILR (ignitable
liquid residue). Criteria for identification 1) Identification of gasoline 2)
distillates and other classifiable products. Evaluation of ignition sources:
Introduction 1) Joint examination of physical evidence appliances and
electrical components 2) Testing of ignition scenario, spontaneous
ignition tests, Conclusion.
- Food Chemistry
Analysis of Lipids and fats: Physical examination of lipids, Chemical
examination of lipids (Acid value, Saponification value, Ester value,
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Acetyl value, Iodine value), Test for hydrogenated oils and fats,
Detection and Determination of rancidity, Analysis of butter and butter
fats, Analysis of adulterated and non-adulterated oils. Analysis of dairy
products: Milk and its products
- Basic Biochemistry
Amino acids – structure and functional group properties. Proteins and
peptides – Composition of proteins – Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary
structure of the protein. Definition, biological importance, classification and
chemistry of Carbohydrates and Lipids
- .Forensic Toxicological Examination.
Law relating to poisons. Introduction to Poisons, the form of poisons,
classification, and methods of administration of poison. Mode of action
of poison, Diagnosis, and management of poisoning cases. Factors
affecting the effect of poison and medico-legal aspects in poisoning
cases. Collection and preservation of biological evidence (viscera and
/or body fluids) and circumstantial evidence in fatal and survival cases.
Submission of samples to the laboratory, postmortem examination,
specific analysis plan/approach to toxicological examinations of
poisoning samples. Isolation and Extraction of poison/ drug by various
classical and modern methods using instrumental techniques.
- Basic Principles of Pharmacology and Forensic pharmacology
Pharmacopoeias IP, USP, EP. Drug & Drug Receptor mechanisms.
Pharmacodynamics. Factor affecting the effects of Drug. Post mortem
redistribution. Forensic pharmacological studies, absorption,
distribution, pharmacokinetics and metabolism, pathways of drug
metabolism, drug toxicity, excretion of drugs and poisons. Detection of
poison on the basis of their metabolic studies.
Introduction, history, and development in nanotechnology. Physical
synthesis of nanoparticles. Properties and characteristic of nanomaterials.
Tool for the characterization of nanomaterial: Optical microscopy,
Electron microscopy (TEM and SEM), scanning probe microscopy,
atomic force microscopy, fluorescence microscopy. DNA based
nanostructure, DNA-protein nanostructure. Carbon nanotubes, nanorods
, and fullerenes. Application of nanoparticles as molecular imaging probes
(Quantum dots). Application of nanoparticles as therapeutic drug
carriers, gene delivery and diagnostics. Application of nanomaterials in
forensic and life science. Nanoparticles as a tool for cleaning
Forensic Science and Criminology
- Energetics and Kinetics
- Aromatics, Carbonyls and Alkenes Spectroscopy
- Forensic Genetics and Molecular Biology
- Lasers, Photochemistry, and Spectroscopy
- Organometallic Chemistry
- Chemicals used in Forensic Science, Nanotechnology products
- Regulatory affairs and IPR
Basic principles of quality control (QC) and quality assurance (QA).
Guidelines for QA and QC: raw materials, products and validation.
Introduction to pharmacopoeia. Intellectual Property Rights. Importance
of protecting scientific discoveries. IPR policy of Government of India.
Patent: Qualification (novel, commercial and non-obvious), jurisdiction
of patent laws, Indian and international patent laws, filing procedures.
- Current Trends and Recent Advancements in Forensic Chemistry
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