Second National Aircraft Conceptual Design Competition (NACDeC-II)

The Aeronautical Society of India
Design Division, Bengaluru & Mumbai Branch


The Aeronautical Society of India has set-up a Design Division in 2017, which shall be the torch bearer for aerospace design professionals to help them scale the professional heights by offering a platform for inter-organisational exchange of ideas, to report professional contributions, to meet, interact and learn from professionals from across the world, and to update and augment professional knowledge.

One of the mandates of this Division is to encourage and nurture Aerospace design related activities in the country, especially among the engineering college students, and encourage them to apply their mind to address challenging aerospace design problems that are relevant to the needs of our country.

With this in mind, the Design Division has decided to conduct a yearly National Aerospace Conceptual Design Competition (NACDeC) for students. The competition will be open to teams of Masters and Undergraduate students of Aeronautical or Aerospace Engineering department from IITs, IIST, or any NAC or UGC accredited institutions in India. Each institute can nominate only one team consisting of max. 05 (five) members, and one Faculty mentor. The role of the Faculty mentor is purely administrative in nature, and to liaise with the competition organisers on all policy matters. The Faculty mentor is not supposed to be an active member of the team, or to carry out any specific tasks related to the project.

The first NACDeC was conducted in 2017-18, and the problem statement was related to a conceptual design and sizing of a multi-role amphibian aircraft.

The second NACDeC is being conducted in 2018-19, with the details as outlined below.

Schedule of activities:

Each team desirous of participating in NACDeC-II should fill in a formal Letter of Intent (LoI) and get it approved by the head of their institution. A soft copy of this LoI should be e-mailed to, and then the hardcopy should be posted to the address mentioned below:

Prof. Rajkumar S. Pant
Organizing Secretary, NACDeC-II
Aerospace Engineering Department,
IIT Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400076.

NACDeC-II will be conducted in two Stages, as per the following schedule:

Stage-I Stage-II
Deadline (2018) Task Deadline (2019) Task
15th Oct Launch of NACDeC-II 31st Mar Mid-Term Review
30th Nov Submission of Letter of Intent 31st May Final Report Submission
10th Dec Overview Webinar 30th June Shortlisting of teams for Final
15th Dec Submission of Initial Concept 10th Aug Final Presentation
31st Dec Shortlisting Teams for Stage-II 15th Aug Declaration of Winners

Host Branch:

The competition will be hosted by the Mumbai Branch of The Aeronautical Society of India. A committee consisting of members of Executive Committee of Design Division and Mumbai Branch will carry out the overview webinar, evaluation of initial concepts, shortlisting of the teams for the final presentation, and declaration of the winners.


Prizes and Certificates:

Description Prize Money
First Prize ₹ 20000
Second Prize ₹ 15000
Third Prize ₹ 10000


In addition to the above prizes, a Trophy will be awarded to each institution to which the top three teams belong.

The members and Faculty mentors of all teams shortlisted for Stage-II of the competition will be given commendation certificates. Further, their return travel expenses for participation in the final presentation will be reimbursed (upto 2AC rail fare for the shortest distance to and –fro the location of final presentation), and suitable accommodation will be provided.

Overview Webinar:

The Overview webinar will be conducted via a video conferencing. This Webinar will allow the participating teams to interact with the representatives of the organisers of NACDeC-II. The aim of this Webinar is to clarify any doubts that the teams may have related to the rules and regulations of NACDeC-II, mission requirements, or to seek information and guidance on carrying out the various tasks.

NACDeC-II Notifications:

All notifications related to NACDeC-II will be communicated via the following webpage:

In addition, a specific e-mail address will also be created for all communications exclusively related to NACDeC-II. Emails sent to any other address will be ignored.

NACDeC-II Problem Statement:

The problem statement for NACDeC-II is listed vide Appendix-I

Evaluation Criteria:

The competition will be conducted in two stages. The evaluation Criteria for each stage is listed vide Appendix-II. The decisions of the judges appointed by NACDeC-II organizers about the evaluation of entries at each stage will be final and binding on all the competitor teams, and no objections will be entertained.