A 10-year-old Indian boy from London has scored higher than Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein on the Mensa's Cattell III B Paper. Dhruv Talati scored 162 in July as against Hawking and Einstein's 160.
Talati, a student of Fullwood Primary School at Ilford, is part of the exclusive one percent who achieved the highest score possible in the test.
"The test was not that difficult, but the time made it a challenge," Dhruv was quoted as saying by the Times of India.
"I am very proud of Dhruv's result. He did very well in the grammar school exams too this year, despite some family challenges we had and despite the fact he plays two sports, which eats so much into his study time," said his mother.
It was a complete surprise! Did not expect Dhruv to get that score! He was so busy with this cricket that he had not prepared for it. This is an eye-opener for me. I will make every effort to encourage his talent," his father, an investment banking consultant said.
Not only is he good in academics, he also plays district-level tennis and cricket. Dhruv was chosen to play at LTA's Compete Tennis, a centre for high performers in the U.K. when he was five-years-old. At 10, he was selected to play cricket for Metropolitan Essex District. Dhruv also dreams of becoming a robotics expert.
Dhruv is not the first Indian child to score a 162 in the recent past. In March, 10-year-old Mukund Soni had scored 162 on Mensa's verbal reasoning Cattell III B scale. In 2013, 11-year-old Saanya Verma had scored 162 on the Cattell IIIB scale and 142 on the Culture Fair scale.
Founded in 1946 by Roland Berrill, a barrister, and Dr. Lance Ware, a scientist and lawyer, Mensa is a society of people with high IQ levels. The highest score possible for adults is 161 and for children under 18 is 162. The organisation has more than 120,000 people in 100 countries.