Have you cleared the UPSC Prelims exam? Well, congratulations and now it is time to be ready for the mains exam. Your first important task will be filling the DAF form. Learning how to fill the UPSC CSE DAF form is very important.

The UPSC DAF form is a compulsory form that needs to be filled by every student that has passed the prelims exam in order to be eligible for the next round!

This article will tell you how to fill DAF for UPSC and the importance of understanding UPSC DAF form rules.

How to Fill DAF Properly to Maximize Your Chances of Success?

The main reason to learn how to fill the form properly is that it will not be accepted if the exact guidelines are not followed.

The guidelines are for every student that passed the first round and if they fail to do so, they will be unable to write the next round.


The UPSC DAF form is an online form that has to be filled by the students.

Candidates can get the form from the official website of the UPSC board and will have to follow the guidelines provided by the UPSC.  They need to ensure that every space which is required is filled as the UPSC office will not be making any changes or adding in details.


  • Candidates first need to register themselves with UPSC in order to be eligible for submitting the form.
  • They will also have to create a registration account for the same.
  • On the registration form, roll number, name, date of birth and e-mail address are required
  • All the fields are compulsory to fill
  • Candidates should ensure that valid e-mail ids are provided as login credentials will be sent to that e-mail address.

Pre Requisites

The following list of items should be ready well in advance of filling the form, making the application form easier to fill:

  • Scanned copy of proof of date of birth
  • Scanned copy of certificate(s) of educational qualifications and a letter of recognition or a bonafide certificate
  • Scanned copy of caste certificate(for only SC/ST/OBC students) annexure vi and vii is applicable for only OBC students
  • Scanned Copy of Certificate for age relaxation(if applicable)
  • Scanned Copy of Certificate in support of being Physically handicapped along with a certificate of Disability in Dominant Extremity (if applicable)
  • Scanned Copy of Documentary proof in support of service/income//status/holdings, etc., for non creamy OBC students.
  • Passport size photograph

Also Read: Here’s What You Should Know About EWS Age Relaxation in UPSC

Service List

Along with very important details about yourself, you are required to fill in the service list and cadre list.

Meaning that you have to decide which you want to serve in and under which post. This will help them to directly send you letters if selected.

Filling in your service and cadre list is a very important task and should be thought of well. Take your time before you make any rash decision, as it can cause harm to your career.

Make a pros and cons list and know the differences between each post and learn about each post. This will enable you to have a clear cut idea on how to choose the right post and cadre.

Also Read: IAS vs IPS vs IFS: Choose The Best

Service List

There are 23 services you choose from for the service list:

  1. IAS
  2. IPS
  3. IFS
  4. IRS(IT)
  6. Pondicherry Civil Service
  7. Indian Defence Accounts
  8. Indian Defence Estate
  9. Indian Railways Accounts Service
  10. Indian Railways Traffic Service
  11. Indian P&T Accounts Service
  12. Indian Railways Personnel Service
  13. Indian Civil Accounts Service
  14. Indian Postal Service
  15. Indian Information Service
  16. Indian Ordnance Factories Service
  17. Indian Trade Service
  18. Indian Corporate Law Service
  19. Armed Force Headquarters
  20. Post of Assistant Security Commissioner, Railways Protection Force
  21. Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep Islands, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service
  22. Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep Islands, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service
  23. Indian Audit and Accounts Service

Tips For Choosing Cadre

Choosing the right cadre is very important. You will need to sit down and do a lot of research and see the cadre.

Choose your cadre after you have decided the post or service you are interested in. This will help you to understand which is the best cadre for your post.

Spend time creating a pros and cons list for this too.This is very important because once the form is filled you cannot change anything from the form. So think more than just once before selecting service and cadre.

It is recommended not to let anyone influence your decision as it may hinder your career. Be very smart and careful whilst making the choice.



Many students have made mistakes or have not adhered to the time limit of submitting the form.

If students fail to do so, they won’t be eligible for the mains exam. They need to ensure all the details are correct and also that they submit the form in time.

No changes are allowed in the form, so be very sure while you submit the form.  Ensure that you submit all your pre requisite documents before submitting the form in the end.

Going through the official guidelines is the best method to ensure no problems will be faced, but if you require more assistance contact the UPSC officially!


Your hard work for the prelims exam may have paid off, but remember that is just one battle you have won and the war yet remains.

Start to prepare for the mains round and the first step will be submitting the DAF ASAP. Fill in the DAF correctly and ensure it is submitted on time. This is going to be your registration for the mains exam and if you fail to follow the guidelines, you will not be allowed to write the exam.

If you want to get the right guidance to fill DAF, fill this form here.

Don’t waste time and keep working hard, it is time to be the best there is. All the best!

Also Read : UPSC EPFO Syllabus 2021: Important Topics & Exam Pattern Listed

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