CHEMISTRY - FORENSIC SCIENCE SCIENTIFIC OFFICER EXAM SYLLABUS

SYLLABUS FOR THE POST OF SCIENTIFIC OFFICER - CHEMICAL SECTION IN
FORENSIC SCIENCE LABORATORIES (POLICE DEPARTMENT)
KARNATAKA STATE
1. Introduction, definition, principles, scope and branches of Forensic Science.
2. Crime Scene Investigation: Definition of crime scene, Classification of crime scenes indoor
& outdoor, primary & secondary, macroscopic & microscopic crime scenes, Significance of
crime scene and ethics of crime scene investigation.
3. Physical Evidence: Definition, Classification, Sources, Significance and value of physical
evidence. Linkage between crime scene, victim and criminal. Study of crime scenes relating
to Gas explosions, Fire and arson, homicide, suicide, murder, mass disaster (Bomb blasts,
Vehicle and Train accidents, Air-crash, Industrial accidents etc).
4. Chemical periodicity, main group of elements and their compounds, concept of acids and

bases, hard soft acid base concept, non aqueous solvents, organometallic compoundssynthesis,
bonding & structure and reactivity, characterization of inorganic compounds.
5. Qualitative analysis: Sample preparation, dissolution, digestion and fusion, Nature of trace
analysis, spot tests and spectroscopic methods. Screening tests commonly engaged in
chemical analysis of drugs samples.
6. Quantitative analysis: Volumetric and Gravimetric analysis.
7. Solvent extraction: Advantage and application, Derivation of the relation between the
percentage extraction and number of extraction, relation between distribution ratio and
distribution coefficient, quantitative treatment of neutral chelate in extraction systems, pH
extraction curve, masking agent, salting out technique, single extraction verses multiple
extractions, solid phase extraction, accelerated solvent extraction, ultrasonic extraction, heat
reflux extraction.

8. Chromatography: Introduction, principle, procedure and applications of
– Paper chromatography, Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC), High Performance Thin Layer
Chromatography (HPTLC), Adsorption chromatography, Column chromatography, Gas
Liquid Chromatography (GLC), Ion-exchange Chromatography, Reverse phase
chromatography, High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), Liquid chromatographyMass
spectrometry (LC-MS), Gas chromatography-Mass spectrometry (GC-MS).
9. Spectrophotometry - Basic principles, Beer-Lambert’s Law. Principle and biochemical
applications of UV-Vis spectrophotometry, atomic absorption spectroscopy. Theory and
applications of IR, Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Nuclear Magnetic
Resonance spectroscopy (NMR) in the study of macromolecular structures, Raman
spectroscopy, Mass spectroscopy.

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BIOLOGY SCIENTIFIC OFFICER EXA0M SYLLABUS- POLICE DEPARTMENT

SYLLABUS FOR THE POST OF SCIENTIFIC OFFICER (BIOLOGY) IN FORENSIC SCIENCE LABORATORY
AND ITS UNITS- POLICE DEPARTMENT
1. Definition and scope of Forensic Science – History and Development of Forensic Science,
Organization of the Forensic Science laboratory. Central and state forensic science
laboratories India, Directorate of forensic sciences. Functions of a Forensic Scientist.
2. Physical Evidence : Their significance, class and individual characteristics, identification and
individualization of physical evidence, Locards’s exchange principle, Mobile forensic science
laboratory and its deployment in scenes of crimes.
3. The scene of Crime: Crime scene search for physical evidence, photography, sketching,
collection, preservation, packing and transportation of evidence, maintaining the chain of
custody.
4. Evaluation of blood and blood stain: Visual examination, Ultra Violet, Infrared examination,
Microscopy, Spectroscopy, Spectrophotometry, Chromatography, Colour and crystal tests,
Luminol tests.

5. Composition and biochemical functions of body fluids: i.e. blood, semen, saliva, urine sweat,
biochemical nature and forensic significance.
6. Semen:- Nature, location, identification of semen, seminal stains and spermatozoa. Visual
observation test, Physical test, Ultra Violet test, Microscopic test, Chemical tests and
enzymatic tests.
7. Saliva and other body fluids:- Forensic importance of saliva and other body fluids such as
Urine, faecal matter, sweat, vomit stains and vaginal secretions and their identification by
chemical tests.
8. Morphology and composition of hair and fibers. Methods used in their elucidation –
applications to forensic science.

