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Deev Sethiya

An event created for tech enthusiasts by a panel of equally keen tech geeks, Acumen’s IQ Bash or AIB had the perfect amount of brain teasers and scientific aptitude for the participants to enjoy the quiz. The event consisted of three rounds with participating teams of size two to four.

The first round was a written test consisting of 150 questions based on Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Logical aptitude. These questions were mainly based on concepts learnt in the 11th and 12th grades, and a time limit of one hour was given to the teams. The second round of AIB had an audio-visual theme, where candidates selected from the written round were asked questions based on various scientific phenomena and their applications. Questions about fluid dynamics and chemical reactions were asked with the participants having to think quickly due to the three-minute time limit. “This round was very interesting and although the questions could be solved if one stuck to the basics, comprehending what the slide was trying to show and applying it in a time limit of three minutes was not as easy as it looked,” said Prakhar Bhatnagar, a participant.

The final round of AIB took place on Day 4 of TechTatva with four teams of three each battling it for the first place. The finals were also audio-visual based but with brain teasers and complex questions related to recent scientific developments and experiments. Questions ranging from naming the creators of the displayed inventions to tough general knowledge questions were asked. “The questions were not straightforward, but these were the best teams out there, so we had to raise the difficulty and choose one winner,” said Advait Nambiar, a core committee member of Acumen. Although the turnout was not sizeable, the teams’ spirit and determination to solve the paper made up for what the event lacked in numbers.


Khushi Sinha

One of the most interesting events of TechTatva, Acumen’s ATR comprised of two rounds—the first round was a written test which spanned over three days, while the treasure hunt was the final round held on Day 4 of TechTatva.

Teams of 2-4 students battled it out using their wits for 90 minutes in the written round, which tested the aptitude, logical and mathematical skills of the participants. “ATR is a good platform to work out your brain after being an organiser for other events,” exclaimed Saharsh Ranjan, when asked why he decided to participate in ATR.

Eight teams were shortlisted to participate in the most-awaited Treasure Hunt. The participants had to crack the mind-boggling clues to reach various locations such as Venugopal Temple, the Basketball Court, and the Amphitheatre. Upon reaching the site, they had to perform a science experiment, and if successful, they could move on to the next clue. Experiments included making a ball float in the centre of a cup without touching its edges, inducing attraction between a magnet and a matchstick, lifting paper cups without using their own hands, and many other tests which required scientific knowledge as well as a bit of creativity. “It was an entertaining and educating experience I would say. Figuring out clues, performing tasks, running around the campus was exciting in every way possible,” said Tanya Singh. The event proved to be a huge success and an enjoyable one for all the contestants.


Aditya Narayan

The Manipal Intelligence Quiz, or MIQ, challenged its participants to prove their intellect in a gruelling series of tests. The first round was spread over three days and had over sixty people participating. Only twelve of them went through to the second round, held on Day 4.

The written test was divided into three sections—two of them were multiple-choice questions, and one of them was a subjective section. The average score of the first round remained in the low 5-7 range. “The test was very tough. We couldn’t score more than 15/40 ourselves. We don’t expect the participants to score that high either,” said Advait Nambiar, a core committee member of Acumen, regarding the first round.

The second round was designed to be more interactive, with the contestants often requiring visuals or the given props to solve the questions. The questions were a lot more taxing this time, focusing on attention to detail and logical progressions rather than mathematical logic. While some puzzles were very tough, like creating a magic square, some of the others were very easy. Despite that, the pressure due to the time limit seemed to get to the participants. “I didn’t really expect to win this. The questions were a lot tougher than the first round this time. But it was also a lot more fun” said Hans Holani, a first-year student. That seemed to be the general concurrence, as most of the other participants seemed to echo his thoughts.

Hopeless Opus

Shashank Rajan

Acumen’s online event — Hopeless Opus was based on the theme of Sacred Games, but the knowledge of the TV show was not a prerequisite to winning the game. The fictional story behind the game was based on a Professor in MIT who has sworn impending doom on the entire town and the participants need to save it within four days.

The event saw incredible numbers, with over 500 people registering for this event throughout TechTatva. Contestants could sign up on any day and try cracking the multiple brain teasers. The quiz was more than riddles—it was also about making choices at various checkpoints. The player had three options at each juncture, and his selection would decide how quickly he can foil the professor’s plan. The questions were revealed daily with increasing complexity each day. The web page designed by the organisers and event heads did a great job in capturing the essence of this armageddon.

“The quiz isn’t that hard. You just need to think out of the box. We’ve also incorporated certain aptitude questions which the contestants need to get through to go past a checkpoint,” said Rajeev Veeraraghavan, a core committee member of Acumen. Hopeless Opus was a raging success and left the participants wanting more of the online quiz.

Image Credits: Photography and Videography, TechTatva’19

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