Magister 2017

Magister 2017 is a solo quiz contest with collegiate and open tracks that will be held on Sunday, 29 January 2017 in Bengaluru, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Mumbai, New Delhi, Tezpur, Vellore, Baroda, Mohali, Pune, Mysuru, Raipur, Thrissur, Kochi, Warangal, Goa, Kolkata, Manipal, Kanpur, Pondicherry and Shillong.

The quiz will require takers to answer one hundred questions off a PowerPoint presentation from 11 am to 1 pm on Sunday, 29 January 2017 (with earlier starts in some venues). The quiz is the result of a partnership between the Karnataka Quiz Association and SJC Quizzers, the quiz club at St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore.

The setters are Prof. Rajeev Gowda, Arul Mani, Prithwiraj Mukherjee, Nagaratna ‘Partikal’ Patil, Avinash Thirumalai (in sublimated form), Rijul Ballal, Chirag Chittar and Abhijith Raghu.

Why Magister?
Once upon a time, every open quiz would have a sizeable college contingent in attendance and the Open circuits of India’s quizzing cities throve on the energy and dash of college quizzing. In many cities, though not all, this is a thing of the past. Which is not good news for open quizzing, or, indeed, for quizzing.

The simple idea behind Magister is to bring together the two rapidly diverging streams of quizzing–College and Open. The setters are college and open quizzers. The quiz has college and open tracks for competition. The questions themselves are an attempt to start up something of a conversation between open and collegiate quizzing.

You could thus say that what we want to see is a form of a Re-Open-ed Quizzing.

But what the Deccan is a Magister?
Magister comes from the Latin for mastery. That said, we must clarify that we are interested in more than quizzing as simple, masculine achievement.

The term magis is used in Jesuit thought to indicate the spirit of doing more, or giving more of oneself. For us, this name draws some attention to the happily out-of-syllabus character of quizzing. And indeed to the primary joy of quizzing, which is that of refusing to be a passive recipient of information, and choosing instead to celebrate an active curiosity in the world.

The persons who win this title in the college and open tracks will embody this idea better than our words can.

If you’ve enjoyed open quizzing, support this venture by turning up and taking part!

Register here

On-the-spot entries will be accepted in Bengaluru, and at the proctor’s discretion in other cities.

The Bengaluru venue is Xavier Hall, St. Joseph’s College (PG Block), Langford Road. Please text 9731214519 if you have any questions.



ASKQANCE 2014 for Schools & Colleges on Saturday 26 July 2014

As part of our 31st Anniversary celebrations titled ASKQANCE 2014, the Karnataka Quiz Association will host a series of general quiz contests for students of various classes. All the quizzes will be held on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at the Institution of Agricultural Technologists, Queen’s Road, Bangalore. The various events are as below:

Inter-Middle School Quiz for students in classes 5, 6 and 7 in teams of 2 – a maximum of 6 teams per school
QMs: Santosh Swaminathan and Venkatesh Srinivasan

Inter-High School Quiz for students in classes 8, 9 and 10 in teams of 2 – a maximum of 6 teams per school
QMs: Hrishikesh Varma and Praveen VR

Junior College Quiz for students in classes 11 and 12 (or Junior College / PU) in teams of 3

Inter-College Quiz for students in UG and PG courses in teams of 3

The Junior College and College quizzes will have a common preliminary round and separate finals. QMs – Varun Shenoy and Sai Ganesh

We invite participation in these events – all team members have to be from the same school/college.

Please note that registration is only through the online form available at the links below. No hard copy/paper registration or printout is required. Students can wear school uniform and/or carry a school badge for identification.

To register, please fill the relevant form that is available at the following links; all the rules are available in the form itself.