9. Characterization, properties and structure of nucleic acids to forensic DNA applications.
10. Forensic serology: Types and properties of antigens and antibodies, principles.
Determination of species origin of blood and blood stains, Blood grouping techniques in
fresh and dried blood stains. Blood grouping types and their importance in Forensic analysis.
Estimation of age of blood stains. Secretors and non-secretors status.
11. Immunoassay methods : Immunoprecipitation, Immunodiffusion Immunoelectrophoresis,
Immunofluoresces, Radioimmunoassay(RIA) and ELISA.
12. Forensic DNA Examination: Basic principles of genetics. Importance of DNA in Forensic
analysis. Forensic DNA profiling techniques including DNA automated analysis systems.
13. Diatom examination: Importance of Diatom examination in forensic samples, Methods of
examination and significance in drowning cases.

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SCIENTIFIC OFFICER AUDIO-VIDEO FORENSICS -FORENSIC SCIENCE EXAM SYLLABUS

SYLLABUS FOR THE POST OF SCIENTIFIC OFFICERAUDIO-VIDEO FORENSICS SECTION
FORENSIC SCIENCE LABORATORY-POLICE DEPARTMENT
1 Digital Forensic and Cyber Crime
Understanding Cyber Crime: Indian IT Act 2008 and amendments, categories of
cyber crimes ie., unauthorized access and hacking, virus, worms & Trojan attacks,
E-mail related crimes, Internet relay, chat relating crimes, sale of illegal articles,
online gambling, phishing, Intellectual property crimes, web defacement, DOS attack,
cyber stalking etc.,
2 Working with Windows and DOS Systems
Understanding File Systems, Exploring Microsoft File Structures, Examining NTFS
Disks, Understanding Whole Disk Encryption, Understanding the Windows Registry,
Understanding Microsoft Startup Tasks, Understanding MS-DOS Startup Tasks, and
Understanding Virtual Machines. Macintosh and Linux Boot Processes and File
Systems: Understanding the Macintosh File Structure and Boot Process, Examining
UNIX and Linux Disk Structures and Boot Processes, Understanding Other Disk
Structures. Free space Management Bit-Vector Linked List Grouping Counting
Efficiency & Performance Recovery Physical Damage Physical Damage Recovery Logical
Damage Logical, Damage Recovery.
3 Current Computer Forensics Tools:

Evaluating Computer Forensic Tool Needs, Computer Forensics Software Tools,
Computer Forensics Hardware Tools, Validating and Testing Forensics Software.
Data Acquisition: Understanding Storage Formats for Digital Evidence, Determining
the best Acquisition Method, Validating Data Acquisitions, Determining What Data to
Collect and Analyze, Validating Forensic Data, Addressing Data-Hiding Techniques,
Performing Remote Acquisitions. Performing RAID Data Acquisitions, Using Remote
Network Acquisition Tools, and Using Other Forensic Acquisition Tools. Recovering
Graphics Files: Recognizing a Graphics File, Understanding Data Compression,
Locating and Recovering Graphics Files, Identifying Unknown File Formats,
Understanding Copyright Issues with Graphics.
4. Audio /video forensics:
Spectrography – Conversion of different voice file formats in to forensic voice module
formats. Various types of spectrograms, spectrographic cues for vowels and
consonants. Speech analysis in forensic sciences. Speech synthesis by analysis,
Speech recognition and speaker identification. Fundamentals of Digital Signal
processing and communication system. Analogue and digital systems, Analogue
signal and digital signals, Analogue to digital and digital to analogue converters, need
and advantages of digital systems and digital signal processing. Forensic extraction
of video files from DVR and other storage media. Forensic examination of DVR
containing video footages, its frame analysis. Forensic examination and
authentication of meta data present in video/audio files. Enhancement of video/
Photo and its comparison/authentication.
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5. Computer hardware/Software :
Hardware: Basic PC Components, Monitors, Keyboard, Storage devices :Hard Disk ;
Storage related simple problems, CD, Mother-board, Printers its classification etc,
OCR, OMR, BAR Code etc. Memory Hierarchies : Basics of Semiconductor Memories,
ROM Cells & Circuits, Address Decoding, Access Time, Examples of Integrated
Circuit ROMs, PROMs, EPROMs, EEPROM, Static Read/Write (RAM) Memory.CPU
;ALU, Components of CPU ; Register, Accumulator, IR, etc. Software Systemapplication
Software and their Examples in real life. Operating System and their
usage. Multitasking –Multiprogramming- Multiprocessing Operating System.
6. NON LINEAR DATA STRUCTURES AND HASH TABLES

