Late Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam was a visionary, a remarkable leader, a multi-faceted individual who was also a staunch nationalist with sharp technical acumen. Our search for the next Kalam would end when we find somebody reflecting his persona. “Finding Kalam” is not just a platform but a rare opportunity that will let aspiring students embark on an exciting journey of exploring their true potential and showcase their brilliance on a national stage.
In the loving memory of Late Dr. Kalam and his love for children, Extramarks is sponsoring a Reality Show exclusively for 6th to 12th class students chosen from across the country who compete at various levels to demonstrate their academic proficiency, extra-curricular talent, general knowledge and other skills.
The first two levels will assess students through a couple of online tests where summation of scores will qualify them for further levels. The final levels will be on-stage, on-television; selection and elimination rounds where best of the best students will face challenges in the form of tasks and real-time activities. These levels will take form of a Reality Show that will go On-Air on country’s leading channel - News Nation.
The deliverable conclusion of this Reality Show is to imbibe an aspiration into the minds of Indian Students to develop all-round skills in order to achieve their career ambitions. Apart from many prizes at all levels, this mega competition will crown one winner from Junior Group (6th – 8th) and one winner from Senior Group (9th – 12th) of national finalists. This competition will be based around a set of questions specific to the class, board and curriculum of the student which can be learned and practiced from Extramarks Digital Content (6th-12th) available via Extramarks Smart Study Packs.
This will be an online 3-Stage class-wise (6th-12th) test that can be taken anytime-anywhere on the given dates. The tests will involve Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ’s) from a previous class of the student across 3 difficulty stages chosen from within the Extramarks Smart Study Pack Question Bank that can be taken at home or in school. In Stage 1, there will be 30 questions to be answered within 15 minutes. In Stage 2, there will be a little more difficult 30 questions to be answered in 15 minutes. In Stage 3, there will be 100 questions to be answered in 20 minutes. The assessment across these 3 stages will be generated from an online algorithm on the basis of automated scores. The summation of the same will auto-assess one winner per class per school (applicable only for bulk registrations) who can participate in level 2.
This will again be an online, state-level, class-wise (6th-12th) test that will involve winners of Level 1 from across the state. This test will involve questions across Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) from the same class of the student chosen from within the Extramarks Smart Study Pack Question Bank. There will be unlimited questions to be answered within 20 minutes. The assessment of this level will be on the basis of an automated score generated from an online algorithm that will assess students who have answered maximum questions in 20 minutes and will also address and off-set the possibility of ties. This level will auto-assess ten winners per class per state (subject to clubbing of regions) who can participate in Level 3.
This will be an on-state, state/regional level show. The contestants will be divided into one junior group and one senior group. Students will be assessed on-stage at a venue across 3 stages namely written test, group discussion and an extempore round. This will help identify 1 state-level junior and 1 state-level senior finalist.
This will be a national level contest conducted and broadcasted on NEWS NATION and 2 finalists (1 Jr. and 1 Sr.) from each participating state/region across the country will be chosen for finals. The finalists of this Mega Reality Show will stay together for being evaluated on various parameters. There will be a series of value based activities held real-time.Therefore, the format of the final show, pre-requisites and other necessary circulars shall be issued on our website near to the date of the competition.
Level 1: All winners of Level 1 will receive a Certificate, as well as a cash prize of INR 1100.
Level 2: All winners of Level 2 will be awarded Extramarks Trophy as well as a Gift Hamper worth INR 5000.
Level 3: There will be 2 State Winners from each participating state/region. One Winner from Junior Group (6th – 8th) will be entitled to a cash prize of INR 50,000 and one winner from Senior Group (9th – 12th) will be entitled to a cash prize INR 1 Lac. Winners of Stage 3 will also be officially declared as Extramarks Student Brand Ambassadors for the year 2016-17.
Level 4: There will be 2 National Winners of “FINDING KALAM” competition. One Winner from Junior Group (6th – 8th) will be entitled to a cash prize of INR 5 Lacs and one winner from Senior Group (9th – 12th) will be entitled to a cash prize INR 10 Lacs. If that’s not enough, both winners will also get an opportunity to be LIVE NEWS Reporters for one Day on News Nation.
