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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How is this certification going to help me?
There are various benefits of this certification. Whether you are a student or a
professional, this certification will help you upskill your DSA fundamentals and will open
up a bundle of opportunities for better job/career prospects.
How is the certification different from the online CodeChef
Ratings are based on relative performance while a
certification is based on absolute performance. A high rated user who has good rating points
is likely to have a good grasp of the subject. However, low ratings do not truly reflect
one's lack of understanding of the subject. We do believe that ratings take time as one has
to take part in a series of contests to improve on and get to a point where they reflect
one's new prowess (which is more about one's ability to perform in a contest vs others'
ability to do so). Whereas a certification offers a shorter time span for assessment of
one's skillset. Also, the certification will be in an invigilated environment and hence
should have more credibility.
How can companies use CodeChef certification?
Companies can contact CodeChef to get access to the data of the users who clear the
certification and want to get hired.
What skills does the certification measure?
Knowledge and understanding of Data Structures and Algorithms and an ability to write code
to solve problems applying that knowledge.
I am new to CodeChef and have not solved any problem here. Can
I still register for the certification course?
Yes, you can and you should. You just need to enroll for the exam and prepare using our
. We have also created a Mock Test for each level for you to assess yourself before taking
I am a highschool student. Can I register for this exam?
Yes. You certainly can and we encourage you to do so. In fact anyone who knows programming
can take this up. This certification will go a long way in making your understanding of Data
Structures and Algorithms better. Go for it!
I have more questions regarding Certification program. Who
do I contact?
What if I don't complete the registration process after
If you don't complete the registration process,
your Admit Card will not be generated and you will not be allowed to sit for the exam. The
exam enrollment process has 2 steps. The first step is to make payment and book your slot
for the upcoming exam. The second step is required to fill in your details for your identity
verification and details for your Admit Card.
Hence, we require you to complete you enrollment process as early as possible to avoid any
Can I register for the Advanced level course, even though I
have not cleared the Foundation level?
Yes, only if your CodeChef rating is 3 star and above, then you
can take the Advanced level course directly.
What kind of supporting documents are required to fill up the
application form for the course?
Any one of these: PAN card, Passport, Voter ID
card, Driving license, Aadhaar card
Is it mandatory to have a Government recognised identity card
to register for the exam?
Yes. It is and it should be from the above
mentioned list. Please note that you have to carry the original identity card along with you
when you go for exam. Also, this has to be the same id that you upload while filling up the
registration form. If you fail to do so, you will not be allowed to take part in the exam.
Also in such cases, no reschedule or refund will be entertained. Note: If you don't have any Government authorised photo identity Contact
What is the exam reschedule policy? Will I be allowed to give
my CCDSA exam in the next available slot?
You can only reschedule incase if you are unable
to attend the exam due to unavoidable reasons. To process your request you must drop an
email at email@example.com
mentioning the exact reason. As a next step, a voucher to the
immediate next available slot will be provided to you by deducting the below mentioned
reschedule fee. This voucher is only valid for six months from the date of issue. Please note: If you were to reschedule then you must do it 4 days before the test,
test fee will be forfeited and we will not be able to process any requests further.
Before 10 days of the exam date
25% of the exam fee
Between 10 days to 4 days before the exam date
50% of the exam fee
What is the last date to register for the certification
The registrations will be open as long as the
seats are available for a particular month.
Can I book a slot without making a payment?
No. You can not book a slot without making a
payment. First you pick the slot and only after you make the payment, the slot is booked for
Is the price of the certification refundable?
No. We urge you to be sure about your plans before you book your seat. As per our refund
policy, once you have received the seat confirmation, you will not be eligible for refund
under any circumstances.
What are the accepted modes of payment?
We have integrated 3rd party payment gateway in our registration portal. You can use any
online mode viz. Netbanking, Credit Card, Debit Card, UPI or Wallets
Can I cancel my registration? Will I get a refund?
Yes, you can cancel your registered seat. You will get NO REFUND if you are cancelling your
My city is not listed in the centres hosting the upcoming
contest. What should I do?
Let us know.
Fill up the form asking for your
city. We will come to your city if we see that there are a good number of candidates wanting
to take the certification from your city.