Quizzes on Saturday 1 February 2014

We will be holding two quizzes on Saturday, Feb 1, 2014 at our usual location – Institution of Agricultural Technologists, Queen’s Road

Karan Arjun Quiz for Classes 3 and 4
Teams of 4 – all members from either Class 3 or Class 4 from the same school
Common written prelims of 25 questions
Separate finals for the Top 8 teams in each category
Reporting time: 9:00 AM
No Registration Fee; On-the-spot registration
QMs: Venkatesh Srinivasan and Alagarsamy AP

The KQA Collegiate Solo Championships
Solo quiz for Std XI/XII/PUC/UG/PG students
Written prelims followed by one common final
Reporting time: 11:30 AM
Registration Fee: Rs 50/person
QM: Sai Ganesh


Quizzes on Sunday 5 January 2014

We have a set of quizzes this Sunday, Jan 5 at our usual location – IAT, Queen’s Road.

10 AM onwards – Vidyasagar Rajan Memorial Quiz for College teams – teams of 3 from the same college – prelims followed by finals for Top 8 teams. No entry fee.
QM – Sohan Maheshwar

2 PM onwards – Hubbuba – The Bangalore Quiz – written quiz for teams of 2 – Entry Fee Rs 100/team. Prizes for the top 3 teams. QMs – Vivek Karthikeyan and Venkatesh Srinivasan

3.30 PM onwards – the January Open Quiz for teams of 4 – prelims followed by finals for the top eight teams. Entry Fee – Rs 100/team – prizes for all finalists. QM – Suresh Ramasubramanian.


ASKQANCE 2013 – School & College Results

The results of the KQA Anniversary School and College quizzes held on Saturday, August 24, 2013.

I. Middle School Quiz – classes 5-7
QM: Venkatesh S.

1. St. Joseph’s Boy’s High School (Hayden D’Souza, Jacob Jaison) – 95
2. PSBB LLA (Shashank Pandey, Naeem Niaz) – 90
3. Sri Kumaran’s Children’s Home CBSE (Kaustubh Bhanj, Ganesha N Sai) – 85
4. CMR NPS (Akhil P, Shashank S) – 80
5. Presidency RT Nagar (Aniket KM, Adithya PS) – 63
6. Frank Anthony Public School (Mihir Rajamane, George Panicker) – 60
7. Bishop Cotton Boy’s School (Ajay Sabareesh B, Moitreyo Ganguly) – 55
8. PSBB LLA (Ayushman Satpathy, Vallabh Chander) – 50

II. High School Quiz – classes 8-10
QMs: Hrishi Varma & Arun Hiregange

1. NPS Rajajinagar (Rutvik BP, Saurav Shenoy P) – 90
2. Presidency RT Nagar (Parv Modi, Kiran MS) – 76
3. Sri Kumarans Childrens Home (Sameer A Kolhar, Aniruddha Mysore) – 64
4. NPS Koramangala (Shreyas K, Vikram S) – 62
5. St. Josephs Boys High School (Hari Kartik Ramesh, Rishabh Kamath) – 58
6. NPS HSR Layout (Mani Mannampalli, Pradyumna Shome) – 53
7. PSBB LLA (Kunjal Parnami, Arjun Shekar) – 50
8. Presidency Nandini Layout (Trivikrama M, Nagendra KJ) – 45

III. PU Quiz – classes 11-12 / PU / Junior College
QMs: Varun Rajiv, Varun Shenoy, Sohan Maheshwar

1. Sri Kumaran’s Children’s Home (Akshay Tiwary, Tejas Joshi, Barghav) – 105 (on tie break)
2. NPS Rajajinagar (Naren Kumar, Sumedh Bharadwaj, Harshavardhan U) – 105 (on tie break)
3. NPS Koramangala (R Adithya, Gaurav Pai, Priyank Bhandia) – 105 (on tie break)
4. NPS HSR Layout (Siddharth Rajeevan, Chethan T, Ananye Pandey) / Frank Anthony Public School (Venkat N, Ritvik C, Aakash S) / Christ College (BS Supreeth, Pavan Raju M, Suhas KC) – tied on 80
7. NPS Rajajinagar (Rohith Raju, Bharath AK, Sahil Bhandary) – 35
8. NPS HSR Layout (Aditya Arun, Shashank Reddy, Krishnan S) / St. Johns High School (Mohsin, Poovanna BA, Joseph S Davis) – tied on 30

