Bhojpur: Satyam, the 13-year-old son of a farmer in Bihar, is the youngest to crack the IIT entrance exam. He now aspires to be an IAS officer. He secured an all India rank of 679 out of 1,50,000 who had taken the IIT-JEE exam.
"I'm very happy that I'm the youngest IITian and I broke the record of one who had already been the youngest IITians. So I am feeling proud that I'm the youngest IITian of the country," said Satyam.
Born to farmer parents, it has not been an entirely easy ride for Satyam. But notwithstanding the obstacles in life, Satyam, qualified and cleared IIT-JEE exam twice. He had taken the exam first when he was 12-year-old after getting special permission from CBSE but he took the exam again as he was not happy with his rank.
He grew up in a humble background but achieved what what most students can't dream of attaining ever. Cracking IIT-JEE entrance exam at the age of 13 is only the first milestone out of many milestones he wishes to achieve in his life. He aspires to become an aeronautical engineer by the age of 20 and working for NASA is his next target.
He was home-schooled till standard 8 as his family didn't have the necessary financial means to send him to a school and the government institution in his village lacked basic teaching facilities. The CBSE granted him special permission to take the Rajasthan Board Exam and the Resonance Institute in Kota gave him free admission to prepare for IIT exams.
"I feel proud that my son cracked IIT at the age of 13. He also made his village proud," said his father.
Satyam now has his eyes firmly set on his goals. After completing B-Tech in computer science from IIT, he wants to launch a social media platform and then take the UPSC exam to become an IAS officer.
"After completing my B-tech from IIT, I'll be around 17 years. So in the break of 17 to 21 years, I'll be preparing for IAS. After completing 21 years, I'll be giving IAS exams," Satyam said.
Meanwhile, Satyam's family is hoping for a better future for themselves as he has made a giant progress in life.