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Cisco-ISTE Codathon 2020

National Level Codathon 2020


Cisco Networking Academy


Indian Society for Technical Education


This is a national level coding challenge named as ‘CODATHON’ sponsored by Cisco Academy Support Center -EduSkills and ISTE, open to all ISTE member institutions from all over India. Any student can participate in this competition.  Being an ISTE member, registration fee is completely waived off for any student from these colleges.  It is a multi-level challenge, with rejections in each level.

Ø Why to Participate

  • National level recognition from Cisco and ISTE
  • World class certification for every participant who completes the course
  • To polish your knowledge and for reskilling
  • Award and recognition for the winners
  • Winners will receive certificate in ISTE National Convention, in presence of Cisco India Lead & President, ISTE.


Ø Who can Participate  

  1. Only the Students of ISTE member institutions and those pursuing Diploma/Degree/M.Tech or any equivalent courses.  2019 Pass out students from ISTE member colleges who are holding valid Degree/Diploma are also eligible to compete.
  2. It is not team participation. Only an individual student can participate.
  3. Faculties aren’t eligible to apply.


Ø Responsibility of the Student and Chapter Coordinator

  • Chapter Coordinators have to create awareness and mobilize student members in their respective institutions about this competition and help the interested students to enroll through link available on ISTE Website.
  • Students have to complete the “PCAP: Programming Essentials in Python” programming courses online on the provided portal.
  • Student enrollment to the Programming course should start from 25thth Feb, 2020.
  • Student should self-study the course online, finish online course assessments and complete the course by 10th Mar, 2020.
  • Students, who do not complete the course by 10th Mar, 2020, will not be allowed to participate in Cisco -ISTE Codathon.


Cisco NetAcad-ISTE Codathon Challenge Process

Multi-Level Challenge (All levels of competition using C, C++ & Python Language only)


Ø 1st Round Competition (Preparation for the competition)

  • Finish PCAP: Programming Essentials in Python online Programming Course
  • Online assessment: Remotely but on the dates decided by Cisco and ISTE   
  • Exam duration:  30 Minutes.
  • Number of questions: 30
  • Cut off mark is 60 % to qualify for 2nd level competition.


Ø 2nd Round Competition

  • Chapters have to arrange online exam for 2ndlevel selected students at their Colleges as per the date decided by ISTE and Cisco.
  • Exam will be for 30 Minutes, 3 Programming Questions.
  • Students have to write programs using C, C++ & Python language only.
  • Top 3 Students from every Section will be awarded and they will be qualifying for final round Competition.


Ø Final Round Competition

  • Continuous 2 Hours of Programming using C, C++ & Python Language.
  • Exam venue:  ISTE National Student’s Convention at Verna, Goa (Final venue & time will be communicated soon).  
  • Accommodation, food, etc. for selected students for final round will be provided. Students will have to take care of their travel expenses only.


ØStudents completing Python Course will get course completion certificate from Cisco and ISTE.

Ø  Students completing round 1 will get CODATHON participation certificates from Cisco and ISTE.

Ø  Students selected for final round will get appreciation certificates from Cisco and ISTE

Ø  Top 3 students from every level of this challenge will be awarded

·         1st Prize- 4K (Amazon Gift Voucher)

·         2nd Prize- 2K (Amazon Gift Voucher)

·         3rd Prize- 2K (Amazon Gift Voucher)

Ø  Top 3 students in the final round (National Winners) will be awarded with

·         1st Prize

o   10K Amazon Gift Voucher & CCNA Voucher for Global Certification Exam, worth $300

·         2nd Prize- 5K (Amazon Gift Voucher)

·         3rd Prize- 5K (Amazon Gift Voucher)

Ø  Benefits to ISTE member Institutions and Chapter Coordinators

·         Best Performing Top 10 ISTE Member Institutions will be eligible to qualify to setup Cisco Networking Academy (Cisco Centre of Excellence) at their campus. (*Terms & Condition apply).

·         After getting the CoE status, member Institutions will be eligible to participate in Cisco’s annual hiring process.  (Cisco Internship –cum- Placement drive).

·         Chapter Coordinators of the best performing Institutions will be eligible to become ‘Cisco Master Trainers’. Will need to go through a ‘Faculty Development Program’ from Cisco.

·         Top 10 Chapters enrolling highest number of students will also be awarded.

Schedule for the competition is as follows:

  1. Portal opens on 25th Feb, 2020.
  2. Will remain open for 15 days only, till 10th March’20.
  3. Self-Study content available on
  4. The registered students will get the self-study python course study link on their email ids. Expect an email from Cisco NetAcad.
  5. 1st Level online examination: 13th Mar & 14th Mar, 2020. Timing will be announced ISTE Website as well as qualified students will be informed at their email ids. 
  6. 2nd Level online examination: 16th Mar, 2020.
  7. Final Level examination date and venue will be announced soon.

v Please go through the above schedule carefully for all important dates.




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