• These Terms, Conditions and Guidelines (these "Terms") are applicable to and govern the "Times SPARK Scholarship Program" (TOI SPARK) organized and conducted by Bennett Coleman & company Ltd ( BCCL)
  • By participating in the Exam, Participant agrees to abide by and be bound by these Terms
  • These Terms may be modified without any prior notification. Participant is advised to regularly review these Terms. If there is any disagreement with any of the Terms and any amendments thereto, Participant must not participate in the Exam
Times SPARK 2017 Times SPARK Scholarship Program
Management Bennett Coleman & Company Ltd (BCCL): Personnel from BCCL or appointed/engaged by BCCL, who are responsible for the conduct of the Exam
Participant Any student that registers on the website and is eligible as per the rules & regulations
Rules These rules and regulations governing the Exam, as amended from time to time

To provide an opportunity to the Participants compete and be eligible to have a chance to win scholarships as governed by the terms defined herein.

Participants of the age group between 13-19 years will be eligible to participate in Times SPARK 2017 and can apply for this program as per the following defined levels:

  • Level I: Students studying in classes IX and X as on Jan 01, 2018
  • Level II: Students studying in classes XI and XII as on Jan 01, 2018

Participants should be currently studying in any of the following boards i.e State board, CBSE, ICSE, IB from a government affiliated institute.

Undergraduate and students below IX grade are not eligible.

For the entire participant below 18 years of age; a parent consent letter will be required from the legal guardian. This will be required to be submitted at the time of Interview round

The final eligibility of the Participant will be subject to the discretion and approval of the Management

  1. Once the Participant lands on the website; the Participant needs to register by creating their user name and password and entering basic information
  2. The Participant must read the terms and conditions and click on "Accept"
  3. A One-Time Password (OTP) will be sent to the mobile number provided during the registration process
  4. Management will not take responsibility in case the participation does not receive a SMS due to issues from the service provider / incorrect mobile number entered / registration for DND / or any other cause beyond the control of the Management
  5. Once the Participant receives the OTP on the mobile number, the Participant must enter the OTP on the registration page
  6. Once the OTP is entered, the Participant must complete the registration process by entering the following details:
    1. Name (First Name/Last Name)
    2. Date of Birth (DD/MM/YYYY)
    3. Gender (Male/Female/Others)
    4. City
  7. The Participant must ensure that supporting documents (Age proof, address proof such as Passport, Ration Card, Aadhar Card etc.) are available for verification at all times
  8. The Participant must ensure that the mobile number provided during registration is operational at all times throughout the duration of the program as important communication would be sent via sms, Tele-calling, IVR etc. Management will not be responsible if the for any reason the Participant is not available on the registered number
  9. If any information provided during the registration process or thereafter proves to be inaccurate, false or misleading the Participant will be disqualified and will forfeit any prize he/she is eligible for
  10. The Participant is responsible for activities that occur through the registered Account
  1. Management requires each user to have a unique user name and password combination in order to use the website and may also provide users with additional codes or passwords as necessary to access and use features or functions of the website
  2. Your user name and password are personal to you and you should not allow in any circumstance any other user to use your user name or password at any time or for any reason whatsoever. Management shall further not be liable for any harm caused or related to the theft or misappropriation of user names or passwords, disclosure of your user name or password or any other need to deactivate your user name or password due to security concerns and (ii) and ensure that you exit from your account at the end of each session
  3. Passwords are issued on a personal basis. Accordingly, all content and instructions transmitted or received from anyone presenting your password on the Website will be deemed to be binding on you. You, the user, agree that you alone are responsible and liable for any and all actions taken via your password, whether or not made with your knowledge or authority. You agree to guard your password carefully with the full awareness that any failure to keep it secure will enable others to engage in transactions through the site for which you will be legally responsible.
  4. In consideration of your use of the Website, you represent that you are of legal age to form a binding contract and are not a person barred from receiving services under the Indian Law or other applicable jurisdiction. You also agree to: (a) provide true, accurate, current and complete information about yourself as prompted by the Website's registration form (the "Registration Data") and (b) maintain and promptly update the Registration Data to keep it true, accurate, current and complete. If you provide any information that is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, or BCCL has reasonable grounds to suspect that such information is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, BCCL has the right to suspend or terminate your account and refuse any and all current or future use of the Website (or any portion thereof). Please remember that the Website is designed to appeal to a broad audience. Accordingly, as the legal guardian, it is your responsibility to determine whether the Website and/or its content are appropriate for your child
  5. You acknowledge that BCCL may, at any time, require you to verify the correctness of the information and in order to do so may require additional documentary proof from you, failing which BCCL reserves the right to suspend or terminate your registration. Any information provided by you should be complete and truthful. BCCL is not obliged to cross check or verify information provided by you and BCCL will not take any responsibility for any outcome or consequence as a result of any incorrect information provided by you or concealing any relevant information from BCCL

