The Mensa IQ Test has always had the reputation of being the most elite in the world, and only a select few—1% of the global population to be exact—are fortunate enough to be a part of Mensa, the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world
Mehul Garg, a 10-year-old Indian-origin boy in the UK, has achieved that distinction. What’s more, he beat Stephen Hawking, and Albert Einstein, two of the most exceptional scientists the world has ever known.
Mehul’s elder brother, Dhruv, also scored a 162 on the test last year. According to their mother, Divya, Mehul has a competitive streak and wanted to prove that he is no less intelligent.
Divya adds, “Mehul said the paper challenged his language skills, including analogies and definitions, and his sense of logic.”
The intensity of the time-pressured exam initially made Mehul extremely nervous, but his father’s cheering finally saw him through.
Mehul likes playing cricket, and ice-skating, and wants to head a tech giant in the future. The lad can solve a Rubik’s cube in under 100 seconds and is pursuing higher grades in playing the drums.
What is heartening though, is that the brothers have an altruistic side at such a young age, and want to build an app to reduce social isolation, which will connect neighbours to each other. They have an online fundraising page and have raised $1300, towards the cause.
“We are passionate young men with an ambition to make a difference in the world around us,” the page reads.
Divya is pleased with her children wanting to give back to the world, and adds, that for her, this is much more significant than academic success.