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Revels’19—EQ IQ

With four signature events—Table No. 21, Spyglass, Mr. and Ms. Revels, and The Apprentice—EQ IQ proved it was still one of the most fun categories at Revels by engaging participants from the get-go. The events required contestants to think on their feet and be witty at the same time. Here’s a look at how EQ IQ tickled the brains of both participants and the audience.

Table No. 21
Joshika Sachithanandan

For all those who stay up into the wee hours of the morning binge-watching shows, EQ IQ’s Table No. 21 was the place to be during Revels. Round 1 was a written round which drew in a crowd of nearly 100 students from across all years. Teams of two had to answer questions that tested their aptitude as well as their knowledge on movies and TV shows.

Nine teams progressed to the second round which composed of two sub-rounds—SpeakEasy and Chatbox. In SpeakEasy, one participant from each team had to combine two unrelated words to form a sentence. This was followed by Chatbox, wherein both team members had to enact a conversation about a topic while playing the role of a given character. Moreover, they had to switch characters every 15 seconds such that each person played a total of four roles while continuing to hold the conversation. This led to some hilarious scenarios that included Pennywise taking fashion advice from Rachel Green, and Snape and the Joker dissing each other in a sauna.

Four teams made it to the round three which was further divided into two sub-rounds.  For the first sub-round, audio and video clips were played and the teams had to identify the character and the dialogue being spoken respectively.  The second sub-round was the childhood favourite, Pictionary. Participants had to pictorially represent movies chosen from chits, while their team member had to guess as many as possible within a time frame of four minutes. Participants were left in splits of laughter as their opponents made absurd guesses at seemingly obvious answers. ” The turnout was more than I had expected. The event turned out to be extremely popular because of its entertaining nature which put the binge-watcher’s knowledge to good use“, said Event Head, Aishwarya Madhu.

Harshita Binani

One of the most successful events of EQ IQ, Spyglass was a crime-solving mystery game that gave the participants a chance to become Poirot and Sherlock. Drawing immense participation, this event made sure that the participants made the best use of their analytical skills. The first round was a pen and paper round which tested the aptitude and problem-solving skills of the contestants. An interesting section of this paper was the technical section that consisted of questions related to criminal investigation. With over seventy teams participating, the organisers had a tough time selecting ten teams for the final round.

The second round was a scavenger hunt that took participants all around the campus. At each location, the teams were given a clue to the next location and a part of the story. Alongside figuring out which location the clues pointed to, the teams also had to put together pieces of the story and identify the murderer. After an exciting trail through the campus, most teams were able to reach their final destination. The intriguing story had them put their thinking caps on as they tried to join all the dots and reach a conclusion.

I was genuinely impressed by the level of participation and also the eagerness shown by students to run around even in the scorching summer heat“, said Shreekar Nampally, Category Head of EQ-IQ. The event proved to be a complete success, that left the participants with a sense of satisfaction.

Mr. and Ms. Revels
Tushar Nayak

One of Revels’ flagship events, Mr & Ms Revels proved to be so much more than just an ordinary beauty pageant. This year, EQ IQ decided to split the event into 2 rounds, with the first round being held at NLH. 21 participants competed to be the top 10 qualifying for the finals. The preliminary round consisted of participants being tested on their debating, public speaking, and problem-solving skills. Throughout the three events, they were judged based on their content, body language, expressiveness, voice modulation, and audience involvement.

Two days later, the top 10 participants assembled at the stage built outside NLH to claim the top prize. The judges brought on for this event were Dr K V Sriram and Ms Sharal Correa, faculty from the Humanities and Management department of MIT. The second and final round of the event was broken into three parts: First, a rapid-fire round where the participants were given 90 seconds to answer 15 questions and five bonus questions if they could find time to answer them. Here, participants were asked basic general knowledge questions such as the capitals of Indian states, and also more personal questions.

The second round was a talent round where each participant got five to ten minutes to showcase what they thought was their best talent. Responses included dance performances, stand up and also soulful rendition of classic songs. The judges marked them out of 15 for their performance in this round. Finally, the last round was a personality questionnaire prepared by the judges themselves to gauge the personalities of the participants. “Turnout quality could have been better as there were only 19 participants who turned up. Expectations were very high considering that this is a Revels flagship event. But nevertheless, it was a great event because of the talented people involved”, said Event Head, Nupur Yadav.

The Apprentice
Saharsh Ranjan

EQ IQ’s The Apprentice assessed the business and managerial skills of participants during the first three days of Revels.  With interesting rounds and good competition, the participants were put to test in three successive rounds, each being more complex than the former. The first round was a written round in which the participants answered questions related to logical reasoning, general knowledge and economics.

The second round of the competition tested the participants’ business IQ as they were made the leaders of Multinational Corporations. Participants were divided into teams and asked to save their company from an economic crisis. “This round was very interesting. While the first round seemed pretty basic, this one tested us on a more technical ground,” said Mihir Penugonda, a participant.

The last round was kept a mystery until the third day and involved the participants having to take a more practical approach. Each finalist was given a sum of Rs.100 and was asked to go out and use their business skills to earn profits. With a few props made available to them, the participants came up with interesting ideas to make money. They were accompanied by a volunteer for two hours, to make sure that they do not use any unfair means such as borrowing from a friend or stealing.

The participant who made the maximum profit at the end of the round was declared the winner. While the contestants were happy with the experience they gained, the event heads added to their joy by letting them keep the profits they earned. The participants who came in with an interest in business, left the venue after having bettered their critical thinking ability which will definitely help them out in the future.

Image Credits: Photography and Videography Team, Revels’19