Sunday, June 06, 2004

UCQ 2004 - Pune elims

I was the (unwilling) local Pune coordinator for the UCQ written elims. The questions were typically Synergy-like, a good mix of all topics, a slant towards current affairs in all areas, 50 decent questions (not all entirely workable). Was quite appalled by the turnout, just 5 full teams from 4 colleges. VIT had two and FC, last year's city representatives AFMC, and SIMS making up the rest. No COEP, no AIT. Siddharth Natarajan informs me of the difficulty of getting 3 others, and I can only feel for him. Sad state of affairs.

Speaking in a personal capacity, I think FC have a great chance of qualifying. They're sure to do par and above in their elims as they have a good team in Kunal, Shakti, Ashish and Sangita. They also have several other "profile" related advantages - they're Arts students (not the usual mgmt|engineers), have a female participant (without detracting from your quizzing aptitude Sangita :-) ) and their college is fairly well-known. AFMC made it last year and their team doesn't seem to be as strong as last year. I'm sure the team of Ganesh-Salil-Siddharth-Kunal will do well in the elims too, but methinks their relative obscurity and common profile will require them to be in the top slice of the national standings to improve their chances. I really hope two teams are picked (actually, considering that MDI gave their test in Pune last time, they might have been the other Pune centre team). I don't know much about the other teams except for Anand, so won't speculate about their chances.

Whoever makes it through can expect a lot of support and aid (if required) from the other guys in Pune's quizzing circle. I may be able to help in spotting some typical Synergy patterns and BVHK would know a great deal more about UCQ and the best preparations for it.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

You hit the nail there. My thoughts are exactly the same on the qualifying teams. Anyway, our exams are getting over in a week. We can start quizzing at bc from next week. Salil has a quiz ready and I have a few questions myself.
Kunal T.

Anonymous said...

Really low interest level in college quizzing in Pune. If something of this sort had been present during our college times circa 1998-2001, there would definitely have been a much higher level of enthusiasm.

-- Samrat

Ramanand said...

Sammy, didn't want to get into comparisons of "our times" again ;-) at risk of being led to silly nostalgia, but facts would have been that in 1999, we would have had enough good ppl for 2 teams from coep, 1 from ait (if not 2), 1 from afmc and some more.

and competition would have been cutthroat.

Abhishek said...

Well it is really unfair for u guys to say that todays quzzing ppl are un enthu . For one UC didn't aloow sub-18 years like me to take part and the number of quizzes and their quality is surely on the up.(i think.) Anyways JRR u being the(unwilling)co-ordinator for UC cud try and convince those ppl to make it 16+ event. Cheers,

Samrat said...

In 99' in addition to two teams each from AIT,COEP and AFMC. We also would have had teams from BVP, PICT, Fergusson et al.

Anonymous said...

Could you please put up the answers of the UC elims? (If possible i.e.)

Anonymous said...

Could you please put up the answers of the UC elims? (If possible i.e.)

Salil

Ramanand said...

Salil, will try and do so at the earliest.

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