Participant's account information will be protected by a password for privacy and security. Participant has to ensure there is no unauthorized access to the Account and Personal Information by selecting and protecting the password appropriately and limiting access to the mobile phone by signing off after accessing the Participant's Account

  • Times SPARK scholarship exam will include questions based on the articles published with the stamp of Times SPARK in the editions of Times of India across regions during the period from September 5 to December 4, 2017. For tips on how to read these, see the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6hucnKghOQ
  • Participant should check the website for the compatible browsers prior to the Times SPARK exam
  • Participant should have minimum XXX Mbps connection to be able to operate the website effectively for the Times SPARK exam
  • Participant will require PC, laptop, tab or mobile phone with adequate power supply, compatible browser and strong internet connectivity
  • Management and its partners cannot be held responsible for any issues the participant may face during the examination due to unforeseen and un-accounted circumstances, arising out of internet connection / power cuts during the exam duration / malfunctioning of the machine or any other natural calamities or social/civic engagements affecting the participant / or any other reason beyond the control of the Management
  • Please self-verify yourself on www.timesspark.com before Nov 18, 2017 to avoid any login issues prior or during the exam. The objective is to avoid any last-minute hassles regarding your login credentials.
    • You will receive a verification link on your registered email ID. A click on that link will take you to the page where you must enter username and password and then click on verify.
    • Alternatively, you can directly log onto www.timesspark.com and visit the self-verification section.
    • In case you have forgotten your password or both Username and Password, follow instructions in the login section.
  • Date of the 2nd Mock test is 19th Nov 2017. Time: - 11 am to 11:30 am IST (30 min)
    • There will be 6 passages from Times spark articles published during Sept-Nov'17.
    • Each passage will be followed by 8-10 questions
    • Each question will have 4 options to choose from.
    • For every right answer, there is 1 positive points
    • For every wrong answer, 0.5 marks will be deducted.
    • No marks will be deducted for un attempted questions.
    • The system will auto-save your answers. In case your internet connection breaks, you can re-login and continue from where you left.
    • At the end of the 6th passage, there would be SUBMIT button. On clicking, you will be asked for a final confirmation. Post this, your answers will be submitted. In case you are unable to submit, the system by default will record your completed answers at 11:30 AM IST and calculate your scores accordingly.
  • Date of the final Times SPARK Exam is January 07, 2018. Time: - 11 am to 12 pm IST (60 min). Each student is advised to login to their account page by 10.45 am to read exam guidelines on both these days
  • Differently abled students will be given 75mins for the examination. Students with the following disabilities will be given extra times:-
    • Vision Impairment
    • Mental health conditions
    • Intellectual disability
    • Acquired brain injury
    • Autism spectrum disorder
  • The Start test button will get activated at exactly 11:00 is IST. Test will be in 'multiple choice questions' format.
    • There will be 12 passages from Times spark articles published during Sept-Nov'17.
    • Each passage will be followed by 8-10 questions
    • Each question will have 4 options to choose from.
    • For every right answer, there is 1 positive points
    • For every wrong answer, 0.5 marks will be deducted
    • No marks will be deducted for unattempted questions
    • The system will auto-save your answers. In case your internet connection breaks, you can re-login and continue from where you left
    • At the end of the 12th passage, there would be SUBMIT button. On clicking, you will be asked for a final confirmation. Post this, your answers will be submitted. In case you are unable to submit, the system by default will record your completed answers at 12 noon IST and calculate your scores accordingly.
  • One Participant must have only had one submission. If multiple entries are found during due-diligence, the candidate will be disqualified from participation and no queries will be entertained in any manner
  • Simultaneous login via multiple devices using same credentials is not allowed.
  • You are required to check the "I agree to the T&C" checkbox, for the START TEST button to get enabled
  • Candidates found using any unfair means or malpractices will be disqualified from the scholarship.
  • Finalists for the interview round will be determined based on the scores of the online test Times SPARK scholarship exam to be held on January 07,2018
  • Personal interviews will be conducted for the top 500-1000 students shortlisted out of the examination phase.
