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Geography Bee : Rules
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In addition to all the general contest rules stated by North South Foundation, the following rules are applicable for the Geography Bee Competition.

  1. There are 2 levels of competition in Geography Bee:
    • JGB (Junior Geography Bee): Grades 1, 2 and 3
    • SGB (Senior Geography Bee): Grades 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8
  2. A 1st rank winner at the National Finals of the North South Foundation Senior Geography contest is not eligible for competing in this and future Geography contests conducted by the Foundation (National winners of junior geography bee can participate in the senior geography bee.) A contestant who participated in a higher level bee cannot participate in a lower level bee in subsequent years.
  3. Geography bees (JGB and SGB) are held in two phases: Phase I (written) and Phase II (oral). Parents are not allowed in Phase I. They may be allowed in Phase II at the discretion of the judges, if the space permits.
  4. Phase I (Written):
  5. Phase I is a written test with 25 questions. All contestants will get the same 25 questions.
  6. The contestants will have 30 minutes to complete Phase I.
  7. Unclear and illegible writing might be open for misinterpretation. So, contestants are expected to write clearly and legibly. The decision of the judges is final.
  8. There will NOT be any partial credits. There will be NO negative points for any incorrect answer. The contestant will be awarded one point for the correct answer and zero for an incorrect answer.
  9. All Phase I sheets shall be returned at the end of the contest. All contestants will advance to Phase II (oral round).
  10. Phase II (Oral):
  11. Phase II contains 5 oral rounds.
  12. During this phase, the pronouncer announces the question. The contestant is not allowed to ask the judges any information on the question. The contestant is allowed 30 seconds to provide his/her choice of the answer. The judges may award zero points to any contestant who ignores a request to start giving an answer.
  13. During each of the five rounds, each contestant gets a new question from the list. If a contestant gives an incorrect answer, the judges provide the correct answer. The next contestant will be given a new question from the list.
  14. The contestant will be awarded one point for the correct answer and zero for an incorrect answer.
  15. Winners and Ranks:
  16. Based on the combined scores from both phases, the judges will determine the winners. The 1st place winner shall be ahead by at least one point to be declared as the champion. In announcing the ranks 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, the judges will follow these rules:
    • Announce Ranks 1, 2 and 3, if and only if there are at least 10 contestants
    • Announce Ranks 1 and 2 ONLY, if there are 8 or 9 contestants
    • Announce Rank 1 ONLY, if there are 5-7 contestants
    • DO NOT announce any ranks if there are less than 5 contestants
  17. Tiebreaker Rules:
  18. The tiebreaker rules apply ONLY if there are at least 5 or more contestants participating in a given center and at the discretion of the judges/regional coordinator.
  19. Based on the scores from Ph I (questions 1-25) and Ph II (5 questions) for a combined total of 30, if there is a tie, the scheme outlined below is followed in the order given, to break the ties:
    • Phase I score among questions 1-25
    • Phase I score among questions 21-25
    • Phase I score among questions 16-20
    • Phase I score among questions 11-15
    • Phase I score among questions 1-10
  20. If the above steps fail to break the tie in question, the foundation may use additional measures to resolve them or award joint ranks.
  21. Invitation to National Finals:
  22. Invitation to National Finals is based on the relative scores [Phase I and Phase II] of all the contestants nationally and is not based on a direct correlation of ranks achieved by a contestant in a regional contest. Thus, the combined Phase I & II (for a total of 30) score of each contestant relative to all such scores around the country will determine whether the contestant will be invited to the National Finals. The regional tiebreakers are only helpful in determining the winners for a particular center, but have no bearing on the Finals invitation.
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