The 12th edition of “Quiz on the Beach”TM (QoTBTM), the flagship event of TAPMI, was successfully held on the exquisite sands of Kaup beach, and was well complemented with a scenic Arabian Sea sunset on January 4, 2015. The participants from Amity University – Abhimanyu Bhadauria and Sreshth Shah were declared Grand Finale Winners of QoTBTM 2015 with a grand cash prize of 6 lakhs! Participants from NALSAR University of Law and IIT-Madras were judged runner-up, winning 3 lakhs and second runner-up, winning 1 lakh, respectively.
18 teams had qualified for the Semi-finals which took place earlier in the day at TAPMI’s Badagabettu Campus at Manipal, including teams from all over the country and Dubai. Giri ‘Pickbrain’ Balasubramaniam of the TATA Crucible fame was delighted to be the Quiz Grandmaster for the Semi-finals as well as the Finals. In an exciting set of three Semi-final rounds, 8 teams progressed into the Grand Finale: Amity University, IIT-Madras, IIFT-Kolkata, NALSAR University of Law, Christ University Bangalore, BMS Bangalore, BITS Pilani – Dubai Campus and BIT Mesra – Ras Al Khaimah – UAE.
The city level qualifiers were conducted in seven locations across India – Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, New Delhi, Kolkata and Manipal – along with an International qualifier in Dubai. An online qualifier was also conducted to provide an opportunity for contestants from remote locations to participate and be a part of QOTBTM 2015. TAPMI was overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of the participants of both the City and Online qualifiers.