IV. College Quiz – UG and PG
QMs: Varun Rajiv, Varun Shenoy, Sohan Maheshwar

1. St. Joseph’s Commerce – 82
2. BMS – 75
3. RVCE – 71
4. St. Joseph’s Arts & Science – 51
5. NPS Koramangala – 26
6. BMS – 25
7. NLS – 13
8. NPS Rajajinagar – 6


ASKQANCE 2013 – Schools and Colleges

We will hold the KQA Anniversary School and College quizzes on Saturday, August 24, 2013.
The quizzes will be held at Institute of Agricultural Technologists (IAT), Queens Road, in the ground floor hall.
The quizzes are:

I. Middle School Quiz – classes 5-7
Middle School prelims: 9 AM to 9:40 AM
Middle School Finals: 9:50 AM to 10:50 AM

II. High School Quiz – classes 8-10
High School Prelims: 11 AM to 11:40 AM
High School Finals: 11:50 AM to 1:00 PM

Invitation letters have been sent out to schools.
There is a restriction of 3 teams per school per category.

III. PU Quiz – classes 11-12 / PU / Junior College

The prelims for the PU and College quizzes will be common, with separate finals.
PU and College Prelims: 1:45 PM to 2:45 PM
PU Finals: 3:00 – 4:30 PM

IV. College Quiz – UG and PG

PU and College Prelims: 1:45 PM to 2:45 PM

College Finals: 4:30 to 6:00 PM


Lao Me Thanda, Yell Iruve!, College Solo, Chronosynclastic Infundibulum, Seek Under Porus – Results

The results of the quizzes held on Sunday 17 Feb 2013 and Sunday 24 Feb 2013, at The Institution of Agricultural Technologists, Queen’s Road, Bangalore.

Lao Me Thanda: KQA’s Annual Open Quiz on Love and other disorders

QM: Arul Mani

1. Udupa & Santosh – 245
2. Mathias & Sumeer – 75
3. Ochintya & Arun – 60 (ahead on tie-break)
4. Pai & team – 60
5. Lakshana & Dhammo – 50
6. Akshat & Himadri – 25
7. Rashmi & Soumitrie – 20
8. Wetshire – 10

Yell Iruve: The annual quiz on insects and other such life forms

QMs: Ashwan Lewis and Avinash Thirumalai

1. Prani Healing (Santosh & Udupa) – 23.5
2. Siddarth Pai & Rohit Suresh – 19.5
3. Surfeit of Lampreys (Ochintya & Arun) – 18.5
4. Maitrey & Jadhav – 18
5. Jai & D – 16
6. Sandeep & Sumeer – 9.5
7. Vinay & Sumanth – 6.5
8. Wetshire – 4

The KQA Collegiate Solo Championships

QMs: Santosh Swaminathan and Varun Rajiv

PU results:
1) Sridhar, Sardar Patel College – 96
2) Ritwik, FAPS – 69
3) Prajwal, Sardar Patel College – 46
4) Tejas K., Sardar Patel College – 26
5) Anikethan, Sardar Patel College – 21
6) Varun S., Sardar Patel College – 6

College Results:
1) Manaswi M. Gundi, HEW Hamburg – 104
2) Rohit Suresh, IIMB – 98
3) Siddharth Pai, SJCC – 95
4) Arvind, BMSCE – 48
5) Akshath, BMSCE – 36
6) M. Farhan, East West College – 33
7) Ritwik, FAPS – 31
8) Allen, SJC PG – -4