There is special prize for the schools too. Any School whose student(s) win the final of “FINDING KALAM” competition will also receive a cash prize of INR 5 Lacs Each provided the school qualifies minimum student participation requirement of 105 students.
* All cash prizes are subject to deductions as per applicable laws and some prizes are applicable only for bulk registrations.
Any individual student or group of students willing to participate can register themselves online at www.findingkalam.com. Students and/or their guardians can also Contact Us on our toll-free number to know more about registration and payment options.
The schools willing to participate in this Reality Show shall send their registration data to Extramarks not later than 27th November 2015. The schools shall subscribe to a minimum of 15 Smart Study Package Subscriptions on behalf of their students from each class (6th – 12th). There shall also be a minimum 105 subscriptions from each school to qualify for participation. These subscriptions when accessed online will form part of adaptive learning to qualify level 1 and level 2. To know more, please read Extramarks Smart Study Packs.
In addition, if a school wishes to send only class 11th and class 12th subscriptions, a school can procure 105 subscriptions from within 11th and 12th whilst a minimum 15 subscriptions will ensure one contestant from that particular class. Therefore, for example, class 10th buys 15 packs, class 11th buys 50 packs and class 12th buys 40 packs (TOTAL = 105), the school will qualify for participation.
Also, any school running 6th to 12th classes buys only 15 subscriptions for each class (15 * 7 = 105), will have greater chance of sending their students to state and regional level because each class winner shall be chosen. Hence the probability of winning the contest will be higher if the school registers for all 7 classes.
This level, as mentioned in Levels section, will revolve around 3 stage online tests. Once a student is registered and has subscribed to this competition, he will have to click on Take the Test, read these rules and follow the instructions. Once initiated, the online test cannot be aborted. All the three stages in this level can be taken online anytime-anywhere on the specified dates which will be published on www.extramarks.com/findingkalam. Level 1 questions will be based around MCQ’s chosen from a previous class i.e. a class 7th student of an CBSE school will get questions of 6th class from CBSE curriculum in all 3 Stages of Level 1 but the difficulty level will keep increasing; whereas in stage 3, the number of questions will increase and students will have to answer maximum questions in minimum time. The questions can be learned and practiced from Extramarks Smart Study Pack Question Bank. The computer algorithm will smartly generate results of all 3 stages, assess them and will yield a score automatically. The summation of the scores from all the three stages will auto-assess one winner per class per school (applicable only for bulk registrations).
This level, as mentioned in Levels section, will be an online unlimited questions test but maximum questions have to be answered within a time-frame of 20 minutes. All students who have qualified in Level 1 and are eligible for Level 2 will be able to see Take the Test link once they have logged-in on their dashboard. The student will have to click Take the Test, read these rules and follow the instructions. Once initiated, the online test cannot be aborted. This test can be taken online anytime-anywhere on the specified dates which will be published on www.extramarks.com/findingkalam. Level 2 questions will be based around Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) of the same class of the student i.e. a class 7th student of CBSE school will get questions of class 7th itself from within the CBSE curriculum. The questions can be learned and practiced from Extramarks Smart Study Pack Question Bank. The assessment of test in this level will be on the basis of an automated score generated from an online algorithm that will assess students who have answered maximum questions in 20 minutes and will also address and off-set the possibility of ties. This Level will auto-assess ten winners per class per state (subject to clubbing of regions) who can participate in Level 3.
This level, as mentioned in Levels section, will have 70 contestants from each state who will contest at a state level. Here, the students will be divided into two groups of 30 (Junior) and 40 (Senior). Please click here for a detailed brief, assessment criteria and the format of the event.
This Level, as mentioned in Levels section, will have 2 finalists from each participating state/region (1 Junior and 1 Senior) who will become part of the Reality Show that will go On-Air on News Nation. The format of the final show, pre-requisites and other necessary circulars will be published here in this section near the date of the competition.
