MindSweep and Mega-Whats on Sunday 18 May 2014

We will hold our annual international solo championshipMindSweep, on the forenoon of Sunday, 18 May 2014. We will also hold Mega-Whatsthe 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.