Bhubaneswar – KIIT survive at Bhubaneshwar

Champions

KIIT - Omkar Amrutanshu and Abhinav Dhar

Runner Up

College of Veterinary Sciences - Sangram Sahu and Rashmi Swain

It is the biggest quiz that campuses across Odisha battle in. The stakes are high, champions become stars on their campus and the teams prepare for months with great earnestness.

Quizmaster Pickbrain started proceedings with his characteristic one-liners and went about the prelim swiftly. The questions were a shade on the tougher side but given the turnout and the enthusiasm for the quiz in the city the difficulty level was welcomed by the teams.

The finalists were:

  • IIIT Bhubaneswar: Satvik Raut and Mrinal Patra
  • XIMB: Kalpit Mohanty and Rachit Jain
  • KIIT: Omkar Amrutanshu and Abhinav Dhar
  • College of Veterinary Sciences: Sangram Sahu and Rashmi Swain
  • KIIT University: Akshay Kumar and Srijan Tiwari
  • KIIT University: Saptarishi and Arko Biswas

The final was a complete thriller from the word go. It began with IIIT-B off to a start with a brilliant strike on the first question while others warmed up soon. The first segments saw the College of Veterinary Sciences leading the quiz with a slender margin.

In the mid segment, the quiz opened up with the XIMB duo and the team of Omkar and Abhinav beginning to score and take half chances. Their strikes did put pressure on the others and IIIT-B made some mistakes from which they could not make a come back. As the seasoned quizmaster belted out questions at a rapid pace, the tension began to build and the quiz inched to the final couple of questions. The College of Veterinary Sciences was still in the lead but right behind them were the KIIT duo and the IIIT-B team all within distance of the leaders.

The final question was where the KIIT team of Omkar and Abhinav surpassed the rest to clinch the title. Omkar, incidentally, is the reigning ‘International Champion’ of the quiz having won the title from over 3000 teams a year ago.

The guest of honour Dr. Arabinda Kumar Padhee (IAS), the Revenue Divisional Commissioner, Cuttack congratulated the teams and the quizmaster for an outstanding program and gave them their cheques. He was accompanied by Mr. Arun Mishra, the Vice President of the Gopalpur Project, Tata Steel.

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