Design a wired/wireless, manually controlled robot capable of overpowering its opponent in a mechanical battle to fight for survival.

Date: 16th March 2019 (Day 2)
Time: 9:00 AM
Venue: Infront of Barn Hall

Prizes worth INR 100000

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Round 1: Written abstract round

  • The participants have to submit the written abstract containing the bot mechanism and the details of every part used.

Round 2: Video  abstract round

  • In this round, the participants have to submit a video which shows the mobility and the weapon mechanism used in the bot. (this round is NOT eliminative).

Round 3: Onsite round

  • Selected teams will fight each other during Pragyan.


Team Specification:

• Maximum of 5 members in a team.

• Team members can be from different colleges.

• All students with a valid identity card from their respective educational institution and a valid Pragyan ID are eligible to participate in Robowars. 


Safety Rules:

• Compliance with all event rules is mandatory. It is expected that competitors stay within the rules and procedures of their own accord, and do not require constant policing.

• Special care should be taken to protect the on-board batteries and pneumatics; robots without proper protection will not be allowed to compete.

• If you have a robot or weapon design that does not fit within the categories set forth in these rules or is in some way ambiguous or borderline, please contact the event organisers. Safe innovation is always encouraged, but surprising the organisers with your brilliant exploitation of a loophole may cause your robot to be disqualified before it even competes.

• Each event has safety inspections. It is at their sole discretion that your robot is allowed to compete. As a builder you are obligated to disclose all operating principles and potential dangers to the inspection staff.

• Proper activation and deactivation of robots is critical. Robots must only be activated in the arena, testing areas, or with expressed consent of the event coordinators.

• All participants build and operate robots at their own risk. Combat robotics is inherently dangerous. There is no amount of regulation that can encompass all the dangers involved. Please take care to not hurt yourself or others when building, testing and competing.

• All weapons must have a safety cover on any sharp edges. Changes to the surroundings by the teams in the competition arena should not be carried out without the consent of organizers. Not following this rule may result in disqualification.

• All the resources provided at the time of competition from the organisers should be strictly used only after the consent of the organisers.

• Once the robots have entered into the arena, no team members can enter into the arena at any point of time. In case, if the battle has to be halted in between and some changes have to be done in the arena or on the robot(s), it will be done by the organisers only.


Dimensions and Fabrications:

• The machine should fit in a box of dimension 3ft X 3ft X 2ft (l x b x h) at any given point during the match. The external device used to control the machine, or any external tank is not included in the size constraint. Tolerance will be 10% during inspection.

• The machine should not exceed 54kg of weight including the weight of onboard pneumatic source/tank. Weight of adapters and the remote controller will not be counted. Tolerance will be 10% during inspection.



• All robots must have easily visible and controlled mobility in order to compete.

• Any machine component should not be detached (intentionally) during any point of the battle.

• Methods of Mobility include:

  • Rolling (wheels, tracks or the whole robot)

  • Walking (linear actuated legs with no rolling or cam operated motion)

  • Shuffling (rotational cam operated legs)


• Not allowed :

  • Jumping and hopping

  • Flying (using airfoil, helium balloons, ornithopters, hovercrafts etc.)


Robot Control Requirements:

• The machine can be controlled through wired or wireless remote. But wireless will have priority over wired in abstract round.

• The machines using wireless remote must at least have a four-frequency remote control circuit or two dual control circuits which may be interchanged before the start of the race to avoid frequency interference with other teams. The case of any interference in the wireless systems will not be considered for rematch or results.

• Remote control systems from toys might be used. Remote control systems available in the market may also be used.


Battery and Power:

• The machine can be powered electrically only. Use of an IC engine in any form is not allowed. On board Batteries must be sealed, immobilized-electrolyte types such as gel cells, lithium, NiCad, NiMH, or dry cells.

• The electric voltage between 2 points anywhere in the machine should not be more than 48V DC at any point of time.

• All efforts must be made to protect battery terminals from a direct short or from causing a battery fire. Failure to do so will cause direct disqualification.

• Use of damaged, non-leak proof batteries may lead to disqualification.

• Special care should be taken to protect the on-board batteries.

• Change of battery will not be allowed during the match.

• One 220V power socket will be provided for each team.



• Robot can use pressurized non-flammable gases to actuate pneumatic devices. Maximum allowed outlet nozzle pressure is 8 bars. The storage tank and pressure regulators used by teams need to be certified and teams using pneumatics are required to produce the Safety and Security letters at the Registration Desk at the venue. Failing to do so will lead to direct disqualification.

• Participants must be able to indicate the used pressure with integrated or temporarily fitted pressure gauge. Also, there should be provision to check the cylinder pressure on the bot.

• The maximum pressure in cylinder should not exceed the rated pressure at any point of time.

• Participants must have a safe way of refilling the system and determining the onboard pressure.

• All pneumatic components on board a robot must be securely mounted. Care must be taken while mounting the pressure vessel and armour to ensure that if ruptured it will not escape the robot. The terms 'pressure vessel, bottle, and source tank' are used interchangeably.



• Robot can use non-flammable liquid to actuate hydraulic devices. E.g. cylinders.

• All hydraulic components on-board a robot must be securely mounted. Special care must be taken while mounting pump, accumulator and armour to ensure that ruptured direct fluid streams does not escape the robot.

• All hydraulic liquids are required to be non-corrosive and your device should be leak proof. Maximum allowed pressure is 8 bars.

• Participant must be able to indicate the used pressure with integrated or temporarily fitted pressure gauge.

• Entire hydraulic setup should be onboard and no external input (from outside the arena) could be given to the robot for functioning of its hydraulic system.


Weapons Systems:

  •  Robots can have any kind of magnetic weapons, cutters, flippers, saws, lifting devices, spinning hammers, etc. as weapons with following exceptions and limitations:
  • Liquid projectiles

  • Any kind of inflammable liquid

  • Flame-based weapons

  • Any kind of explosive or intentionally ignited solid or potentially ignitable solid

  • Nets, tape, glue, or any other entanglement device

  • High power magnets or electromagnets

  • Radio jamming, tasers, tesla coils, or any other high-voltage device

  • Tethered or untethered projectiles

  • Spinning weapons which do not come in contact with the arena at any point of time are allowed

  •  In no case should the arena be damaged by any bot. All weapons used should be mentioned in written and video abstracts


Judging criteria:

  • A robot is declared victorious if its opponent is immobilized i.e. a robot will be declared immobilized if it cannot display any movement for a time-period of 20 seconds.

  • In case both the robots remain mobile after the end of the round then the winner will be decided subjectively based on the score calculated.

  • Base score is calculated based on three parameters: Aggression, Control and Damage

  • Extra points will be awarded based on using the arena and its specification constraints. For example, pushing the opponent’s bot into the red zone in an arena.

  • Detailed Score criteria will be declared after declaring the arena.

  • In case of disputes, organisers’ decision will be final.

Design a manually controlled wireless/wired bot which will battle in a 1 vs 1 fight in a 16ft X 16ft X 6ft  arena. The robot that immobilizes the opponent robot is declared victorious or scores the highest wins.

The written abstract submission deadline is 10th Mar 2019(extended).


Ques: Can a team consist of participants from different colleges?



Ques: Is UG-PG collaboration allowed?

Ans: Yes


Ques: When will I be intimated if I am selected for the next round?

Ans: As soon as the round is completed and evaluation is done, you will be intimated over a mail for the same, if qualified.


Ques: Is there any registration fee?

Ans: No, except for registration in Pragyan, no special fee is needed.


Ques: Will any facility for charging our equipment be given at the venue?

Ans: Yes, 5amp sockets will be provided.



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