Trend of CTF’s in India

January 18, 2016, by | Start Discussion

Capture The Flag (CTF) is an ethical hacking competition. This contest has taken its name from an outdoor game which consists of two teams and each team has to capture the flag of another team.

In CTF’s you get to handle the real world security issues. A CTF challenge checks a team’s capability in various security aspects like vulnerabilities in web, cryptography, networking forensics and many others.
Playing CTF’s you get to attack, defend and score points. Generally, machines are given to each team which is in two different networks, you have to attack the network and capture the flag (can be a file or an image). Contestants are given set of challenges which they have to solve, depending on the technical skills, creativity and problem solving ability they portray, they are scored.

CTF’s provide a platform for fresher’s and security professionals to practice, check and measure their technical skills. They are a great way of learning a wide array of security skills in a legal and safe environment as many security groups around the globe participate for fun or practice.

CTF games in India are played with lot of enthusiasm and passion. Mainly people who are interested in cyber security and have a passion to learn participate. Organizers arrange CTF contests aiming to spread awareness about cyber security which is very essential in today’s day, with the high rate of cyber-crimes in India.

Let us have a look at some of the CTF organizers which are well known in India.
InCTF, an initiative by Amrita University, is a national level CTF played in India which is aimed at university students who are new to computer security. This contest gives hands-on experience to students on secure coding practices. It is one of the oldest CTF competitions in India.
Also, Junior InCTF another initiative by Amrita University for high school students aims at increasing cyber security awareness.

Nullcon’s HackIM and EMC Defenders League are hacking challenges where players solve complex puzzles and complete the challenges.
Hacker’s IDOL, an ethical hacking competition organized by the Indian Cyber Army aims at training the participants to spread awareness about online threats among students. The students are equipped with tools, techniques and methods to fight cyber-crimes on Internet.

CTF games in India is a serious business for many, as those who participate and win are recognized by top cyber security organizations and a wide array of opportunities are open to them for a flourishing career. Thus, it is a great opportunity for an employee as well as employer.

Information Security Conferences where CTF is played are listed below:


InfoSec Conferences Date


1 sCTF Kerela-India
2 COCON  – Kochi-India
3 SECURITY BYTE  – Bangalore-India
4 The Ground Zero Summit 2015 November 5-6, 2015 New Delhi-India
5 WINJA CTF for Women at NULLCON  –  –
6 Garage4hackers Forum  –  –
7 DEFCON|OWASP Lucknow International InfoSec Conference January 9-10, 2016 Lucknow-India
8 SISA Summit 2016-Innovation in Payment Securities February 5, 2016 Bangalore-India
9 Cyber Conclave February 6-7, 2016 Lucknow-India
10 Nullcon Conference 2016 March 2-5, 2016 Goa-India
11 Nullcon Security Conference March 4-5, 2016 Goa-India

Winners and Final Qualifiers

Microsoft – Build The Shield 2015
> The Flying Dutchman- Amrita College of Engineering, Bengaluru (1st Position)

  •  Anirudh Rayabharam
  •  Sheik Al Farhan
  •  V V Bhaskaram
  •  Sandilya Jandhyala

> 117#-Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (2nd Position)

  •  Agam Agarwal
  •  Ajay Brahmakshatriya
  •  Samrat Phatale
  •  Sanyam Kapoor

> Null Session- Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (3rd Position)

  • Abhinav Gupta
  • Dheerendra Rathor
  • Ranveer Aggarwal
  • Aman Gour

Final Qualifiers:

  •  PPP
  •  9447
  •  Gallopsled

Security Analyst and a Technical Writer

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