Introduction- Definition and Basic terminologies of trees and binary trees. Hash
Tables: Introduction- Hash Tables- Hash Functions and its applications. HASH
FUNCTIONS AND DIGITAL SIGNATURES-Authentication functions-Message
authentication codes-Hash functions-Hash Algorithms (MD5, Secure Hash
Algorithm)-Digital signatures (Authentication protocols, Digital signature Standard).
7. Mobile phone forensics:
mobile phone data acquisition through logical, physical and file system techniques,
forensic procedures, device data, external memory dump, evidences from memory
card, Android forensics: Procedures for handling an android device, imaging android
USB mass storage devices. Decrypting of encrypted files, analysis of .db files.
Recovering of files, Voice.
8. Escalating privilegesHiding
Files- Steganography technologies- Countermeasures. Ethical Hacking
terminology
9. Foot printing & Social engineering
Information gathering methodologies- Competitive Intelligence- DNS EnumerationsSocial
Engineering attacks. Analysis of Deep web/ dark web and silk road analysis.

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FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY SCIENTIFIC OFFICER EXAM SYLLABUS

 SYLLABUS FOR THE POST OF SCIENTIFIC OFFICER
 FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY SECTION
 FORENSIC SCIENCE LABORATORY-POLICE DEPARTMENT
Unit I: Introduction to Psychology: Definition, Goals and scope of Psychology:
definition of Forensic psychology, Use of forensic psychological findings as basis for
further investigation, Assessing mental competency, mental disorder and forensic
psychology. Eyewitness testimony, criminal profiling, types. Clinical interventions –
Biological, Psychodynamic, Behaviorist, Cross Cultural, Humanistic, Evolutionary,
Cognitive Perspectives. Clinical assessment- Diagnosis and classification.
Unit II:, Psychosis, Neurosis, Disorders of personality and Behavior, organic mental
disorders, Mental retardation. Criminal Behavior, definition of criminal behavior, history
of crime, organized crime, crime against individual and society, psychosocial changes,
Social processing theory of origin of crime, social norms of criminal behavior, criminal
thoughts, intentions, and behavior, Interviewing the suspects to elicit domains of crime,
personality, emotional controls, Behavioral, cognitive controls , mental health and
neuropsychological status, Testing and certifying psychological issues recovery and
relapse in the offenders.

Unit III : Psychological Assessment- Behavioral assessment, Assessment of personality,
need of psychological tests, Personal History, Mental Status Examination, testing of
violent and sex offenders. Psychological Assessment- Tools, Purpose of Psychological
Assessment, nature and technique of case study, clinical interview, observation.
Assessment of false memory, confabulation, contaminations of eye witness evidence.
Conflict and use of defense mechanisms. Ethical and civil right issues of forensic
psychology assessment
Unit IV: Investigative Methods - Forensic psychologist as an investigator to help in
formulate the case (offensive actions). Principles of Lie detection tests – emotional
effects on autonomic nervous system functions, Neuro imaging (fMRI) techniques
using demarcation of cortical resource- demarcation during expression of lie,. Other
methods of detection effects of lie in speech, gestures, etc. Historical aspects of
BrainMapping, Neuro psychological aspects, operational aspects, analysis, methodology
and interpretation skills, Hypnosis, Requirements of Hypnosis, Narco analysis, General
Procedure.
Unit V: Mental illness and criminal behavior, psychopath, antisocial personality,
impulsiveness, Juvenile Delinquency, need for social protection, Drug Addiction and
Alcohol Dependence, Various types of mental disorders. NDPS Act, Rehabilitation of
addicts, Psychosocial factors of Child Sex Abuse, prevalence and social responsibilities ,

Psychosocial factors domestic violence, crime against women, Psychosocial factors
precipitating economic depravations, Crime monitoring, community rehabilitation of
individuals responsible for crime.

