Cryptic Crossword Contest (CCCC) 2018

Cryptic Crossword Contest (CCCC) 2018

Cryptic Crossword Contest (CCCC) 2018

Cryptic Crossword Contest (CCCC) 2018

The National Inter-School Crossword Contest

Put your word power and analytical skill to test be part of world's biggest crossword contest

CCCC Cryptic Crossword Contest (CCCC) 2018

The efficacy of CROSSWORDS as a tool of fun-based learning has been acknowledged by scientific studies. Solving crossword clues benefits students in so many ways. It equips them with a formidable vocabulary, power of reasoning, lateral thinking and an ability to draw quick inferences. Above all, it imparts a feeling of achievement and builds selfconfidence. All these are crucial ingredients in carving out a bright career in the age of cut-throat competition.

One Game, 10 Benefits

Improves logical reasoning

* Enhances vocabulary

* Strengthens memory

* Stimulates problem solving skills

* Sharpens focus and concentration

* Promotes lateral thinking and creativity

* Provides a sense of accomplishment

* Power to draw inferences

* It's learning with fun

* Creates a desire to explore knowledge

CCCC is an annual, inter-school, national-level crossword solving contest which Extra-C has been organising since 2013. The contest is open to students of class IX-XII studying in schools affiliated to any of the recognized boards in the country. In the past, the contest has been held in association with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). For the CCCC 2017 edition, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) and Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS), along with Doordarshan, were the associate partners of Extra-C to carry out the exercise. The association continues for the current year edition CCCC 2018.

The contest brings brightest students from across the country on one competitive platform. It has been acknowledged as the largest contest of its kind in the country. It is also covered widely by the print and the broadcast media and brings national recognition for the winning teams.


CCCC 2018 will comprise two phases.

In Phase I (July-September), City Rounds will be conducted in select cities and towns as per Annexure-I. The names of venue schools will be intimated later. They will also be uploaded on Schools from cities and towns in the vicinity of the venue city may also participate. The participating schools can send a two-student team to the venue to appear in an hour-long written test. The host school is allowed to send two teams.

We are hopeful of the President of India, Hon'ble Shri Ram Nath Kovind, to launch this year's edition with the first City Round in New Delhi on July 10, 2018.

The exercise for each City Round follows a standard schedule. On-the-spot registration begins at 10 am which goes on till 11 am. The written test duration is from 11 am to 12 noon. Evaluation, announcement of result and prize distribution take another hour. Schools are also advised to register online on well before the test date for each City Round. A school team has to be accompanied by a teacher in-charge. In Phase II (November-December), the winning teams from the City Rounds converge on the national capital for a three-day Grand Finale which comprises a written quarter-final, four onstage semi-finals and the onstage final.


The top teams are eligible for prizes and certificates.

National winners: Rs 25,000 to the team; National Crossword Champion trophy; and certificates

Runners-up: Rs 15,000 to the team; trophies; and certificates 2nd nd Runners-up: Rs 10,000 to the team; trophies; and certificates City Round winners receive trophies, certificates and free trip and stay in New Delhi during the Grand Finale

All participants, both at the City Round and Grand Finale levels, receive certificates.


The members of teams from outside the National Capital Region (NCR) qualifying for the Grand Finale will be reimbursed to and fro Sleeper class train fare. Local stay and local transport to the venue and back will be provided by the organizers. The facilities extend to teachers in-charge.


All relevant information can be accessed on our website Schools and participants are requested to visit the site regularly for updates. Sample papers for the City Round are available on the site.

For any clarification, Mr Raj Narayan Singh, National Coordinator, CCCC 2018, will be available on mobile No. 09102481707 / 07488357410 and email

For more details & Eligibility, Terms and Conditions please refer the Website : Cryptic Crossword Contest (CCCC) 2018

Cryptic Crossword Contest (CCCC) 2018