A2: Yes, you can still have your children participate. Remember, Extramarks Smart Study Packs are anytime-anywhere and so is the level 1 and level 2 which can be taken online anytime-where. However, the student will have to appear in person for further levels which we will of course conduct on suitable dates.
A4: It’s best if you have got the talent inherent within your school. It will be your chance of harnessing the same and provide them a national platform for an outstanding performance not only of your students but also of your school. This will also be a showcase amongst your peers and the school fraternity.
A5: Its good to hear, you’re an early bird. If you have bought any of our Combo, All Subject Annual Pack or Smart Study Tab, in FY 2015-16, you will be able to take part in the competition for free. If you have bought any of the above online, you will need to simply register at www.findingkalam.com and proceed for the contest without paying any subscription fee. In case you have bought any of the above offline without getting your email ID registered, You will have to request for a coupon code by emailing your Name, Mobile, Email, Class, Board, School Name and/or Proof of Purchase to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
A6: If you do not own any of the Extramarks online learning solutions packages, you will only have to pay INR 990 as an entry fee to participate in this contest. You will also get free access to any one subject of your choice of your chosen class until 30th April 2016. You can also avail greater benefit by subscribing to Kalam Special Pack by paying only INR 1990 which will entitle you to finding Kalam contest as well as free access to any four subjects of your choice of the chosen class until 30th April 2016.
A7: First 2 levels are simply online tests that can be taken anytime anywhere or in your school or in the comfort of your home. Other 2 levels are state and national off-line levels where you will have to be there in person.
A8: The contest is very much class and curriculum related, therefore, level 1 and level 2 are purely class-wise competitions. In level 3 and 4, the students will be clustered in junior and senior groups where assessment will be purely on extra-curricular merits. This will encourage wider exposure and greater competitiveness amongst similar agre-group students.
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This package entitles you to access the entire online content featuring Learn, Practice and Test for multiple subjects of your chosen class for two consecutive years.
Extramarks Education Private Limited (hereinafter referred to as “Extramarks”) reserves the right to edit/change/re-align the format of the levels and/or the shows given the complexity involved in planning, resourcing, hosting, recording and broadcasting without serving any prior notice. Extramarks shall however thrive to continue and provide relevant information related to the participants and schools on a regular basis. In case any level or stage or any particular show or an event does not go ahead due to unavoidable circumstances, Extramarks shall not be responsible for the same.
Also, in case of low participation from any particular state, or in case Extramarks is unable to populate enough numbers of participants to be able to host the event/show due to reasons arising from natural calamities, geography of the region or any other seen or unforeseen circumstances, Extramarks can cancel, amend or club regions/states/events or shows in its endeavour to still provide equal opportunity to all participants who have registered and subscribed for this competition.
Extramarks will use its proprietary software and algorithms to assess student’s at all online levels across all stages and therefore the results shall not be challenged given the automation used in creating algorithms with no manual intervention. All questions in Levels 1 and 2 will be sourced from Extramarks Digital Content Question Banks and will be assessed fairly from an online algorithm. Extramarks will not entertain any claims or shall not be held responsible for any claims made by any school or an individual regarding the competition, format of tests, selection of questions, assessment, results and changes in dates etc.
Extramarks will create registration and subscribe all participants as per the mandate and data provided by the schools. Therefore, schools and/or individual participants will be responsible in providing accurate information related to age, class, board etc. No claims shall be entertained once the log-in credentials are created by Extramarks Servers for refund or cancellation of the subscription.
All prizes as mentioned in the flyers, brochures, websites and other communication materials are fixed until further notice and can be claimed by winners by proving their enrolment in either ICSE, CBSE or state board schools in a class relevant to the prize they are claiming subject to deductions as per applicable laws. This competition as of now is limited to only 6th to 12th class students enrolled in ICSE, CBSE and State Board students and therefore, participants lower than class 6th will not be able to participate. Also, users/subscribers of Extramarks Combo Smart Study Packs, All Subject Annual Packs or Smart Study Tablets who have bought in FY 2015-16 online/offline automatically qualify for free participation in the Finding Kalam competition.
The legal relationship between Extramarks and the schools and students shall be governed by the agreement entered into between the respective parties.