The debate is an activity that brings the art of reading, thinking and speaking together. A debate fosters the ability to conceive, articulate and evaluate arguments that remains essential to the development of an engaged and ethical individual living in contemporary society.

Event Timings

Date : 28-Feb-2020

Time : 09:00:00


(i) The motions for each round will reflect a specific and well-known theme and each round of 
the competition will comprise
     of three choices of motions.

(ii) On the release of the motions, both teams will rank the motions on the basis of their preferences. The third option of both
       teams is immediately dropped. If there remains a clear favorite, that motion is directly selected.

(iii) In case of an undecided tie between the two remaining motions, the motion for that round and match-up will be decided
        on the basis of the toss of a coin. It is the responsibility of the timekeeper to oversee the choice and selection of the motion.

(iv) The motion should reflect the standard rules of the Asian Style Parliamentary Debates.

(v)  The members should debate the motion in the spirit of the motion and the tournament.


(i)   Match-ups and venues will be announced before motions are revealed.

(ii)  The debate should commence 20 minutes after the motion is announced.

(iii) Teams should arrive at their debate within five minutes of the scheduled starting time for that debate.

(iv) Members are permitted to use printed or written material during preparation and in the debate. Printed material includes
        books, journals, newspapers, and other similar materials. The use of electronic equipment is not prohibited during
        preparation but in the debate.


(i)  Points of Information (questions directed to the member speaking) may be asked between first-minute mark and the
      6-minute mark  of the members’ speeches (speeches are of seven minutes 

(ii) If a Point of Information is offered in the first or the last minute of a constructive speech, it is the duty of the speaker
       holding the floor to reject the same as being out of order. Only if the 
speaker holding the floor fails to do the same,
       the chair of the adjudicator panel may very 
briefly intervene and call the house to order.

(iii) To ask a Point of Information, a member should stand, place one hand on his or her head and extend the other towards the
        member speaking. The member may announce that they would 
like to ask a “Point of Information” or use other words to
        this effect. The member who is speaking may accept or decline to answer the Point of Information.

(iv) Points of Information should not exceed 15 seconds in length.

(v)  The member who is speaking may ask the person offering the Point of Information to sit down where the offeror has had a
        reasonable opportunity to be heard and understood.

(vi) Members should attempt to answer at least two Points of Information during their speech. Members should also offer
        Points of Information.

(vii) Points of Information should be assessed in accordance with the rules.

(vii) Points of Order and Points of Personal Privilege are not permitted.

(viii) Debaters should not indulge in, and adjudicators should not entertain argumentation or cross-questioning, at the time
          of the open adjudication.


(i) It is the duty of the timekeeper, or of a panelist or Chair (in absence of a timekeeper), to time all the speeches in each round.

(ii)The timing of each speech starts at the moment that the member begins speaking.

        Substantive Speeches

Preliminary Rounds: 6+1 minutes

Semi-final: 7 + 1 minutes

Grand-finals: 8 + 1 minutes

Reply Speeches: 3+1 minutes in all Rounds, and 4+1 minutes in the Grand finals.

Time signals will be given in the following manner:

  1. Preliminary Rounds

End of the first minute - Single knock

End of the fifth minute - Single knock

End of the sixth minute – Double knock

  1. Semi-finals

End of the first minute - Single knock

End of the seventh minute- Single knock

End of the eighth minute- Double knock

  1. Grand Finals:

End of the first minute – Single knock

End of the eighth minute - Single knock

End of the ninth minute - Double knock

  1. Reply Speeches:

End of the third minute - Single knock

End of the forth minute – Double knock

  1. Reply Speeches in the Grand Final:

End of the fourth minute – Single knock

End of the fifth minute – Double knock


(i)  At the end of every debate, each adjudicator will complete their adjudication forms.

(ii) There are no draws in competitive debating.

(iii) Teams failing to turn up for the debate on time will lose the debate by the widest possible margin. The other team will
        then face-off against a stand-by swing team [non-competitive for 
the purposes of the competition] constituted by the
        host University. Failure to turn up for two 
rounds in the preliminary phase will result in automatic disqualification from the

(iv) An “average” speech shall be awarded

 • Matter: 30/40

 • Manner: 30/40

 • Method: 15/20

•  Total: 75/100

(v) A speaker may not under any circumstance be awarded less than 28/40 in Matter and Manner, and less than 13/20
      in Method. Therefore, the worst speech in the history of debating would 
still get 69/100

(vi) A speaker may not under any circumstance be awarded more than 32/40 in Matter and Manner, and more than 17/20
      in Method. Therefore, the best speech in the history of the world would get no more than 81/100.

