MIMAMSA is an inter-college science quiz
conducted by the Science Club of IISER Pune. The aim is to make it the most
conceptually challenging science competition at undergrad level in the country.
It is a two-stage affair. The first stage is a written exam with around 40
subjective questions from all disciplines of science. The top four colleges
selected through this round move into the finals. The format for the final
round of Mimamsa is still evolving. What follows
below is a description of Mimamsa 2013 and this
year's rounds might look a little different! However, what is unlikely to
change is the philosophy of Mimamsa.
are two basic features of Mimamsa:
on concepts: Mimamsa is not a test for participants' knowledge or numerical abilities.
The concepts needed for answering the questions would be of the FY/SY/TY BSc
level. However, the participants are expected to connect/ apply various
concepts to arrive at an answer.
and counter-arguments: In
most of the rounds, the answers given by one team are debated by all the other
teams. The marks are given not only for finding the right answers, but also for
finding flaws in the logical deductions made by other participants.
marking scheme at Mimamsa is very different from
regular quizzes. It is called exhaustive, meaning that each team is evaluated
based on their relative contribution towards answering the question.
This ensures that all teams have a chance to contribute for an answer, and thus
preliminary rounds ensure that only the brightest minds reach the finals. The
questions ensure that even these minds are stretched. Consequently, all kinds
of hypotheses/facts/arguments fly around during Mimamsa
finals. To examine these competing hypotheses and evaluate the relative
contribution of each team is not an easy job. Therefore, Mimamsa
invites faculty members from IISER-Pune and neighbouring institutes for judging
the finals. Each question is assessed by a team of 5 judges, all of whom are leading
researchers and known experts in their respective fields.
Details of the rounds
details of the rounds for the finals of the Mimamsa
2013 were as follows (with the approximate weightage of each question in a
round given in the parentheses):