Indian-origin girl among brainiest UK students
Anushka Binoy, the 11-year-old daughter of two Kerala-origin IT consultants based in London, is one of Britain’s brainiest students. She bagged the highest possible score in the IQ test of Mensa, the largest high IQ society in the world.
Elder daughter of Binoy Joseph and Sheena Binoy, Anushka scored 162 to gain membership of the society that comprises Britain’s brainiest people. The average IQ is 100 and a score of over 155 on the Cattell III B scale puts one in the top 1% of the population.
Hailing from Kottayam district of Kerala, Anushka’s family has been living in Isleworth in London since 2007. She is a student of St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Isleworth, and enjoys violin, dance, swimming and tennis. Anushka has a younger sister, Andrea Binoy, 3.
“There was no pressure on her, there was no extra preparation, except to prepare for her 11+ examination. She loves reading quite advanced books and she memorises a lot of what she reads. So I knew she was pretty special but I was amazed when we got the results back. We’re very proud of her,” Joseph told HT.
A Mensa spokesperson said Anushka’s score was “exceptional”.