Meet the 2022 Smartacus Selection Round Champions | Education

On August 15, 2022, as the whole country celebrated Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav on the occasion of 75 years of Indian independence, students across India commemorated the day with Smartacus 2022, The Hindustan Times National Interschool Quiz. The selection

The round of this pan-Indian online quiz, held on Independence Day between 2:00 p.m. (IST) and 3:00 p.m. (IST), took place asynchronously on Quizizz. Quizizz, a popular teacher-powered learning and engagement platform, was the technology partner for the event.

Snartacus 2022, which is hosted by two of the country’s most renowned quiz masters, Mr. Avinash Mudaliar and Dr. Navin Jayakumar, saw 45,127 students register from all over India and 6 other countries: Israel, Bangladesh, the United States, Romania, Kuwait and Canada. With such massive turnout, this quiz is poised to break many world records. The top 20 champions of the selection round have been announced on the Smartacus website. Discover them here.

Basking in the glory of the limelight of the quizzes, selection round top, Yash Aggarwal, 9th grader, DAV Public School, Delhi, says, “I am really happy to have secured first place in the selection round Smartacus 2022 itself. Yash had also participated in HT School’s previous quiz venture, ClassAct 2022, The Hindustan Times Republic Day Quiz.

“It helped me a lot because ClassAct 2022 familiarized me with the online quiz format. Also, it gave me an idea of ​​what kind of questions I can expect. So, I could understand the questions posed in Smartacus 2022,” he adds.

Yash’s younger brother, Suryam Aggarwal, Grade 9, DAV Public School, Delhi, also participated in Smartacus 2022. He is too thrilled to be second in the selection round. “Honestly, I was surprised to see my name in second place,” says this quiz enthusiast. “My teachers helped me a lot in my preparation for the quiz. Additionally, I also referenced a few online resources,” he adds.

Smartacus 2022’s hour-long selection covered a wide range of topics including history, geography, sports, language and literature, science, arts and entertainment, culture and lifestyle , current affairs and general knowledge. What made the selection round so enjoyable and engaging was the interesting mix of easy, medium, hard, tricky and fun questions.

“To get a correct answer, the questions had to be approached in a logical way,” says 3rd grade holder Varun Sinha, 9th grader, Pawar Public School, Mumbai. “Participating in HT School’s Smartacus 2022 was a truly rewarding experience for me,” he shares fondly.

At HT School, the quiz is not considered an intellectual activity. Rather, the goal is to help students enjoy the journey of fun and knowledge. 4th place Arush Aroh does just that. A 12th grade student, Amity International School, NOIDA, he is a lifelong quiz lover and has been taking part in quizzes since 9th grade. “My interest in general knowledge and global affairs helped me pursue this hobby,” says Arush, who also took part in ClassAct 2022. “The questions asked in Smartacus 2022 were a bit easier compared to to the previous one,” he added.

Scoring on the Quizizz platform was fully automated and students were ranked based on their accuracy and speed. Satish Garg, Fifth Row, 9th Grade, Cambridge School, NOIDA found it a bit difficult to type his answers quickly. “It was difficult to quickly grasp the answers, even though the questions were easy. However, it feels really good to have participated and to have been able to find a place in the Top 5 of the Smartacus 2022 selection round,” says Satish.

After the selection round, 16 top performing schools from each zone (North, South, East and West) will be invited to participate in the preliminary round (which will follow a knockout format) based on the scores of their individual participants. Here, the invited schools will compete in teams of five. Of the 64 schools participating in the preliminary round, four (one from each zone) will qualify for the semi-finals. From there, only the top two schools will qualify for the grand final and fight for the coveted champion’s trophy and other exciting prizes worth over INR 4 lakhs, in addition to lots of publicity. This will be followed by the Quiz of the Year where 20 students from the 4 semi-finalist teams will compete for the ultimate quiz prize. The preliminary, semi-final, grand final and quiz of the year sessions will take place on Zoom. All participants will also be rewarded with digital certificates of participation.

HT School has a lot more to offer budding quizzers than just quiz contests. It launched a whole new quiz universe, Quizverse, to empower them to read, interact, learn and grow holistically for the long term.

Helen D. Jessen