Monday, January 30, 2006

Chakravyuh Announcement

Firstly apologies for not sticking to the new testament of quiz announcements. Here are the courte details for the regulars :

Date : 25th Feb.
Day : Saturday
Venue : COEP Amphi.
Time : Registrations begin 10 am.

Note : also watch out for lone-wolf media quiz and Abhimanyu.

Please visit : Chakravyuh Blog for full details.


PS : Also thought - please check out beta version of BCQC website.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Wall Street 2005 - Business & Economics Quiz

Quiz set and conducted by: Kunal Sawardekar

1st: Prakash + 1 (SCMHRD)
2nd: Anupam Akolkar + Salil Bijur (VIT)
Joint 3rd: Kunal Thakar + Anand Ayyadurai (VIT) & Harsh Ketkar + Arnab Pal (VIT)
5th: Siddharth Dani (VIT) & Abhishek Nagaraj (COEP)
6th: Symbiosis

Monday, January 16, 2006

IMS Quotient

1st: Fergusson: Kunal Sawardekar, Puranjay Parchure, Rachana
2nd: VIT (1): Harsh Ketkar, Rashmi Vadanagare, Nilay Puntambekar

Also: Symbiosis Law, VIT (2), Sinhagad COE, Wadia

This was the Pune leg of the IMS Quotient (IQ) Quiz. The winners go to Delhi for the grand final on 14th Feb. More details here.

QM: Charanpreet Singh

Comments: {Will be put up soon.}

Friday, January 13, 2006

Chakravyuh Insight

Chakravyuh now has it's own blog / website. Check it out at

Note that details regarding exact dates etc. are yet to be made clear. Please comment if 25th of Feb, Saturday would be convenient.


Wednesday, January 11, 2006

January 2006 - Open Quiz


1st: Kunal Sawardekar, Sudarshan, Kunal Thakar
2nd: Niranjan, Pradeep Ramarathnam, Ramanand
3rd: not sure
Others: Salil-Arnab-Bharath, Vibhendu-Balaji-Puranjay, Harish-Sirisha, Anand-Srikant-Harsh, Abhishek-Brijesh-Siddharth, Ganesh-Aniruddh-Arun

Important Update

The quiz has been advanced to 14 Jan, Saturday. Venue: COEP's Boat Club. Time: 1 pm.

Date 15th January, Sunday
Time 2 pm
Venue The Dewang Mehta Auditorium, Persistent Systems, Senapati Bapat Road, Pune
Flavour General
To be conducted by Shamanth Rao
Structure Teams of 2, written elims, eight teams in the final

Contact info 98810-00957

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

A checklist while organising quizzes

After a couple of recent quizzes where some basic concepts were found to be lacking, here are a list of things that have come out of our collective experience of attending and setting quizzes. If there are any additions/corrections, please leave them in the comments.


  • Set the correct expectations for the quiz. Clearly mention the nature of the quiz if there are themes involved. It's better to have a small group of interested participants rather than a crowd of disgruntled hangers-on who thought there would be "free pizza, man!"
  • Mention the following points:
    • Expected team size
    • Location (with directions if required)
    • Starting time and expected duration
    • Registration if required (most good quizzes don't need prior registration and actually find it more convenient that way - on the spots are preferred)
    • Any criteria to be satisfied
    • Contact information
    • Who is/are organising and conducting the quiz (if you don't mind revealing such "sensitive" information)
    • Incentives to attend the quiz (if you are well-endowed in this respect)
  • Publicity depends on how much money you have to spend and also your target audience. In the usual cases, don't forget to spread the word on the message boards and egroups (don't be insolent enough to assume they'd find out if they want to :-) ) and let all the "usual suspects" know. If you post on these egroups, do put in the obligatory questions so that your mail isn't spamming those who are not interested in attending.


