Curieous & Curieouser – Results

The Karnataka Quiz Association conducted the 1st edition of Curieous & Curieouser, a day dedicated to quizzes on all things scientific, on Sunday, 10th November 2019. Quizzes for students of high school and PUC/10+2 were held in the morning, with the afternoon session dedicated to the undergraduate college science quiz. The quizzes were researched & hosted by first time quiz masters Dr. Vinod Nayak and Aswathy Joseph, along with Dr. Avinash Thirumalai.

Despite security fears due to the Ayodhya judgement the previous day, teams from 18 different schools turned up on for the high school science quiz. One good sign was that a significant number of teams were coming to a KQA event for the first time, or were from schools that had dropped out of the quiz circuit in recent years. Turnout from the PUC/10+2 standard cohort was badly affected though, with only 2 teams turning up.

After a hard fought & competitive written preliminary round, 9 teams representing 8 different schools made it into the finals. A couple of teams narrowly missed out on the finals – either by half a point, or because they’d answered one less starred question. A fine solo effort by Aditya Kannan (1st PUC) of PSBB Learning Leadership Academy saw him qualify to the finals along with 8 high school teams.

First time entrants John Tom & Athul PS from The Amaatra Academy topped the prelims. They continued their good performance in the finals, and despite losing about 20 points early on, went on to win the quiz handsomely. Competition for other podium places was intense, with Abhineet RK & Pranav Bhat (BGS National Public School) pipping Vidur Kaimal & Meenakshi SV (Shishu Girha Montessori & High School) into 2nd place.

Suchitra Shankar & Shruti Kartik (Shishu Griha Montessori & High School) won the best all girls team prize.

Final rankings-

  1. John Tom & Athul PS (The Amaatra Academy) – 182.5
  2. Abhineet RK & Pranav Bhat (BGS National Public School) – 145
  3. Vidur Kaimal & Meenakshi SV (Shishu Griha Montessori & High School) – 135
  4. Nidish P & Srivatsan (St. Paul’s English School) – 115
  5. Priyangshu Kar & Abraham Paul (NPS, Koramangala) – 110
  6. Adyath Chennakeshav & Kisna Shetty (St. Joseph’s Boys High School) – 100
  7. Aadithya Kannan (PSBB Learning Leadership Academy) – 85
  8. Suchitra Shankar & Shruti Kartik (Shishu Griha Montessori & High School) – 82.5
  9. Jacob J Thayil & Leo Steve Saiju (Christ Academy) – 80



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Junior and senior category winners from C&C – the science quiz.

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Ochintya Sharma and Appu Hiregange helmed the undergraduate college science quiz, with one QM even traveling direct from the airport to the venue after cyclone Bulbul-induced flight delays. Sadly, college turnout was abysmal, with teams from only 5 colleges showing up. It didn’t take away anything from the standard of quizzing though – teams were evenly matched for the most course, and came up with some very good answers. After running neck-and-neck with the other teams till about halfway of the finals, Julian & Raj of IISc ran up a huge score & won the quiz comfortably. It was a 1-2-3 podium finish by teams from IISc too – Nikhil & Aaditya narrowly beating Kaustubh & Upamanyu into 2nd place.

Final College rankings –

  1. Julian & Raj (IISc) – 260
  2. Nikhil & Aaditya (IISc) – 140
  3. Kaustubh & Upamanyu (IISc) – 135
  4. Rohith & Gaurang (IISc) – 120
  5. Adithya & Nabarun (IISc) – 110
  6. Godwin & Shashank (St. Joseph’s College) – 100
  7. Chinmay & Adit (IISc) – 95
  8. Allan & Praneet (St. Joseph’s College) – 75
  9. Karthik & Shreerang (St. Joseph’s College) – 40