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National Elections Quiz (NEQ) 2018


National Elections Quiz (NEQ) 2018, a pan-India knowledge venture on elections and electoral processes is perhaps the World's largest inter school quiz contest on elections witnessing an astounding participation of 13,63,982 students from 38,160 schools! A brainchild of the Systematic Voters' Education and Electoral Participation SVEEP division of the Election Commission of India, it is aimed as an outreach initiative for the future electors of the country dedicated to ECI's theme for the year 2017, Empowering Young and Future Electors. NEQ is an extension of the Interactive School Engagement (ISE) programme (Phase I and Phase II) that covered more than 55 lakh students from nearly 30,000 schools. NEQ 2018, the integrated communicative effort that started in November 2017, concluded on the 16th of January, 2018 with the Grand Finale taking place at the Rajya Sabha TV Studios in New Delhi.

Planned in a ladder-like structure, the overall aim of the endeavour is- To engage high-school students from Classes IX to XII (in the age-group of 14-17 years) – the future voters of India, in a self-learning exercise about elections and electoral process and aid in building an aware and informed electorate of the future. Treading the length and breadth of the country, the structure of NEQ 2018 adhered to the following outline-

Level 1: The Intra-School Round

NEQ Brochure | Pdf

Scheduled between the 1st and 15th of November 2017, the Intra-School Round comprised a set of functional and essential questions testing the participants' basic electoral knowledge. The competition was organized entirely by schools within their campus ambits with content assistance from Election Commission of India and the District Election Officers. The winners advanced to the next stage of the Quiz.

Level 2: The District Round

Organized between 27th November to 3rd December 2017, the District Round was a collaborative effort shared by the District Election Officers (DEOs) and the District Education Departments. The participants competed through a written question paper of moderate difficulty. The two-member teams scoring the highest advanced to the State Round.

Level 3: The State Round

Planned around the year-end as the penultimate on-stage event with several rounds of rigorous quizzing, the State Round for NEQ 2018 witnessed the transfer of batons to the Chief Electoral Officers (CEOs) who served as bandmasters for the final level before letting the scene shift to the National Capital.

Delhi Darshan

With the NEQ Nationals itinerary beginning from the 13th of January, 2018 (Saturday), the NEQ State acers were congratulated at the Commission Headquarters (NirvachanSadan) by Senior Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha and Director (SVEEP) Padma Angmo who extended their best wishes before the participants were taken on a guided tour of the city- to the RashtrapatiBhavan and the Qutb Complex. Staggered across the following two days, the educative trip or, the Delhi Darshan, also included visits to popular places of attraction like, the Red Fort, Humayun's Tomb, Elections Museum, Gandhi Smriti and the Birla Mandir. As a bonus, participants also visited NEQ's partner- Facebook India's office in Delhi.

NEQ Collaborations

Taking place over the course of 3 days from the 14th of January, 2018 to 16th January, 2018 at the Rajya Sabha TV Studios in New Delhi and receiving content support from Jesus and Mary College and Ambedkar University, the Zonal Finals and the Grand Finale of NEQ 2018 included questions on the following themes and many more- Elections in India, The Election Commission of lndia, History of Democracies and Elections, Voting Processes, Voter Education and Literacy, National Voters' Day & its Inception, Electoral Technology, Electoral Terminology Rules- The Model Code of Conduct, Landmark Steps and Measures, Popular Stories, Personalities, Elections across the world, Electoral Management Bodies, Types of Elections, International Electoral Organizations and Foundations, Popular Culture and Elections, Election Symbols, Elections to Local Bodies, Women and Elections, Constituent Assembly Debates on Universal Suffrage, Famous Parliamentary Debates on Elections

Level 4: The Zonal Finals

Six in number and scheduled on just two days, the Zonal Finals witnessed some intense and high-octane quizzing from the 72 State Winners (36 teams) as they gave their all-in and battled for a berth in the Top 6. At the end of three exciting days of contest, teams from Manipur (from the North-East Semi Finals), Puducherry (from the South Zone Semi-Finals), Goa (representing the West Zone), Delhi (from the Special Central Zone), Jharkhand (representing the East Zone) and Jammu & Kashmir (from the North Zone) edged past 60 equally brilliant contenders to scalp a place in the much coveted Finale.

