The Jain Center of Southern California (JCSC), the Federation of Jain Associations in North America (JAINA) Education Committee, and Young Jains of America (YJA) Daytime Programming Committee invite you to participate in the YJA Jain Academic Bowl (JAB).

What is the Jain Academic Bowl?

The Jain Academic Bowl (JAB) is a team-based competition for young Jains. Topics range from Jain scriptures, prayers, and philosophy to Jain geography, history, and Jainism in the modern world.

This YJA Convention, we will be changing the format of the traditional JAB game by breaking up the game into three new rounds, each of which will encourage teamwork and collaboration. We hope that the new style will be fun, exciting, and informative for everyone involved!

JAB Semi-Finalists

Congratulations to the following 16 JAB Semifinalists who will be competing for 1st place in July!

Micchami Dukkadam

Not Your Average Navkar

Anish Shah

Khyati Raka

Sanjana Shah

Shreyal Gandhi (C)

Darshi Shah
New York

Kanvi Shah (C)

Mohini Shah

Veeraj Shah
New Jersey

Vardhaman Lions

Once Upon a Kal

Chandni Shah
New Jersey

Divya Shah

Dhruvil Shah

Shreyans Munot (C)

Ayushi Sangoi (C)
New Jersey

Karina Patel

Palash Shah

Rushabh Shah

Format & Guidelines

We hope this format will be accessible to both people who have played JAB previously and people who have never participated. Regardless of prior experience, everyone is encouraged to partake in JAB. Additionally, the teams will be composed of participants from different cities, allowing players to meet new people!

The tournament will consist of two matches during the YJA convention. All teams will compete in the semifinal round and the winning teams will advance to the final round. Due to limited capacity, we may hold a preliminary selection of players depending on the level of interest.

Round 1
Buzzer Round (Q&A): Teams will compete to answer Jain knowledge-based questions using buzzers.

Round 2
Jain Minute to Win It: Teams will compete to complete a variety of 60-second challenges involving Jainism.

Round 3
Jain Family Feud: Contestants will try to guess the answers to questions about Jain theory and practices that are most popular with the audience.

Formal Rules and Guidelines and a Sample Game are now available! We hope you are excited as us for this new version of the Jain Academic Bowl!


If you are interested in learning some of the content for JAB, a good resource to look at is the JAB Manual, which can be found online at jainelibrary.org. We will later let teams know which chapters in the manual the competition questions will be drawn from.

You must be 21 years of age or under to register for JAB. For those of you that are eligible for both Jains In Action (JIA) and JAB, you will only be able to participate in one or the other, but not both.

If you are interested, please submit the following information no later than April 19th, 2016:

JAB Administrative Team

Your 2016 JAB Administrative Team consists of Anish Doshi (IL), Anjali Doshi (IL), Foram Shah (DC), Salil Ojha (TX), and Siddharth Shah (TX).

Helping them are your 2016 Daytime Programming Committee Co-Leads: Chintav Shah (NJ), Kayuri Shah (DC), and Mahima Shah (NJ).