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At the Business Standard Quiz Western Region Finals, amid tough competition between corporates and students, the team from Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) with Sriram Krishnan and Aarun Kumar won the finals for the western region. Vikram Keskar and Geo Thomas from JP Morgan were the first runner-up in the quiz. The teams from Sebi and JP Morgan will compete with the other finalists from the Northern, Southern and Eastern region on February 14 on Mumbai.
The second runner-up was the team from Parle Tilak Vidyalaya Associations Institute of Management with Parth Bhatt and Monica Somne as the participants. The winners went home with the grand prize of Rs 25,000, the first and second runners-up bagging Rs 15,000 and Rs 10,000, respectively.
The turnout for the quiz was a good mix of educational institutes and corporates. Both the semi-finals and the finals of the Western region finals saw both students and corporate professionals battle it out. The second semi-finals saw the team from Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and NIRMA battle it out in a tie-breaker round where the latter made it to the finals.
Quizmaster Gaurav Sri Krishna said that the participation level in Mumbai was much better than the rest of the country. The final round had teams from NIRMA, HDFC Life, Capgemini among the others teams from Sebi, JP Morgan and Parle Tilak Vidyalaya Associations Institute of Management.
In the western region finals, the questions ranged from tablets named after Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi namely Namo tablets Ragaflam tablets respectively to the Project X3 for development of Nano to the meaning of red market. There were several audio-visual questions as well testing the knowledge of brands and personalities of the participants.
After an initial written round with 20 questions where 12 teams were chosen for the semi-finals, there were two semi-finals with six teams each. The last one was the finals of three teams each chosen from the two semi-finals and had six rounds.
The audience also had an equal chance to participate and there were many instances of questions being bounced off to the audience.