UPSC Online Application Form 2023

The Civil Services Examination is one of the exams conducted by UPSC and the commission releases notification once a year with a particular number of vacancies. The commission also mandates that the candidates who apply for the exam should fulfil the eligibility criteria.

According to the UPSC Calendar 2023 released on the official website, the UPSC notification 2023 will be released on 1st February 2023 as scheduled. Therefore, the candidates can start submitting their applications from this date. Also, the last date for receipt of applications will be notified later

The IAS Prelims is scheduled to be held on 28th May 2023. The Prelims stage is the screening stage and is the first stage of the exam. Those candidates who wish to appear in UPSC 2023, should fill the application form online between the given dates.

UPSC IAS Application Form

The UPSC Civil Services Exam 2023 has three stages:

  1. Prelims
  2. Mains
  3. Interview/Personality Test

To read about the UPSC Exam Pattern in detail, check the linked article.

The UPSC has notified dates regarding the notification and exam, and they are tabled below:

UPSC 2022 Recruitment Details 
Event Details  Dates
Release Date of Notification – UPSC CSE 2022 2nd February 2022
Start of UPSC Online Registration for UPSC CSE 2022 2nd February 2022
Last Date to Apply for UPSC CSE 2022 22nd February 2022 till 18:00 hrs
UPSC CSE Prelims 2022 Exam 5th June 2022 [Sunday]
UPSC CSE Mains 2022 Exam 16th September 2022 onwards [5 days]

The candidates have to fill a form before each stage of the Civil Services Exam. In this article, the forms that have to be filled and their guidelines/instructions to be followed are discussed in detail below:

UPSC Prelims Application Form

The candidates are required to apply online after going through the detailed instructions and an official notification is released every year which give all the details regarding the exam.

How to Apply for IAS Prelims 2023?

The candidates who wish to apply for CSE 2023 have to check their UPSC Eligibility Criteria, from the linked article. Any non-fulfilment of the criteria will result in disqualification or cancellation of candidature.

Here are step-by-step instructions useful for the candidates who wish to apply for IAS 2023. These pointers will provide you with information on the detailed instructions to be followed while filling the application form for IAS 2023 Exam.

  1. Candidates are required to apply Online by using the website
  2. There are two parts to the registration process. Both the parts have to be completed within the given deadline.
  3. The candidates will be required to complete the Online Application Form containing two stages viz. Part-I and Part-II as per the instructions available.
  4. The candidates have to fill up all the required fields in both parts to finish the application.
  5. RID is the Registration ID, which is generated by the system when the applicant completes Part-I registration of his application. Candidates should note down the RID for future references.
  6. After completing the process of filling in Part-I of the online application, the candidates are required to fill in Part-II of the online application process, which consists of three steps viz. Payment of Examination Fee (if applicable), uploading signature and photograph and choice of Examination centre.
  7. The candidates are required to pay a fee of Rs.100/- Rupees One Hundred only) [excepting SC/ST/ Female/Persons with Benchmark Disability candidates who are exempted from payment of fee] either by depositing the money in any branch of State Bank of India by cash, or by using net banking facility of State Bank of India or by using any Visa/Master/RuPay Credit/ Debit Card.
  8. Before start filling up Online Application, a candidate must have his photograph and signature duly scanned in the .jpg format in such a manner that each file should not exceed 300 KB each and must not be less than 20 KB in size for the photograph and signature. Check this link for more on Requirements For Photograph And Signature To Be Uploaded For UPSC Exam.
  9. Applicants should avoid submitting multiple applications. However, if due to any unavoidable circumstances, any applicant submits multiple applications then he/she must ensure that the applications with higher RID are complete in all respects.
  10. The applicants must ensure that while filling their Application Form, they are providing their valid and active E-Mail IDs as the Commission may use an electronic mode of communication while contacting them at different stages of the examination process.
  11. Candidates are strongly advised to apply online well in time, without waiting for the last date for submission of Online Applications.
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  • The facility of withdrawal of Application is available for those candidates who do not want to appear for Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination.
  • The OBC candidates applying for CSE-2023 must produce OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) certificate based on the income for the last three Financial Years (FY).
  • A candidate will be eligible to get the benefit of community reservation only in case the particular caste to which the candidate belongs is included in the list of reserved communities issued by the Central Government. And the persons who are claiming reservation may have to produce documents to claim the relaxations. The candidates can go through the below-mentioned links to know more about it in detail:

UPSC Mains Application Form

The candidates who have been considered qualified on the basis of the result of the Preliminary Exam are required to fill the Detailed Application Form – I ONLINE.

