Gupta, a class X student of Jamnabai Narsee School, was shortlisted after a rigorous screening process by the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE). After three levels of tests conducted by the centre, six students were finalised to represent India at the international event. The shortlisted students also underwent a 10-day training camp at the HBCSE. South Korea hosted IJSO this year.
“The questions were quite challenging and the competition was tough,” said Gupta, who is preparing for his board exams. His chemistry tutor, Tejas Shyam, said that he is an exceptionally hard working student. Gupta, who is aspiring to get into computer science and engineering, has already begun his preparations for the IIT entrance exam and is also keen to get into the MIT.