15-year-old Shivam Kumar from Bihar added a feather to his cap after he cracked the JEE Advanced 2018 on June 8, 2018. Notably, Kumar who’s father is a farmer by a profession has become the youngest aspirant this year to clear the examination for admissions to the premier Indian Institutes of Technology. According to a report, the boy scored 241 marks out of 360 and has secured an all-India Rank of 383. Interestingly, his elder brother Satyam was also 13 years old when he cleared JEE Advance in the year 2012. Kumar stays with his family in Bakhorpur village of Bihar.
When asked how he prepared for one of India’s toughest exams, Shivam quickly said that regular studies, notes, revision and problem-solving helped him clear the JEE hurdle.
Speaking to media, Shivam’s father Siddhanath Singh said that he is proud of his children as both of them managed to clear the prestigious examination like JEE at such a small age.
According to a report, Shivam scored 92% marks in the Class 12 board exam held by the CBSE Board and has been a part of National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) scholar. NTSE is a prestigious national-level scholarship programme.
Shivam shifted to Kota in Rajasthan, a famous education hub in India when he was only 5 years old as his village didn’t have any proper school. He was given admission directly in Class 3 by a private school after he performed well in their entrance test.
When asked about his subject interest, Shubhan said he is willing to take up computer science in any of the IITs. Shivam’s elder brother Satyam is also doing MTech from IIT Kanpur and is aiming to pursue a programme at Carnegie Mellon University in the United States.
Moreover, Bihar’s 18-year-old Kalpana Kumari also topped NEET exam by scoring 691 out of 720 marks (99.99 percentile). She also topped Class 12 board examinations conducted by the Bihar Board recently. Speaking to media, Kumari said that she wishes to get into AIIMS, Delhi. Her second preference is Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi