UPSC DAF Online Form 2021

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Details – Union Public Service Commission UPSC Are Recently Released Written Exam Result and Invited Mains DAF Online Application Form for the Civil Services Preliminary Examination IAS and Indian Forest Services IFS Vacancy 2020. Those Candidates who Are Qualified in Pre Exam Can Apply Online Form.Upsc ias notification 2021,upsc ias mains result 2021,upsc ias syllabus,upsc ias salary,upsc ias eligibility.

UPSC DAF Online Form 2021
UPSC DAF Online Form 2021
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UPSC DAF Online Form 2021
Important Dates

Application Begin :12/02/2020
Last Date for Apply Online : 03/03/2020 Upto 06:00 PM Only
Last Date Pay Exam Fee : 03/03/2020
Old Pre Exam Date : 31/05/2020 (Postponed)
Last Date for Chagne Exam Center: 13/07/2020 upto 06 PM
New Pre Exam Date : 04/10/2020
Pre Admit Card Available : 01/09/2020
Pre Result Available: 23/10/2020
Civil Services IAS DAF Mains Online Form : 28/10/2020 to 11/11/2020 till 6 PM
Mains Exam Date : 08-17 January 2021
Forest Services IFS DAF Mains Online Form : 16/11/2020 to 27/11/2020 till 6 PM
IFS Mains Admit Card : 04/02/2021
IAS Mains Result Available: 23/03/2023
Application Fee

General / OBC : 100/-
SC / ST / PH : 0/- (Exempted)
All Category Female : 0/- (Nil)
Pay the Examination Fee Through Debit Card, Credit, Card, Net Banking or E Challan Fee Mode Only

IAS : Bachelor Degree in Any Stream in Any Recognized University in India
IFS : Bachelor Degree as one of Subject Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science, Botany, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics and Zoology, Agriculture or Equivalent
Age Limit

As on 01/08/2020

Minimum Age : 21 Years
Maximum Age : 32 Years
Age Relaxation Extra as per Rules
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Vacancy Details (886)

Indian Administrative Service (IAS)796
Indian Forest Service (IFS)90
Indian Administrative Service.Indian Foreign ServiceIndian Police Service.
Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Gr AIndian Audit and Accounts Service, Group AIndian Defence Accounts Service, Group A
Indian Revenue Service (I.T.), Group AIndian Postal Service, Group AIndian Civil Accounts Service, Group A
Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group APondicherry Civil Service, Group BPondicherry Police Service, Group B
Indian Trade Service,Group A (Gr. III).Indian Corporate Law Service, Group AIndian Information Service (Junior Grade), Gr A
Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group AIndian Revenue Service (I.T.), Group AIndian Railway Accounts Service, Group A
Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group AIndian Defence Estates Service, Group AAssistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force, Gr A
Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group AIndian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise)Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group B
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How to Fill Form

  • Union Public Service Commission UPSC Civil Services / Forest Services IAS / IFS Prelim Exam Latest Jobs Recruitment 2020 . Candidate Can Apply Between 12/02/2020 to 03/03/2020
  • Candidate Read the Notification Before Apply the Recruitment Application Form in UPSC 2020.
  • Kindly Check and College the All Document – Eligibility, ID Proof, Address Details, Basic Details.
  • Kindly Ready Scan Document Related to Admission Entrance Form – Photo, Sign, ID Proof, Etc.
  • Application fees is must ,if applicable.
  • Take A Print Out of Final Submitted Form.

IAS Main Exam 2021

IAS main exam 2021 will commence from September 17, 2021. Candidates need to appear for IAS mains exam as per the details mentioned on the admit card. IAS mains exam consists of a total of nine descriptive papers. Out of the Nine, two papers are of qualifying in nature. The qualifying IAS question papers are of General English and General Language paper. There are four general studies papers, one essay paper and two optional subject paper. The marks of each paper are assigned as follows.

Sl.No.Name of the PaperMarks allotted
AOne of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution300(Qualifying Only)
BEnglish300(Qualifying Only)
2General Studies I250
3General Studies II250
4General Studies III250
5General Studies IV250
6Optional Subject Paper I250
7Optional Subject Paper I250
IAS Main (written)Total1750
Personality Test(IAS Interview)275
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After the IAS main(written) exam, the candidates will be called for the IAS interview based on the result declared. The IAS interview is conducted at the UPSC Office, New Delhi.

