20-Sep-2017
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Indian schoolboy hailed genius after achieving the highest possible IQ score of 162

LONDON Sept 8: A 14-year-old boy has been hailed a genius after achieving the highest possible IQ of 162 - which is thought to exceed both Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein.
 
Rtvik Patel has now joined Mensa, the high IQ society, after achieving the highest possible test score - putting him in the top one per cent of the population.
 
Rtvik said: 'I really didn't expect to get in but to get the maximum score was incredible. 'It's not about your IQ, it's about what you do with your life.'
 
His interest in joining Mensa was sparked when he watched Channel 4's Child Genius earlier this year.
 
The average adult has an IQ of 100, while Professor Hawking and Professor Einstein are thought to have an IQ of 160 although they are not known to have sat tests.
 
Last year, Rtvik was placed among the top 50 nationally in his age group for maths.
 
The average adult has an IQ of 100, while Professor Hawking (left) and Professor Einstein (right) are thought to have an IQ of 160 although they are not known to have sat tests
 
He also studies Latin, Greek, French and German, plays the flute and saxophone, and is a second dan black belt in karate - and hopes to one day study at Oxbridge. 
 
While still very impressive Rtvik is not the first youngster to achieve the remarkable score. In 2015, 12-year-old Lydia Sebastian scored a maximum 162 in the 150-minute test of mental agility. 
 
Lydia’s parents only allowed her to sit the test because she had nagged them about it for a year.