How to Apply Mains Application Form?

Here are a few points/guidelines the aspirants should know before filling the application form for Mains Examination.

  • The candidates must fill up and submit the Online Detailed Application Form by using the website
  • The candidates should ensure that all columns should be filled in correctly. No correspondence will be entertained by the Commission from candidates to change any of the entries made in the online Detailed Application Form.
  • Before filling up the Online Detailed Application Form (DAF), the candidates should register themselves at the official website,
  • The candidates will be required to create registration accounts by clicking appropriately on the link provided below the “login” button.
  • The candidates have to fill in personal details such as name, e-mail address, roll number, date of birth while registration process. After successful registration, the password will be sent to the registered email address.
  • After this, the candidates will be required to go back to the website ( and log in to the login module with their Roll Number (six-digit numbers) along with the password.
  • The Online DAF has six modules:
    • Personal,
    • Educational Information,
    • Parental Information,
    • Employment Information,
    • Upload documents and
    • Final Submission
  • The candidates have to carefully fill in all the details required in all six modules, and they can save each module after completion.
  • However, candidates will have the option to make changes in any module before the final submission of DAF. Once the Final Submission has been made, no change will be possible Online.
  • The scanned documents/certificates to support a few criteria has to be submitted while filling the online Detailed Application Form-I (DAF-I) which are as follows:
    • Date of birth,
    • Category [viz. SC/ST/OBC (without OBC Annexure)/EWS (without EWS Annexure)/PwBD/ExServicemen] and
    • Educational qualification with required Examination Fee.

The candidates can refer to the links given below, which can be useful for the IAS Mains preparation:

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  • The Roll No. of the candidate for the Main Examination will be the same as the Roll Number given to him/ her for the Preliminary Examination.
  • The candidates must carry their Photo ID Proof submitted by them while applying for Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2023 to the Examination Venues for Civil Services (Main) Examination along with the e-Admit Card in support of their identity.
  • The information earlier given by candidates in the application form for the Preliminary Examination will be cross-checked with the information given by them in the application form for the Main Examination. If there are any serious discrepancies, candidates are liable to be refused admission to the Main Examination in such cases.
  • Not in all the cities, there are centres available for the IAS exam, especially for the Mains level. To know about the list of UPSC Exam Centres for Prelims and Mains, check the linked article.

UPSC Interview Application Form

All the candidates who qualify for the Personality Test/Interview on the basis of the Result of Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2023 will be required to submit their Order of Preferences for Zone(s)/State(s) Cadre (for IAS/IPS) through online Detailed Application Form – II.

Guidelines to fill Interview Application Form

This DAF-II will be made available to the qualified candidates of the written examination of Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2023. Here are a few points to be remembered while filling out the IAS Interview Application Form.

  • Before the commencement of the Interview/Personality Test of the Examination, a candidate shall be required to mandatorily indicate the order of preferences only for those Services which are participating in the Civil Services Examination-2023 and for which the candidate is interested to be allocated in case of eventual selection, in the online Detailed Application Form-II (DAF-II).
  • OBC Annexure (for OBC category only) and EWS Annexure (for EWS category only) is required to be mandatorily submitted.
  • A candidate may also upload additional documents/certificates of higher education, achievements in different fields, service experience, etc.


  • Any delay in submission of the DAF-II or documents in support beyond the prescribed date will not be allowed and will lead to the cancellation of the candidature for the CSE-2023.
  • No change in preferences for services once submitted by a candidate would be permitted.
  • In case preference for none of the Services is indicated, the candidate will not be considered for Service Allocation.
  • No change in preference of Zones and Cadres once submitted by a candidate would be permitted.
  • The candidates are advised to indicate preferences for various services or posts very carefully.

To get more information on the IAS Interview process, check the linked article.

Frequently Asked Questions on UPSC IAS Application Form


Does applying for UPSC count as an attempt?

No. If a candidate actually appears in any one paper in the Preliminary Examination, it will be deemed that the candidate has made an attempt at the Examination.

What is the minimum age to apply for UPSC 2023?

The candidate must be at least 21 years of age to apply for the UPSC civil services examination.

What is the registration fee for IAS Mains?

The candidates applying (Except Female/SC/ST/PwBD candidates who are exempted from payment of fee) for Civil Services (Main) Examination are required to pay a fee of Rs.200/- (Rupees Two Hundred only).


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