Fifth-grade fundas

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By The Telegraph Online
  • Published 25.04.08

All you need to know about Kya Aap Paanchvi Pass Se Tez Hain? which premieres tonight on STAR Plus at 8pm

Host:Shah Rukh Khan


Original: The international Mark Burnett format Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

Format: Each game is played by an individual contestant, who is presented with the chance to win up to Rs 5 crore by answering questions taken from the syllabus of a fifth grade level or lower. The contestant is presented with 10 subject cards, which he may answer in the order of his choice. If the contestant answers all 10 questions correctly, he is given the chance to answer an eleventh question — drawn from a separate pool of five fifth-grade questions — to win the Rs 5 crore jackpot.

Money tree: You need to answer 11 questions to win the Rs 5 crore jackpot. The first right answer gets you Rs 10,000 and goes up thereafter, sometimes doubling and sometimes multiplying five-fold. Like the last branch of the money tree jumps from Rs 1 crore to Rs 5 crore. So potentially, one question can win you Rs 4 crore! As each new question is read, the contestant is given the option to drop out with the amount of money currently in his bank. If the contestant chooses to answer the question but gives the wrong answer, he walks away with nothing (during questions one to five) or with Rs 2,00,000 (question six and beyond).

Cheats: The contestant is also provided three “cheats” to use over the course of the round. All of these cheats involve his classmates, which is a group of children seated on stage who are answering the same questions. Every two questions, a new classmate joins the contestant and becomes his teammate for those two questions. The contestant can use his cheats at any time during the first 10 questions.

There are three types of cheats:

Taank Jhaank: The contestant has the opportunity to review his current teammate’s answer before submitting his own.

Nakal: Here, the contestant may opt not to answer the question at all, but rather let his current teammate answer for him. The contestant cannot reject his teammate’s answer, but is stuck with it.

Bachao: This cheat is triggered automatically if the contestant gives a wrong answer. If the contestant’s current partner turns out to have the correct answer, the contestant is then saved. The only instance in which two cheats can be used on the same question is if the contestant opts for Taank Jhaank, rejects the kid’s correct answer, gives a wrong answer himself, and is then saved by the kid. Other than this one scenario, the cheats must necessarily be used individually. If the contestant makes it to the eleventh and final question, he must tackle that question without help, even if he has not used his cheats.

Classmates: The intelligent batch of classmates of Kya Aap Paanchvi Pass Se Tez Hain? includes Shriya Sharma from Palampur, Dheirya Sorecha from Mumbai, Anubhav Motilal from Delhi, Shreeparna Ghosal from Delhi and Milanjeet Singh Bhatti from Chandigarh.

First contestant: Dr Vedula Ramalakshmi from Orissa. To be aired on April 25, STAR Plus, 8pm.