At 21, soft-spoken Mahalingam, a PR from Cochin is nothing short of spectacular. From what is supposed to be the first major academic benchmark in Indian System of Education (that is, Grade 10), where he scored an aggregate of 95% marks, to date, where he has cracked the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) with a percentile of 99.51% and an all India rank of 524, which will fulfill his dream of perusing M Tech In Computer Science.  The other feathers in his hat include those of scoring an aggregate of 93% in +2, cracking the Government Entrance Examination for Engineering with an overall rank of 2179, and securing 83% in his Bachelors in Technology (Computer Science).
However, even with such promising and encouraging figures to place on record, there is one thing that he needs to still conquer: Hemophilia! Being severe Hemophilic (less than 1%), he has undergone so many issues from his young days and somehow with the grace of God he has reached this stage. He has been an achiever.