- The teams which could not solve even a single problem in the preliminary contest are eliminated. The remaining teams are ranked according to performance.
- Assuming there are N number of problems in the preliminary contest, selection of teams for onsite contests are done as follows, subject to the constraint that maximum number of teams from a single institute can not exceed three.
- Teams solving all the N problems are selected first.
- The remaining slots will be filled by selecting top ranking team from each institute according to the rank after removal of the teams selected in Step 1.
- If slots are still available, the second ranking team from each institute will be selected according to rank. This procedure will continue to third ranking teams in each institute (subject to above constraint), if vacancy exists.
If number of teams selected thus exceeds number of slots at any stage, the lowest ranking teams will be removed.
Foreign teams need not participate at online contest, they will be directly promoted to onsite round. But they must register at the Baylor site by the due date.
Usually, the above procedure is followed in all the sites (Last year too)
So, in all probability, it is going to be the same this year!
And I don’t know the reason why the slots are getting reduced to 250 (Maybe because of the contest-start-time bug in the onsite round, but that’s just a guess :P)