IAS Preparation

IAS preparation is the only way to get selected in the IAS exam. IAS preparation plan should be based on the strengths and weaknesses of the candidate. It is very important to plan pragmatically for IAS preparation. Every candidate is an individual with a different perspective and world view. It is the opinion and the world view which changes the orientation of the candidate. A consistent effort of over one year can help in cracking the IAS exam.

IAS Selection Process

IAS exam is conducted in two stages – preliminary (objective-type paper) and mains (descriptive paper and interview). UPSC IAS preliminary paper is conducted to select candidates for the main(written) exam. IAS prelims exam is just a screening test and the marks secured by candidates are not considered for the final merit. IAS selection process is fully defined in the official UPSC notification.

UPSC Civil Services main exam, as the name suggests, is the main stage of the IAS exam process. The marks of the IAS main exam is taken into consideration for the IAS final result. The final merit list for the UPSC Civil Services exam provides a rank to the candidate. Based on these ranks, services are allotted to the candidates.

Medical Examination after IAS Interview

Each candidate has to undergo a medical examination after the IAS personality test. There will be a Central  Standing  Medical  Board  (CSMB) which will examine the mental and physical status of the candidate based on which the service will be allocated. The UPSC has empanelled the below-given hospitals and the candidates(male or female) are sent to these designated hospitals for the medical examination. The list of the hospitals is given below.

  • Safdarjung Hospital
  • Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital
  • Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital
  • Sucheta Kriplani Hospital
  • Guru  Teg Bahadur Hospital
  • Deen  Dayal Upadhyay Hospital
  • B.R. Ambedkar Hospital
  • AIIMS, New  Delhi

The candidates are intimated for the date, time and venue for the medical examination. Besides, the candidates need to follow the given instructions for the medical examinations. The instructions are given below:

  1. Candidate should come fasting for 10 hours or more on the day of the Medical Examination.
  2. Candidate should come without taking any medicine on the day of the Medical Examination.
  3. Candidate should bring along the spectacles, if any, being used by him/her along with the prescription for the same.
  4. Candidate using Contact Lenses should stop using them at least  48 hours before the day of medical examination.
  5. Candidate should bring along Hearing Aid, if any, being used by him/her and its latest audiometry report.
  6. Candidate belonging to Persons with Benchmark Disability category is advised to bring along the appliances being used by him/her for his/her disability.
  7. Candidate should bring along a prescription for any kind of medicine being taken by him/her on a regular basis.
  8. Candidate should bring along records of any surgical procedure he/she has undergone in the past.
  9. Candidate should bring along the Disability Certificate, if any, issued to him/her by any Disability Medical Board in the past.
  10. Any other relevant record a candidate may like to bring to the notice of the Central Standing Medical Board.
  11. The candidate will be required to make a statement as per the format provided at para-18 prior to his/her Medical Examination and must sign the Declaration appended thereto.
  12. Candidate should submit to the Chairman of the Medical Board ten passport size photographs with white background.

A  candidate‘s medical examination report along with the recommendations is also to be published in the dedicated webpage of the candidate which is accessible only to the candidate concerned through his/her password on DoPT‘s website within 7 (seven) working days from the date of receipt of medical reports from the hospital to DoPT. In case, the candidate is not satisfied with the medical reports, he can appeal against it online within seven days. The DoPT will assign the candidates to the appellate board formed for this purpose only.

IAS Result

The candidates who score more than or equal to the IAS cut off are declared qualified in that stage of IAS exam and eligible to be promoted to the next stage. The IAS result is prepared after considering the IAS cut off marks. The IAS result is declared after each stage of IAS exam. 

UPSC will release a final IAS result on its official website. Candidates whose names and roll numbers appear in the merit list will then be eligible for recruitment in different services based on their preferences given in the DAF and the number of vacancies for the service.

Tie-Breaking Resolution in IAS Exam

The UPSC has notified new tie-breaking resolution rules for the IAS exam. These rules will come into play where two or more candidates having the same aggregate total marks in the IAS exam. The UPSC has defined the resolution mechanism as follows.

1. If the marks secured by two or more candidates are same in the aggregate total(out of 2025), the candidate who had secured more marks in the compulsory papers(Essay, GS I, GSII, GS III, GSIV) and the personality test(IAS interview) combined will be given preference over the others.

2. In case, the candidates tied in the above situation also, the candidate who is older will be given preference over the younger one.

