A 10-year-old Indian-origin boy in the UK has become the youngest applicant in a decade to achieve the highest score in the Mensa IQ test, beating geniuses like Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking. Mehul Garg, also known by his nickname Mahi, decided to take the test to follow in the footsteps of his older brother, 13-year-old Dhruv Garg, who had also scored the highest score of 162 last year. “Mahi is fiercely competitive. His older brother had achieved the same score last year so he really wanted to prove that he is no less intelligent than his brother,” said his mother Divya Garg. The pupil of Reading Boys Grammar School in Reading, southern England, scored the maximum score of 162 to become a member of Mensa, the High IQ Society.
His score is two points higher than Einstein and Hawking and places him in the top one percent of people in the world who achieve this distinction. “Mehul said the paper challenged his language skills, including analogies and definitions, and his sense of logic,” said his mother.
The anxiety of the time-pressured exam did make the 10- year-old extremely nervous but cheered on by his father, Gaurav Garg, he relaxed after he had solved the initial few questions. “I was in tears when I got the results back,” Mehul said after he got the results this week.