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Tata quiz glory for Odisha youths

- Next regional battle of wits in Jamshedpur today

Two Odisha teams bagged the top spots from among 36 teams at the regional round of the 10th edition of Tata Crucible Campus Quiz held at a Ranchi hotel on Tuesday.

Bibhas Rath and Sankat Tripathy from National Institute of Technology (NIT), Rourkela, comprised the winning team. Nishan Nihar and Wasim Sajjad from VSS University of Technology, Burla, finished second in the quiz that saw participating institutions from Ranchi, Dhanbad, Rourkela and Sambalpur.

Of 36 participating teams, 10 were shortlisted after a written preliminary round.

While four top teams in the written test qualified for the final directly, the rest appeared for another round.

In the end, the six teams contesting the final comprised one each from NIT-Rourkela, VVSUT-Burla, ISM-Dhanbad as well as three from Jharkhand capital Ranchi — BIT-Mesra and two from IIM-R.

The final had five rounds — Global Attention, Visual Potential, Tata World, Think Tenfold and Rapid Intend.

Apart from regular questions, participants were also quizzed in visual and audio-visual formats.

The winning team walked home with Rs 1 lakh in prize money, while the runner-up bagged Rs 50,000.

Paying Ranchi a compliment, popular quizmaster Giri ‘Pickbrain’ Balasubramanium said quizzing standards had always been high in the city and the regional round lived up to expectations.

Another regional round will be held in Jamshedpur on Wednesday.

Winning teams from regional rounds will compete in the zonal final at Calcutta later in March. Winners and runners-up at the zonals will vie for the national title in Mumbai on April 6.

The national winners will compete with counterparts from Singapore and the UK.