Mahaquizzer and Junior Mahaquizzer 2019 – Venues

MahaQuizzer 2019

Mahaquizzer 2019 will take place across 19 cities on Sunday, 8th December 2019. As always, the open set will consist of 150 questions to be attempted over 90 minutes, off a printed paper. The quiz will begin at 10:30am sharp at all venues;  please be at the venue by 10:00am to enable the co-ordinators to seat you.

Junior Mahaquizzer 2019 will also take place at the same time, and is being held in 11 cities across India. Junior Mahaquizzer is open to school students of up to class XII, and will require them to attempt 75 questions over 90 minutes.

If you haven’t registered yet, please do so at http://kqaquizzes.org/mahaquizzer

 

The complete list of venues hosting Mahaquizzer and Junior Mahaquizzer this year is given below. Cities marked with a * are hosting only Mahaquizzer.

Junior Mahaquizzer may not be held at the same venue as Mahaquizzer, so please check before you travel to the venue.

Some venues also have strict security protocols. Please ensure you are carrying a valid photo ID. Please contact your city co-ordinator for more details.

 

AHMEDABAD*

IIM Ahmedabad

Co-ordinator: Rishabh Barodawala (9909101262)

 

ANDUL*

Mohiary Public Library, Andul

Co-ordinator: Baneswar S (6290036256)

 

BANGALORE

Institution of Agricultural Technologists, Queen’s Road

Co-ordinator: Nishanth Raman (9880499935)

 

BELAGAUM

Trinity BBA & B.Com College

Co-ordinator: Ketan Naik (9483484308)

 

COIMBATORE

Brookfield Banquet Room, Brookfield Mall, 67-71 Krishnaswamy Road, Coimbatore -1

Co-ordinator: Anuradha Yogesh )97914 20459)

 

CHENNAI

Chennai has two venues – PS Senior will not be hosting Junior MQ. Focus IAS Academy will host both MQ and Junior MQ. Please contact proctors regarding your attendance at the venues.

PS Senior Secondary School (only regular MQ)

Co-ordinator: Vikram Rajan (8939513211)

Focus IAS Academy No. 60, 3rd Floor – Middle Bay, TNSCB Shopping Complex Junction, Anna Nagar West

Co-ordinator: K V Raja Ravi Shankar (9791525820)

 

GOA

The International Centre, Dona Paula, Panjim.

Co-ordinator: Paul Gatward (97652 33733)

 

GUWAHATI

To be confirmed

Co-ordinator: Raktim Baishya (7002658947)

 

HYDERABAD

Columbus Hospital, Begumpet

Co-ordinator: Raad Shaikh (7207507266)

 

JAMSHEDPUR*

XLRI, Jamshedpur

Co-ordinator: Pranav J (8310922738)

 

KHARAGPUR*

IIT Kharagpur

Co-ordinator: Baibhab Pattnaik (8763489376)

 

KOCHI

ChaiCofi Cafe, Kaloor

Co-ordinator: Aravind Anil (9447022106, 7012522296)

 

KOLKATA

The Institute of Marine Engineers (India), Kolkata Branch

Co-ordinator: Ratul Ghosh (9051298623)

 

KOZHIKODE

Government Medical College

Co-ordinator: Deepak K (9746396146)

 

MUMBAI

Pinstorm, Swati Building, North Ave, near Kotak Mahindra Bank, Santacruz West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400054

Co-ordinator: Suvajit Chakraborty (9930853913)

 

NEW DELHI

IIT Delhi

Co-ordinator: Harshit Sachdeva (8826131030)

 

PUNE*

Skovian Ventures, Suyog Building, Next to BU Bhandari Mercedes Showroom Mumbai, Pune Banglore Highway Pashan Exit, Baner, Pune

Co-ordinator: Samiran Mondal (9823594551)

 

RAIGANJ*

Akashnil Bhawan College, Para Raiganj (Nemesis Quiz Club)

Co-ordinator: Pratyanik Chakraborty 9475588674

 

SILIGURI

Sanhati Nagarik Committee Building, Siliguri

Co-ordinator: Supratim Basu (9749605950)

 

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM

Kariavattom Campus, University of Kerala

Co-ordinator: Noyel Sebastian (8606872028)

 

THRISSUR

Government Engineering College, Thrissur

Co-ordinator: Dr Vijaynath V (9447380969)

 

VARANASI*

G-11, Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT BHU

Co-ordinator: Malayaj Mishra (8563919385, 8173942010)

Solus Rex 2019 on December 21st

Solus Rex

Advance notice for Solus Rex, the KQA’s love-it-or-hate-it-but-you-can’t-ignore-it solo quiz that is back with QMs Arun Hiregange and Thejaswi Udupa, but in a new avatar!

