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11 y/o Indian Origin girl scores highest ever on Mensa

Jiya Vaducha

An 11 year old Indian Origin girl scores the highest possible score on British Mensa test. She is invited into the elite Mensa membership club of children with high IQ.

Jiya Vaducha scored the highest-possible marks of 162 on the Cattell III B paper recently.

Congratulations have been pouring in from friends and family around the world. Jiya is turning into a mini-celebrity as her autograph is sought by some of her schoolmates ever since the results came out.

“As parents we are absolutely elated about Jiya’s achievement. From a very young age, she displayed characteristics of someone with a high intellect but by scoring 162, she has completely surprised us,” said Jiya’s mother Bijal. She is an accountant by profession who runs a software consultancy Schnell Solutions Limited with her husband Jignesh.

Mensa membership is open to anyone who can demonstrate an IQ in the top 2 per cent. Either through the society’s own supervised test or on the evidence of a psychologist’s report.

“Now the real task begins for us to ensure she get the opportunities where she is able to fulfill her full potential,” she said, whose extended family is based in Mumbai.

“Many congratulations to Jiya for achieving such a good score. I hope she uses her Mensa membership to meet new people and learn new things through our extensive range of events and special interest groups,” said John Stevenage, chief executive of British Mensa.

The organisation, clarified that the tendency to compare such achievements with scientists Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking is flawed because there is no evidence that either geniuses ever took a similar test.

British Mensa explained that while 162 is the highest score possible on this test. This does not mean it is impossible to be any brighter.

It is not a percentage score, but a measurement on a scale. It simply means that the people who devised the test do not believe the differences in ability above that level can be meaningfully measured by this test.

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