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.
Arnav Sharma, from Reading town in southern England, passed the infamously difficult test a few weeks back with zero preparation and had never seen what a typical paper looked like before taking it.
His mark in the exam, which primarily measures verbal reasoning ability, puts him in the top 1% of the nation in terms of IQ level, The Independent reported.
“The Mensa test is quite hard and not many people pass it so do not expect to pass,” Sharma said.
“I took the exam at the Salvation centre and it took about two and a half hours,” he recalled, adding there were about seven or eight people there. A couple were children but the rest were adults.
Sharma insisted he was not anxious before sitting for the test, saying “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, his mother, said she kept her “fingers crossed” for the whole exam.
“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 grandparents, his grandmother told me about him and said Arnav is going to do very well with his studies,” she said.