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Detailed Application Form for Civil Services Examination (mains)



What is UPSC DAF?

The UPSC DAF, or Detailed Application Form, is a crucial document candidates must fill out after qualifying the UPSC Prelims exam. It requires comprehensive information about your personal background, educational qualifications, work experience, service preferences, and more.

Key Dates for UPSC DAF 2023:

  • UPSC Prelims result declared: June 12, 2023
  • DAF-I for Mains available: July 10 - July 19, 2023
  • Submission deadline: July 19, 2023, 6 PM

Why is DAF Important?

The DAF helps the UPSC commission evaluate your suitability for various administrative positions. It's a chance to present your best self and highlight your strengths and potential.

Filling out the UPSC DAF:

  • The form consists of six modules: personal information, education, parental details, employment, document upload, and final submission.
  • Do everything online on the official UPSC website:
  • Register and log in using your roll number and password.
  • Review and edit your information before final submission.
Important: You cannot change your optional subject, language paper, or exam medium once submitted.

Documents Required:

  • Matriculation certificate
  • Degree certificate/final year appearing certificate
  • Domicile certificate/caste certificate with income/property proof
  • Disability certificate (if applicable)
  • Undertaking (for government servants)
  • Ensure documents are scanned clearly, combined into a single unlocked PDF.

Important Categories:

  • Prizes, medals, scholarships
  • Optional subject (unchangeable)
  • Interview language medium
  • Extracurricular activities, interests, and hobbies
  • Educational and employment details
  • These aspects paint a picture of who you are, so carefully present your best version.


  • Submitted after Mains results are declared.
  • Submission is mandatory to proceed further.

Strategies for Filling the DAF:

  • Be honest and accurate with all information.
  • Provide details about your educational history and employment matching supporting documents.
  • Specify college/university level achievements in prizes, sports, and leadership positions.
  • Tailor your interests and hobbies to be specific and prepare to discuss them in detail.
  • Prioritize your service and cadre choices based on your aspirations and strengths.
  • Maintain a consistent theme throughout your DAF that showcases your personality.
  • Prepare well to answer questions about anything you mention in your DAF.
  • Double-check everything before final submission as no changes are possible afterwards.

Remember, the UPSC DAF is a crucial step in your UPSC journey. Take the time to complete it thoughtfully and showcase your potential to the commission.

Additional Tips:

  • Download the official UPSC DAF PDF for detailed information and format.
  • Research different services and cadres to make informed choices.
  • Practice answering potential interview questions based on your DAF entries.

By following these guidelines and preparing diligently, you can increase your chances of success in the UPSC Civil Services Examination.

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