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Teams battle punchlines & personalities for quiz honour - Birla Institute of Technology, Patna, group defeats 21 others to bag first prize in management contest

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  • Published 26.01.12

Patna, Jan. 25: The managerial and business skills of 42 students were put to test today at a quiz organised by Secunderabad-based Siva Sivani Institute of Management.

At the end of the fight, the team of Prem Reddy and Varun Choudhary from Birla Institute of Technology (BIT), Patna, were declared winners of the Management Quiz in Search of Future Managers.

The management school, in association with The Telegraph, conducted the quiz in two rounds — preliminary and final. A volley of questions was fielded at 21 teams of two where the participants had to answer 25 written questions. The questions ranged from current affairs to punchline of commercial products and brands associated with popular companies.

Quizmaster Nikhil Biswas conducted the quiz and kept on testing the aptitude of the contestants.

Arjun Kumar, a participant from Patna College, said: “The questions asked in the quiz were such that are not usually available in the general knowledge books. But it was exciting to participate in such a quiz where the questions were different from what we usually find in our college textbooks.”

Arjun’s excitement was understandable, as some questions did test the contestants’ grasp on general knowledge.

While one participant could identify Ness Wadia from a picture as Bollywood actress Preity Zinta’s boyfriend, filling the hall with peals of laughter, some were also stumped on the correct abbreviation of Yahoo, the search engine, and the symbolism of the three stars on the Mercedes logo.

For those of you rushing to the Internet to find the answers, we will make it easier. Yahoo stands for “Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle” while the star in the three corners of the Mercedes logo represents the Mercedes-Benz dominance on land, sea and air. On another question in the preliminary round, Arjun said: “Many of us know that the computerised numbered bank cheques are known as MICR cheques but very few know what MICR stands for. It stands for magnetic ink character recognition.”

Shiva Prakash, another participant from Darbhanga House, was happy to be present at the quiz. He said: “As I am preparing for management entrance examinations, this quiz gave me a rough idea about the type of questions I can expect in the management entrance tests.”

On the question of who succeeded as the Tata group chairman, Prakash said not everybody could remember the name of the person who has succeeded Ratan Tata for its rarity. For those who are still in the dark, Cyrus Pallonji Mistry, the youngest son of construction magnate Pallonji Mistry, has succeeded the Tata boss.

Prakash said: “We all have read or heard in the news about the man who is set to succeed Ratan Tata as the next chairman of Tata group. But we have to make an effort to remember the name.”

After battling through the preliminary round, eight teams made it to the final round. At least three teams from BIT, Patna, and two teams from Patna University made it to the round. The finalists had to go through another round of eight questions and based on the performance, Winners Prem Reddy and Varun Choudhary from BIT, Patna, took home a mobile phone from Samsung.

Varun said: “It was great to participate in the quiz as the questions ranged from identifying the logo of a commercial product to their punchlines.”

B.S. Rao, in-charge director, Business Strategy, Siva Sivani Institute of Management, told The Telegraph: “The people here are talented but because of lack of proper opportunities, they fail to perform. Our objective was to tap the potential of such students.”