At 13, Venkatesh Suvarna joined junior class while the rest of his batch mates went to Class 9.
Suvarna, a student of Utpal Shanghvi School, is one of the youngest to have appeared for the Class 10 IGCSE exams in May this year.
He scored three A stars, one A and one B.
“When I was younger, I would get bored in class because I used to finish what was given to me faster than anyone,” said Suvarna, who was promoted from Class 6 to Class 9 directly, two years ago.
“I was moved two classes up because of my academic excellence.”
Suvarna is now studying at a junior college in Andheri and preparing for the IIT entrance exam.
“He was always ahead of the others,” said his mother Harsha, a chartered accountant.“He would ask lots of questions and remember all the answers.”
While academic life at a higher class was at first slightly daunting, social life was the real challenge. “My classmates would crack adult jokes and tell me I was too young to hear them and some made fun of me at first,” said Suvarna.
“The girls in my class still pull my cheeks, but I don’t mind that.”