These are the line-ups of the two MegaWhats 2016 semifinals. Teams in Semifinal 1 are requested to report by 1145 AM latest. The semifinal will start at 12 Noon sharp. The second semifinal will start at 1430 Hrs; please report by 1415 Hrs at least. Please note that request for moving to the other semifinals will not be entertained.
The line-up was formed simply by ranking the 16 teams by score and sorting into even and odd ranked teams. Ties were resolved by using the first incorrect answer.
Semi Final 1:
1. We Are Like This (W)Only (Anustup Datta, Arun Hiregange, Ochintya Sharma, Thejaswi Udupa) – Bangalore
2. Metaquizziks (Ashwin Kumar, Rajath, Santosh Swaminathan, Varun Rajiv) – Bangalore
3. The Travelling Pillsburys (Rajiv Rai, Sumant Srivathsan, Vibhendu Tiwari, Vikram Joshi) – Mumbai
4. Memory Blank (Anil Kumar, Dr Navin Jayakumar, Ravi Mundoli, Sivakumar V) – Chennai
5. Hammer and Tongs (Shouvik Guha, Jayashree Jayakar Mohanka, Kinshuk Biswas, Anil Vaswani) – Kolkata
6. Mavericks (Dr Chandrashekar, Nikhil Soneja, Ramkey V, Krishnamurthi G) – Dubai
7. Ingit Bergman (Aniket K, Anannya Deb, Sachin Deshpande, Venkatraghavan S) – Mumbai
8. Swami and Friends (Alagarsamy AP, Krishnamurthi Josyula, Lakshmi Josyula, Prasanna Karmarkar) – Hyderabad
Semi Final 2:
1. Aardvarks (Rahul S. Kottalgi, Aryapriya G, Amrit Chetia, SidB) – Mumbai
2. Remembrance of Things Fast (Kiran Vijayakumar, Navin Rajaram, Manu Sudhakar, Srinath Bashyam) – Chennai
3. Matunga Manram (Balakrishnan Satyam, Govind Grewal, Nikhil Sonde, Vinoo Sanjay) – Mumbai
4. Mega-WTF (Aditya Gadre, Kunal Sawardekar, Ramanand J, Suraj Menon) – Pune
5. Feni Vidi Vici Grouchy (Aniruddha Sengupta, Nitish, Rajiv D Silva, Vidyadhar Gadgil) – Goa
6. QED (Gopal Kidao, Jayakanthan R, Swaminathan G, Samanth S) – Chennai
7. Delhi Rum (Dr Bhattacharya, Ajay J, Apratim, Kapoor) – Delhi
8. Tirupur Tughlaqs (Yogesh Pai, CR Naveen, Manoj Kumar, Kavin) – Kovai
The Karnataka Quiz Association will be celebrating its 32nd anniversary this year and is hosting asKQAnce – a three-day festival of quizzing from Friday to Sunday, June 26 to 28, 2015. All the quizzes will be held at the Institution of Agricultural Technologists on Queen’s Road. This is the schedule:
Friday, June 26
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM – MegaWhats Semi Final 1 by Arun Hiregange and Kiran Vijayakumar
3:15 PM to 4:45 PM – MegaWhats Semi Final 2 by Arun Hiregange and Kiran Vijayakumar
5:00 PM to 8:30 PM – Cannabis Indica – the India Quiz by Navin Rajaram and Hrishikesh Varma
Saturday, June 27
9:30 AM to 1:00 PM – Kibitz Simple – the Sports Quiz by Sohan Maheshwar, Manish Achuth and Alagarsamy AP
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM – MegaWhats National Finals by Arun Hiregange and Kiran Vijayakumar
4:30 PM to 9:30 PM – Son Of Lumiere – the Films Quiz by Santosh Swaminathan and Anustup Datta
Sunday, June 28
10 AM to 1:30 PM – Collected Works – the Arts Quiz by Vivek Karthikeyan and Venky Srinivasan
2:30 PM to 6:30 PM – Sesame – the Open General Quiz by Mitesh Agarwal and Thejaswi Udupa (with breaks for hi-tea and prize distribution for Mahaquizzer/MegaWhats)
The time taken from IAT to the airport is about 75 minutes and the Cantonment railway station is only five minutes away. Please plan your return trip accordingly.
