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, 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, 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.

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  1. Nimish Mehta (IITD79)May 18, 2013 at 11:46 amReply

    He should not be allowed into IIT. It is not just about intellectual ability; a 13 year old is not emotionally mature enough to be productive and happy in a class full of older students. It would be very damaging to Satyam from that point of view.

  2. SwapnilOctober 26, 2013 at 3:37 amReply

    I guess handling his ability is beyond any school’s ability – IIT or not. It may be a good idea to see if there are programs designed for geniuses and fast learners. It’s not about “allowing” him. It is about counselling him to fetch higher goals than IIT.

  3. Giridhar (IITB-75,IISc-78)November 26, 2013 at 9:57 amReply

    The Boy has shown that he is absolutely intelligent. He should be allowed to get into IIT even at 13. Not only that everything has ‘first time’, but in this boys case, he will not allow any failure ( I have not met this boy at all – but the JEE cracking at 13 is great) in his life at IIT. God forbidden even if his well wishers see any signs of crack, there are a number of IIT level colleges in India – who will be exited to give him a seat. I wish his all the best.

    I suspect IVY league will offer him seat with scholarship now. Do you remeber that one young boy ( I think his name was Balakrishna) got into medicine at his age of 13.

    The sad part is India produces such brilliant people BUT the country itself does NOT want to benefit from such brilliant kids.

  4. sushil guptaNovember 28, 2013 at 12:26 amReply

    Really not a mean achievement at the age of 13! I would call him A Genius. IITs and Indian Universities For example, Tathagat case is there in front of all of us. His father had to go court because of his age. I would suggest, that he should be put in a Top Research Lab of his choice of Field under the mentorship of som what Genious scientist/engineer. Allow him, whatever, he wants to do, may be a Ph.D. in his choice of Field.

  5. Sreeram DhurjatyNovember 29, 2013 at 4:52 pmReply

    I ask, Why not admit him? If my own experience is any indication, though I was a couple of years older when I was admitted to IITB. You may verify what I have written in the following paragraphs, with a google search, and not as an excercise that is self-serving but only to illuminate my personal experience.

    I entered IITB at the age of 15, in 1966. The stipulation, at that time was that you completed 16 by September 1, which I cleared by a mere 5 days. I did my B.Tech and M.Tech in Civil Engineering, and was the first student to be admitted into a Doctoral program in both the Aeo and EE departments( there were many objections from some faculty, but it had great support, as well) to work on Biomedical Engineering. I subsequently went to Yale, for more graduate work, and have had a long career in Medical Electronics. I took early retirement from the research labs of Eastman Kodak, as a Technology Guru (yes that was my official title) and Senior Fellow and continue with my consulting on Medical Devices in the USA. I also am part owner of a company in Pune, with a Govt of India Grant, to develop an affordable Hand Cranked Defibrillator, which will deliver a life- giving shock with 15 minutes of cranking. I am still productive at age 63, while many of my former classmates have retired.

    I suspect that if this young man is admitted, he will do very well, as long as he is left to pursue his passions and dreams at IIT and not constrain him within the walls of a single department.

    • Sreeram DhurjatyNovember 30, 2013 at 1:25 amReply

      The defibrillator needs 15 seconds and not 15 minutes of cranking.

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