Solus Rex is a quiz for solo participants that is open to all, and will ring out 2019 with a one day back-to-back-to-back extravaganza that starts at 2:00 PM on 21st December, 2019: 40q prelim, 40q semi-final for top 16 qualifiers, and 40q finals for the top 8 survivors.

But what is a Solus competition without devious (and sometimes head-scratching) topics? 50% of these questions shall be general in nature, but the remaining half shall be spread across the following four topics:

  1. Metaphors
  2. Indian Flora
  3. History through music
  4. Under the ground (literally anything under the ground – from graves to gold mines)

Venue: Institution of Agricultural Technologists, Queen’s Road, Bengaluru. [map]

Indian Constitution & Politics Quiz

Constituion@70

 

The Karnataka Quiz Association and DAKSH proudly invite you to the inaugural edition of the Indian Constitution & Politics Quiz. The quiz is part of DAKSH’s Republic@70 campaign, which is celebrating 70 years of the Indian Constitution.

DAKSH is a civil society organization that undertakes research and activities to promote accountability and better governance in India. It was founded in 2008 by people from diverse backgrounds, including academicians, entrepreneurs, lawyers, teachers, social & political activists, and ordinary citizens. Over the last eleven years, DAKSH has been working to create inclusive, transparent, self-correcting mechanisms that encourage accountability in all branches of the government.

The quiz is for teams of 2 and is open to everyone, and not just to constitution geeks & die-hard quizzers. The quiz will have a short written prelims of ~25 questions, with the top 8 teams facing off in the finals. The finals will feature a mix of oral and written rounds. Finalists and winners stand to win exciting cash prizes!

 

Where: Institution of Agricultural Technologists, Queen’s Road, Bengaluru. [map]

When: 3:00 pm, 7th December 2019

QMs: Avinash TN and Gautham Shenoy

 

For more details, please email communications@dakshindia.org

School & Junior College quizzes on Sunday, December 1st 2019

The Karnataka Quiz Association will bring the 2019 school quiz season to a close by hosting three general quizzes for school & junior college students on Sunday, December 1st 2019.

Venue: Institution of Agricultural Technologists, Queen’s Road, Bengaluru. [map]

We will conduct the 17th edition of the Karan Arjun Quiz (for students of standard III and IV) in the morning, followed by the general High School and Junior College quizzes in the afternoon. All quizzes are for teams of 2 members each, and will be general in nature, i.e., not focused on any particular subject/topic.

There is no entry fee for these quizzes. No prior registration is also required; registration will take place on the spot.

 

For more information, please call or message Avinash Thirumalai on +91-9620106064 or Gautham Shenoy on +91-9845176773.

 

Karan-Arjun Quiz

  1. This is a quiz for students of standards III and IV.
  2. It is a team quiz – each team will have 2 members from the same school/institution.
  3. Participating schools can send any number of teams; a maximum of 2 teams per school will qualify for the finals.
  4. There is no entry fee.
  5. No prior registration is required; participants carrying any form of suitable identification can register on the spot.
  6. Participants must carry along school/college IDs for identification, or they can wear their uniforms.
  7. Participants must bring pens/pencils & pads; paper will be provided.
  8. All participants must reach the venue in time for registration (and not earlier, as the hall will open only by 9:00 am.)
  9. The quiz will cover topics of general interest, requiring no specific preparation. A written preliminary round will be held, with the 8 best performing teams going into the finals.
  10. Prizes and certificates will be awarded to all finalists; plus a prize for the best performance by an all-girl team.
  11. The winning team will be declared holders of the Karan-Arjun Trophy for 2019.

