Important Fields to Fill on DAF for UPSC Mains 2020

The candidates who clear the UPSC IAS Prelims Exam 2020 are the ones who are 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 from January 8, 2021, onward 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. On 28th October, the commission has released the DAF for UPSC Mains 2020. Candidates have to fill all the required details in the DAF for UPSC between 28th October and 11 November 2020. Check all the important fields to be filled in the IAS Mains detailed application form in this article.

UPSC DAF 2020 Notification:-Download PDF Here

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 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 or original one also to UPSC by mistake. The DAF is now to be submitted online only by visiting the commission’s official website – https://upsc.gov.in/
  2. Candidates have to register themselves by creating an account by providing their names, roll number, birth date and email-id on the DAF registration module online.
  3. Candidates will be sent a password on their registered number and email-id using which they will again have to log in with roll number as the username and password that is sent to them by the commission.
  4. UPSC DAF will have six modules:
    • Personal Information
    • Educational Information
    • Parental Information
    • Employment Information
    • Upload documents
    • Final Submission
  5. Before final submission, candidates can make changes, however, no changes will be entertained in any module after the candidate clicks on ‘final submission.’

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.

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

DAF UPSC -2

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

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

Page 3 of 9

DAF UPSC 3

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

Page 4 of 9

DAF UPSC 4

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

Page 8 of 9

DAF UPSC - 5

*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 three 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 will qualify for the UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam 2020 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.

4 Comments

  1. Can I choose marathi medium for all GS papers and essay paper and English medium for my optional subject. Let me know please.

    1. One language has to be selected to write your UPSC Mains.

  2. I am BSC final year student from kuk . My plan to attemt the UPSC exam next year . But According to UPSC calendar prelims are held in 27 June and as per Universitiy guidelines final year examination are held in July can I show the Universitiy result awaited in DAF form ??? Is it possible Because Universitiy will declare the result after 1months

    1. Hi
      Final-year students can sit for UPSC 2021. You will have to submit your final result certificate during UPSC Mains application process.

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