Exhorting excellence in Extra-Curriculars

Extracurricular activities have always been that necessary component of a well-rounded education – outside the regular academic programme – that positively impact students’ pursuit of knowledge and career. We at Extra-C strongly believe in the age-old adage that all work and no play will make Jack a dull boy. Our motto, therefore, is ‘Exhorting Excellence in Extra-Curriculars’.

Some of the many benefits which such activities lead to are holistic and all-round development, raising self-esteem and better time management. Our activities range from crosswords, quiz contests, debates, drama and plays to cricket, football, chess among various other outdoor and indoor games..

Providing a platform for quality extra-curricular pursuits

A not-for-profit-organisation, Extra-C came into existence on June 26, 2013 and since then has become a byword for quality in terms of providing a platform for quality extra-curricular pursuits.

As its focus area, Extra-C’s mission is to promote crosswords among the youth and the adult alike, for they go a long way in enhancing vocabulary, analytical skills and lateral thinking.

Results of our efforts have been encouraging. The idea of a national-level inter-school cryptic crossword contest that we experimented with in 2013 was appreciated and adopted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and for the past three years the CBSE Cryptic Crossword Contest conducted by us has become one of the most sought after events in schools across India.

CBSE Cryptic Crossword Contest

The second edition of national-level inter-school cryptic crossword contest in 2014 saw participation from about 850 schools across India.

The Central Broad of Secondary Education in collaboration with Extra-C, initiated the CBSE Cryptic Crossword Contest in the year 2014. The CCCC is the world’s biggest and nation’s premier crossword testing platform for high school students and seeks to promote excellence by encouraging students to undertake the habit of solving crossword puzzles. This contest is open to students of Class IX to XII, of CBSE, CISCE and state board schools..

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A clue a day

A-Clue-A-Day (ACAD) online contest on crypticsingh.com for school students is another unique platform to test and hone young crossword talent.

It has been designed to help students learn how to solve cryptic crosswords. A clue is posted daily at 3.30 pm and the answer has to be submitted by 3 pm the next day.

To play, the student has to register online. One among the winners is selected and awarded. Those who do consistently well find place on the site’s Champions’ Gallery.

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Indian Crossword League (IXL)

The first Indian Crossword League (IXL) was launched in 2013 to commemorate 100 years of crosswords and pay tribute to Arthur Wynne, credited with the first published crossword in 1913.

Indian Crossword League (IXL) gave India a platform where the top cruciverbalists test their mental mettle. It has been thrown open to Indians living anywhere in the world and is played in online-offline format.

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