Students are requested to be at the venue in time for registration.

Schedule:

Registration: 9:00 – 9:20 am
Written prelims: 9:30 – 10:15 am
Finals: 10:40 – 12:00 pm

 

High School & Junior College Quiz

  1. This is a general quiz for high school (standard VIII, IX and X) and junior college (PUC or 10+2) students.
  2. It is a team quiz – each team will have 2 members from the same school/institution.
  3. Participating schools can send any number of teams; a maximum of 2 teams per school will qualify for the finals.
  4. There is no entry fee.
  5. No prior registration is required; participants carrying any form of suitable identification can register on the spot.
  6. Participants must carry along school/college IDs for identification, or they can wear their uniforms.
  7. Participants must bring pens & pads; paper will be provided.
  8. All participants must reach the venue in time for registration.
  9. The quiz will cover topics of general interest, requiring no specific preparation.
  10. A common written preliminary round will be held, with the 8 best performing teams from each group going into separate finals.
  11. Prizes and certificates will be awarded to all finalists; plus a prize for the best performance by an all-girl team.

Students are requested to be at the venue in time for registration.

Schedule:

Registration: 1:45 – 2:00 pm
Common Written prelims: 2:00 – 2:35 pm
High School Finals: 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Junior College Finals: 4:15 – 5:15 pm

 

 

Open Quizzes – November 24, 2019

The Karnataka Quiz Association will be conducting two open quizzes on Sunday, 24th November at the Ujjivan head office in Koramangala. [map]

11:00 am – Catcher in the Eye – The Photography Quiz

Set by Tanmay Prusty, a written quiz on iconic (and not so iconic) candid moments, people, events and sundry from the world of photography. It is a written quiz for teams of up to two. Open to all.

 

2:30 pm – The November Open Quiz

The third monthly open general quiz of the season, this quiz will be helmed by Lokesh and Sreshth. It is a prelims/finals quiz for teams of up to four. Open to all.

 

You can get the latest updates by following the KQA on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. If you know of anyone who would like to be a part of the KQA Quiz Announcements WhatsApp group, please have them send a WhatsApp message to +91 9902444486

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

Quiz Night at The Courtyard – November 13th (Wednesday)

TV Quiz

Quiz Night at The Courtyard

Join us for edition 11 of Quiz Night at The Courtyard on November 13 (Wednesday) at 8:00 PM.

Manish, Rajat and Santosh return to conduct another season of the TV quiz – be content with Content with a quiz on all things television (note: no essay type questions on soldering capacitors to circuit boards or anything), whether Peak TV or pique TV. Come for the questions, stay for the recommendations.

A quiz for teams of two. The quiz is open to all. Prizes for top three finishers.

Venue: The Courtyard in Shantinagar [map]

Registration: ₹100/team.

A prior reservation is not mandatory, but it would be helpful for the folks at the Courtyard to know that you’re coming (if you’re sure that you are coming) – reserve your table by calling them at 73386 77996 Limited parking at the venue.

Note on parking: Very limited parking available at the venue, so ideal to park either near St. Joseph’s College, or at the Shantinagar Bus Stand parking lot and walk up.

Announcement of Mahaquizzer & Asiasweep 2019

The Karnataka Quiz Association will be conducting MahaQuizzer, the National Solo Quizzing Championship, and AsiaSweep, the Arun Veembur Memorial Quiz on all things Asian, on Sunday, 8th December 2019.

MahaQuizzer 2019

We are introducing something new to MahaQuizzer this year. The open set will consist of 150 questions to be attempted over 90 minutes, off a printed paper. However, there is another set of 75 questions, a Junior version if you will, to be taken over the 90 minutes, that is exclusively for school children. We hope to encourage a younger generation to the pain of hit-and-miss that all MQ takers are only too familiar with. More details on this over the next week.

MQ will be set by a team consisting of Debashree Mitra, Sreyashi Dastidar, Movin Miranda, Nishanth Raman and Venkataraman Ravindra.

 

AsiaSweep will consist of around 75 questions (to be read off a ppt) and is open to teams of a maximum of two people. Solo participants are also welcome. The quiz is being set by Dr Arul Mani, Nagaratna Patil, Sujata Sharma, Urmila Lakshmanan and Dibyendu Das.

