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CodeChef Monthly Programming Contests

Overview

About CodeChef Monthly Coding Competitions:

CodeChef was created as a community platform to help coders compete against each other and make it big in the world of computer programming. CodeChef conducts 4 rated coding competitions every month with participation from programmers all across the globe. Each of the 4 coding competitions has a different duration and a different style of ranking.

Who can participate:

Our coding contests are open to programmers from all across the globe.

Divisions + Rating System:

To ensure that users of all levels have problems to solve in these coding competitions, we have three divisions based on their CodeChef rating. You can know in detail about the Divisions + Rating System here.

Prizes:

As a token of motivation, we also give Cash Prizes and CodeChef Laddus to winners of these coding contests. However, our sole intention lies in making our users learn new concepts while competing in these programming competitions. In 2021, we revamped the prize structure of both Cook-Off and Lunchtime.

Click below for the list of our ongoing, upcoming and past coding contests

CodeChef Long Challenges

About the contest:

CodeChef’s Long Challenge is our signature monthly coding competition which spans a duration of 10 days. The coders compete while also improving their overall algorithmic knowledge. The 10 days contest duration gives one enough time to efficiently tackle a problem by reading the concepts one doesn’t know, and also gain practical experience by coding the solution to the problem, thus improving their skills significantly. This coding competition packs the excitement of programming with the fun of learning into one compelling challenge.

Schedule of the programming contest:

This coding contest begins on the first Friday of every month at 15:00 hrs IST.

Duration of the programming contest:

10 Days

Ranking system:

Long Challenge is a score based ranking style coding contest. The problems in the contest are partially graded and you are awarded a score when your code passes our test data.

Prizes:

Division 1:

  • Indian Participants: 1st prize: INR 12000, 2nd prize: INR 8000.
    Top 20 in the ranklist will receive 300 laddus. Additionally, they get bonus laddus (Bonus = n - contest rank), where ‘n’ is 21.
    Top 5 School Students will receive 300 laddus.
    Top 3 Challenge Scores (except winner) will receive 300 laddus.
  • Global Participants: 1st prize: USD 400, 2nd prize: USD 300.
    Top 10 from ranklist will receive 300 laddus. Additionally, they get bonus laddus (Bonus = n - contest rank), where ‘n’ is 11.
    Top 5 School Students will receive 300 laddus .
    Top 3 Challenge Scores (except users who received laddus in the previous 2 points) will receive 300 laddus.
  • Global Women Participants: Top 5 women participants, given that they are among top 100 in the ranklist will receive 300 laddus.

Division 2:

  • Indian Participants: Top 3 School Students will receive 150 laddus.
    Top 3 Challenge Scores (except winner) will receive 150 laddus.
  • Global Participants: Top 3 School Students will receive 150 laddus.
    Top 3 Challenge Scores (except winner) will receive 150 laddus.

CodeChef Cook-Offs

About the coding contest:

CodeChef Cook-Off is our signature monthly programming competition offering which runs for 2.5 hours. Cook-Off is a coding competition that calls out the programmers to compete neck to neck for the top positions. This coding contest, unlike the Long Challenge, needs quick decisions and active coding skills to prove one’s might.

Schedule of the programming contest:

You can compete in the Cook-Off on the second last Sunday of every month from 21:30 hrs IST.

Duration of the contest:

2.5 hours

Ranking system:

Cook-Off is an ACM ranking style coding competition. The Chef awards one point for solving a problem, regardless of the level of difficulty of that problem. The solution must pass all the test cases as no partial credits are awarded. Wrong submissions have penalties, and ties are broken based on the time taken along with the penalties.

Prizes:

Prizes for the Indian Rank List

  • Top ten Indian Division One coders to get Amazon Vouchers worth Rs. 3750 each.
  • The rest in the top 100 get Amazon Vouchers worth Rs. 1500 each.
  • First-time winners in Div 2 who make it to the top 200 for the first time get Amazon Vouchers worth Rs. 750 each.
  • First-time winners in Div 3 players who make it to the top 200 for the first time get Amazon Vouchers worth Rs. 750 each.

Prizes for the Global Rank List:

  • Top 10 global Division One users will get $100 each.
  • Non-Indians will receive the prize via money transfer to their account.
  • Indian users will receive Amazon vouchers for the amount converted in INR
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    * There will be no Laddus for the Top 10 Global and Indian rank holders of Division 1 in CookOff as they’ll be paid in cash/voucher as prizes. However, everything else about our previous Laddu system for CookOff will continue without any change.

CodeChef Lunchtimes

About the coding contest:

CodeChef Lunchtime is our signature monthly programming contest from the code kitchen that lasts for 3 hours. Top coders from across the globe compete neck to neck, to grab the best positions. This coding competition is designed for students of high school and middle school though we invite everyone to participate.

Schedule of the contest:

You can pack your lunch boxes of code on the last Saturday of every month from 19:30 hrs IST.

Duration of the contest:

3 hours

Ranking system:

This is an IOI ranking style coding competition. This means that the problems will be partially graded. You will be awarded partial points for passing certain subtasks. You can submit solutions as many times as you'd like, and there are no penalties for incorrect submissions in this coding contest. Only your best correct submission will be considered. Those who achieve the score first will be placed higher in the rank-list in case of a tie.

Prizes:

Prizes for the Indian Rank List

  • Top ten Indian Division One coders to get Amazon Vouchers worth Rs. 3750 each.
  • The rest in the top 100 get Amazon Vouchers worth Rs. 1500 each.
  • First-time winners in Div 2 who make it to the top 200 for the first time get Amazon Vouchers worth Rs. 750 each.
  • First-time winners in Div 3 players who make it to the top 200 for the first time get Amazon Vouchers worth Rs. 750 each.

Prizes for the Global Rank List:

  • Top 10 global Division One users will get $100 each.
  • Non-Indians will receive the prize via money transfer to their account.
  • Indian users will receive Amazon vouchers for the amount converted in INR
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    *In addition, all terms of our previous Laddu system will continue without any change for the LunchTime winners.

CodeChef Starters

About the contest:

CodeChef Starters is our newest monthly contest for absolute beginners and rated exclusively for Division 3 coders. It is a 3-hour programming challenge that gives novice coders an even playing field to make their presence felt.

Schedule of the contest:

You can compete in the Starters on the last Sunday of every month, 4 PM – 7 PM (IST).

Duration of the contest:

3 hours

Ranking system:

CodeChef Starters is a score based ranking style coding contest. You are awarded a score when your code passes our test data. Also, Starters is a rated contest for Division 3 programmers. Division 1 and 2 users can participate unofficially in this contest.

Contact us

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