Look forward to seeing all of you at asKQAnce 2015.
We will be hosting three quizzes on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at the offices of Ujjivan Financial Services in Koramangala.
Bizkashi – the annual KQA Business Quiz by Vivek Karthikeyan and Venky Srinivasan
1030 Hrs Prelims, followed by finals for the Top 8 teams
Teams of four or less;
Entry Fee – Rs 100/team
Yell Iruve! – the annual quiz on Insects and other such life forms by Thejaswi Udupa and Maitrey Deshpande
2:15 PM – Written Quiz
for Teams of two or less
Entry Fee – Rs 100/team
The April Open Quiz by Suresh Ramasubramanian, Keshav Athreya and Ajay Parasuraman
4:15 PM Prelims, followed by finals for the Top 8 teams
Teams of four or less;
Entry Fee – Rs 100/team
If you need directions, please use this map
We will be holding three quizzes this Sunday, Feb 15 at the offices of Ujjivan Financial Services, Koramangala.
Here are the results of the two quizzes conducted by Venkatesh Srinivasan and Vivek Kartikeyan on Sunday, 9th November 2014 at the Ujjivan offices in Koramangala.
Pilferages: A quiz on popular fiction
I – Anustup Datta, Thejaswi Udupa – 41
II – Arul Mani, Nagaratna Patil – 36
III – Arun Hiregange, Ochintya Sharma – 30
Ganesh Nayak Memorial Open Quiz
I – We Are Like This Wonly (Ochintya Sharma, Arun Hiregange, Anustup Datta, Thejaswi Udupa) – 260
II – Vikram Joshi, Suraj Menon, Siddharth Pai, Sumeer Kumar – 250
III – CIDs From Kerala (Hrishikesh Varma, Chandrakant Nair, Praveen VR, Jithin Jacob) – 245
Koramangala Quiz Association – 205
Old Possum – 165
SJC Quizzers – 150
Keep Distance – 140
Alzheimer’s Anonymous – 120
The Karnataka Quiz Association will be celebrating its 31st anniversary this year. We will be hosting a series of quizzes as part of ASKQANCE 2014 – a 2.5 day festival of open quizzes.
All quizzes will be held at the Institution of Agricultural Technologists, Queen’s Road, Bangalore.
The schedule is as follows:
Friday, June 27, 2014
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM – Megawhats Semi Finals 1 by Arun Hiregange and Kiran Vijayakumar – line-up to be announced in a couple of weeks
3:15 to 4:45 PM – Megawhats Semi Finals 2 – line-up to be announced in a couple of weeks
5:00 PM to 8:30 PM – Capital Punishment – the Social Sciences Quiz by Alagarsamy AP and Rajagopal PS – prelims followed by finals for the Top 8 teams – Teams of 4 or less
Saturday, June 28, 2014
9:15 AM to 12:45 PM – Flying Dutchmen – the Sports and Travel Quiz by Sohan Maheshwar and Venkatesh Srinivasan – prelims followed by finals for the Top 8 teams – Teams of 4 or less
1:45 PM to 4:00 PM – Megawhats National Finals
4:15 PM to 9:30 PM – Son of Lumiere – the Films Quiz by Anustup Datta and Santosh Swaminathan – prelims followed by finals for the Top 8 teams – Teams of 4 or less
Sunday, June 29, 2014
9:15 AM to 12:45 PM – Collected Works – the Arts Quiz by Vivek Karthikeyan and Hrishikesh Varma – prelims followed by finals for the Top 8 teams – Teams of 4 or less
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM – Newton’s Cradle – the Science and Technology Quiz by Navin Rajaram – Written Quiz for teams of 2 or less – Prizes for the Top 3 teams
3:15 PM to 7:30 PM – Sesame – the Open General Quiz by Thejaswi Udupa and Mitesh Agarwal – prelims followed by finals for the Top 8 teams – Teams of 4 or less.
We will also be giving out the trophies for the winner of the 30th Anniversary Mahaquizzer edition held in Dec 2013 and the National Champion of Megawhats 2014 between the prelims and the finals of Sesame. There will also be a KQA-hosted high-tea for all participating teams.
