The CBSE Cryptic Crossword Contest (CCCC) 2016, is a CBSE challenge initiated for students studying in classes IX to XII, to be coordinated by Extra-C. The contest would be conducted in two phases.

General Rules

City Round: April-August

Schools located in the vicinity of the designated city may also participate. Teams consisting of two students solve a written cryptic crossword puzzle in 60 minutes. The winner and the first runner- up teams will receive certificates and prizes.

National Round: New Delhi.

The quarter final: A written cryptic crossword puzzle to be solved in 30 minutes. 8 teams representing each CBSE region, along with 8 other highest ranking teams will qualify for the semi-final.

The semi-final: The 16 qualifying teams, placed in 4 groups of four Teams each will participate in four separate, on- stage cryptic crossword contests of 60 minutes based on in a power-point format.

The final: A two-day event.

Day 01: The qualifying teams of the semi-final rounds will participate in the quarter final.

Day 02: Qualifying teams of the second quarter final will participate in the two semi-finals and qualify for the Final Round.

Second class rail fare for two students and one school escort will be reimbursed to the teams competing in the National Round.

Prizes & Recognition

National Winners: Prizes worth Rs. 25000 each, trophies and certificates

National Runners-up: Prizes worth Rs. 15000 each, trophies and certificates

National Finalists (3rd and 4th): Prizes worth Rs. 10,000 each, trophies and certificates

City Round Winners: Trophies and certificates

All participants will receive certificates.

How can a school participate in CCCC 2016?

The registration of schools for participation can be done on Interested schools can register till 17th April, 2016.

Got Questions?

The event is being coordinated by Extra-C, a non-profit organization, specializing in conduct of such events across India. Mr. Raj Narayan Singh is the National Coordinator of this event. He can be contacted at or at 91-9304813504. For Registration issues please contact Mr. Kumar Ashwin at 91-7292979673.

For further information from CBSE on CCCC 2014, Mr. Sandeep Sethi, Education Officer, CBSE, can be contacted at ‘Shiksha Sadan’, 17-Rouse Avenue, New Delhi – 110002 at 011-23217128 or at