(a) It must be a research paper based on work done in India. It must not have been published in a scientific journal or have been awarded any award of the IPS.
(b)The principal author must be a Life Fellow of the Society and at least 50% of all authors must be members of the IPS at the time of the submission of the paper. 60% marks will be for preparation and compilation of the manuscript and 40% marks will be for the presentation at the conference. A panel of 3 judges shall rate each paper, both for the written version and the presentation. To be eligible for presentation the manuscript must be assessed, to have scored more than 40% of the marks (i.e. 24 out of 60 or more). The best three papers only may be permitted to be presented at the conference due to constraints of time. This rule may be relaxed in unusual situation at the discretion of the Awards Committee with the approval of the Executive Council. The paper securing the highest total marks shall win the Award, provided it scores not less than 50% of the maximum marks. This is subject to adjudication and ratification by the awards committee and confirmation by the executive council of the IPS. In case of a tie the concerned papers will be declared joint winners. All authors of the award winning papers shall be considered to have won the award and will be issued certificates and will be eligible for the awards money. The money shall be handed over to the principal author for disbursement among the co-authors. Rules common to all IPS awards will also be applicable to this award.