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13-year-old Bihar boy cracks IIT-JEE preliminary exam

Updated: May 8, 2013, 8:45 PM IST
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13-year-old Bihar boy cracks IIT-JEE preliminary exam
Satyam Kumar of Bakhorapur village in Bhojpur district is the youngest to qualify in the IIT-JEE exam.

Patna: A 13-year-old boy from Bihar has cracked the preliminary examination of the highly competitive Indian Institute of Technology-Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE). He is the youngest to pass the exam.

Satyam Kumar of Bakhorapur village in Bhojpur district qualified for the IIT in 2012 at the age of 12-and-half years, after he got special permission from the CBSE, Mumbai zone. He then secured an all-India rank of 8,137.

Not satisfied with his low rank, Kumar appeared in the IIT-JEE preliminary examination in 2013 again and qualified, making him the youngest person to do it.

He appeared for both the exams in Kota, Rajasthan, where he has been studying. He was one of the 150,000 candidates who appeared for the examination in 2013. "He is working hard to perform better in the IIT-JEE (Mains) to be held on June 2. He is hoping for a better rank," Kumar's father Sidhnath Singh, a farmer, told reporters on Wednesday.

Earlier, Kumar had said he wants to develop a software company on the lines of social networking website Facebook. Kumar passed his Class 12 final exam in 2012.

First Published: May 8, 2013, 8:45 PM IST
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