All quizzes will carry an entry fee of Rs 100/team, except for school teams. Prizes for all finalists in all the quizzes. Look forward to seeing all of you in June!
|City||Venue||Proctor||Proctor Phone||Proctor Email||Proctor||Proctor Phone||Proctor Email|
|Bangalore||TERI Auditorium, 4th Main, Domlur II Stage Bangalore - 560 071||Viswesh Rammohanfirstname.lastname@example.org||Arun Hiregangeemail@example.com|
|Bhubaneswar||Orissa Engineering College (Admin Office)|
460, Sahid Nagar
|Bivash Rath||8270004099, firstname.lastname@example.org||Bivash Rath||8270004099, email@example.com|
|Chennai||Department of Management Studies DOMS-101 classroom, Indian Institute of Technology (Near Gajendra Circle)||Kiran Vijayakumarfirstname.lastname@example.org||Kiran Vijayakumaremail@example.com|
|Coimbatore||PSG Institute of Management Opp PSG Tech|
Peelamedu, Coimbatore - 14 Contact Person - Arjun Murali +91 97 89 720463
|Anuradha Paifirstname.lastname@example.org||Anuradha Paiemail@example.com|
|Goa||Zuari Hall, The International Centre Goa, Dona Paula||Salvinus Vasfirstname.lastname@example.org||Tallulah D'Silvaemail@example.com|
|Guwahati||Bhagawati Prasad Baruah Bhavan, Axom Xahitya Xobha building, beside District Library Guwahati||Bhrigu Talukdar||98595 firstname.lastname@example.org||Bhrigu Talukdar||98595 email@example.com|
20 Journalist's colony
Road No. 3, Banjara Hills
Hyderabad 500 034.
|Sukruth N||+91 firstname.lastname@example.org||Sushil Chandaniemail@example.com|
|Kolkata||Institute of Marine Engineers|
Flat A-1/2 First Floor,
31/3 Sahapur Colony, Block J, New Alipore,
(Near New Alipore triangular park bus stop. Opposite Corporation Bank on the road towards Taratolla)
|Kinshuk Biswasfirstname.lastname@example.org||Rudradeep Bhattacharjeeemail@example.com|
|Mumbai||Pinstorm, Swati Bldg, North Avenue, Santa Cruz (W) Bombay 400 054||Abhishek Kumarfirstname.lastname@example.org||Abhishek Kumaremail@example.com|
|New Delhi||Hall G1 Academic Block|
IIFT, Qutub Institutional Area
|Hari Parameswaranfirstname.lastname@example.org||Hari Parameswaranemail@example.com|
|Pune||Seminar Hall 2, COEP.||Ramanand Jfirstname.lastname@example.org||Gaurav Sabnisemail@example.com|
|Thrissur||St Thomas College||Dr Vijaynathfirstname.lastname@example.org||Dr Vijaynathemail@example.com|
Site No. 1, Chamundi Hill Rd, Siddharth Nagar, JC Nagar, Mysore, Karnataka 570011
|Srinivasa Gopala PKfirstname.lastname@example.org||Srinivasa Gopala PKemail@example.com|
We will hold four quizzes on Sunday, May 4, 2014, at our usual venue, Institution of Agricultural Technologists, Queen’s Road
10 AM to 11:15 AM – Sense a Femur – the KQA Humour Quiz by Santosh Swaminathan – Teams of 2 – Written; Entry Fee Rs 100/team; prizes for Top 3 teams
11:30 AM to 1:45 PM – Lone Wolf – the Solo Quiz by Alagarsamy AP. Prelims followed by finals; Entry Fee Rs 50/person
2:30 PM to 3:45 PM – the Non Fiction Quiz by Varun Shenoy and Rajagopal PS
– Teams of 2 – Written; Entry Fee Rs 100/team; prizes for Top 3 teams
4:00 PM onwards – the May Open Quiz for teams of 4 by Thejaswi Udupa and Abhishek Upadhya. Prelims followed by finals; Entry Fee Rs 100/team; prizes for all finalists
Please be on time, since we have a packed day!
We will hold our annual international solo championship, MindSweep, on the forenoon of Sunday, 18 May 2014. We will also hold Mega-Whats, the national team quizzing championships, on the afternoon of the 18th. The venue for both events, in Bangalore, is the TERI AUDITORIUM, Domlur.
