What is TCS Code Vita Contest ?

Sports are a great way of bringing out character of a person. A spectrum of emotions ranging from hope to despair, monotony to excitement, boring to interesting, mediocre to extraordinary performances are seen in every sport known to mankind. The purpose of sports, apart from physical and mental fitness, is to evoke these emotions. TCS feels strongly about promoting the culture of  Programming-As-A-Sport. TCS CodeVita, a programming contest, is TCS’s way of attracting young impressionable college students to adopt this culture and experience joy of programming

Motive of this Contest

We are in era of User Generated Content (UGC). Data and technology is created at pace never experienced before. To harness the power of vast data and new technologies skilled manpower is required. Programming skills are the foundation to a fruitful career in these fields. After having run two seasons of the competition in India and gone Global in 2014, its time to expand international participation in 2015. The main objective for the contest is to sharpen the contestants' programming skills through some real-life computing practices. The contest will also
  • Help TCS Spot the bright students
  • Provide students an opportunity to showcase their programming talent and earn peer recognition and honour
  • Provide an opportunity to showcase offerings of TCS to the academic world

Format of the Contest

CodeVita is a team contest. A team must have 2 members. The contest will comprise of 3 rounds of coding. To participate in CodeVita, one needs to register the team. Both members of the team will need to register individually. The registration portal will provide necessary workflows to form the team online. Only a valid team can participate in the contest.
Registration windows open up different times for different geographies. Refer your geography specific section for details on registration process.
To help contestants warm up for the contest,  a practice round will be open to participants who have registered for the contest
  • Round 1 This is the first round of the contest and will comprise of a series of real time problem statements. Apart from selection of teams for the second round, the contest will also help contestants warm up for the next round.
  • Round 2 This is the final round of the contest.   Top 300 or Top 5%  of teams (whichever is higher) from the first round will move into this round.
  • Grand Finale:   To be held in one of the TCSL offices in India. Top 3 teams will be declared as winners of the contest. Winners will receive exciting prizes, internship offers with CTO Team and provisional Offer Letters.

Eligibility Criteria 

Coders from  institutes across India are eligible for this contest. Registrations are invited from students in under graduate/ post graduate disciplines from  engineering/science background with any specialization

Registration Process

  • Students will have to  Register on TCSL NexStep for taking part in the contest. A CT/ DT Reference # is mandatory for participating in the contest.
  • Each team can have only  two members.
  • After registration begins, all interested participants will be required to register for the contest on Campus Commune. Each registered participant will be receiving a  unique secret code to take part in the contest. This code is of utmost importance to take part in the contest rounds and should not even be shared between team-mates The Secret code will also be a part of login credentials
  • Each team should choose a team name and the team leader.
  • During registration, the team leader should  Nominate self as the Team Leader and also  Invite the team members. It is the responsibility of the team members to  Accept the invitation.
  • In case a team member rejects a nomination, the Team Leader will be able to send a new request to another registered member from same institute to join the team.
  • The team will be formed after all invited members accept their invitations.
  • The Team Leader of each legitimate team will be our point of contact for any further communication with respect to the contest and will be responsible for updating the respective team members.
  • The team can be from the same discipline or may be inter-disciplinary.
  • Team members of a particular team have to be from same college/institute.
  • Team members have to remain constant throughout the contest. Swapping of participants within teams is not allowed and will lead to disqualification of the respective teams from the contest.

General Guidelines

  • The infrastructure / software(s) required for compiling code solutions shall be borne by the team or the institution they represent. TCS will not be liable for any damage to the institute’s infrastructure which may be caused by participants from the institute during the contest.
  • Language compilers are open source applications that can be downloaded from the internet. Participants will need to submit the compiled solution to a problem only. For example, codes written in Java should be submitted in .java format
  • CodeVita platform supports coding in 10 languages. Language names and supported compiler / interpreter versions are mentioned in table below.
  • Coding Guidelines will be provided as separate document. It will include information on scoring and ranking of teams in different rounds, list of URLs from which compilers and IDEs can be downloaded.