CCCC Notification No. EXTRA-C/CCCC2017/01; Dated:10-05-2017

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CCCC Cryptic Crossword Contest (CCCC) 2017

Crosswords are a unique way to learn while having fun. Solving crossword clues benefits students in 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 personal achievementand builds self-confidence. All these are a sine qua non of carving out a bright career in a job market which is becoming competitive by the day.

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 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 recognised boards in the country. In the past, the contest has been held in association with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). For the current year’s edition, CCCC 2017, KendriyaVidyalayaSangathan (KVS) and NavodayaVidyalayaSamiti (NVS) have associated with Extra-C to carry out the exercise.

The contest brings brightest students from across the country on one platform. It is also covered widely by the print and the broadcast media and brings national recognition for the winning teams.



CCCC 2017 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.

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 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, food and local transport to the venue and back will be provided by the organisers. 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 2017, will be available on mobile No. 9102481707 and email

(Raj Narayan Singh)

National Coordinator

CCCC 2017