Can I change my centre after booking the slot and making the
No. Under normal circumstances you cannot do so. However, you can make a request by sending
us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to check if this can be done. We do not encourage you to
Can an examination centre be cancelled?
CodeChef reserves the right to suspend/cancel any centre without any prior intimation
whatsoever. In such cases the exam fees for the students affected may be refunded in full.
What if there is an issue with the system that has been
allotted to me (or it fails during the examination)
We will always be making provision of backup
systems at the centre. You will be given an alternate system to continue the exam. You have
to escalate this to the invigilator immediately so that you can be transferred.
Do I need to carry anything along with me while going for the
You need to carry your original identity card
(government recognised) and just carry couple of pens, if you require.
Am I allowed to carry any study materials with me in the
No. You cannot carry any type of material (printed or soft copy in the exam). If a candidate
is caught possessing any such material, she will be disqualified from the exam. Also she
will be barred from taking any certification exams in future.
What if the identity card that I have uploaded while
registering is different than that I carry in the examination centre?
If you fail to do so, you will not be allowed to take part in the exam. Also in such cases,
no rescheduling or refund will be entertained.
Will there be any clarification regarding the questions during
There is a commenting module below each problem. You can ask your problem specific doubts
using that. Our team of judges will be looking into your doubts and only if they feel that
the doubt needs to be answered, they will do so. It is usually unlikely that the problem
statement leaves any room for ambiguity.
I appeared for an exam. I feel that there was something wrong
with the test data. What should I do?
This is very unlikely to happen because we take special care in preparing the problems and
making sure there should not be anything wrong. Still if you think that there was something
wrong with the test data, you can contact us at email@example.com
along with the test case
for which you think the issue happened and we will look into the matter.
How and when will the results be declared?
The results will be declared within a week of your taking the exam.
Will I get a score after the exam??
Yes. The scores will be emailed to you separately and you can also find them on your
dashboard (that will appear after your exam).
How is my score calculated?
Every problem will have a score. You may get a partial score for partially solving a
problem. Your total score will be the sum of scores that you get in each problem. Your total
score will have to be more than a passing score to pass the exam. The passing score will be
different for each level of exam.
Code of Conduct
What if a participant is caught cheating during the
If a participant is caught cheating during
the examination (or does not adhere to the Code
), the candidate will be
disqualified from the exam. Also she will
be barred from taking certification exams
future. We also verify the submissions for
plagiarism after the contest. Participants
whose submissions are found to be similar,
will be interrogated.
What happens if a candidate tries to forge the
If CodeChef determines that a candidate has used unethical means or altered the
certification report in any way, the candidate will be ineligible to appear for the
Certification exams in future and his existing certification(s) will be revoked.
Can a participant get banned from getting a
Yes. If the participant tries to impersonate someone else or tries to use any unethical
Can I discuss the questions that will appear in my
certification exam on any public forum?
No. You are expected not to discuss the solution / approach or any other information
about the problem with anyone else. In case if a participant is found doing so, her
certification may be revoked. You are strictly instructed not to share any information
about the contest problems on any forum or with friends.
Will I be awarded a certificate if I fail in exam?
No. The certification will be awarded only if
you pass the exam.
I am certified, when will I receive my certificate?
The certificate will be uploaded in
your dashboard on the website within 15 days from the date of completion of the
Will I get a hard copy or a soft copy of the
We will provide you a digital certificate. We will explore the possibility of providing
a hard copy of a certificate at an additional cost, if we get enough requests.
Can the CCDSA certificate be shared on different social
Yes, we have certificate share feature through which you can share your received
certificates on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. You also have the option of pasting the
shareable url to other platforms. To share your certificate with others, log in to
CodeChef and open the link: https://www.codechef.com/certificates
Click the share button
to choose your desirable social medium.
Can I add the certificate to my Linkedin profile?
Yes, you can showcase your CodeChef certificate on your Linkedin profile. To add the
certificate, click on the Add profile tab on your Linkedin Edit profile page and go to
Accomplishments section. Fill in the details in the form and the certification url along
with other mandatory details. You can leave the license number field blank.
To know more about adding certificate to your Linkedin profile you can visit the help
and click on ‘Manage Certifications’.
and Terms to know more.
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