Level 5: The National Finals

Anchored by World Quizzing Champion (2014) Vikram Joshi, the Grand Finale of NEQ 2018 was easily a battle of nerves, wits and guts. Featuring some spectacular answering by the 6 teams, but marked by a consistent lead by the team from DPS, Ranchi representing Jharkhand, the Finale comprised 4 rounds- two general, an innovative grid round and one on the buzzer, with none of the 12 challengers leaving an ounce of space for error. Doing an encore of their Semi-Finals century record and scoring a stupendous 105 points in the mind-sport contest, team Jharkhand represented by Madhur Jain and AdityaKumar, eventually went to clinch a thriller trouncing everyone to seal their place as the first National Champions of the National Elections Quiz. Giving a tough-fight but finishing 2nd were R. Mithun Krishna and V.VishnuPriya from Puducherry with the all-boys team from Manipur comprising AshmaanMainali and Shangker Singh Laishram standing 3rd. Teams from Delhi, Goa and Jammu & Kashmir finished 4th, 5th and 6th respectively.

Organized on the evening of the 16th at NirvachanSadan lawns, the post-event presentation ceremony was graced by Chief Election Commissioner A.K Joti, Election Commissioner O.P Rawat and Election Commissioner Sunil Arora, who felicitated the winners drawing to a close the nearly 3-month long exercise.

A one-of-a-kind endeavour seeking to engage with and initiate a conversation with the youth of India on the fulcrum of Indian democracy, NEQ 2018- the World's Largest Quiz on Elections, should ideally be viewed as a part of an interlinked communicative project (including the Interactive School Engagement programme and Electoral Literacy Clubs) that strives to achieve the twin goals of habit-formation and behaviour-change specifically with regard to one of its core stakeholders, upon which hinges the destiny of the nation.

Catch the premiere of the 7-part series- National Elections Quiz 2018 only on Rajya Sabha TV today at 5:00 pm. To know more about the Election Commission of India's knowledge-venture for the youth, follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/EveryVoteCountsIN/) and Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGdsgdPfwnwYF1l8YTFkknA) or, Rajya Sabha TV at https://www.youtube.com/user/rajyasabhatv.

An event, supported by Facebook, watch the Grand Finale of NEQ 2018 via Facebook Live on our page India Votes, Facebook India and Governments, Politics and Non-Profits on Facebook in India and South Asia.

National Elections Quiz Audience Question Winners:

Episode 1 Audience Question Winners    Episode 2 Audience Question Winners    Episode 3 Audience Question Winners    

List of winners from State rounds:

North Zone:

    Chandigarh
  • Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, Chandigarh
  • Ankur Goyat
  • Ankush Goyat
    Haryana
  • Aarohi Model Senior Secondary School, Chhajpur Kalan, Panipat
  • Minakshi
  • Muskan
    Himachal Pradesh
  • Govt. Sr. Sec. School, Girls Sultanpur, District Kullu
  • Dimple
  • Neha
    Jammu and Kashmir
  • GHSS ParnallaBillawar, Kathua
  • Atul Khajuria
  • Sonali Sihrotra
    Punjab
  • Baba Gola Govt. Senior Secondary School, Banga, S.B.S. Nagar, Nawanshahr
  • Neha
  • Kusum
    Uttarakhand
  • Janta Inter College, Rudrpur, Udham Singh Nagar
  • Baljeet Singh
  • Krishant Kumar

East Zone:

    Assam
  • Delhi Public School, Numaligarh
  • Sarfaraz Nawaz Hussain
  • Vishal Choudhury
    Bihar
  • UtkramitUchchaVidyalaya, BarkaGaon,
  • BuxarKamta Shiromani UchchaVidyalaya, Keshath, Buxar
  • Rahul Kumar
  • Manshi Singh
    Jharkhand
  • Delhi Public School, Ranchi
  • Madhur Jain
  • Aditya Kumar
    Odisha
  • Zilla School, Bhadrak
  • Afia Naaz
  • Prabhudatta Behera
    Sikkim
  • Mangshila Sr. Secondary School, North
  • Dikcha Lawaghan
  • Roma Limboo
    West Bengal
  • Fatapukur Saradamoni Bidyalaya, Jalpaiguri
  • Riya Sarkar
  • Dipa Jha

