Mehul Garg at the age of ten became the youngest person in a decade to achieve the highest score of 162 in the Mensa IQ test, beating geniuses Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking, reported the Hindustan Times.
Mehul, nicknamed Mahi is originally from India but lives in southern England where he attends Reading Boys Grammar School. He decided to follow in the footsteps of his older brother and take the Mensa test. Mehul's 13-year-old brother, Dhruv also scored a 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,” mother Divya Garg said, while speaking to Hindustan Times.
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A qualified Mensa member, Garg’s score also placed him in the top one per cent of the people in the world who have achieved this distinction. His score is two points higher than Einstein and Hawking, noted the Hindustan Times.
“Mehul said the paper challenged his language skills, including analogies and definitions, and his sense of logic,” said his mother.
“I was in tears when I got the results back,” the ten-year-old said after he got the results this week.
Garg enjoys solving the Rubik’s cube in less than 100 seconds, ice-skating, and playing cricket. His favorite subject is mathematics and he tells Hindustan Times he would one day like to run a leading tech company like Google.
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With all these interests and ambitions, Garg and his brother still dedicate time to build an app aimed to break down social isolation by connecting neighbours with each other.
“They both are currently working on social projects and want to give something back, to make the world a better place. And I hope they continue on this path always. For me this is more important than their marks,” their mother said.
Currently, the ten-year-old is working on the ‘Child Genius 2018’ a show by UK's Channel 4, for which he was selected as one of the top 100 candidates.