Update: Satyam Kumar cracks JEE with AIR 679 at age 13
UPDATE: At the tender age of 13, Satyam Kumar (AIR 679) is the youngest, most successful IIT-JEE candidate.
When he had cracked the Prelims in May, TheIITian.com had asked whether the entry of such a young individual into the IITs would be conducive to his or her subsequent growth.
Approximately, 60% of our readers have replied: Yes!
Well, it seems Satyam Kumar will now have the opportunity to make that choice.
The young prodigy, however, also seems to be looking towards his next challenge: with his eye on the bureaucracy, he wishes to give a crack at the civil services exam.
Well, regardless of what he chooses, TheIITian.com wishes him the best of luck for all his future endeavors.
Satyam Kumar’s achievement is incredible, undoubtedly. The little prodigy cracked the IIT entrance last year, at age 12, and came back for another shot this year to improve his rank of 8137. And again, having passed the Prelims, he is now working towards the Mains.
However, as amazing as these accomplishments are, if he were to be allowed into the IITs, he would be a 13 year old amongst a far older crowd. Would he be able to find people with common interests beyond those regarding particular subjects? All the amazing things that you did in your IIT years – would he be able to partake? But will we be doing this exceedingly intelligent person a disservice if we leave him to schools whose scope he’s long surpassed?
IIT alumni seem to have differing views about the situation.
“Going to an IIT this young will not be conducive to his long-term growth.“
Sunil Agarwal (IITD79):
“IITs should accept him. There are no schools that can challenge or help him grow intellectually at this point.”
Naren Bansal(IITD79) :
So, should a 13 year old be allowed into the IITs?
* Disclaimer: Sunil Agarwal is the Editor of this magazine.