The Mumbai-born intellect Ms. Kashmea Wahi now ranks amid the likes of Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking with a score of 162, and among the top 1% of the UK’s brightest people. This also makes her the youngest among the most intelligent students in the country.
The daughter of IT management consultants, Vikas and Pooja Wahi, at Deutsche Bank in London took the test to prove a point to her parents.
Last year, she was instrumental in her West London school team securing the third place in the Oxford Maths Challenge.
On achieving the highest score, Kashmea said “It’s overwhelming to be compared with the likes of Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein, the comparison is implausible and I believe it would take loads of achievements for anyone like me to be able to get into the league of such legends. Anyways, I am buzzing with excitement”.
Both Hawking and Einstein are thought to have an IQ of 160.
The Cattell III B Mensa test is a well-known international appraisal process and Kashmea stumbled upon it while browsing her iPad. The test consists of 150 questions, including assessing comprehension through passages of texts, while the maximum score that can be achieved is 161 for adults, and 162 for under-18s.
Mensa is accepted to be the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world. The Membership is open to all above 10 and a half years old, who can demonstrate an IQ in the top 2% of the population, measured by a perceived or approved IQ testing process.