The city of Ranchi has always attracted high quality teams and this year was no different. The quiz prelim was hosted by Ms. Rashmi Furtado, in brisk business-like fashion. The finalists who made it were:
BIT MESRA :Girish and Prakhar Ranjan
IIT (ISM) Dhanbad :Mayank Roy and Kanishk
VSSUT :Abhishek and Amit Mishra
IMS Ranchi :Kundan Kumar and Md. Rizwan Noori
NIT Rourkela :Abhishek Patra and Swayambodha M
IIT (ISM) Dhanbad :Tejas Bagrecha and Aditya J
Champions, NIT Rourkela - Abhishek Patra and Swayambodha M
The final was co-hosted by Rashmi and Pickbrain. All teams played well early on but over a period of time it was a three-way battle between BIT, IIT and NIT. As Rashmi aptly put it, the quiz seemed like a last question finish right from the first question.
The BIT team missed out on a couple of buzzer strikes and lost out while the duo from IIT with Tejas and Aditya got a lot of answers right but did not play higher values that were available to them. This strategy of theirs backfired towards the end as NIT played higher values to maximise the output of their answers and eventually won the title on a well thought out strategy to back their answers.
The guest of honour, Mr. Shailesh Verma, CRE, Tata Steel Ranchi, spoke on the importance of concentration and to channelise that to conquer the world.