 

MahaQuizzer will be held in all cities from 10:30 am to 12 noon. Reporting time for participants will be 10:00 AM. AsiaSweep will start at 3pm.

 

The person recording the highest score in MQ across all centres will hold the title of MahaQuizzer for 2019. She/he will also be awarded the Wing Commander G.R. Mulky Trophy for Quizzing Excellence. This trophy will be presented during ASKQANCE, the KQA Anniversary Open Quiz Festival scheduled for June 2020. We will publish the MQ schools ranking list separately.

AsiaSweep is open to teams of two members, irrespective of age or other affiliations. Solo participants are also welcome to try their luck.  A projector will be required to conduct AsiaSweep.

 

If you are interested in hosting MahaQuizzer or AsiaSweep (or both) in your city, please email Hrishikesh Varma or Dr. Arul Mani.

We will open registrations for MahaQuizzer and AsiaSweep in a few days’ time, once host cities and venues have been confirmed. Check back here in a few days time!

Lone Kid & Lone Cub 2019 – Results

The Karnataka Quiz Association held two solo quizzes for school students on the morning of Sunday, 20th October at the Institution of Agricultural Technologists, Queen’s Road, Bengaluru. Both quizzes were set & hosted by Gautham Shenoy, Dr. Avinash Thirumalai, Nagaratna Patil and Sriprada Sadagopan.

About 50 enthusiastic students turned up on a Sunday morning to take part in the Lone Kid (for students of classes V – VII) and Lone Cub (for students of classes VIII – X) quizzes. Turnout was a bit lower than usual though, as these quizzes have been attracting almost twice that number for the last few years. It was also disappointing to see fewer than 10 girl quizzers on the day.

A written preliminary round was held as per the standard practice; the change made this year was that a 1/3rd of the prelims featuring audio-visual questions was made common to both sets of quizzers. The prelims were very competitive, with a couple of students missing out on qualifying by narrow margins – 1/2 a mark in some cases, or number of star questions answered in others. The top eight students from middle school (classes V – VII) qualified for the Lone Kid finals, and the top eight students from high school (classes VIII – X) qualified for the Lone Cub finals.

 

 

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The common prelims to Lone Kid/Cub in action.

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Suraj Pai of class VI from Aurobindo School was crowned the Lone Kid Champion 2019. He took an early lead in the finals and never let go. Not that there wasn’t stiff competition from the other finalists – just that it seemed to be one of those “so close, yet so far” occasions. A little bit of boldness, in taking a guess even when not fully sure of the answer, would definitely have helped. We had a sibling pair from NPS, Rajajinagar qualify for the Lone Kid finals – Ananthashreyas of class VII and Anaghashree Nair of class V. Anaghasree Nair took home the prize for best girl quizzer.

Lone Kid standings:

  1. Suraj Pai, Std. VI, Sri Aurobindo School: 140
  2. Deepak K. Nayak, Std. VII, Presidency RT Nagar: 110
  3. Ananthashreyas, Std. VII, NPS-Rajajinagar: 100
  4. Vedant S. Shinde, Std. VII, Presidency RT Nagar: 80
  5. Nikilesh GK, Std. VII, Deens Academy: 70
  6. Shamanth Shastry, Std. VII, Presidency North: 50
  7. Sukrit S,. Std. V, NPS-Yeshwantpur: 40
  8. Anaghashree Nair, Std. V, NPS-Rajajinagar: 30

 

 

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Winners and finalists of the Lone Kid quiz from last Sunday – tag yourselves (and any leads on the photographer everyone was actually looking at will be appreciated).

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The Lone Cub finals were a much more closely fought affair, with the lead continuously changing hands and the top three not clear even when the final round began. Dhyan Vyas of class X, NPS Indiranagar narrowly pipped Nidish P (class VIII, St. Paul’s School) and Kushagara Agarwal (class VIII, Presidency NLO) to be crowned the Lone Cub Champion 2019. Nidish and Kushagra ended up tied at the same score; after 5 rounds of tie-break questions, Nidish claimed 2nd place with Kushagra ending up 3rd. Anjana Karthik of class VIII, Sri Kumaran’s School took home the prize for best girl quizzer.

