Is it really worth losing out 2-4 years of one’s childhood in order to get into IITs?

You don't have to lose 2-4 years of your life to get into IITs. If you have the aptitude and interest, you can easily do it in 3-4 hours of regular study everyday. Assuming, you go to school at 7 and come back at 2. Take rest until 4. Play until 6. Study until 9. Dinner and sleep at 10. Why do you have to lose anything?

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