Satyam Kumar, all of 12 and with little formal schooling, has cracked the tough Indian Institute of Technology-Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE). He is the youngest to do so.
Kumar, the son of a farmer from Bhojpur in Bihar, qualified from the Mumbai zone with an all-India rank of 8,137. “I am happy but won’t join this year because of my poor rank. I will try again next year,” he said Saturday.
The boy genius is keen on computer science at IIT-Kanpur as he hopes to become the next Mark Zuckerberg and develop a software firm on the lines of Facebook.
Kumar never saw the inside of a classroom in his childhood but always showed exceptional intelligence. “He used to impress everyone. But in the absence of a proper school in our village, he mostly studied at home,” his father Sidhnath Singh said. “In 2008, we sent him to Kota with my brother Deepak Kumar Singh.”
Deepak Kumar, who was preparing for the IIT-JEE at Resonance Coaching Institute there, introduced his nephew to the CEO and managing director, RK Verma. Impressed, Verma took the boy under his wing and financed his education.
“Satyam cleared class 8 from the Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education with a score of 68%. We got him admitted to an English-medium school from where he passed his class 10 exam with good grades,” Verma said. Kumar is now awaiting his class 12 results.