What is a CTF?

CTF stands for “Capture The Flag”. For a detailed description, see this and this. Read more about real-life CTFs here. CTFTime also has a good description here.

How do I participate in the CTF ?

The detailed participation process is explained in the Timeline page.

What are the skills needed to participate ?

We assume that you are familiar with any programming language and in writing and de-bugging programs. We dont assume anything else. The other skills needed you will develop it on the way.

Who can be a faculty mentor ?

The main role of the mentor is to motivate the students for clearing the tasks in the first round, help you stay focused and get the necessary resources for learning(eg: internet connection, other hardware resources if you need them.)

Can I form a team with my friends from other colleges ?

No, all the students must be studying in the same college. You can, however, form teams comprising of students from different branches as long as they are from your college.

I just graduated from college. Can I participate ?

Currently, this contest is open to students enrolled in a College/University in India.

I am not able to find a team partner. Can I participate on my own ?

The minimum team size is three and maximum team size is five.

Why are previous prize winners of previous editions not eligible to participate?

We would like to encourage new teams to participate and experience the joy of solving challenges. We are also severely constrained in terms of infrastructure, sponsorship and organization. Hence, we’d like to maximize our reach within these constraints and are forced to make such a choice.

Is running a hacking contest ethical ?

Lot of research has been done on this. You can read some of it here. Ethical hacking contests are increasingly becoming popular. Some of the CTFs organized across the world are listed here.

What is the aim of this contest ?

Promote awareness about cyber security among the student community. Get students hands on experience in secure coding practices. Get students interested in a career in information security.

Is this the first CTF-style hacking contest in India ?

There have been a some CTF style contests that have been advertised to have been conducted before InCTF started. But they were conducted along with conferences which required a exorbitant amount of money to be paid in order to attend and participate which usually hinders many students from taking part. Also it is not really clear if it involved offense, defense and rewarding ethical behaviour. They also needed to be physically present at the venue to take participate, thus restricting the number of participants. So to the best of our knowledge there has not been a CTF style national level ethical hacking contest in which students could take part from any part of India with out having to travel or spend a lot of money till InCTF started. Thus making this India’s First National Level CTF style Ethical Hacking contest.

Can I get my hands on the previous years CTF image?

We dont have it up yet, but we could get you a torrent file upon request. You could also check out images from other contest such as RuCTFe, rwthCTF etc if you like :) .

I wish to contribute something to the resources section. How do I do that?

Just mail us; we’ll put it up as soon as possible.

Why are students in their final year of education not eligible for prizes?

We found that most final year students merely participate in the event to win prizes, enhance their resume or for the certificate. We felt this is a waste of our efforts since such students neither participate in CTF contests nor pursue a career in information security. Hence, we decided not to award prizes to students in the final year of their education. They can participate in the contest though.

Why is it that only one team from each college can participate in the final round?

We host this contest to encourage students to explore the area of computer security and would like to maximize our reach to as many colleges as possible. This is why we allow only 1 team per college to participate in the final round.