  • As far as possible, start on time. Even if you don't think enough people have turned up. The latecomers can start late (and be given extra time if required and if possible). Set a standard, especially if this is an annual affair - you should see these latecomers show up earlier next year! This way, you'll atleast keep the punctual quizzers on your side.
  • Make sure you announce the following (or mention it in the elims sheet):
    • Duration of the elims
    • Tiebreak policy (the best way is to have certain questions - known in the trade as "starred qns" - marked as those which will be used for breaking ties. I have gone as far as to use two sets of "starred qns" - primary and secondary - to avoid having tiebreakers for deciding finalists, for it is so messy)
    • If you have any carryovers of points from elims to finals, mention it clearly. Such things should necessarily be announced pre-elims
  • Check your elims for typos. If there are any, make sure you make effective announcements about them
  • If your elims have audio/visual questions, it would be preferable to play them at least twice to provide teams with the opportunity to chew over them
  • As far as possible, don't change too many things during the elims for this makes teams uneasy
  • If you have people helping you with correction, provide them with sample answer sheets if they aren't familiar with them
  • Work out what constitutes a correct answer and what parts deserve partial credit. If possible, indicate this in the elims questions. Also ensure all paper checkers are in agreement over this
  • Keep checking as transparent as possible. Announce the cutoffs before the finals so that teams aggrieved over this matter can approach you (IMO, it is extremely silly and unprofessional to keep this a secret and only gives rise to idle speculation). If possible, return elims papers to teams (without accepting doctored efforts later ;-))
  • Announce how long paper checking will take, when and where the announcements of results will be made and when the final will commence
  • Decide in advance when you want to announce the answers to the elimination questions. Some like to hold it back to just before the final begins, but in most cases, it is customary to announce answers immediately after the elims


  • Decide clearly many days in advance what the format of the quiz should be - i.e. the rules of passing, the value of directs and passes etc. It is, IMO, a sign of imbecility for this decision to made carelessly (and without any thought) a few seconds after the final has begun
  • Similarly, if there are any "special" rounds, work out all the rules for that round and figure out how to explain them to the participants and the audience. Also think about possible failure points and what you intend to do if they occur
  • For each question, determine in advance what the acceptable answers (according to you) should be and how is credit to be divided. For instance, some questions have two parts to them - so decide if you need boths parts simultaneously and hence will award full points to only that team that provides both first, or whether you will give partial points to two teams if it so happens. Announce this before teams have started answering that question
  • What will you do if there is a tie for the top spots? Will you split the prizes (can this be done?) or must you insist on breaking a tie or will you leave it to the teams so deadlocked? Answer these questions
  • Do you need to draw lots to decide seating (most quizzes prefer this)? Then arrange for lots. Some of the Pune quizzes have experimented with letting teams decide seating based on some rules. If this is the case, like in the case of carryovers mentioned in the earlier section, announce this during the elims.
  • Announce the length of the quiz before you begin. Mention the remaining duration at intervals during the quiz
  • Remember to reverse rounds if this is necessary (most quizzes have this) at the appropriate point

  • How do you want to arrange seating for the finalists?
  • Arrange for and test mikes, buzzers and other equipment well in advance instead of holding up play (apologise if you can't :-) )
  • When you have files for audio/video etc., ensure you edit the filenames and display tags to remove any hints towards the answers (being paranoid about these things is fine)
  • Organise all software (presentation, audio, video etc) well in advance. If possible, check the m/c and projector equipment to be used a day earlier
  • Organise requisite number of copies of the elims, a couple of copies of the text of the finals. Keep a few e-copies of the finals & elims if required (again, be paranoid about loss). Keep them secured :-)
  • Get blank papers for use by finalists. Water for them would be a welcome addition.
  • Organise all scorers and helpers and volunteers
  • Answer what-ifs like what if the power goes out, if the audio or video can't be played, if you exceed the timelimit etc.
  • Do you need to work in breaks in the schedule. e.g, is lunch time or a tea break looming in your day's schedule?
  • Be aware of answers to questions on prizes: when, how much, where etc. Give this info to those who qualify
  • Be kind to the audience - have prizes for them if possible
  • Keep extra questions handy - they come in useful for breaking ties and engaging the audience if necessary and god knows what else!
That's all I could think of. These might seem to be an inordinately long and pedantic list, but I think they are just all about common sense. You want your participants to be as comfortable as possible in your quiz and doing these things will, IMHO, go a long way in ensuring that. Of course, there's a small matter of also ensuring your questions are of a good quality, but for that you should read these (1, 2 and 3). But if you follow most of the above, you'll atleast get brownie-fudge-with-vannila-ice-cream points for sincerity.

{Side note: this blog completes two years of existence this month, so thanks to all those who read, digested and contributed to this very interesting effort.}