Rajgauri Pawar, a 12-year-old girl of Indian origin, has joined the coveted Mensa IQ Society by scoring more IQ points than Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking. She secured her place in the Society by scoring two points more than both the geniuses at 162. Talking about this accomplishment to The Indian Express, she said,
“I am just feeling on top of the world; I can’t explain it in words. It’s an honour for me to represent India on foreign soil and achieve such a feat.”
Talking about the test she took, she further added,
"The test was kind of a mixed bag; it was easy at the beginning and got tough towards the end. The key difficulty was completing the test on time. So, you are basically judged based on your ability to manage time and the correctness of your answers."
Rajgauri’s father, Dr. Surajkumar Pawar, is a research scientist originally from Baramati in Pune district. He is currently working at the University of Manchester. Her elated father told NDTV,
"This wouldn't have been possible without the efforts of her teachers and the support that my daughter enjoys every day at school."
A student at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, Rajgauri took the test in Manchester last month, and her score is the highest possible score for someone who is below 18 years of age. What makes her even more special is the fact that, currently, there are only 20,000 people in the world who could match her feat, out of which just 1500 are children. It is also important to note that the genius mark for this IQ test is set at 140 points.
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