The final zonal of the season was a remarkable display of knowledge, wits and nerves. All the eight teams looked on even terms as the quiz moved at a brisk pace. The strategy of the teams varied and changed as the quiz progressed. Their ability to manage their risk appetite, became crucial to the outcome.
PSGCAS, Coimbatore: Nivin Krishnan and Hari Chidambram
Sona School of Mgmt Salem:Varun Kumar and Vignesh R.
NIT Trichy:Rishi Rajasekaran and Senthil Hariharan
SJCE Mysore:Srikar and Shreyas
PES Bangalore:Aabharan and Akhil
IIT Madras: Varun Murthy and Rushabh Menon
Govt. Victoria College, Palakkad:Abdul Vahid and Jameer
St. Thomas College, Kottayam:Carol Abraham and Alvin Thomas
Champions, PSGCAS, Coimbatore - Nivin Krishnan and Hari Chidambram
The last of the zonal rounds saw PSG from Coimbatore get off to a good start, maintain clear momentum and clinch a slot in the national finale with clinical precision. The team played very well and did not take a single negative.
The IIT duo showed a lot of courage as they came back from behind to force the other teams to take risks, but made a few simple mistakes that knocked them back. The battle for the second slot was tense with PES, NIT and Govt. Victoria College, all in with a chance while SJCE made a dramatic comeback towards the final stages to draw level with these teams.
A four-way tie-breaker saw the Palakkad team making the first mistake and crashing out while PES University from Bangalore held their nerve to finish runner up and make it to the national finale.
The guest of honour, Dr. Sasangan Ramanathan, DEAN, Amrita University, gave away the prizes and appreciated the teams on a wonderful quiz.
Runner Up, PES Univ. Bangalore - Aabharan and Akhil
WINNER : PSGCAS Coimbatore - Nivin Krishnan and Hari Chidambram
RUNNER UP : PES Univ. Bangalore - Aabharan and Akhil