A TEENAGE prodigy from Bihar has proved that his success at the highly competitive Indian Institute of Technology- Joint Entrance
Examination ( IIT- JEE) last year was no fluke.
Satyam Kumar, the 13- yearold son of a farmer from Bihars Bhojpur district, has cracked the IIT- JEE again this year with an impressive all- India rank of 679. This is despite the fact that the examination was held in an altogether different format this year.
At the age of 12- and- a- half years, Satyam had got the all- India rank of 8,137 in 2012 and was not happy with his results. He had then resolved to appear in the examination again to improve his ranking.
Since then, he had been studying at Kota in Rajasthan to pursue his goal. He hit the bullseye when the results of the IIT- JEE were announced on Friday.
Satyam said that he would like to pursue computer engineering either from IIT Mumbai or IIT Kanpur. “ I also want to develop something on the lines of the social networking site Facebook,” he said.
The young prodigy, however, has also set his sight on bureaucracy and would also like to qualify in the civil services examination in future.
Satyam, who was at his village when the results were announced, said he would like to teach the children of his district in his spare time.
The news of his success brought joy to his family and village in Bihar. “ We are all proud of his achievements,” his father Sidhnath Singh said. “ He was determined to improve his rank. His hard work and determination has paid off,” Singh said.
Born on July 20, 1999, Satyam had become the youngest student to crack the IIT examination last year when he had broken Sahal Kaushiks record who had achieved the distinction at the age of 14 in 2010. Satyam remains the youngest successful candidate even after his second attempt this year. He had appeared in the examination even before his class XII results were declared last year.
Satyams parents took him to Patna for studies at the age of six. Since he was excellent in studies, he was subsequently taken to Kota by one of his uncles Ram Pukar Singh. Initially, there were some problems in his admission because of his age but he surprised the teachers of his school with his talent. He passed class XII from there with flying colours.
Satyams parents took him to Patna for studies at the age of six. Since he was excellent in studies, he was subsequently taken to Kota by one of his uncles Ram Pukar Singh. Initially, there were some problems in his admission because of his age but he surprised the teachers of his school with his talent.
He passed class XII from there with flying colours.
Ram Pukar, who stays at Kota, said he decided to get his nephew to Kota after seeing his aptitude for studies. “ He was allowed to take the Class X and Class XII examinations at the age of 10 and 12 respectively under special permission from the local education board,” he said.
Satyam Kumar: Satyam Kumar, the 13- year- old son of a farmer from Bihars Bhojpur district, has secured an impressive all- India rank of 679 in the fiercely competitive Indian Institute of Technology- Joint Entrance Examination ( IIT- JEE) for which 150,000 candidates had appeared this year.
According to IITJEE website, before Satyam, Sahal Kaushik from Delhi was the youngest person to have cracked the exam in 2010 at the age of 14.\
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