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Design a wired/wireless, manually controlled robot under any of the following two weight categories that is capable of immobilising its opponent.

Category 1:  up to 30 kg i.e 0 < w ≤ 30
Category 2:  30 kg to 57 kg i.e 30 < w ≤ 57, where w is the weight of your bot.

Prize Money INR 1,00,000

Deadline for abstract submission (written): 7th March 2020 (extended)

On-Campus Round: 15th March 2020

Written abstract round:

  • The last date for abstract submission is 7th March 2020.

  • The abstract file should be named as Teamname_collegename.

  • This round is eliminative.

Video abstract round: 

  • The last date for abstract submission is 9th March 2020(extended).

  • Video file should be named as Teamname_collegename.

  • E-mail your video abstract to robowars@pragyan.org . The subject of your email should be Robowars - Video Abstract. And your email should contain your team name and names of all your team members along with contact details.

  • This round is not eliminative.

On-site round: 

  • Selected teams will fight each other during Pragyan.

Team Specification:

  • Maximum of 5 members in a team.

  • Only students with valid identity card from their respective educational institutions and valid Pragyan IDs are eligible to participate in Robowars.

  • Under all circumstances, judges' and event coordinators' decisions are final and binding.

Safety Rules:

  • 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, 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 battle has safety inspections. The robot will be allowed to compete at the sole discretion of the safety inspectors. 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 the 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 or competing.

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

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 during the inspection will be 10%. 

  • The machine should not exceed 30 kg of weight including the weight of onboard pneumatic source/tank for the first category and the machine should not exceed  57 kg for the second category. Weight of adapters and the remote controller will not be counted. Tolerance during inspection will be 10%(only for second category).

  • The arena will be 16ft x 16ft (l x b). 

  • The material used for arena is polycarbonate sheet of 6 mm and plywood of 1 inch.


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

  • No machine component should be intentionally detached 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)

  • Methods of mobility that are not allowed :

    • Jumping and hopping

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

Robot Control Requirements:

  • The machine can be controlled through a wired or wireless remote. Wireless control will be favored in the abstract round, as compared to wired.

  • The machines using wireless remote must have at least a four-frequency remote control circuit or two dual control circuits which may be interchanged before the start of each battle, 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 may be used. Remote control systems available in the market may also be used. 

Battery and Power:

  • The machine has to be powered electrically. Use of an IC engine in any form is not allowed. On-board batteries must be sealed, immobilized-electrolyte type 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 in time.

  • 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. 


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

  • The maximum pressure limit in cylinder is 8 bars.

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


  • The 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 do not escape the robot.

  • All hydraulic liquids are required to be non-corrosive 

  • 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) can be given to the robot for the 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 the 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 the written and video abstracts

Design a wired/wireless, manually controlled robot under any of the following two weight categories that is capable of immobilising its opponent.

Category 1:  upto 30 kg i.e 0<w≤30
Categort 2:  30 kg to 57 kg i.e 30<w≤57 , where w is the weight of your bot.


1) Can a team consist of participants from different colleges?
Yes. A team can consist of participants from different colleges.

2) Are UG-PG collaborations allowed?
Yes. UG-PG collaborations are allowed.

3) When will I be intimated if I am selected for the next round?
As soon as the round is completed and evaluation is done, you will be intimated over an email for the same, if qualified.

4) Is there any registration fee?
No. Except for registration in Pragyan, no special fee is needed.

5) Will any facility for charging our equipment be given at the venue?
Yes. 5 Amp sockets will be provided.



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