Wednesday, 16 May 2012



Rules and Guidelines of the Essay Competition
1. Structure of the Essay Competition:
The Competition is divided into three categories viz. 
  • Category ‘A’ – School Children of Class 11th  & 12th.
  • Category ‘B’-  Undergraduate Students.
  • Category‘C’- Students  pursuing PG/including Post Graduate Diplomas/M.Phil/PhD/CA/CWA/CS/MBA.

1.1 Essay entries submitted by the participants must  be accompanied with a  SCANNED COPY of student Identity Card. Entries received without a  SCANNED COPY of student IdentityCard shall summarily be rejected and no query, correspondence etc. pertaining to such entry(s) shall be entertained by the Commission under any circumstances.

1.2 The Essay Competition entries shall have to be on the topics provided in the Advertisement and   submitted  by prescribed date stipulated therein.

1.3 Collaborator papers of up to two persons are also welcome. Only one paper per participant or per collaboration team may be submitted. The prizes in such cases will be shared among the team members.

1.4 Entry to the competition shall be free.

1.5 Only one essay is allowed per participant or per collaborator team.

2. Procedures for the e-submissions of essay

2.1 The  e-submissions have to be sent,  latest by 30th June, 2012  through email only at   cci.essay@gmail.com in ENGLISH language only.

2.2 Participants shall furnish the details as per ‘Entry Form’ (Annexure ‘A’ to these guidelines).

2.3 Submission sent by post/mail (hard copy) shall not be accepted.2.4 Only original essays will be considered for the competition. Previously published essays  shall be rejected outrightly. Any form of plagiarism will result in disqualification of the essay.

2.5 Length of Essay:
For Category ‘A’:  The Essay should be within the limits of 750-1500 words.
For Category ‘B’ & ‘C’ :  The essay  should not be more than  3000 words including footnote. There is no minimum word limit, however, papers submitted in less than 1500 words are not encouraged.

2.6 Format Requirement.
2.6.1  Typed on a A4 size electronic page.
2.6.2  Font size shall be 12 points (English) in Times New Roman.
2.6.3  1.5 interlinear space
2.6.4  Margins of 2.54 cm on top, bottom and both sides.

2.7 Citations:
Participants may use any recognised style of referencing system and this must be consistently used through the Written Submission.The List of References shall include all cited texts throughout the Written Submission.

2.8 Scoring of the essay:
2.8.1 Following criteria may be used in assessing the documents:
 Content – Originality: 65 % weighting
 Clarity: 15 % weighting
 Structure: 10 % weighting
 Overall impression: 10 % weighting
2.8.2 The quality of language will not be a decisive factor, as long as the text retains its clarity and coherence.

2.9 Wards and relatives of employees of Competition Commission of India are  NOT ELIGIBLE to participate in this competition.

3. Prizes:
3.1 CCI will honour each of the winner from  each of the category with cash prizes as under: 
Category A:( School Children of Class 11th  & 12th)
  • First Prize - Rs.7500/-
  • Second Prize-Rs.5000/-
  • Third Prize- Rs.3000/- and
  • 10 Consolation Prize of Rs.1500/- each

Category B:( Undergraduate Students)
  • First Prize - Rs.10,000/-
  • Second Prize-Rs.6000/-
  • Third Prize- Rs.4000/- and
  • 10 Consolation Prize of Rs.2000/- each

Category C: (Students  pursuing PG/including Post Graduate Diplomas/M.Phil/PhD/CA/CWA/CS/MBA)

  • First Prize - Rs.15,000/-
  • Second Prize-Rs.10,000/-
  • Third Prize- Rs.6000/- and
  • 10 Consolation Prize of Rs.2000/- each  

3.2 All the winners of above prize(s) shall also be awarded a certificate of merit  by the   Commission. Names of the winners will be published on CCI’s website in the third week of August, 2012. Separate intimation will also be sent to  each of the winner and prize money will only be given to those winners who submit attested/ certified copy of current Identity Card or a letter from his/her educational institution as proof of bonafide student.
However all the participants will be given a letter of appreciation by the Commission for having participated in the Essay Competition.

4. Copyrights:
4.1 All the essays submitted shall be exclusive property of CCI and Commission shall be free to use the information/  views therein in any manner it require.

5. Decision of the Competition Commission of India (CCI) in deciding the winner(s) in each category shall be final and binding and no query, correspondence etc. in this regard shall be entertained by the CCI.

6. CCI shall not be  responsible for any essay(s)  not received.

7. Laws of India with jurisdiction of courts at Delhi shall apply to this competition.

Note: Essays incompatible with the above rules and conditions will not be considered.  Submission of entries  to the competition implies acceptance of the above terms and conditions by the participant(s)

It is clarified to all the prospective participants for ‘CCI National Level 
Essay Competition, 2012’  that students who have appeared in their class 
12th Final exam, and have not yet enrolled for any Undergraduate Course, shall 
send their entry under Category ‘A’.  Similarly students who have appeared in 
the final exam of their Undergraduate course, and have not yet enrolled for any  
PG including Post Graduate Diploma/M.Phil/PhD/CA/CWA/CS/MBA 
course, shall send their entry under Category ‘B’






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