  • Management solely reserves the right to define the number of candidates' based on the Times SPARK examination scores.
  • Finalists will be called for an interview at a TOI centre as identified by the management. Management has the final say in identifying the notified centers to the Finalists. Change in venue for final round will be at the discretion of the Management. Communication to all shortlisted candidates will be shared once the interview dates are finalised
  • Winners will be determined based on the score of personal interviews of the shortlisted candidates thereafter
  • Number of winners rests with the Management and can be modified from time to time and is not contestable in any manner Up to 400 candidates to get scholarships ranging from Rs. 100,000 to Rs. 200,000 basis their examination and interview scores. These amounts will be decided by the Management and will not be contestable in any manner
  • Minimum one scholarship will be granted in specific cities, in case the participants from these cities do not feature in the top 400 list, BCCL solely holds the right to define these specific cities at their discretion
  • Management may decide to give additional scholarship or reduce the amount based on the level of participation and quality of performance. This is not contestable in any manner.
  • Top 20 students get a chance to attend a 1 -week orientation program at Georgia-Tech or Cornell through Bennett University tie-up.
  • Cost of travelling to various centers for personal interview will be borne by the participant and will not be borne by BCCL
  • The management reserves the right to change the structure of the Exam as it sees fit including without limitation by adding / reducing / altering rounds to the Exam
  • Participation does not guarantee the selection as a winner
  • Winner selection shall be as per the sole discretion of the Management
  • The shortlisted participants will be required to submit the following verification documents to be eligible to collect any Prize:
    • Address proof (Passport, Ration card, driver's license, Aadhar card )
    • Age proof (PAN card, Driver's license)
    • Parents/Guardians Identity & Address proof (PAN, Aadhar, Voter ID)
    • School Certificate Report card/ School Identity Card/ Bonafide Certificate etc
    • Bank account number and IFSC code
    • Passbook front page/Bank a/c statement with beneficiary details
  • The documents will have to be submitted at the time of Personal Interview. In case, the Management does not receive the documents at the time of interview the prize money will be forfeited
  • The award of Prizes shall be subject to such verification to the full satisfaction of the Management
  • Any Prizes won or accepted shall be given on an "as-is" basis and are not returnable.
  • Management expressly disclaims any warranties express or implied in connection with any Prizes to the fullest extent permitted by applicable laws
  • All prizes are non-transferable and non-refundable
  • Prizes are subject to the laws prevailing in India, including regulations as may be applicable to the winner. No correspondence in this regard will be entertained under any circumstances.
  • Disbursement timelines of prize money will be at the discretion of BCCL as per its standard day-to-day operating payment procedure.
  • All personal details and information requested by and supplied to the Management by each Participant must be truthful, accurate and in no way misleading.
  • The Management reserves the right to disqualify any Participant from the Exam at its sole discretion, should the Participant at any stage supply untruthful, inaccurate or misleading personal details and/or information.
  • If at any time, including after disbursement of prize, any information submitted by the Participant(s) is found to be incorrect, false, or otherwise misrepresented or misleading, the Participant(s) shall be liable to refund the Prize received from the Exam management
  • In case the Winner(s) is / are found to be in violation of any and all Terms of the exam, the Management reserves the right to initiate legal proceedings against such person(s) including but not limited to having the concerned winner to refund the prize with penalty interest as deemed fit by the Company
  • Prizes are not transferable, exchangeable or redeemable for cash
  • Any prize of value in excess of INR 10,000/- in a year will attract deduction of tax at source and all taxes shall be paid by the Participant. Further, the Participant must furnish a valid Indian PAN Card copy to claim the prize, irrespective of the value of the same, failing which the prize shall be forfeited at the sole discretion of the Management.
  • All prizes will be subject to TDS under the Income Tax Act, 1961.
  • Questions and answers
  • The Management will not entertain any claims/questions/queries with respect to the authenticity or correctness of any questions and answers for the questions asked in any round of the Exam
  • The Management's decision on the correctness or incorrectness of any answer is final and binding on all