IAS Exam Centres

This year UPSC added one more exam centre for the IAS prelims exam. The new IAS exam centre came up in Leh. IAS exam centres are notified in the IAS notification each year. IAS preliminary exam is conducted in about 73 across India. IAS mains exam is conducted in a total of 24 cities across India. The IAS exam centres for prelims and main exam are notified in the official UPSC notification every year.

Salary of an IAS officer

Salary though is not the motivating factor for the IAS aspirants but it is necessary and consequential to the selection of the candidate.  It is the opportunity to serve the society at large which motivates the IAS aspirants. Moreover, the IAS salary should be in congruence social status enjoyed by the IAS officers.

IAS Pay Scale and Grades

The IAS salary is governed by the grades of the IAS officers. The grades are assigned to the IAS officers based on their number of years in the services. The IAS officers are regularly upgraded to the upper grade based on their years of experience. Sometimes they are promoted based on their performance.

The IAS Salary structure is divided into eight grades. Each grade has a fixed basic pay and grade pay. This component of IAS Salary is fixed throughout the grade. The IAS salary comprises of the basic pay, grade pay, Dearness Allowance (DA), House Rent Allowance (HRA), Medical Allowance, Conveyance Allowance. 

The DA depends on the city of posting and it differs from city to city. In the same way, HRA is also dependent on the residence of the IAS officer. If he is availing the housing facility provided by the government then he will be entitled to the HRA. All the allowances differ from officer to officer. 

DA is the most important component of IAS salary and it is increased by the government from time to time. It is increased up to 103% of the basic salary. Union government periodically revise the DA for the employees and sometimes merge it with the basic salary.

HRA ranges from 8% to 24% of the basic salary. The pay structure as devised by the 7th pay commission does not provide the detail of the salary but provides clear information regarding the maximum and minimum salary of IAS officers within a grade. The payscale is further supported by Grade Pay, DA, HRD and several other benefits. 

GradePay ScaleGrade PayYears of Service Required
Junior Scale50,000 – 1,50,00016,500NA
Senior Time Scale50,000 – 1,50,00120,0005 years
Junior Administrative Grade50,000 – 1,50,00223,0009 years
Selection Grade1,00,000 – 2,00,00026,00012 to 15 years
Super Time Scale1,00,000 – 2,00,00030,00017 to 20 years
Above Super Time Scale1,00,000 – 2,00,00030,000Varies
Apex Scale2,25,000 (Fixed)NAVaries( around 30 years)
Cabinet Secretary Grade2,50,000 (Fixed)NAvaries
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IAS Pay Level and Posts

The salary of an IAS officer is further explained as per the number of service years and the Pay Level as following.

Pay Level
(years in service)
Basic Pay(INR)Post
(1-4 years)
56100Sub-divisional magistrate in District Administration
Undersecretary in State Secretariat
Assistant Secretary in Central Secretariat
(5-8 years)
67,700Additional district magistrate in District Administration
Deputy Secretary in State Secretariat
Under-Secretary in Central Secretariat
(9-12 year)
78,800District magistrate in District Administration
Joint Secretary  in State Secretariat
Deputy Secretary in Central Secretariat
(13-16 years)
1,18,500District magistrate in District Administration
Special secretary-cum-director  in State Secretariat
Director in Central Secretariat
(16-24 years)
1,44,200Divisional commissioner in District Administration
Secretary-cum-commissioner in State Secretariat
Joint Secretary in Central Secretariat
(25-30 years)
1,82,200Divisional commissioner in District Administration
Principal Secretary in State Secretariat
Additional secretary in Central Secretariat
(30-33 years)
2,05,400Additional Chief Secretary in State Secretariat
(34-36 years)
2,25,000Chief Secretary in State Secretariat
Secretary in Central Secretariat
(37+ years)
2,50,000Cabinet Secretary of India
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Now we will describe each grade.

Junior Scale Grade

Junior Scale is the first grade assigned to the IAS probationers. The post included in the junior grade are:

  • Sub-Divisional Magistrates (SDMs)
  • Sub-Divisional Officers (SDOs)
  • Sub-Collector (After completion of Two- years of Completion)

The post differed from state to state and depends on the state nomenclature of the administrative structure.

Senior Time Scale Grade

Senior Time Scale is the second in the line and assigned to the IAS officers who have completed 5 years of service. The posts included in the senior time scale grade are

  • District Magistrate (DM)
  • Collector 
  • Joint Secretary of a Government Ministry

Junior Administrative Grade

Junior Administrative Grade is the next in line and as the name suggest, it is assigned to the IAS officers who complete 9 years in the services and becomes a member of the administrative group in the state bureaucracy. Some posts included in this grade are as follows.

