About Mimamsa

Mimamsa is a National level annual Science Quiz organized by the students of IISER Pune for students at the undergraduate level. It is a two-stage event : the Prelims - a written exam with sections from the 4 major disciplines of Science namely Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics; takes place in January at several centres across India. High school level knowledge in basic sciences is sufficient to answer all the questions in Prelims. The top 4 teams selected through the Prelims qualify for the Mains - which is comprised of brain-racking quizzing sessions spread over a pleasant March weekend. The questions are designed to investigate, rather than to simply arrive at an answer, and specifically to promote debate and discussion among teams and the judges. Mimamsa is arguably one of the toughest Science Quizzes at the Undergraduate Level, and tests the concepts of its participants, rather than simply facts, leading its witnesses to go back to the basics and unravel the science behind the science we study.

Thousand+ prize money
Prelim centres
Years of completion
Teams(2017 to 2019)

Journey of Mimamsa

Mimamsa was conceptualised and founded by Dr. Sutirth Dey - a faculty member in the Biology Department at IISER Pune. The underlying philosophy behind the quiz lies in putting forth arguments and counter-arguments; to arrive at an answer based on deduction and logic, and to debate upon the answers given by other teams. The belief is that questions in science do not demand correct answers - they require original thinking.

The first edition of Mimamsa was organised on January 10, 2009, in Pune, as a small inter-college event. We have come a long way since then, and evolved considerably over time. This year marks the 12th Edition of Mimamsa. The 2019 edition of the Prelims saw a participation of 419 teams in 17 centres across India Pune, Mumbai, Delhi(North), Delhi(South), Kolkata, IISER Kolkata(Kalyani), Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Vadodara, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Guwahati, Mohali, Kanpur, Trivandrum, and Tirupati. The 2020 chapter will have a total of 20 centres in 18 cities across India.


Exciting prizes to be won

The Winners of Mimamsa will receive the Mimamsa Trophy and all the Finalists will receive mementos. Prizes worth 1,15,000+ will be awarded to the Finalists and Subject Toppers. The distribution of prizes is as follows:
Winner :- Rs 50,000
First Runner Up :- Rs 25,000
Second Runner Up :- Rs 15,000
Third Runner Up :- Rs 10,000
Nationwide Subject Toppers :- Rs 4,000 each
Center Toppers :- Rs 2,000 each
Merchandise for all Finalists.


Mimamsa in the past

2019 Finalists


First Runner Up

Second Runner Up

Third Runner Up

IISc Bengaluru

Previous Winners

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