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Thirst for physics spells success for teen
- Student of International School secures third place in science Olympiad

Physics and the reasons behind how everything work in the universe have always fascinated 15-year-old Abhinav and now his thirst for knowledge has been rewarded too.

The Class X student has secured the third position in Level 2 of International Olympiad of Science 2013. The results of the Olympiad, which started in 2013, came out last month.

By his own admission, Abhinav, a student of International School’s ICSE wing in Patna, is interested to know how everything works and what happens when an electron jumps from one energy level to another. Knowledge about all this and more helped him secure a high rank in the Olympiad conducted by the Society of Science Education.

The Olympiad has two levels, of which if a student clears the first — an elimination round — he gets an opportunity to contest in the second. Contestants bag positions based on their performance in Level 2.

Starting on the Olympiad as a Class IX student, Abhinav sat for the second level at BD Public School in February 23 this year. At the end of the contest, he bagged the third position apart from state rank 1.

The confident teen with a thirst for science told The Telegraph: “I was quite confident that I would get a high rank, as I have been doing well in school too. I have always been interested in Olympiads.”

Son of a sales tax officer, Arun Kumar Singh, and homemaker Smriti Singh (who has stood by him whenever he ran low on patience), Abhinav is set on his goal to become a researcher. No points for guessing about his area of choice.

He said: “I aim to become a researcher in the field of physics.

“Physics has always been an interesting subject for me. It’s really interesting to know how things work and the techniques and mechanisms behind everything,” the 15-year-old said.

The resident of the Patliputra area in Patna had words of advice for his peers too. “Anyone interested to succeed should believe in working as much as possible. One should never give up. First, a person needs to be inquisitive and try to find answers to every question. Second, a person needs to work hard — the harder you work, the more success you will get. Self-confidence goes up quite a notches too this way. Wherever you go, you do not feel let down because of knowing less,” he said.

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