  • Special Secretary to the Government of India 
  • Head of Various Government Departments in the state government

Selection Grade

Selection grade is assigned to the IAS officers who complete 12 to 15 years in service. This is the most opportune time for the IAS officer. At this stage, he plays a very important role in policy decisions.

  • Secretary to a Ministry
  • Director in a field organisation

Super Time Scale

This grade is assigned to the IAS officers when they complete 17 to 20 years in the service. The officers don’t follow a regular posting because the postings depend on the will of state governments. Besides, the state cadre strength also plays its role here. The most important posts included in this grade is

  • Principal Secretary

Above Super Time Scale

This grade is assigned after 20 years of service. After 20 years of service, the IAS officer keeps getting the grades and the salary increases with the grade, but the posting depends on the will of the government. The records and performance play a very important role in the posting. The post also varies in this grade. 

Apex Scale

The Apex scale is the second top grade in India and only second to the Cabinet Secretary Grade. The officers assigned to this grade only after they achieved success in their previous postings. The posting in this grade depends on the performance and the will of the government. Some posts included in this grade are as follows

  • Chief Secretary of States
  • Union Secretaries in charge of various ministries of Government of India such as Home Secretary, Finance Secretary

Cabinet Secretary Grade

This is the apex of the pyramid of IAS salary grades in India. Cabinet Secretary is the top officer of India. The IAS officer for this post is hand-picked by the Prime Minister of India and he can choose from a list of officers provided to him from the Ministry of Personnel.

One of the most important parts in relation to the IAS salary is that the salary is decided and fixed by the Union Government of India, but it is paid from the State funds. The state to which the IAS officer is assigned pays the salary and the other benefits.


Q. What is the date of UPSC IAS 2021 prelims?

A. UPSC Prelims 2021 will be conducted on June 27. The UPSC 2021 notification for civil services was released on March 4 after a delay of 22 days because of the Supreme court case on the extra attempt.

Q. What is the educational qualification required to become an IAS?

A. The educational qualification required to become an IAS Officer is a graduate degree in any discipline from any university established by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India. The candidates also visit IAS eligibility for details.

Q. Is coaching necessary for cracking the IAS Exam?

A. Every candidate has different needs and abilities. Joining a coaching institute is a very subjective decision. It can help some of the candidates in understanding the structure and pattern of IAS Exam but some of them find it useless. It differs from candidate to candidate.

Q. Can I prepare for IAS Exam without coaching?

A. Yes, any candidate can prepare for IAS exam without coaching. Nowadays so much information is available online which can help the candidates to prepare for IAS Exam by themselves. The candidate should select the best authentic source of information can prepare for the IAS Exam by themselves.

Q. How to start IAS preparation at home?

A. The candidates should start preparing the basics with the NCERT Books and Daily Newspaper. Complete the NCERT of History, Geography, Economics and Sociology first and then start reading the dedicated books for each subject supplemented with the Newspaper.

Q. What is the difference between IAS and PCS?

A. IAS means Indian Administrative Services and PCS means the Provincial Civil Services. IAS is one of the three All India Services. The recruitment for IAS is done by the Union Public Service Commission. PCS is the state-centric civil services recruited through the State Public Service Commissions.

Q. How many papers are there in the IAS Main Exam?

A. There are 9 question papers in the IAS Main Exam. Out of these 9 question papers, the candidates need to qualify in the General English and General Hindi papers and their numbers are not counted for the final merit.

Q. Can an average student crack IAS?

A. The IAS exam is an open platform with no limitation for the average students. There is no minimum percentage of marks required in the graduation course to appear in the IAS Exam. Each year, a good number of Average students crack the IAS Exam.

Q. Who is the Cadre Controlling Authority of IAS?

A. Ministry of Personnel, which works under the supervision of the Prime Minister of India, is the Cadre controlling authority for the IAS.

Q. When did UPSC issue the IAS Exam Notification?

A. The IAS 2021 Notification was issued on March 4. The IAS 2021 Prelims will be conducted on June 27. IAS 2021 notification was delayed this year.

Q. Can State PCS Officers be promoted to IAS?

A. Yes, the State PCS Officers can be promoted to the IAS subject to certain conditions laid down by UPSC. Each year, out of the total vacancies of IAS, 33% is filled through the promotion.

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