Frequently Asked Questions | CodeChef

Benefits of becoming a Chapter Leader

What are the benefits of starting a College Chapter on my Campus?

  • Grow your leadership and community management skills
  • Win certificates, exciting prizes, awards, gift vouchers, and exclusive CodeChef goodies
  • Get mentorship and advice from Competitive Programmers and other community leaders
  • Show off your exclusive Leader Tshirt and flaunt the schwags
  • Get access to exclusive CodeChef competitions and events
  • Be a leader and ameliorate the Competitive Coding Culture of your college
  • Broaden your network and connect with Chapter Leaders all over the world

Do selected Chapter Leaders get any goodies or schwags?

  • Yes, you will receive exclusive CodeChef goodies and schwags when you are selected for the program. You will also receive a Certificate of Recognition after successfully completing the program.

Who all will receive the goodies or schwags?

  • All the four Chapter Leaders and the Faculty Advisor will receive the goodies and schwags.

Eligibility Criteria, Roles & Responsibilities

Who is Eligible for the program?

  • Any individual enrolled in a higher education academic institute in India with at least one year till graduation. You can refer to the eligibility criteria here: Eligibility Criteria

Do I need to be an expert in Competitive Programming for the role of President?

  • No. You need not be an expert in Competitive Programming, but some knowledge in CP is required for the role. You can refer to the eligibility criteria for further clarifications here: Eligibility Criteria

Should the faculty advisor be a part of our college or can they be from some other college?

  • The club is college-specific and requires you to have a faculty advisor as well as the entire team from the same college.

Can a Guest Faculty member become a Faculty Advisor of our Chapter?

  • No, a Guest Faculty member cannot become a Faculty Advisor of the Chapter.

I am in the 8th semester of my engineering. I will graduate in the next few months. Can I apply now?

  • No, you cannot apply for the same. You need at least one year of commitment to the program. So, if you have just started your final year, you can apply, but you can’t if you will graduate in the next few months.

What shall be my responsibilities as a CodeChef College Chapter Leader?

Are all the four students Chapter Leaders or only the President is the Chapter Leader?

  • All four students are referred to as Chapter Leaders

I want to start a CodeChef Chapter at my institute. We have a faculty advisor with us. Can a two-member team start, for now, taking up two responsibilities each?

  • Two members cannot start a College Chapter and one member cannot hold multiple positions.
  • You are required to have a total of 4 members. Know more about the team formation here: Become a Leader

Chapter Member

Who is a Chapter Member?

  • Chapter Members are the community members who are a part of a chapter. Find out about a Member in detail here: Member vs Leader

Application Procedure

I want to know the CodeChef Chapter Selection procedure in detail.

  • After filling the application form, the details of the applicant will be checked by CodeChef.
  • Within the next 10 days, the applicant status (whether selected or rejected for the next round) will be emailed to the applicant.
  • If the applicant is selected, then they have to gather a team and share the details of the team with CodeChef via a form that CodeChef will be sharing with the selected applicant.
  • Once the team details are received, CodeChef will check them and within the next 10 days, the applicant status (whether selected or rejected for the next round) will be emailed to the applicant.
  • If the applicant is selected, a joint online interview of the Chapter Leaders will be conducted by CodeChef.
  • After the online interview, if the team gets selected, within the next 10 days, CodeChef will inform the applicant about the same.
  • After the online interview, if the team doesn’t get selected, within the next 10 days, CodeChef will share the feedback and inform the applicant about the same. The team can work on the feedback and apply again with new or the same team members!

How much time does it take to review the application?

  • It takes around 10 days to review the application.

We have already registered for the program, but we don't know the status of our application?

  • Due to the high volume of applications, it takes around 10 days to review your application.
  • You will receive an email with the status of your application within 10 days from the day of the form submission. Thanks for being patient.

Will opening a Chapter require any monetary investment now or in the future?

  • We do not ask you to invest any kind of money in the College Chapter.

Are there any registration fees for establishing the Codechef College Chapter? Also are there any fees for those who enroll as a member or as a participant for this Chapter?

  • There’s no fee involved in the entire application/selection process.
  • No fees shall be charged of any kind to any member of the chapter. Strict actions will be taken against Chapter Leaders who are found violating this.

Interview Process

What kind of questions will be asked in the interview? Technical questions or general questions regarding the working of the chapter.

  • General questions will be asked in the interview. No Technical questions of any kind will be asked in the interview.
  • Questions will be asked regarding the roles and responsibilities of the positions.

Who all need to attend the interview?

  • The entire team (excluding the Faculty Advisor) needs to be present for the interview.

How long will the interview take?

  • The interview will take place for around 20-30 minutes.

How will the interview be conducted?

  • It will be conducted via Google Meet and the link will be shared prior via email.

Do I have to switch on my camera during the interview?

  • Yes, you have to switch on your camera during the interview. Please contact the CodeChef Community Manager if you have any apprehensions.

Video Application

Can you please give me a brief explanation regarding the Video Application?

  • The video should be a minimum of 2 minutes and a maximum of 6 minutes.
  • Create a video introducing yourself, the coding culture of your college, why you want to establish a CodeChef Chapter in your college, and why you want to become a Chapter Leader. You can add more points and content in your video apart from the ones mentioned by us.
  • Create this video, upload the same in your google drive, give us access to view the video.
  • This step will help us get to know you better and tell us your goals and visions for the chapter.

What should be the length of the Video?

  • It should be 2 to 6 minutes.

What should be the quality of the video?

  • 480p is sufficient. You can use any smartphone to create the video. Make sure you are shooting the video in a well-lit environment.

Do I need to use a professional camera for the video?

  • You can use a professional camera if you already have it. But, it is not needed. You can use any smartphone to create the video, it will not hamper your chances of getting selected. Do not buy a camera just to create the video.

Where to upload the video?

  • You can upload the video to google drive and share the link with Viewer permissions in the application form.

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