Badminton is one of the 13 sports which is a part of the General Championship during Inter IIT Sports Meet. All the IITs have indoor facilities for successful conduction of the matches during the tournament. The sport sees participation from all 17 IITs in both men’s and women’s format.
The playoff format follows a best-of-series throughout the competition with 5 and 3 games for men’s and women’s respectively. Each game is a best of 3 sets of 21 points each. All matches are played using Yonex AS2 feather shuttle and a player from a team can’t play in more than 2 matches. This means that a minimum of 2 players in the women’s team and 4 players in the men’s team is needed. The order of matches is as follows:
IIT Kharagpur houses 5 badminton courts, all located in the Technology Students' Gymkhana building. The courts are located beside the Axis Bank ATM. One of the courts is booked solely for girls to encourage them to participate in physical activities. Non-marking shoes are mandatory for playing in all the courts. A temporary coach is hired generally after Durga Puja holidays till Inter IIT for the team.
Inter IIT probables are selected on the basis of their performance in Open IIT badminton, which is held in the month of September at IIT Kharagpur. Approximately 6 -8 girls and 11-15 boys are listed as probables. These are the trained by the temporary coach to undergo rigorous training and daily practice of approximately 3-4 hours. A one-on-one match against each other towards mid November finalizes on 2/3 girls and 5 boys for the Inter IIT team.