Chronosynclastic Infundibulum: SciFi Quiz

QM: Thejaswi Udupa

1. Santosh & Anustup – 22
2. Ashwan & Raju – 20
3. Doc & Shenoy – 16
4. Debashree & Dhammo – 15
5. Ijaz & Gobind – 13.5
6. CIDs From Kerala – 12.5
7. Sandeep Mathias & Ajay Parasuraman – 11
8. Rashmi & Sowmitrie – 10.5

Seek Under Porus: The KQA History Quiz

QMs: Praveen VR and Manjith

1. Ashwan, Dhammo, Debashree & team – 205
2. Questionable Characters – 195
3. We Are Like This Wonly – 130
4. Doc Krishnan, Vinod, Suresh, Manu – 115
5. Gobind, Ijaz, Soumitrie, Rashmi – 75
6. CIDegrees From Kerala – 70
7. Quale & Company – 55
8. Mathias, Vinay, Sheshu, Aditya – 50

Quizzes on Sunday, Feb 17th – Lao Me Thanda, Yell Iruve and College Solo

We will hold three quizzing events on Sunday, 17 Feb 2013, at The Institution of Agricultural Technologists, Queen’s Road, Bangalore.

Lao Me Thanda
KQA’s Annual Open Quiz on Love and other disorders
QM: Arul Mani



Yell Iruve
The annual quiz on insects and other such life forms
QMs: Ashwan Lewis and Avinash Thirumalai

Schedule: 1400-1530 hrs

The KQA Collegiate Solo Championships
QMs: Santosh Swaminathan and Varun Rajiv



Oikoumene 2012 Results

The School Category was won by Pranav Ramamurthy and Hayden D’Souza of St. Joseph’s Boys’ High School while II Place went to Presidency School,Bangalore South and National Hillview Public School took III Place.

The College Category was won by Rohan Menzies and Ezra Rynjah of SJC, while II place went to Akshay and Natesh of BITS-PILANI Goa. The III Place was claimed by Maitrey Deshpande from MSRIT.

The Open Category was won by Ochintya Sharma and Arun Hiregange while Rohan Menzies and Ezra Rynjah from St. Joseph’s finished in II Place. The III Place was won by Jayendra and Sheshadri.

Full scores can be accessed here

XIX Vidyasagar Rajan Memorial College Quiz and Solus Rex – Results

The XIX Vidyasagar Rajan Memorial quiz for colleges was held on 14 October 2012. 14 teams took part in the prelims, which was set by Dr. Arul Mani, from which 8 teams qualified to the finals. The prelims had 30 questions to be answered in 20 minutes from a printed sheet. The cut-off was 10.5.

At the end of a closely fought final, this is how the teams finished:

1. BMS College of Engineering – 139.5
2. MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology – 117
3. National Law School – 102.5
4. St. Joseph’s College – 87
5. PES Institute of Technology – 67
6. St. Joseph’s College (Viswesh and team) – 65
7. BMS College of Engineering – 20
8. East-West Institute of Technology – 17

The finals was researched and co-hosted by Venkatesh S and Varun Rajiv.
All finalists received prizes.

The 2012 edition of KQA’s Solus Rex quiz was conducted yesterday by Thejaswi Udupa in an all-new format! 37 participants took a 30-questions preliminary round, from which the top 15 qualified into three semis (cutoff was 10.5 and the highest 18) grouped in the boustrophedon format.

Each semis had 5 participants attempting a written round, a list-it and 20 questions. These 20 questions were also open to the other semi-finalists to “pounce” on.

At the end of the three semis, the top 6 finalists (top 2 from each semi-final) were identified and a short finals followed.

Standings at the end:
1. Arul Mani
2. Anustup Dutta
3. Varun Rajiv
4. Santosh Swaminathan
5. Rajagopal PS
6. Sandeep Mathias

The other nine semi-finalists in order of their scores were:
7. Praveen VR
8. Abhijit Bhattacharya
9. Venkatesh Srinivasan
10. Pradeep Ramarathnam
11. Rashmi Vallabhjosyula
12. Raouf
13. Navin Rajaram
14. Hrishikesh Varma
15. Sumer Kumar

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