Guwahati: 12-year-old Isaac Paulallungmuan Vaiphei, an unusually precocious boy from Manipur who was cleared to appear for the 10th board exam, has passed the examination with flying colours, managing to secure an impressive 72% (or first-class marks) in his very first attempt.
Remarkably, Isaac, who is the oldest son of Genkholian Vaiphei (66), and a resident of Kangvai Bazar in Manipur's Churachandpur, is the youngest candidate to have appeared in the state's board examination.
The eldest among four brothers and a sister, Isaac got a total of 432 out of 600 marks. He scored 91 out of 100 marks in Vaiphei (dialect) subject, 86 in English, 73 in Mathematics, and 53 in Science.
Despite clearing the exam comfortably, Issac says he is bummed he could not do even better. "I expected above 80 marks in Mathematics and above 60 in Science," he said, adding that he will try to do better in upcoming examinations. Isaac says he has his sights firmly set on becoming an IAS officer, and also want to work as a missionary.
Isaac's father, meanwhile, has thanked the chairman and secretary of BSEM for allowing his son to appear in the 10th board exam.
It needs mention here that Isaac was permitted to sit in the Class X examination after he was approved by the examination committee of BSEM in 2019 considering his superior IQ and mental age.
The clinical psychology department of Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Imphal after administering a test concluded that his mental age is 17 years 5 months, while his IQ was 141, an unusually high figure.
Isaac was among 25,084 students who passed the examination, the results of which were announced yesterday. A total of 38,390 students had appeared in the examination.