In­dian-ori­gin boy, with IQ higher than Ein­stein, takes UK TV by storm

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Lon­don: A 12-year-old In­dian-ori­gin con­tes­tant on a Bri­tish television show has be­come an overnight sen­sa­tion af­ter he an­swered all ques­tions cor­rectly.

Rahul, whose sur­name is not be­ing re­vealed, got all 14 of his ques­tions cor­rect in the first round of the lat­est se­ries of ‘Child Ge­nius’, a show broad­cast by Chan­nel 4. He has an IQ of 162, which is be­lieved to be higher than the likes of Al­bert Ein­stein and Stephen Hawk­ing and qual­i­fies him to be a mem­ber of Mensa club — the largest and old­est high IQ so­ci­ety in the world.

How­ever, as nei­ther sci­en­tist is recorded as hav­ing taken an IQ test, the scores are only es­ti­mates.

On the TV show, 20 con­tes­tants aged eight to 12 will be whit­tled down to one win­ner over the course of a week. Rahul achieved full marks in a spell­ing test, cor­rectly recit­ing the let­ters in words like gar­ru­lous, ac­couche­ment, and hy­pona­traemia (low level of sodium in the blood).

In a timed mem­ory round, he an­swered 14 ques­tions out of 15 cor­rectly, but did not have time to an­swer the fi­nal ques­tion.“I al­ways want to do the best, and I’ll do that no mat­ter what the cost. I think I’m a ge­nius. I’m good at men­tal maths, gen­eral knowl­edge and I find it quite easy to mem­o­rise stuff,” said Rahul, who cites his favourite lan­guage as Latin.

“Most kids want im­me­di­ate grat­i­fi­ca­tion but I also want long-term grat­i­fi­ca­tion. If I could play maybe my Xbox now, I’ll be re­ally happy now, but I might be sad later on be­cause I haven’t re­vised for my test,” he said.

His suc­cess in the first round of the show made him a so­cial me­dia hit. One Twit­ter user joked, “Rahul could ne­go­ti­ate peace be­tween North Korea and the USA.” While he nar­rowly lost out in a maths round, he is ex­empt from elim­i­na­tion due to his high score.

IQ OF 162

Rahul

Rahul got all 14 of his ques­tions cor­rect in the first round of

Child Ge­nius show

He has an IQ of 162, higher than the likes of Al­bert Ein­stein and Stephen Hawk­ing

20 con­tes­tants aged 8-12 will be whit­tled down to one win­ner in TV show

His marks made him an In­ter­net sen­sa­tion

One Twit­ter user joked, “Rahul could ne­go­ti­ate peace be­tween North Korea and the US

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