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FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY SCIENTIFIC OFFICER EXAM SYLLABUS

 SYLLABUS FOR THE POST OF SCIENTIFIC OFFICER
 FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY SECTION
 FORENSIC SCIENCE LABORATORY-POLICE DEPARTMENT
Unit I: Introduction to Psychology: Definition, Goals and scope of Psychology:
definition of Forensic psychology, Use of forensic psychological findings as basis for
further investigation, Assessing mental competency, mental disorder and forensic
psychology. Eyewitness testimony, criminal profiling, types. Clinical interventions –
Biological, Psychodynamic, Behaviorist, Cross Cultural, Humanistic, Evolutionary,
Cognitive Perspectives. Clinical assessment- Diagnosis and classification.
Unit II:, Psychosis, Neurosis, Disorders of personality and Behavior, organic mental
disorders, Mental retardation. Criminal Behavior, definition of criminal behavior, history
of crime, organized crime, crime against individual and society, psychosocial changes,
Social processing theory of origin of crime, social norms of criminal behavior, criminal
thoughts, intentions, and behavior, Interviewing the suspects to elicit domains of crime,
personality, emotional controls, Behavioral, cognitive controls , mental health and
neuropsychological status, Testing and certifying psychological issues recovery and
relapse in the offenders.

Unit III : Psychological Assessment- Behavioral assessment, Assessment of personality,
need of psychological tests, Personal History, Mental Status Examination, testing of
violent and sex offenders. Psychological Assessment- Tools, Purpose of Psychological
Assessment, nature and technique of case study, clinical interview, observation.
Assessment of false memory, confabulation, contaminations of eye witness evidence.
Conflict and use of defense mechanisms. Ethical and civil right issues of forensic
psychology assessment
Unit IV: Investigative Methods - Forensic psychologist as an investigator to help in
formulate the case (offensive actions). Principles of Lie detection tests – emotional
effects on autonomic nervous system functions, Neuro imaging (fMRI) techniques
using demarcation of cortical resource- demarcation during expression of lie,. Other
methods of detection effects of lie in speech, gestures, etc. Historical aspects of
BrainMapping, Neuro psychological aspects, operational aspects, analysis, methodology
and interpretation skills, Hypnosis, Requirements of Hypnosis, Narco analysis, General
Procedure.
Unit V: Mental illness and criminal behavior, psychopath, antisocial personality,
impulsiveness, Juvenile Delinquency, need for social protection, Drug Addiction and
Alcohol Dependence, Various types of mental disorders. NDPS Act, Rehabilitation of
addicts, Psychosocial factors of Child Sex Abuse, prevalence and social responsibilities ,

Psychosocial factors domestic violence, crime against women, Psychosocial factors
precipitating economic depravations, Crime monitoring, community rehabilitation of
individuals responsible for crime.

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FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY SCIENTIFIC OFFICER EXAM SYLLABUS

 SYLLABUS FOR THE POST OF SCIENTIFIC OFFICER
 FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY SECTION
 FORENSIC SCIENCE LABORATORY-POLICE DEPARTMENT
Unit I: Introduction to Psychology: Definition, Goals and scope of Psychology:
definition of Forensic psychology, Use of forensic psychological findings as basis for
further investigation, Assessing mental competency, mental disorder and forensic
psychology. Eyewitness testimony, criminal profiling, types. Clinical interventions –
Biological, Psychodynamic, Behaviorist, Cross Cultural, Humanistic, Evolutionary,
Cognitive Perspectives. Clinical assessment- Diagnosis and classification.
Unit II:, Psychosis, Neurosis, Disorders of personality and Behavior, organic mental
disorders, Mental retardation. Criminal Behavior, definition of criminal behavior, history
of crime, organized crime, crime against individual and society, psychosocial changes,
Social processing theory of origin of crime, social norms of criminal behavior, criminal
thoughts, intentions, and behavior, Interviewing the suspects to elicit domains of crime,
personality, emotional controls, Behavioral, cognitive controls , mental health and
neuropsychological status, Testing and certifying psychological issues recovery and
relapse in the offenders.

