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London: 11-year-old Indian-origin secures 162 points on Mensa IQ test, higher than Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking

An 11-year-old Indian-origin boy in the UK has secured the top possible score of 162 on a Mensa IQ test, two points higher than geniuses Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking, making him one of the brainiest children in the country.


By   |  Updated On : June 30, 2017 03:21 PM
Indian boy secures 162 IQ points, higher than Einstein and Hawking

Indian boy secures 162 IQ points, higher than Einstein and Hawking

New Delhi :  

Arnav Sharma, an eleven year old Indian origin who is at present living in London, UK has scored 162 on a Mensa IQ test making him one of the brainiest children in the country.

Quite surprisingly he has scored higher than famous geniuses Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking.

The teen is from Reading town in southern England, had passed the much famous Mena IQ test without any kind of preparation and the news has been doing rounds all over the world. He did not even check the papers of the test before he appeared.

According to The Independent, The famous Mena IQ test mainly measures the verbal reasoning ability in which Arnav secured rank among  the top one per cent of the nation.

"The Mensa test is quite hard and not many people pass it so do not expect to pass," Sharma was quoted while interacting with reporters.

"I took the exam at the Salvation centre and it too about two and a half hours, and was conducted by seven or eight people", he stated further.

Previously Arnav was least interested about the examination and said, "I had no preparation at all for the exam but I was not nervous. My family were surprised but they were also very happy when I told them about the result."

Meesha Dhamija Sharma, mother of the 11-year-old gem was also overwhelmed with joy and happyness.

According to the proud mother she has kept her 'finger crossed' throught out the examination.

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"I was thinking what is going to happen because you never know and he had never seen what a paper looks like," she explained.

"At one-and-a-half years old I took him to India for a holiday to see his grand parents, his grandmother told me about him and said Arnav is going to do very well with his studies,"she said.

It was not until he was two-and-a-half years old that she became aware of his mathematical prowess. "He was counting up to more than 100.

That was when I stopped teaching him because I came to know that there is no end to his numbers," she said.

When asked about whether there was anyone else in the family with an unusually high IQ, she could not recall anyone, adding: "His dad is quite clever as well but not as clever."

Sharma, who attends Crossfields School on the outskirts of Reading, has been selected for Eton College and Westminster, both highly competitive and sought-after schools, with no preparation.

But it is worth noting his talents are not restricted to numbers. Sharma used to have a passion for singing and dancing and reached the semi-finals for 'Reading's Got Talent' for dancing with a bollywood act when he was eight.

"It is a high mark which only a small percentage of people in the country will achieve," a spokesperson for Mensa said. Mensa is believed to be the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world.

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Membership is open to anyone who can demonstrate an IQ in the top 2 per cent of the population, measured by a recognised or approved IQ testing process. It was founded in 1946 in Oxford by Lancelot Lionel Ware, a scientist and lawyer, and Roland Berrill, an Australian barrister, but the organisation later spread around the world.

(With PTI inputs)

First Published: Friday, June 30, 2017 11:26 AM


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