On what parameters is debating judged?
Judging of a debate is not easy as one team or debater might just be better from the other by a minute edge. There are no such fixed parameters as such yet the judges have to be very alert and keep a close watch on the finer points.
The following criteria for judging a debate are-
- How has the debater performed individually and as a team?
- How did the individuals/teams put forth their evidence, intellect and passion related to the topic?
- Were the debaters able to stand unflinching under pressure and were forthright in presentations?
- Were the debaters influencing and persuasive in presenting their points?
- Were the debaters able to handle the questions raised by the judges, audience and opposing teams?
- Were they able to put forth intelligent and retrospective questions to the opponents?
- How was their knowledge about the topic and was their argument well presented and clear?
Thus, after evaluating the team / individual performance based on presentation, reasoning, approach and dominant presence over the other, the judges reach to a conclusion and decide which team or individual stands as the winner.