Unit III : Psychological Assessment- Behavioral assessment, Assessment of personality,
need of psychological tests, Personal History, Mental Status Examination, testing of
violent and sex offenders. Psychological Assessment- Tools, Purpose of Psychological
Assessment, nature and technique of case study, clinical interview, observation.
Assessment of false memory, confabulation, contaminations of eye witness evidence.
Conflict and use of defense mechanisms. Ethical and civil right issues of forensic
psychology assessment
Unit IV: Investigative Methods - Forensic psychologist as an investigator to help in
formulate the case (offensive actions). Principles of Lie detection tests – emotional
effects on autonomic nervous system functions, Neuro imaging (fMRI) techniques
using demarcation of cortical resource- demarcation during expression of lie,. Other
methods of detection effects of lie in speech, gestures, etc. Historical aspects of
BrainMapping, Neuro psychological aspects, operational aspects, analysis, methodology
and interpretation skills, Hypnosis, Requirements of Hypnosis, Narco analysis, General
Procedure.
Unit V: Mental illness and criminal behavior, psychopath, antisocial personality,
impulsiveness, Juvenile Delinquency, need for social protection, Drug Addiction and
Alcohol Dependence, Various types of mental disorders. NDPS Act, Rehabilitation of
addicts, Psychosocial factors of Child Sex Abuse, prevalence and social responsibilities ,

Psychosocial factors domestic violence, crime against women, Psychosocial factors
precipitating economic depravations, Crime monitoring, community rehabilitation of
individuals responsible for crime.

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FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY SCIENTIFIC OFFICER EXAM SYLLABUS

 SYLLABUS FOR THE POST OF SCIENTIFIC OFFICER
 FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY SECTION
 FORENSIC SCIENCE LABORATORY-POLICE DEPARTMENT
Unit I: Introduction to Psychology: Definition, Goals and scope of Psychology:
definition of Forensic psychology, Use of forensic psychological findings as basis for
further investigation, Assessing mental competency, mental disorder and forensic
psychology. Eyewitness testimony, criminal profiling, types. Clinical interventions –
Biological, Psychodynamic, Behaviorist, Cross Cultural, Humanistic, Evolutionary,
Cognitive Perspectives. Clinical assessment- Diagnosis and classification.
Unit II:, Psychosis, Neurosis, Disorders of personality and Behavior, organic mental
disorders, Mental retardation. Criminal Behavior, definition of criminal behavior, history
of crime, organized crime, crime against individual and society, psychosocial changes,
Social processing theory of origin of crime, social norms of criminal behavior, criminal
thoughts, intentions, and behavior, Interviewing the suspects to elicit domains of crime,
personality, emotional controls, Behavioral, cognitive controls , mental health and
neuropsychological status, Testing and certifying psychological issues recovery and
relapse in the offenders.

Unit III : Psychological Assessment- Behavioral assessment, Assessment of personality,
need of psychological tests, Personal History, Mental Status Examination, testing of
violent and sex offenders. Psychological Assessment- Tools, Purpose of Psychological
Assessment, nature and technique of case study, clinical interview, observation.
Assessment of false memory, confabulation, contaminations of eye witness evidence.
Conflict and use of defense mechanisms. Ethical and civil right issues of forensic
psychology assessment
Unit IV: Investigative Methods - Forensic psychologist as an investigator to help in
formulate the case (offensive actions). Principles of Lie detection tests – emotional
effects on autonomic nervous system functions, Neuro imaging (fMRI) techniques
using demarcation of cortical resource- demarcation during expression of lie,. Other
methods of detection effects of lie in speech, gestures, etc. Historical aspects of
BrainMapping, Neuro psychological aspects, operational aspects, analysis, methodology
and interpretation skills, Hypnosis, Requirements of Hypnosis, Narco analysis, General
Procedure.
Unit V: Mental illness and criminal behavior, psychopath, antisocial personality,
impulsiveness, Juvenile Delinquency, need for social protection, Drug Addiction and
Alcohol Dependence, Various types of mental disorders. NDPS Act, Rehabilitation of
addicts, Psychosocial factors of Child Sex Abuse, prevalence and social responsibilities ,

Psychosocial factors domestic violence, crime against women, Psychosocial factors
precipitating economic depravations, Crime monitoring, community rehabilitation of
individuals responsible for crime.

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