CAPTURE THE FLAG (CTF) 2023 – NATIONAL EDITION Ethical Hacking: Exploring the World of CTFs

The Crucial Role of CTFs in the Digital Era

In a world defined by the rapid integration of technology into every aspect of modern life, the importance of robust cybersecurity expertise cannot be overstated. Safeguarding data and the very essence of our interconnected world has become imperative. Renowned globally for their thrilling challenges, Capture The Flags (CTFs) competitions provide a controlled environment for participants to experience real-world hacking scenarios while upholding ethical principles. International events like DEFCON CTF and the European Cyber Security Challenge not only showcase skills but also foster global collaboration within the cybersecurity community.

But CTF competitions are not just about contests and prizes. They serve as crucial platforms for cybersecurity education and skill advancement. In the face of an expanding digital landscape, the demand for adept professionals to combat cyber threats is ever-increasing. By simulating real-world hacking situations, CTFs enable participants to enhance their skills, gain practical expertise in identifying vulnerabilities, and contribute to the protection of our digital infrastructure.

IIT Bombay’s National CTF Challenge: Nurturing Cybersecurity Talents for Tomorrow

Increasingly, India’s growing enthusiasm for CTFs reflects the nation’s dedication to cybersecurity expertise, marking a significant step towards a more secure digital future. As a stalwart in pioneering technology and innovation, IIT Bombay continues to be a vanguard of technological advancement. The launch of IITB Trust lab’s CTF competition is yet another testament to its unwavering commitment to pushing the boundaries of innovation.

IITB Trust Lab launched a pilot edition of CTF in Spring 2023 which proved to be extremely successful. This encouraged the team at IITB Trust Lab to launch the national edition of the two-day offline CTF competition, which took place overnight on October 21-22, 2023, at the IIT Bombay campus.

Over 400 teams from colleges all over India competed in the initial online elimination round before the offline finale. The competition did not feature any judges but was based on a scoring system. The student participants demonstrated exceptional skills and enthusiasm at the event. The grand finale saw 50 teams, with a total of 91 contestants, who had journeyed from all corners of the country to participate in the CTF. Across both rounds, the contestants tackled real-world security challenges in cryptography, reverse engineering,  log analysis, web security, blockchain, microarchitecture, and more.

The event was sponsored by Aptos Brand Assets – Aptos ( even as the prize money allocated for CTF was extremely competitive and acted as a robust incentive to the competitors. A total of Rs. 2.5 lakhs was distributed among the top 12 winners.

The Top Three teams in the competition were:

Aneesh Nadh R (Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham) and Padala Sanjay Vardhan (Amrita University, Amritapuri Campus)

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Bhavishay Bharti (IIT Roorkee) and Atish Kumar Sahoo (IIT Roorkee)

Ayush Goyal and Anshul Gupta

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IIT Bombay is delighted that a very young prodigy, 14-year-old wonderkid, Shriyansh Gupta, placed 10th among 50 competitive teams!

To know more about the Top 12 teams and the CTF competition, click here.

Future Plans for IITB CTF Competitions

IITB Trust Lab plans to expand this excitement and fervour to nearby cities through tailored CTF editions, ensuring heightened challenges, enriched learning, and expanded avenues for participants to demonstrate their skills.


IIT Bombay congratulates all the participants and winners of its inaugural National CTF competition!

Beyond the competitive aspect, CTFs serve as a vital platform for participants to enhance their skills, stay ahead of cyber threats, and network with like-minded professionals. This fosters a collaborative environment for shared learning and mentorship. Additionally, these events facilitate networking and collaboration among like-minded cybersecurity enthusiasts, fostering a community that promotes shared learning and mentorship. Competing in these esteemed competitions also opens doors to promising career prospects, as employers actively seek individuals who have proven their capabilities in the field of cybersecurity.