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WINNER: DPS - Hyderabad : Vatsal Garg and Joydip K Bhattacharyya
RUNNER UP: MDAV Public School : K Dhanush and U Lakshya Siddhi

As expected from Hyderabad, we saw a huge turnout of over 400 teams raring to be a part of the TCS IT WIZ quiz. In addition to local teams, there were schools which had travelled from distant cities like Kurnool, Guntur and Kodad to come and take part.

Quizmaster Lloyd Saldanha set the pace with a challenging set of 20 questions to shortlist the 6 finalists. The 6 teams that made it up on stage were:

Manthan School : Ishaan Purey and Aditya Girish
Chirec International : Arjun Simha and Arnav Agarwal
St. Paul's High School : Abduullah Khan and A Vijwal Rao
MDAV Public School : K Dhanush and U Lakshya Siddhi
DPS – Hyderabad : Vatsal Garg and Joydip K Bhattacharyya
Oakridge International School : Arnav Khurma and Abhyudaga Katike

Unlike the finals of previous years, this year’s final got off too a slow start. Most of the teams were onstage for the first time and their nervousness was evident initially. However, the audience showcased its enthusiasm in not only trying answer questions passed on to them but also egging the teams on to perform better.

With the buzzers came the negative points and only DPS Hyderabad, MDAV and Oakridge were will willing to take the risk. With some good answers over the course of two rounds it seemed like it was going to be a fight to the finish between DPS Hyderabad and Oakridge.

Going into the final round MDAV had no intensions of letting their neighbours get away towards the finish line. They made sure, on the buzzer, to catch up with the two leaders and make it to a photo finish with three teams tied for the top spot.

The tense tie breaker was a short lived one with DPS Hyderabad emerging clear winners after two fantastic answers, while MDAV had to be satisfied with the runners-up position finishing with only one correct answer. Of the three team Oakridge refrained from the buzzer and went on to eventually finish second runner up.

The chief guest, Dr. E Vishnu Vardhan Reddy (IFS) Regional Passport Officer, Hyderabad., thoroughly enjoyed the quiz and congratulated the teams on holding their nerve and toughing it out to victory. Mr.V Rajanna, Regional Head TCS - AP & Telangana was also present as the chief guest and gave away the prizes.

Champions : DPS - Hyderabad: Vatsal Garg and Joydip K Bhattacharyya

Runner Up : MDAV Public School: K Dhanush and U Lakshya Siddhi