NEW DELHI: Satyam Kumar, 13-year-old son of a Bihar farmer, has created history by clearing the Indian Institute of Technology-Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE).
In the process, he becomes the youngest student to clear the entrance exam. The IIT system has confirmed that Satyam is indeed the youngest student to clear the entrance examination till this date.
The young prodigy, who passed his class 12 last year, secured an all-India rank of 679 in the examination written by over 150,000 candidates.
Satyam, who comes from Bakhorapur village in Bhojpur district of Bihar, told CNN-IBN, “I’m very happy that I’m the youngest IITian and I broke the record of one who had already been the youngest IITians. So I am feeling proud that I’m the youngest IITian of the country.’’
His father Sidhnath Singh added, “I feel proud that my son cracked IIT at the age of 13. He also made his village proud.’’
Actually, Satyam had cleared the IIT entrance exam last year after he was given a special permission by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), but he came a lowly 81,37. So he re-wrote the entrance exam this year to improve his all-India ranking.
What is even more amazing about Satyam is that he did his schooling at home till the 8th standard because the family’s poor financial condition prevented them from sending him to a proper school.
However, the Central Board of Secondary Education allowed him to take exams from the Rajasthan School Board. Because of his excellent performance, he was admitted by the Resonance Institute at Kota in Rajasthan to prepare for IIT exams.
Satyam has claimed the title of the youngest IITian from Delhi’s Sahal Kaushik who was 14 when he cleared the entrance exam in 2010.
He wants to become an aeronautical engineer and work for NASA by the age of 20!