Saturday, August 02, 2008

The Interrogative 2008

Report for BCQC's annual school quiz 'The Interrogative' written by QM Maitreyi Gupta.

The BCQC’s annual school quiz

The second year of The Interrogative saw more than 80 teams from 18 schools around the city. The results as follows:

(Finals rank: School (Team members): finals score: elims score (stars))
1st: Abhinav Vidyalaya (Rohan Danait, Sanket Bhilare): 115 : 20 (5)
2nd: Vikhe Patil (Amol Joshi, Omkar Dhakephalkar): 105: 18 (5)
3rd: Symbiosis Secondary (Abhishek Pandit, Rushab Bainthia): 90: 20 (5)
4th: Abhinav Vidyalaya (Rohit Sahasrabudhe, Satyavrat Wagle): 80: 17 (6)
Joint 5th: St. Mary's Boys (Shatrunjay Mall, Akshay Agarwal): 70: 16 (5)
Joint 5th: Bal Shikhan Mandir (Siddharth Khole, Sumedh Kaulgud): 70: 15 (5)
7th: Symbiosis Secondary (Ankur Borwankar, Rohit Telang): 45: 17 (4)
8th: P. Jog High School (Atharva Kunte, Amoghsiddhi Bhandarkar): 20: 16 (5)

Special mention: Shreedhar Kale and Maitreya Ghorpade from Symbiosis Secondary School missed qualification by 2 star questions. They had 15(3)

Best School: Symbiosis Secondary School

The Best School Trophy was given to the School whose top 3 teams had the highest combined elimination Score.

Quiz Masters: Yash Marathe, Maitreyi Gupta

Elims: 30 questions, 6 stars. Highest was 20 and the cut off was 15 with 5 stars. Lots of teams scored between 12 and 15 so it turned out to be an average difficulty elim

Quiz Master’s notes:

  1. Good turnout in spite of on-going tests in some schools. 80 teams is no small figure. A few schools sent as many as 10 teams.

  2. Teams reported on time. Can’t say the same about some of the quizmasters ;)

  3. Cash prizes were a big plus point. Audience prizes were BCQC keychains. Trophies for the winning team and best school.

  4. Quiz started on time and ended at 1pm instead of 12.30. We lost time in the elims. Elims should have been 25 ques rather than 30.

  5. We made a lot of new questions for this quiz. Tried to keep as many workable questions as possible.

  6. Quiz was liberally sprinkled with pictures to support the answers.

  7. Choice of elim questions: they were meant to be easy – turned out to be of moderate difficulty.

  8. I think we covered most genres. Even so, the emphasis was on geography and history.

  9. New format for the elim sheet – sheet included a space for rough work (questions were displayed on the screen), for jotting down the question or to note multiple answers before deciding the final one. There was a points column as well. The aim was to reduce checking time and increase accuracy of checking.

  10. We should have made a filler quiz – for around 10 mins after we finished discussing answers, teams were moving around the audi to sit with their school friends (we had separated them in the beginning)

  11. Lack of volunteers due to various reasons – too much work for the few people who did show up.

  12. A few goof-ups in the finals because of me : 2 finals’ questions were scrapped because I accidentally clicked a button.

  13. Round 1 was a connect round – each question should have carried 5 points rather than 10. Some teams who cracked the connect had got an unfair lead.

  14. Note to self and others: Most black and white pictures don’t show up well on the screen.

We would like a feedback about the questions from the finalists and audience. Please leave your comments in the comments box.

:: Maitreyi


Yash Marathe said...

I don't think the theme round was unfair. If you crack the theme, you are entitled to get the advantage. Anyway, the theme round questions weren't that hard to crack (Rackham being the exception) even if you didn't know the theme.

Abhishek said...

It feels sad that I'm next in line doing this. Asking for a look at the questions! And my other demand for pictures is also very justified. Please to be taking steps to correct aforementioned.

Maitreyi Gupta said...

Questions mailed to you, abhishek. Salil has the pictures. Request to him to upload them

amit said...

Can i get the quiz please? Please mail it to

Ramanand said...

thanks for the detailed report - maitreyi, it'll be very useful next year when we try to remember what to do and what to avoid!

salil: pictures! (may just be picture)

Quiz was good, the participants even better - was a good and diverse crop on stage. We could have done with a couple of extra hands and slightly tighter conducting, but went well overall.

amit said...

thanks a lot for the quiz....

amit said...

what was the round format? IR or DNP? If IR, how was the response to that? I think school people are not aware of IR.

Yash Marathe said...

IR. And the response was great. I think only one team on stage was aware of IR.

Something else to avoid: Posting photos of the wrong Brazilian :pp

Anonymous said...

can you mail the quiz please

Sowmya said...

Can you email me the questions to



Rohan said...

There has been a spelling mistake in my name. My team won the quiz. My name is Rohan and not Rohit.
My partner was Sanket Bhilare and we came first.
Thank you

Ramanand said...

Sorry Rohan - corrected.