The tournament, which will be played on a league-cum-knockout basis, will see two new teams Hockey Gangpur-Odisha and Vidarbha Hockey Association.
The event, which concludes March 23, will be played in two phases — Division A and B. There will be 16 teams competing in each of the two divisions. Division B matches will be played from March 5-13, followed by Division A from March 15-23.
In Division A, defending champions Haryana are placed in Pool A with Tamil Nadu, Sports Authority of India and Rajasthan while runners-up of the previous edition Madhya Pradesh are in Pool B with Delhi, Karnataka and Bhopal.