National Level Competition for Students

ISEA Announces National Level Drawing, Painting, Sketching, Cartoon Drawing, Essay Writing, Short Film, Animated Video, Poster Presentation, Popular Article and Technical Paper competitions on Information/Cyber Safety and Security Awareness

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Information Security Education and Awareness (ISEA) is a Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), GoI initiative with an objective of capacity building in the area of information security, training of Government personnel and creation of mass awareness on   information security awareness targeted towards students, women, police and other user segments. The project is being implemented through Fifty one (51) institutions for academic activities (4 ISRDCs, 7 RCs, 40 PIs including IISc, IIT’s, NIT’s) and CDAC Hyderabad as a coordinating agency for Awareness program. A multilingual web portal / has been developed with abundant multimedia content for various user segments by covering the various areas of the cyber security.

Objective: Objective to organize these competitions are to inculcate cyber hygiene among the Internet users

Theme: Information/Cyber Safety and Security Awareness (For more thematic concepts visit:

Who can participate:

A) The applicant must be a student upto 25 years old falling in any of the following three groups:

B) The entry to the competitions is Free

Groups Group-I (ages 10 - 16) Group-II (ages 17 - 23)(10+2) and Any graduate Group-III (ages 20 - 25) Engineering/equivalent and Master Graduate


  1. Drawing
  2. Painting
  3. Sketching
  4. Cartoon
  5. Essay writing
  1. Short Films - 5 mins
  2. Animated Videos - 2-3 mins
  1. Poster Presentation
  2. Popular Articles
  3. Technical Papers on Cyber security

Awards (cash prize/gift vouchers/gift articles) :

  • Attractive prizes worth Rs. 5 (Five) Lakh across all categories and Groups
  • State Level and National Level Certificates for all the Prize winners
  • Digital Certificates will be issued for all the participants
  • Best Works will be published in Newsletters/Magazines/Websites

Timeline :

  • Last Date for submission of entries : 31st August 2020
  • The results will be displayed in our web portal Winners of the competition will be intimated individually 

Guidelines for Drawing /Painting/Sketching/Cartoon Drawing category

  • The work must be on a flat piece of A3 size paper (any variety/quality paper) with 1 cm external border
  • Each individual can submit only one piece of work in each category, and the work should be his/her original work. Drawing, painting, sketching, cartoon copied from the copyrighted work/internet will not be encouraged
  • Acceptable tools for
    • Drawing: colour pencils, crayons, oil pastel, sketch pens etc.  
    • Painting: water colour, oil paint, acrylic etc.
    • Sketching:Only pencils (different numbered)
    • Cartoon: Any drawing tool
  • The artwork must not represent national flag, any particular individual, organization, or brand name and must not depict any religious theme
  • Artwork incompatible with the above guidelines will not be considered

Guidelines for Essay Writing :

  • Essays must be original and unpublished
  • Essays must be written by one person. Co-authored essays are not accepted
  • Essays must be written (hand written or typed) in English with no longer than 700 words but with a minimum of 500 words, excluding essay title
  • Essays incompatible with above guidelines will not be considered

Guidelines for Short Film and Animated Video:

  • This is a short film competition and hence ONLY Short Films should be submitted NO DOCUMENTARIES. The entries can be short live action or digital animation films too on the thematic areas
  • DURATION for Short Film: The film shall not be more than 5 mins including the beginning and end credits
  • DURATION for Animated Video: The video shall not be more than 2-3 mins
  • FORMAT: The films/videos may be shot in MPEG4 or AVI format. The recommended ratios are: 16:9 / 16:9 Full Height Anamorphic – in SDV / HDV
  • The film/video should: 1) Not depict any horror/conflicts  2) Not harm any living objects
  • RIGHT TO SCREEN: The participants shall grant the organizers ( the non-exclusive rights to screen the film/video entry on their respective websites, and other associated screenings
  • The short films/animated videos may be in their original language, but MUST be subtitled in ENGLISH
  • The film/video must not represent any particular individual, organization, or brand name and must not depict any religious theme
  • Participant should send the videos along with the source files of the video
  • Short videos/film not following above guidelines will be rejected

Guidelines for Poster Presentation :