  • The Management will not entertain any claims/questions/queries with respect to the authenticity or correctness of any questions and answers for the questions asked in any round of the Exam
  • The Management's decision on the correctness or incorrectness of any answer is final and binding on all Participants
  • The name of the selected winner for the Scholarship Exam will be announced in one or more platforms as deemed appropriate by the exam management
  • Exam Management and its sub-contractors shall not be held accountable / liable for any disruptions, stoppages, interruptions, delays, closure or cancellation of the Exam or any part thereof or final gratification or any part of its processes due to any reasons or on account of any factors beyond its control and/or due to force majeure.
  • None of the Participants shall, without the prior written approval of the Company, speak to the press or any other media or any third person, nor give any interviews or comments relating to any aspect of the Exam or write blogs, post any messages in social networking or any site including but not limited to Facebook and Google Plus. The Participant shall not disclose any information whatsoever relating to the Exam management, or the Exam to any other party.
  • In case any Participant chooses to interact with the Media, then Management at its description may disqualify the Participant, and also may initiate legal action against the Participant and their guardian to recover losses, pay penalty, damages and compensation and indemnify us against any claims, expenses or liability from any person, entity or third party
  • Participants may be contacted for any additional information.
  • Management has the right to ask for documentary proof of information / audit the information provided. If such a request is made and the Participant does not comply within 7 working days from the date the request is made, the Participant could be disqualified from participation in the Exam.
  • Information provided by the Participant will be kept confidential and will be used only for the limited purpose of evaluating the Participant's entry to the Exam and for the purpose mentioned herein below.
  • If, in any State and/or territory or part thereof, the running of this exam is prohibited, the Participants from such State and/or territory or part thereof shall not be eligible to participate in the exam. No further notice shall be given by the Management, in this regard.
  • Decision taken by the Management shall be final and binding on the participants of the exam. No dispute, of whatsoever nature, in this respect shall be entertained by the Management
  • The participant hereby irrevocably authorizes the Management to use the data gathered during and/or after the exam in respect of the participants (including name and photograph etc.). This shall be the property of BCCL shall be entitled to use the same in its communications including marketing promotions and advertisements along with/without BCCL's brand.
  • BCCL shall not be liable in any manner for any mishap, accident, injury or damages etc. of whatsoever nature, caused to the participants during the exam or any further process and not restricted to interview round and scholarship distribution. Further, BCCL will not be liable in any manner for any loss, damage, theft, or any other mishap caused during the exam
  • With respect to the Website the Participant must not (i) copy, modify or distribute the website for any purpose; (ii) transfer, sublicense, lease, lend, rent or otherwise distribute the Website or the Services to any third party; (iii) decompile, reverse-engineer, disassemble, or create derivative works of the website or the Services; (iv) make the functionality of the website or the Services available to multiple users through any means; or (v) use the Services in any unlawful manner, for any unlawful purpose, or in any manner inconsistent with these Terms.
  • The Management will not entertain and permit the Participant(s) or any of their representatives to check / audit / challenge the logic of the winner selection process/software
  • At no point of time will the Exam management be obliged to notify unsuccessful Participants of its decision.
  1. Any exam, competition or event organized by us on the website shall be governed by the terms stated herein and the Schedule attached hereto in addition to other terms and conditions which may be specifically applied per exam, competition or event.
  2. Specific terms and conditions in relation to your registration with / use of the Website and the exam(s) conducted thereon shall be in accordance with the terms and procedure as set out in Schedule hereto.
  3. BCCL employees, Affiliate, Partners, Contractors, Immediate family members (Children & Grand Children) and Validation agency employees who has been part of the process are refrained from participating in any weekly finale exam or event and shall stand disqualified with immediate effect and shall be liable to return the prize or benefit received and at our sole discretion pay penalty, damages and compensation and indemnify us against any claims, expenses or liability from any person, entity or third party by this act or omission of the employees or relatives
