Important Fields to Fill on DAF for UPSC Mains 2020

The candidates who clear the UPSC IAS Prelims Exam 2020 will be shortlisted based on their score in General Studies Paper I which is of 200 marks.

For admission to the Civil Services Mains Examination, 2020 which is to be held on September 18 2020, all candidates who would have qualified should fill up the DAF (CSM) online and submit the same Online for admission to the UPSC Mains Examination.

Check UPSC Application form 2020 in the linked article.

What is the DAF in UPSC exam?

DAF is the Detailed Application Form that candidates must fill and upload online on the UPSC official website in order to apply for the mains exam.

Before knowing how to fill the DAF let’s take at some of the important guidelines to follow while filling DAF.

Detailed Application Form 2020 – Salient Points

  1. Don’t send the DAF print preview pdf to UPSC by mistake. The DAF that should be sent to UPSC must be the original one.
  2. The DAF should be printed on a single/one-sided page.
  3. Candidates should sign the DAF at all pages in the space mentioned by the UPSC.
  4. Candidates should affix a passport size photograph of theirs, similar to the photograph displayed in DAF.
  5. Affix central recruitment stamp worth Rs.200/- in the space mentioned. Get it cancelled using the post-office seal which should clearly mark the date and post office name.
  6. Attach all necessary certificates mentioned by UPSC along with the DAF. For general candidates, the certificates needed to include Class 10th mark-list to prove DOB and Degree-Certificate to prove your eligibility. The certificates attached should be attested – either by a gazetted officer or self-attested with a date.
  7. *Superscribe on the top of an envelope -“Application for Civil Service (Main) Exam”.

For Eligibility Criteria for UPSC Exam, check the linked article.

Now let’s take a look at the important fields to be filled on the Detailed Application Form (DAF).

DAF which stands for Detailed Application Form is a very crucial document and it defines everything from the career of a candidate to their posting. Hence, it is advised to all the candidates to give extra care while filling the DAF.

Parts of the DAF

DAF consists of 8 parts and each part has to be filled completely.

To make it easy to fill the DAF and give a clear picture to candidates for filling the DAF below given is the images of the DAF and the highlighted are the important fields where the candidates have to be careful while filling it as once filled and submitted candidates might not get a chance to change the same later.

Detailed Application Form UPSC sample/UPSC CSE DAF sample PDF/UPSC mains application form sample

Page 1 of 9

daf -UPSC-1

*Don’t forget to sign at the end of the form of page 1

Page 2 of 9


*Provide a proper and active email address as the commission may use this as mode of communication with the candidate.

*Candidates who belong to SC, ST or OBC (Non Creamy Layer) should enclose a copy of certificate to support their claim.

Page 3 of 9


*Provide the right optional subject that you have chosen and prepared for as once entered wrong cannot be changed later.

Page 4 of 9


*Fill your educational and employment details very carefully and it is advised to read once after filling the form.

Page 8 of 9


*In the last page candidate should sign in two places one after the declaration Para and the other at the end of the page.

The Service and cadre preferences are among the very important fields to be filled in the DAF. Candidates are advised to think carefully before filling the service preferences and the cadre preferences as once filled and submitted they cannot change it.

Below given is the service and cadre preference list:

Service Preference

  1. IAS
  2. IFS
  3. IPS

(Above 3 are interchangeable)

  1. IRS (IT)
  2. IRS (Customs)
  3. IAAS
  4. Indian Railway Traffic Service (King of Railways)
  5. Indian Railways Accounts Service
  6. Indian Defence Estate
  7. Indian Defence Accounts
  8. Indian P & T Accounts & Finance
  9. Post of Asst Security Commissioner, RPF (Lot of manpower)
  10. Indian Railway Personnel Service
  11. Indian Ordnance Factories Service
  12. Indian Civil Accounts Service
  13. Indian Postal Service
  14. Indian Information Service
  15. Indian Trade Service
  16. Indian Corporate Law Service
  17. DANICS
  18. DANIPS
  19. Armed Force HQ
  20. Pondicherry civil service

(22 & 23 are interchangeable)

The other confusion among the candidates is on how to fill the cadre preference, while filling you may not understand the preference to one state or the other but while in service you will understand the importance of the cadre performance, hence choose what you want and that satisfies you.

Here is the list below.

Cadre Preference

North Indian Candidates

  1. Rajasthan
  2. Bihar
  3. Uttar Pradesh
  4. AGMUT
  5. Madhya Pradesh
  6. Punjab
  7. Gujarat
  8. Jharkhand
  9. Himachal Pradesh
  10. Uttarakhand
  11. Haryana
  12. Maharashtra
  13. Chhattisgarh
  14. Karnataka
  15. Andhra Pradesh
  16. Tamil Nadu
  17. Telangana
  18. Odisha
  19. Kerala
  20. West Bengal
  21. Assam, Meghalaya
  22. Jammu & Kashmir
  23. Sikkim
  24. Tripura
  25. Nagaland
  26. Manipur

South Indian Candidates

  1. Karnataka
  2. Andhra Pradesh
  3. Tamil Nadu
  4. Telangana
  5. Odisha
  6. Maharashtra
  7. Kerala (A good State but developed State)
  8. Rajasthan
  9. Bihar
  10. Uttar Pradesh
  11. AGMUT
  12. Madhya Pradesh
  13. Punjab
  14. Gujarat
  15. West Bengal
  16. Jharkhand
  17. Chhattisgarh
  18. Himachal Pradesh
  19. Uttarakhand
  20. Haryana
  21. Assam, Meghalaya
  22. Jammu & Kashmir
  23. Sikkim
  24. Tripura
  25. Nagaland
  26. Manipur

North East Candidates

  1. Assam, Meghalaya
  2. Sikkim
  3. Tripura
  4. Nagaland
  5. Manipur
  6. West Bengal
  7. Himachal Pradesh
  8. Uttarakhand
  9. Jammu & Kashmir
  10. Rajasthan
  11. Odisha
  12. Andhra Pradesh
  13. Tamil Nadu
  14. Karnataka
  15. Telangana
  16. Kerala
  17. Maharashtra
  18. Bihar
  19. Uttar Pradesh
  20. Jharkhand
  21. Madhya Pradesh
  22. Gujarat
  23. Punjab
  24. Madhya Pradesh
  25. Haryana
  26. Chhattisgarh

For more clarification, candidates who have qualified for the UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam 2019 are advised to refer to the Rules of the Civil Services Examination 2019 which is available on the official website of the UPSC. To follow up on EWS Certificate Criteria, check the linked article.

Aspirants appearing for UPSC 2020 exam can check the linked article to know more information about the exam and application process.

We now hope that all your doubts and queries regarding how to fill DAF for IAS 2020 exam are cleared. Go on, fill the DAF to write the best exam of your life!

Be thorough UPSC DAF form sample PDF instructions, and for UPSC Notification 2020 check the linked article.

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