If 15-year-old Shailendra Verma is all set to become India's youngest computer graduate, his seven-year-old sister Sushma Verma has become the youngest student to appear in the Class X board exams.
When kids her age are still grappling with basics, Sushma can easily tackle complex problems of physics, chemistry, mathematics and biology.
When she arrived to take her exam at Lucknow's St Miraj Inter College on Monday, the city's media descended there to catch her in action.
While other examinees were seen struggling with their answers, Sushma not only completed her Hindi-I paper on time but was confident of getting good marks.
Daughter of Tej Bahadur, a fourth-class employee working on daily wages in the same school, Sushma got special permission to appear in the exams because minimum age prescribed for high school by UP Board is 14.
"She is indeed a wonder kid," exclaimed district inspector of schools Vikas Srivastava, who regularly used to visit the girl in the school after she was granted admission.
"I checked all her copies and found that she is good in every subject... her biology diagrams are excellent." School principal Anita Ratra describes the girl as saraswati kee moorat (Goddess Saraswati personified).
"The girl is brilliant... she grasps everything so quickly... she only had some problem in writing examination papers for three hours at a stretch... she used to get tired... therefore we made special arrangements to train her in writing," she said.
Sushma was surprised to see so many media-persons, flashing cameras and microphones as soon as she came out of the examination room.
Faced with flurry of queries, she first took shelter in her father's lap and then reluctantly started answering questions.
"...paper was good... I attempted all the answers... I like biology and want to become a doctor," she said.
Sushma's talent could be gauged from the fact she started reading Ramcharitmanas at the age of two and could fluently speak English, Hindi and Sanskrit.
She cleared several classes in one go to reach high school. Sushma's father has studied till Class VIII and her mother is illiterate.
"I want my children to study hard and be happy in life," said Tej Bahadur.