The Illuminati Quiz

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The Illuminati Quiz is an annual quiz that began in the year 2008 conducted by the students of the Model Engineering College (MEC). The Quiz is organized as a tribute and a memorial to Sandeep Menon (1984-2008), the founder of The Illuminati Quiz Club. In 2004 “The Illuminatus”, or Menon, as he was commonly called, started the community called "The Illuminati", whose aim is to promote and continue the quizzing tradition within college and with the extended community. The Club has conducted over 120 intra- and inter- collegiate quizzes to date. The quiz consists of an online quiz competition and also a live quiz that consists of a preliminary written round in which eight best open teams qualify to the final round and the top four school/college teams are split among the top eight teams and battle to win the prize.


Sandeep Menon, former student of the Model Engineering College (MEC) at Thrikkakara, died from a brain tumour on May 3, 2008. In his memory, his parents started a foundation called the Sandeep Menon Foundation that helps cancer patients and students who are not able to finance their studies.[1]

First Edition[edit]

The very first The Illuminat Quiz, held on 8 December 2008, had Thejaswi Udupa from the Karnataka Quiz Association as the quiz master.[2][3]

Online Quiz[edit]

Geo Thomas won the first online quiz of The Illuminati Quiz.

Second Edition[edit]

The Second edition was held on 8 August 2009 at the College Auditorium. The Quizmaster was Nagadarsan Suresh, a well known quizmaster & alumnus of Model Engineering College and IIM-A. Total Prizes worth Rs. 50,000 was given.[4] The winners were Nakul P. Sangoli and Chaitanya G. Hegde from RVCE Bangalore. Rohit S. from College of Engineering, Guindy and Balaji B from SRM University were the runners-up. Rahul Gupta and Sudarshan M. A. RVCE Bangalore stood third.

Online Quiz[edit]

Nakul P Sangolli, RVCE Bangalore, won the online quiz

Third Edition[edit]

In the third Illuminati quiz, held on 7 August 2010, the Quiz Master was Sadashiv N., alumnus of MEC. The winners were Amit R from RNSIT Bangalore and Vineet Raj from RVCE Bangalore. Pramod from NIT Trichy and Harish from SVCE Chennai stood in second place. Varun Rajiv and Raghuram Cadambi, NLS Bangalore won the third prize[5][6][7][8]

Online Quiz[edit]

The Online Quiz was won by Karthik Sivaram.

Fourth Edition[edit]

The Fourth Edition of The Illuminati Quiz was conducted on 6 August 2011 at Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan Hall, Kochi. The Quiz Master was Sadashiv N.The quiz was won by Rohit S and Gautham Aditya of College of Engineering Guindy.

Fifth Edition[edit]

The fifth edition was again held at the Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan Hall, Kochi.The quizmaster being Maj. Chandrakant Nair. Deepak Thomas and Prasanth John Abraham of NIT Calicut emerged winners.


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