MindSweep is open to all, with prizes in the Open, Ladies, College and School categories in Bangalore, plus prizes for each of the city’s category-winners. The quiz will require takers to answer 200 questions in two back-to-back sessions. Each session is an hour long, and will feature 5 themes with 20 questions under each theme.
Session I (1030-1130 hrs): The Arts, Literature, Cinema, Music, Sports Leisure
Session II (12 noon to 1300 hrs): Business, Science Tech, Food Drink, Social Sciences, Travel
Since we will be working by a coordinated start across centres, please make sure that you take your seat at least 15 minutes before start time.
MindSweep 2014 will be held in Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Goa, Thrissur, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Mysore, Bhubaneshwar, Kolkata, Guwahati, and New Delhi as per confirmations received. Quizzers in Trivandrum are requested to travel to Thrissur–exam season has put paid to all possible venues in the city.
Internationally, we have quizzers writing in Dubai, Germany (Berlin, Duisburg, Prenzlau), the UK, Norway, Malaysia, Singapore and the United States (UCSF, Portland, Oregon, and Stanford). We have more nations joining us this year: a warm welcome to quizzers from Australia, Russia (Moscow and Kirov) and Ukraine (Dniepropetrovsk).
We have tweaked the format for MindSweep a little this year. In response to feedback over reading time from takers who do not normally read in English, the final placings will be determined on the basis of the best 8 scores of each taker. Individuals may thus attempt all 200, or drop a set of 20 questions in each half. In the event of a tie, the contestant who has attempted more sections/or scored higher in the dropped sections, in that order, will take precedence.
A list ranking all the contestants will go up ten days after the event.
For a peek at questions from previous years:
To register for MindSweep, fill the form at
The MindSweep page on Facebook will also carry announcements whenever necessary:
MindSweep 2014 is set by Dibyendu Das, Kiran Vijayakumar, Navin Rajaram and Arul Mani
Mega-Whats 2014 is
A General Quiz, open to all.
Teams of FOUR members (or less).
Prior registration is essential.
While registering, please provide the names of the four people who comprise your team; also indicate whether you are taking part in the school, college or open categories. Changes in personnel are not a problem.
Please note that the quizzing community in your city may charge an entry fee to meet venue and equipment hire expenses.
School teams (Stds. VIII-XII) are allowed free entry. A school may field ONE team.
Contesting teams will answer in writing a quiz inclusive of audios, videos and visuals.
Mega-Whats 2014 will begin at 1530 hrs sharp, and end by 1730 hrs. Please take your seats at least 15 minutes before start time.
Answers and scores will be announced immediately after the event–prizes will be given out for Best School Team, Best College Team, and Best Open Team.
The prizes aren’t small–they are insignificant.
We will rank the top 100 teams across the country
The rankings will be announced after adjudication. The decision of the quiz-masters will be final and binding on all participants.
The top-10 city-winners, and the six best performers from among the top teams who have not have won their city prize, will face off in June 2014 as part of ASKQANCE 2014, KQA’s 31 Anniversary celebrations.
The Registration forms are up for Mega-Whats at
Mega-Whats 2014 is set by Arun Hiregange and Kiran Vijayakumar.
Please note that we have a smallish venue for the event. Prior registration will help ensure comfortable seating.
We will host our next set of quizzes on SATURDAY, April 26, at our usual venue, IAT, Queen’s Road.
10:30 AM onwards
Eff, Glorious Eff – the KQA Food Quiz by Santosh Swaminathan and Arul Mani
Prelims, followed by finals for teams of 4 or less
2:30 PM onwards
Yell Iruve! – the annual quiz on plants, animals, insects and other life forms by Vivek Karthikeyan and Venkatesh Srinivasan
Written Quiz for teams of 2
4:00 PM onwards
Pop ki Kamai – The Pop Culture Quiz by Sai Ganesh
Prelims, followed by finals for teams of 4 or less
Entry Fee for all quizzes Rs 100/team, except for school teams. Prizes for the Top 3 teams in all quizzes.
Please note that the quizzes are on Saturday, not on Sunday. We also have quizzes lined up on Sunday, May 4, 2014.