  1. BCCL, its partners, officers, directors, employees, subcontractors, agents, successors and assigns, shall not be liable for and disclaim all responsibility for any injury, liability, damages (whether special, indirect, incidental, exemplary, or consequential damages of any kind whatsoever), loss of revenue, business, anticipated savings or profits, goodwill or data resulting from and arising out of use of the Website, participation in the Exam, or any way related to the unavailability of the Website or any portion thereof or your inability to access and use the Website.
  2. BCCL or its subsidiaries or holding entities ("BCCL Group") shall not be liable or responsible for any action or decision taken by you or anyone acting on your behalf or under your employment or having a contract with you. BCCL shall not have any obligations to you and you shall have no obligation or rights in relation to the Exam and shall have no claims whatsoever against the BCCL relating to the selection process or the running of the Exam as set out in the Schedule hereto.
  3. BCCL and/or its Affiliates make no warranty that:
    • the contents of the Website are completely error-free and accurate or the servers that host the Website are free of viruses or harmful components;
    • the specially developed features of the Website, functionalities and material shall be available at all times;
    • access to the Website will be uninterrupted, timely, secure, or error-free;
    • the information that may be obtained from the use of the Website will be accurate or reliable;
    • The quality of any information or other material obtained through the Website will meet your expectations.
  4. Provision of the Website entails the likelihood of some human and machine errors, delays, interruptions and losses, including the inadvertent loss of data or damage to media and neither BCCL, its Affiliates nor the Third Party Licensors shall have any liability in this regard.
  5. Some systems/software may not be capable of supporting the Website and you acknowledge that:-
    • appropriate investigations into the necessary systems/software required to support your use of the Website have been made;
    • That performance of the Website may vary with equipment and telecommunications links with which it is used.
  6. BCCL shall not be responsible for any network connectivity issues faced or any incompatible equipment that may be used by you in connection with the Website.
  7. You acknowledge that the website may feature Third Party Material from Third Party Licensors who will from time to time sponsor the Exam conducted as per Schedule 1("Sponsor"), and that BCCL shall have no liability for breach of any conditions or conflict with any terms and conditions that the Sponsor may impose upon you for participation in the Exam. BCCL shall have no liability whatsoever to you for any claims relating in any manner whatsoever to any Third Party Material. Copyright of the Third Party Material would remain exclusively with the Third Party Licensors. BCCL shall not be responsible for any mistakes which might appear in the contents of such Third Party Material. Third party contents may also be accessible via hyperlinks from the Website and BCCL does not claim any copyright on the contents appearing on such third party sites nor shall be held responsible for any mistakes which might appear therein.
  8. BCCL shall not be responsible for delays or failures in performance of the Website due to causes beyond its reasonable control such as acts of God, acts of any Government, war or other hostility, civil disorder, the elements, fire, explosion, power failure, equipment failure, failure of internet gateways, industrial or labour dispute, inability to obtain essential supplies and the like.
  9. BCCL accepts advertising material sent by third parties for display on the Website. Advertisers are responsible for ensuring that the material submitted by them complies with applicable law. BCCL disclaims any liability as to the contents of such advertising material. BCCL further reserves the right to change, suspend or omit any advertisement at its absolute discretion.
  10. BCCL may use any information submitted by you to the Website at its discretion and necessity of use
  11. BCCL shall not be responsible for:
    • any delivery, failures relating to the registration process;
    • any spam generated messages as result of you accessing the Website;
    • BCCL not receiving registration details;
    • any lost, late or misdirected computer transmission or network, electronic failures of any kind or any failure to receive entries owing to transmission failures or due to any technical reasons; and
    • Other conditions/situations or failures beyond its control
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  2. You agree that you shall not take recourse against BCCL for any alleged or actual infringement or misappropriation of any proprietary rights. If you, at any stage believe that the Content constitutes infringement of another person's intellectual property rights, you shall be required to communicate the same to BCCL at the earliest.

