To enhance vocabulary and strengthen memory of students, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will hold cryptic crossword contest for students of Class 11 and 12. The contest will be conducted in two phases, city round and national round.
The board issued a circular on Saturday, which states that in the city round, inter-school contest will be conducted from May to September. School teams consisting two students would have to solve a written cryptic crossword puzzle in 60 minutes. Winners and first runners up teams would receive certificates and prizes. In Ludhiana, the contest would be conducted on August 5.
At the national round, a two-day event would be held in New Delhi in December. In quarter final round, teams would have to solve a written cryptic crossword puzzle in 60 minutes. Top 16 teams would qualify for the semi-finals.
In semi-final, the 16 qualifying teams placed in four groups of four teams each would participate in four separate, on stage cryptic crossword contests of 60 minutes based on a power point format.
In the final, top teams would compete on-stage.
Crossword puzzles help students to improve their vocabulary, reasoning, lateral thinking and analytical abilities. Deciphering solutions from given clues help young minds develop other cognitive skills, like making inferences, evaluating alternatives and drawing conclusion. Crossword is also an interesting and effective educational tool, for students and teachers alike.
National winners: Prizes worth Rs 25,000 each, trophies and certificates.
National Runners-up: Prizes worth Rs 15000 each, trophies and certificates.
National finalists: Prizes worth Rs 10,000 each, trophies and certificates.
City round winners: Trophies and certificates
Second class rail fare for students and one school escort will be reimbursed to the teams competing in the National round.
School heads are requested to ensure the participation of their students in this exciting contest.