Lone Cub standings:

  1. Dhyan Vyas, Std. X, NPS-Indiranagar: 115
  2. Nidhish P., Std VIII, St. Paul’s: 110
  3. Kushagra Agarwal, Std. VIII, Presidency NLO: 110
  4. Abhineet R.K., Std. X, BGS-NPS: 85
  5. Anjana Karthik, Std. VIII, Sri Kumaran’s: 75
  6. Adithya Acharya, Std. IX, Christ Academy: 70
  7. Shushruth Aanikanti, Std. IX, Jain Heritage: 65
  8. Sagar A.K., Std. X, NPS-Yeshwantpur: 45

 

 

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Winners and finalists of the Lone Cub (classes 8-10) quiz conducted by the KQA on Sunday.

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We’ve posted the finals of both Lone Kid 2019 and Lone Cub 2019 quizzes here. Do have a look!

2019 Lone Kid – Finals from madgenius

2019 Lone Cub – Finals from madgenius

 

Curieous & Curieouser – KQA’s Science Quiz Day

The Karnataka Quiz Association will hold the 1st edition of Curieous & Curieouser, an annual school & college fest dedicated to quizzing on all things scientific, on Sunday, 10th November 2019.

Venue: Institution of Agricultural Technologists, Queen’s Road, Bengaluru. [map]

We will conduct three quizzes on this day – for high school (classes VIII, IX & X), junior college (PUC/10+2) and undergraduate college students respectively. The quizzes are for teams of 2 members each, and will have a broad focus on nature, science & technology.

There is no entry fee, and registration will be done on the spot.

Note: Students of high school and junior college can also participate in the undergraduate college science quiz if they want.

For more information, please call or message Avinash Thirumalai on +91-9620106064

 

High School and Junior College Science Quiz

  1. Participating institutions may field any number of teams in each category; a maximum of 2 teams per institution will qualify for the finals.
  2. This is a team quiz – each team will have a maximum of 2 students. Teams must have students from the same institution.
  3. There is no entry fee.
  4. No prior registration is required; participants will register on the spot.
  5. Participants can wear their school/college uniforms, or carry along any suitable means of identification.
  6. The quiz will cover feature questions on nature, science & technology, but no prior preparation is needed.
  7. All participants must reach the venue in time for registration (and not earlier as the hall opens only by 9:00 am).
  8. A common written preliminary round will be held to determine finalists. The top 8 teams from high school will qualify for the high school finals, with the top 8 teams from junior college teams taking part in a separate finals.
  9. Prizes & certificates will be awarded to all finalists. There is also a prize for best all-girl team.
  10. The winners will be declared Bengaluru’s High School & Junior College Science Quiz Champions 2019 respectively.

QMs: Dr. Aswathy Vinod, Dr. Vinod Nayak & Dr. Avinash Thirumalai

SCHEDULE

Registration: 9:00 – 9:20 am
Common written prelims: 9:30 – 10:10 am
High School Finals: 10:30 – 11:40 am
Junior College Finals: 12:00 – 1:10 pm
Prize distribution: 1:15 pm

 

Undergraduate College Science Quiz

  1. Participating institutions may any number of teams; a maximum of 2 teams per institution will qualify for the finals.
  2. This is a team quiz — each team will have a maximum of 2 students. Teams must have students from the same institution.
  3. There is no entry fee.
  4. No prior registration is required; participants will register on the spot.
  5. Participants must bring pens/pencils & pads; paper will be provided.
  6. The quiz will cover topics from nature, science & technology, but requires no prior preparation.
  7. All participants must reach the venue in time for registration.
  8. A written preliminary round will be held to select the top 8 teams for the finals.
  9. Prizes and certificates will be awarded to all finalists; plus a prize for the best performance by an all-girl team.
  10. The winners will be declared Bengaluru’s Collegiate Science Quiz Champions 2019.

 QMs: Ochintya Sharma & Arun Hiregange

SCHEDULE

Registration: 2:00 – 2:20 pm
Written prelims: 2:30 – 3:10 pm
Finals: 3:30 – 6:00 pm
Prize distribution: 6:10 pm

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