Participant agrees to indemnify and hold BCCL and its affiliates, officers, agents, employees, partners and licensors harmless from any claim or demand, including attorneys' fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of the content you submit, post, transmit or otherwise make available through the Website, your use of the Website, your connection to the Website, or your violation of any rights of another.

Participant agrees not to reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell trade, resell or exploit for any commercial purposes, any portion of the Website (including your BCCL ID), use of the Website, or access to the Website.

BCCL reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Website (or any part thereof) with or without notice. You agree that BCCL shall not be liable to you or to any third party for any modification, suspension or discontinuance of the Website.

Participant agrees that BCCL may, under certain circumstances and without prior notice, immediately terminate your BCCL account, any associated email address, and access to the Website. Cause for such termination shall include, but not be limited to, (a) breaches or violations of the ToU or other incorporated agreements or guidelines, (b) requests by law enforcement or other government agencies, (c) a request by you (self-initiated account deletions), (d) discontinuance or material modification to the Website (or any part thereof), (e) unexpected technical or security issues or problems, (f) engagement by you in fraudulent or illegal activities, and/or (g) non-payment of any fees owed by you in connection with the Website. Termination of your BCCL account includes (a) removal of access to all offerings within the Website, including but not limited to BCCL mail, groups, chat, domains, competition and games, (b) deletion of your password and all related information, files and content associated with or inside your account (or any part thereof), and (c) barring of further use of the Website

You hereby expressly agree and undertake that:

  1. Participant's use of the Website is at your sole risk. The Website is provided on an "as is" and "as available" basis. BCCL and its affiliates, officers, employees, agents, partners and licensors expressly disclaim all warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, including, but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement.
  2. BCCL and its affiliates, officers, employees, agents, partners and licensors make no warranty that (i) the Website will meet your requirements; (ii) the Website will be uninterrupted, timely, secure or error-free; (iii) the results that may be obtained from the use of the Website will be accurate or reliable; (iv) the quality of any services, information or other material purchased or obtained by you through the Website will meet your expectations; and (v) any errors in the software will be corrected.
  3. Any material downloaded or otherwise obtained through the use of the Website is accessed at your own discretion and risk, and you will be solely responsible for any damage to your computer system or loss of data that results from the download of any such material.
  4. No advice or information, whether oral or written, obtained by you from BCCL or through or from the Website shall create any warranty not expressly stated in the Terms of Use. .
  5. BCCL has no obligation to screen the registration details in advance, and is not responsible for monitoring the registration process for the purpose of preventing violation of intellectual property ownership rights, or violations of any law, rule or regulation. If BCCL is notified of submissions or materials that may not conform to the Terms, it may investigate the allegation and determine in good faith and in its sole discretion whether to eliminate such an account from consideration .BCCL has no liability or responsibility to the Participants for performance or non-performance of such activities.
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  1. Any information provided by you to us, whether at the stage of registration or during anytime subsequently, should be complete and truthful.
  2. Prior to participating in the Exam, you shall be responsible to satisfy yourself about the legality of participating in the exam is in the jurisdiction from where you are accessing the Website
  3. Participant represents that you have the experience and the requisite skills required to participate in the Activity and that you are not aware of any physical or mental condition that would impair your capability to fully participate in the Activity. You further acknowledge that you are solely responsible for any consequence resulting from your participating in this Activity or being associated with this Activity or around this Activity. You understand that BCCL assumes no liability or responsibility for any financial loss that you may sustain as a result of participation in the Activity
  4. Participant understands and accepts that your participation in the Exam does not create any obligation on us to give you a prize. Your winning a prize is entirely dependent on your skill and subject to the terms of the Exam / Website
  5. Participant understands and agrees that you are solely responsible for all content posted, transmitted, uploaded or otherwise made available on the Website / website by you. All content posted by you must be legally owned by or licensed to you. By publishing any content on the Website / website, you agree to grant us a royalty-free, world-wide, non-exclusive, perpetual and assignable right to use, copy, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, edit, translate, create derivative works from, transmit, distribute, publicly display, and publicly perform your content and to use such content in any related marketing materials produced by us or our affiliates. Such content may include, without limitation, your name, username, location, messages, gender or pictures. You also understand that you do not obtain any rights, legal or equitable, in any material incorporating your content. You further agree and acknowledge that BCCL has the right to use in any manner whatsoever, all communication or feedback provided by you.
  6. Participant shall not hold BCCL responsible for not being able to participate in the Exam, for which you may be eligible to participate. This includes, but is not limited to situations where you are unable to log into your user account as your user account may be pending validation or you may be in suspected or established violation of any of the terms
  7. Participant understand and accept that by viewing or using the Website or participating in the Exam, or using communication features on the Website, you may be exposed to content posted by other users which you may find offensive, objectionable or indecent. You may bring such content posted by other users to our notice that you may find offensive, objectionable or indecent and we reserve the right to act upon it as we may deem fit. The decision taken by us on this regard shall be final and binding on you.
  8. Participant undertakes that you will not use any external assistance in participating in the Exam and strictly adhere to the terms of the Exam as set out in the Schedule hereto. You shall not add unauthorized components, use cheats or hacks use bots or any other third party software that will modify the Website or the Exam in any manner. You further agree that you will not form teams with other participants or collude with other third parties in any manner while participating in the Exam. BCCL reserves the right to initiate appropriate proceedings in the event any cheating or collusion id detected by us.
  1. BCCL may elect to resolve any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to this ToU or our websites by binding arbitration in accordance with the provisions of the Indian Arbitration & Conciliation Act, 1996. Any such controversy or claim shall be arbitrated on an individual basis and shall not be consolidated in any arbitration with any claim or controversy of any other party.
  2. Either you or BCCL may seek any interim or preliminary relief from a court of competent jurisdiction exclusively in Mumbai, India, necessary to protect the rights or the property of yours or BCCL (or its agents, suppliers, and subcontractors), pending the completion of arbitration.
  3. The language of the arbitration shall be English.
  4. All disputes relating to or arising out of the Exam shall be subject to the laws of India, and shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of competent jurisdiction at Mumbai
  • Times SPARK will be hosted with the start and end dates as decided by BCCL. BCCL reserves the right to modify, cancel, discontinue or terminate Times SPARK at any time or to accept or reject any or all entries at their absolute discretion without giving any prior notice and without assigning any reasons whatsoever. Decision of BCCL will be final and binding on all participants and no correspondence will be entertained in this regard.
  • Times SPARK may change the Terms and Conditions of participation at any time without prior notice. The amended Terms and Conditions of Entry will be effective immediately upon being posted on the website. Important changes to the Terms and Conditions may be highlighted on the website www.timesspark.com for your convenience; however, you acknowledge that it is your sole responsibility to regularly visit the website to read any changes to the Terms and Conditions
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