  • The Poster should be 2ft by 3ft (Portrait)with high resolution using any open source tool.
  • Only one submission per author is permitted. Co-authorship is permitted to a maximum of two authors. It should be an original work. Work copied from internet/copyright will be disqualified
  • The poster must not represent national flag, any particular individual, organization, or brand name and must not depict any religious theme
  • The poster should include:
  • the paper title, all authors, Institute name, at the top of the poster
  • A brief introduction, goals, details, conclusions and references
  • Explanations for graphs, pictures and tables
  • All the above guidelines should be followed by the participant, failing which the poster can be disqualified

Guidelines for Popular Article/Technical Paper :

  • Only one submission per author is permitted. Co-authorship is permitted to a maximum of two authors
  • The article/paper must be original and unpublished work of the authors. Plagiarized entries will be rejected. The article should not be under consideration for publication or in a contest elsewhere
  • Format: The article/paper should be typed in A4 size electronic page, Font type-Times New Roman, Font size-12, Line spacing-1.5, and justified with margins of 1 inch (or 2.54cms) on all sides. The footnotes must be typed in Times New Roman, Font size-10, Line spacing-1.0
  • Length of the Article:The article shall be one page to max three pages, no longer than 1200 words (minimum of 800 words), footnotes included. The article must have a title and an abstract of maximum 150 words
  • Length of Technical Paper:Written paper shall be four pages to max six pages excluding appendices and references. The paper should have an abstract of maximum 150 words
  • List of References and Abbreviations shall also be submitted along with the written article and should contain those cited in the text of the manuscript
  • Figures and tables if any should be numbered consecutively and should appear near the text where they are first cited. Captions of the figures and tables are to be given at the bottom and at the top respectively. Headlines of the sections and sub-sections should start from the left-hand margin
  • If an article/technical paper is not published within 6 months from the date of submission, we keep the article with the Institute for future publication, unless it is rejected
  • A scanned passport size photograph (at least, 600 dpi) of the author and in case of joint authorship of all the authors should also be mailed along with the soft copy of the article/paper
  • All the above guidelines should be followed by the participant, failing which the article/paper can be disqualified

Judgement of The Work :

  • The work will be judged by an expert committee based on the following criteria:
    • Originality- 30%
    • Creativity and Presentation- 40%
    • Relevance to the theme- 30%

Submission :

Submission can be done Individually by the participant OR through School/College/Institute

1. Individual Submission:

  • Submit your work done along with the school/college/institute ID card, cover page and send the soft copy in JPEG/ pdf format as an attachment to and post the hard copy to the mailing address, if possible.


2. Submission through School/College/Institute based on the availability:

  • In-charge faculty can collect all the students work and send soft copies as compressed file along with the participants list in each category, students ID card and cover page on behalf of school to isea@cdac.inand post the hard copies to the mailing address.

Please refer the note below


  • For Drawing, Painting, Sketching, Essay writing, Poster presentation, Popular article and Technical paper category- soft copy JPEG/Pdf as email attachment  and hard copy by postal mail
  • For Animated films and Short Video category - CD/DVD by postal mail or compressed video by email or video by WhatsApp (9490771800)
  • In email, mention the theme in the subject field
  • The work should be submitted along with a cover page indicating (1) Student’s name (2) Group (3) Category (4) Date of birth (5) Gender (6) Institution’s name (7) Address (8) E-mail (9) Phone number
  • A cover page template is available for download at or you can create your own cover page covering items cited as (1)-(9) above

Mailing Address:  The participants should send their work to:

ISEA Admin,
Centre for Development of Advanced Computing,
Plot No. 6 & 7, Hardware Park, Sy No. 1/1,
Srisailam Highway, Pahadi Shareef Via (Keshavagiri Post)
Hyderabad - 501510 Telangana(India)
Tel: +91-9100034446/3447/3448
WhatsApp No: 9490771800

Terms & Conditions:

  • All updates related to the competition will be published in Participants are hence advised to check the website for all updates related to the competitions.
  • Entries received after the last date of submission will not be considered
  • C-DAC Hyderabad is not responsible for damages/loss/delay in transit by post or courier.
  • The decision of Jury/Expert committee for selection of winners of the competition will be deemed final
  • Copyrights of all the submitted entries will rest with the organizers. The entries received are the property of ISEA project, C-DAC Hyderabad. The work will not be returned back and the same can be used as part of project promotions with due acknowledgement to the author
  • The organization reserves the right to cancel the competition without any prior intimation