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Narayanam, the youngest Indian to crack the CA exam at 19, is a winner in every way

Salma Rehman | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 3:23 IST

How many of us can think of cracking the Chartered Accountancy exam at the age of 19?

Well, while we were thinking about it, Nischal Narayanam did it.

This 19-year-old boy is a prodigy who cleared the second toughest public examination in India after the one for the Union Public Service Commission.

The youngest graduate

Narayanam is also the youngest graduate in Osmania University, from where he received his B. Com and M.Com degrees.

But wait! He cannot enrol!

Despite clearing the exam, Narayanam cannot enrol in the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India this year as they don't allow members below the age of 21 years.

Early signs of brilliance

  • Padmavathy, Narayanam's mother, first spotted his talent with numbers when Narayanam was nine years old.
  • She told the Hindu that he was passionate about numbers and she was amazed at his skills. Padmavathy is a Ph.D in Sanskrit from Osmania University.

Mastering the skills

  • To hone her son's skills, Padmavathy sought out mentors from around the world.
  • Narayanam is reportedly trained in mathematics and memory using methodologies from several countries.

And he was already popular!

  • Narayanam holds other titles, including the youngest 'Double Guinness World Record holder' in the category of memory and the youngest World Memory Champion.
  • He is recognised by the National Geographic Channel as one of the '7 brilliant brains of the world'.
  • He has also been invited as a special invitee and speaker at the Global Conference in Shanghai by Deloitte International, the audit firm where he did his articleship for chartered accountancy.
First published: 24 July 2015, 2:18 IST