Saturday, 13 May 2017


Verbattle is different from other debates. There are three teams, and sides are chosen by chance. Oftentimes there can be two teams for the statement and one against, or it is possible for one team to be for the statement and two against it. The teams are given little time to prepare for their one-minute round. Four to five rounds follow, with an opportunity for audience questions. Judges and mentors are also given the chance to ask questions. If the participants are under sixteen, mentors are allowed on the stage. Judgment of the teams is laid out under Judging Verbattle

You can participate either as a student, institution, independent judge or audience in Verbattle 2017 Debate Competitions.

Verbattle Beginner – Format
Selection round

Ten statements will be given to Verbattle Beginner registrants. Registered teams need to be prepared to argue in favor of and against for all the ten statements.


Five random teams will be put on the stage at a time for the skirmish debate. But way of lotto, one statement is selected for debate for each batch. Team arguing in favour or against will also be decided by lotto (picking up of chits). There will be three to four rounds depending on number of teams participating. Each team will get one minute to speak in a round. Based on the argument, performance, behavior, and team spirit, a total of 27 teams will be selected for the Combat round.
Combat - 27 teams

Three teams debate on one statement
Number of rounds: 6 (4 debate rounds, 1 mentor round, 1 audience round)
Total of nine debates
Number of teams selected for next level: 9
Confrontation - 9 teams

Three teams debate on one statement
Number of rounds: 7 (4 debate rounds, 1 mentor round, 1 audience round, 1 judges round)
Total of three debates
Number of teams selected for next level: 3
Face-Off – 3 teams

Top three teams will make their own statements
Number of rounds: 7 (4 debate rounds, 1 mentor round, 1 audience round, 1 judges round)
Winner – One team

Verbattle Junior – Format, Verbattle Kannada – Format and Verbattle Senior – Format
Zonal Clamber

Ten statements will be given to Verbattle Junior registrants. Registered teams need to be prepared to argue in favour of and against for all the ten statements.


Three random teams will be put on the stage at a time for the Zonal debate. But way of lotto, one statement is selected for debate for each batch. Team arguing in favour or against will also be decided by lotto (picking up of chits). There will be three to four rounds depending on the number of teams participating. Each team will get one minute to speak in a round. Based on the argument, performance, behavior, and team spirit, a total of 81 teams will be selected for Skirmish round.

State level Skirmish – 81 teams

Three teams debate on one statement
Number of rounds: 5 (4 debate rounds, 1 mentor round)
Total of 27 debates
Number of teams selected for next level: 27
Combat - 27 teams

Three teams debate on one statement
Number of rounds: 6 (4 debate rounds, 1 mentor round, 1 audience round)
Total of nine debates
Number of teams selected for next level: 9
Confrontation - 9 teams

Three teams debate on one statement
Number of rounds: 7 (4 debate rounds, 1 mentor round, 1 audience round, 1 judges round)
Total of three debates
Number of teams selected for next level: 3
Face-Off – 3 teams

Three subjects will be given, and statements should be prepared by the each team using one subject which will be selected out of lotto.
Each statement will be argued
Number of rounds: 7 (4 debate rounds, 1 mentor round, 1 audience round, 1 judges round)
Total of three debates
Winner – One team
Verbattle Senior – Format

Timeline: 26 June to 27 July 2017

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