West Zone:

    Gujarat
  • Anjuman Sarvajanik High School, Radhanpur, Patan
  • Adityana High School, Porbandar
  • Bhatti Alamkhan A.
  • Khunti Kiran Masribhai
    Goa
  • People's Higher Secondary School, Panaji
  • Sachin Panicker
  • AshleshaNaik
    Dadra and Nagar Haveli
  • Govt Higher Secondary School, Silvassa
  • Nira S. Singh
  • Vaibhav B. Kumar
    Daman and Diu
  • Shree Machhi Mahajan English Medium School, Nani Daman, Daman
  • Priyansu Kumar Sah
  • Sheikh Aamirnurain
    Maharashtra
  • AbasahebKakade, Shevgao, Ahmednagar
  • B.G.P. Sahyadri Junior College, Sangamner, Ahmednagar
  • Murdare Chaitanya Somnath
  • Patil Avdhoot Bhagwan
    Rajasthan
  • AdarshGovernment Senior Secondary School
  • Balu Singh Devra
  • Amit Kumar Purohit

South Zone:

    Andhra Pradesh
  • Sri Chaitanya School, Ravulapalem, East Godavari District
  • Bhashyam High School, Chandramouli Nagar, Guntur
  • K. BheemeswaraVijayaVerma
  • K. Navya
    Karnataka
  • F.M. Dabali PU College, Shirahatti, Gadag
  • Suma S. Bidave
  • Basayya M. Guruwodeyyar
    Kerala
  • Govt. Vocational Higher Secondary School, Mananthavady, Wayanad
  • Arjunan S.P
  • Akmal E.K
    Puducherry
  • St. Patric Matric Higher Secondary School, Puducherry
  • V. Vishnu Priya
  • R. Mithun Krishna
    Tamil Nadu
  • Cheran Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Vennaimalai, Karur
  • B Praveen
  • T Praveen Kumar
    Telangana
  • ZPSS Yerrupalem
  • Khammam Narayana Best Foundation School, Madhira, Khammam
  • Ch. GopiNath
  • P. Swathi

North East Zone:

    Arunachal Pradesh
  • Government Higher Secondary School, Tirap District
  • Ms Jinliam Suyang
  • Somu Barman
    Manipur
  • Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Senapati
  • Ashmaan Mainali
  • Shangker Singh Laishram
    Meghalaya
  • JNV Nongpyndeng Nongstoin, West Khasi Hills
  • Shanborlang Donshiew
  • Brington Suting
    Mizoram
  • Govt. Republic Higher Secondary School, Aizawl
  • Lianthanzuala
  • Ruthi Zonuntluangi
    Nagaland
  • Ministers' Hill Baptist Higher Secondary School, Kohima
  • Merio Ngullie
  • Kekhriese Yhoshu
    Tripura
  • Shishu Bihar HS School, Agartala
  • Amisha Chakraborty
  • Binita Paul

Special Central Zone:

    Andaman and Nicobar
  • Pratick
  • Pratik Yadav
    Chhattisgarh
  • Municipal Higher Secondary School,Mungeli
  • Nageshwar Prasad Sahu
  • Vibhav Singh Rajput
    Delhi
  • Jain Bharti MrigavatiVidyalaya, Alipur, North Delhi
  • Vani Saini
  • Shubham Khatri
    Lakshadweep
  • Govt. Senior Secondary School, Agatti
  • Shanawas Hussain
  • Rahmathbi TKP
    Madhya Pradesh
  • Government Excellence School Multai, Betul
  • Tanish Sahu
  • Pratham Malviya
    Uttar Pradesh
  • S.H. Sen Secondary School (Boys), AMU Aligarh
  • Government Inter College, Etah
  • Chandan Gupta
  • Jitendra Giri


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