Monday, May 20, 2013

The BCQC May Open - Pop Culture Quiz results

The First Annual APJ Abdul Kalam Quiz for Outstanding Achievements in the Field of Excellence

Set and Conducted by Kunal Sawardekar and Dr. Aditya Chandorkar

Format: Due to several changes in venue and time, the quiz had to be shifted to a new location at the last minute. Only 15 people showed up. QMs decided to have everyone in the finals and use the elims as a written round. This was followed by the intended final - 38 Questions on IR (with 8 pounces per team) , one written round and one theme round.

1st: Kaustubh Bhat and Aditya Gadre: 122.5 pts
Jt 2nd: Debanjan Bose and Hari Nair : 115 pts
Jt 2nd: Ranajeet Soman , Rohan Jain (and Avaneendra Bhargav as super sub) : 115 pts
4th: Venkat S (aka Vcat) and Nikhil Motlag: 70 pts
5th: Abhishek Upadhyay M and Rohan Danait: 60 pts
6th: Ananth and Aditya: 50 pts
7th: Tejas and Tanvi: 10 pts


The Quiz was brilliant IMO - great fundaes, popular topics and a lot of fun through production value with memes, references in everything from the very name of the quiz to the safety slides and names of rounds. The extensive usage of AV was particularly impressive - and I mean that not just through the sheer number of videos but the fact that several videos had superb workoutable answers which did not need any particular knowledge of the video per se.

Another huge positive for me was that the quiz was run at a leisurely Pune pace - going on for a good four hours - giving teams enough time to think and workout questions thus justifying the effort the QMs had put in.

A few negatives:
- A few inconsistencies in part points
- A few outliers in terms of difficulty level - several teams did not take guesses because they did not expect that the answer would be that obvious
- Some questions leaned more towards "culture" than "popular" :P

Please give your feedback in the comments section. 
The QMs intend to run the quiz elsewhere, so please do not give out any content of the questions or answers in your feedback. 


Kunal said...

Dude, you got the title wrong! Its the First Annual APJ Abdul Kalam Quiz for Outstanding Achievements in the Field of Excellence

Aditya said...