UPSC CSE Mains 2024: DAF-1 Application Process and Key Information

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the Detailed Application Form-1 (DAF-1) for the Civil Services (Mains) Examination 2024. Candidates who have successfully cleared the Preliminary stage can now access and submit the DAF-1 for the Mains on the official UPSC website at upsc.gov.in.

Important Dates and Deadline

The application process for the UPSC CSE Main 2024 is currently underway. Qualified candidates must complete and submit the DAF-1 by July 12, 2024, by 6 PM. It is crucial to adhere to this deadline, as any delays in submission will lead to the cancellation of candidature for the Civil Services Examination 2024.

Step-by-Step Guide to Apply for UPSC CSE Main 2024 DAF-1
  1. Visit the official UPSC website at upsc.gov.in.
  2. Click on the notification link for ‘Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2024 [DAF-I]’.
  3. You will be redirected to a new page. Click on the ‘register’ button.
  4. Complete the registration process.
  5. Log in to verify your One Time Registration (OTR) details.
  6. Navigate to the latest notification tab in the OTR application.
  7. Apply for the Civil Services Main Examination 2024.
  8. Download and save the application form for future reference.
Application Fee Details

The application fee for the UPSC CSE Main Examination is INR 200. Female candidates and those belonging to SC, ST, and PwBD categories are exempt from paying the application fee.

Important Points to Remember
  • Ensure all required supporting documents are submitted along with the DAF-1 by the deadline.
  • Keep a copy of the submitted application form and fee receipt for future reference.
  • Regularly check the UPSC website for any updates or notifications related to the CSE Main 2024.
UPSC CSE Main Examination 2024 Overview

The UPSC announced the results of the Civil Services Preliminary examination on July 1, 2024. Successful candidates will now proceed to the Mains stage that includes 9 descriptive papers which consist of 4 GS Papers, 1 Essay Paper, 2 Language Papers, and 2 Optional Subjects followed by the Interview stage. As per the UPSC calendar, the Civil Services Main Examination 2024 is tentatively scheduled for September 20, 2024.

Vacancies and Reservation Details

The UPSC aims to fill a total of 1,056 vacancies through this examination, across various central government services and departments, including the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), and Indian Foreign Service (IFS). Additionally, 40 positions are reserved for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwBD).


Candidates aspiring to join the prestigious civil services must ensure timely submission of the DAF-1 and stay updated with all UPSC notifications. This is a crucial step towards advancing the UPSC CSE Main 2024 selection process.

For more details and updates, visit the official UPSC website at upsc.gov.in.



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