Criteria Range

Matter (28-32)/40

Manner (28-32)/40

Method (13-17)/20

Total (69-81)/100

(vi) For reply speeches, marks shall be awarded to speakers based on the following.

(vii) An “average” reply speech shall be awarded

Manner: 15/20

Effectiveness: 22/30

Total: 37/50

(viii) A speaker may not under any circumstance be awarded less than 14/20 in Manner, and less

than 20/30 in Effectiveness. Therefore, the worst reply speech in the history of debating would

still get 34/50.

(ix) A speaker may not under any circumstance be awarded more than 17/20 in Manner and more than 25/30 in Effectiveness.
       Therefore, the best reply speech in the history of debating would get no more than 42/50.

Criteria Range

Effectiveness: (20-25)/30

Manner: (14-17)/20

Total: (34-42)/50

(x) Adjudicators will determine, at the conclusion of a debate whether the overall margin of win/loss separating the
      teams was (independently of speaker scores) close, clear or a thrashing 
margin on a scale of 1 to 12.

• Close win = 1 to 4 points.

• Clear win = 4 to 8 points.

• Thrashing = 8 to 12 points.


(i) The debate should be adjudicated by a panel of at least three adjudicators, where this is possible.

(ii) The adjudicators may confer and discuss the debate and their feedback (in no event for more than 20 minutes) before
      announcing the results before the teams. In all of these rounds (except 
for the finals), there will be an open adjudication
      after the decision for each debate is announced, 
where adjudicators will give reasons for their decision and other feedback
      to the teams. 
However, the adjudication sheets will not be shown to debaters or other participants.

(iii) All the debaters must leave the chambers following the completion of all speeches.


 i.  Winning Team: Cash Prize Rs.21000, Trophy and Certificate.

ii.  Runner up Team: Cash Prize Rs.15000, Trophy and Certificate.

iii. Best Adjudicator-Cash Prize Rs.5000, Trophy and Certificate.

iv. Best Speaker : Cash Prize Rs.5000, Trophy and Certificate.

v. 2nd Best Speaker- Cash Prize Rs.3000, Trophy and Certificate.

The debate will follow the 3-on-3 Asian Parliamentary debating rules in the Parliamentary Debate Competition. Each debating match will consist of two teams; one to propose the motion and one to oppose it. The team proposing may be known as “The Proposition‟, “The Affirmative” or “The Government”. The team opposing may be known as “The Opposition‟ or “The Negative”. Teams will be designated as the Proposition or the Opposition for each round of the competition. Each debate shall be adjudicated upon by a panel comprising of an odd number of adjudicators who will be true.

• The debate will consist of two teams of three participants each

• Each debate shall be adjudicated upon by a panel comprising of an odd number of adjudicators.

• One of these shall be designated as Chairperson.

• Each debate shall be timed by a timekeeper. In the absence of a timekeeper, a member of the adjudication panel will time the speeches.

• The team will comprise of 3+1 (Members + Adjudicator).


• Prime Minister;

• Opposition Leader;

• Deputy Prime Minister;

• Deputy Opposition Leader;

• Government Whip;

• Opposition Whip;

• Opposition Reply

• Government Reply

(i) The members of the government side are the following:

• Prime minister (PM) - Opens the debate, defines the motion and advances arguments;

• Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) - Refute at first instance the case of the opposition, re-establish the government’s claim, and advances arguments;

• Government whip (GW) - Makes an issue-based rebuttal of the opposition's case and summarizes the case of the government.

(ii)The members of the opposition side are the following:

• Leader of the Opposition (LO) - Responds directly to the case of the government by giving a direct clash, and advances arguments. May challenge the motion if the definition is challengable;

• Deputy Leader of the Opposition (DPL) - Refutes the case of the DPM, re-establishes the case of the opposition, and advances an argument;

• Opposition Whip (OW) - Makes an issues-based rebuttal of the government’s side and summarizes the case of the opposition.



Muskan Dubey - 77718 72712

Rehan Ahmad - 9631260687 

The participants must register online by 25/12/2019. Online registration will be open from 25/11/2020.The participants will receive
an acknowledgment cum approval as confirmation their online registration and participation periodically after registration. The teams
will be registered on a first-cum- first serve basis with a maximum of 24 teams.



(i) Without Accommodation:

a) n+1= Rs.2400/-

b) n+2= Rs.3000

c) Independent Adjudicators = Rs. 600/-

(ii) With accommodation:

a) n+1= Rs. 6400/-

b) n+2= Rs. 8000/-

c) Independent Adjudicators = Rs. 1600/-

Team Registration

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Independent Adjudicator Registration

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