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I was just updating my CV when I noticed the following lines in the 'Interests and activities' section:

● 1st Prize for ‘Best Performance’ in State Drama Competition.
● 1st Rank in inter-colleges ‘Antyakshari’ competition.

So I have a few questions:

  • Can "1st Prize" and "1st Rank" be used interchangeably, or is one more appropriate?
  • Are both sentences grammatically correct?
  • Can I get some more strong sentences instead of these?
  • What is the English word for 'Antyakshari'? (This is just for users understand Hindi)
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1st Place may be more common than Prize or Rank. –  JB King Feb 7 '13 at 19:30
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Three out of the four questions are off-topic. You are not supposed to be posting several unrelated questions per question anyway. And as a 16k user on SO you know that. –  RegDwigнt Feb 7 '13 at 21:07
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I do not really understand how those questions are "off topic"? Off topic from what? English usage, or the two sentences that were provided? –  Cmillz Feb 8 '13 at 17:58
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Well, first of all, the word you want is "intercollege", not "intercolleges" — the plural is unnecessary. If you want to sound even more professional, go with "intercollegiate", a bigger, fancier word.

"1st Prize" implies that you literally won a prize - in a situation like this, you're probably going to want to highlight the actual victory, rather than the prize associated with it.

"1st Rank" is a strange phrase that I've never seen before. I would avoid using it. Technically speaking, it is not incorrect, but I think it implies that there is a somewhat finite nature to a rank. In general, the word "rank" is more commonly used as a verb than a noun, except when referring to military rank. One could be a "high-ranking officer", for example, or one could have "ranked well in that competition".

For the first sentence, the award is for "Best Performance". The word "best" is a superlative, so you could simply say:

Award for "Best Performance" in State Drama Competition.

It would be slightly redundant to state that you scored highest at being the best.

For the second sentence, I would use the phrase "First place" (spelled out, rather than "1st place", if it is intended to be used formally), like this:

First Place in intercollegiate ‘Antyakshari’ competition.

Those are acceptable answers if you are being asked about awards or honors — however, if you want to place more focus on your achievements, or if you are being asked specifically about your achievements, I would reword them so that they are lists of verbs, rather than lists of nouns — this is a matter of taste, and so some might disagree. You do not have to word it like this.

I would write:

  • Earned award for "Best Performance" in State Drama Competition.
  • Placed First in intercollegiate ‘Antyakshari’ competition.

Unfortunately, there is no real English equivalent to "Antyakshari" — however, there is no shame in using a foreign word. You could probably say "Antyakshari singing competition", to indicate the basic nature of the competition, but that would perhaps take away from the mental aspect of the game. It's a tough call, but being multilingual is always a plus. English is a language of borrowed words - do not be afraid to add one if there is not already a word to take its place.

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+1 @CmillZ Thanks a ton.it helps me a lot –  diEcho Feb 8 '13 at 5:56
    
Thanks for the brilliant answer, would you please correct the word Antyakshari in your answer. ( earlier i also spell wrong in question ) I tries to edit your answer but it prompt at least 6 changes are necessary. –  diEcho Feb 8 '13 at 6:15
    
Yeah, I picked up on that – I just figured it was an alternate spelling, since it comes from a language with a different set of letters. Corrected. –  Cmillz Feb 8 '13 at 17:55
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