Hi! I'm an Indian student from the CBSE curriculum in 10th standad (started a month ago). I want to do under-graduation in Astronomy / Computer Sciences / Robotics / Mechanical Engineering (still not decided yet. But it'd be much better if I can able to study all of them together :p) in any of the colleges mentioned above. Though my first choice is MIT, and always will be! Yeah, you can say, it's my dream college! I want to know about the preparation, required tests, eligible criteria and the other important 'essentials' an applicant must have to make to these Elite / Ivy League colleges / universities. Please do explain the whole matter as clear as possible! I'd also like to reveal here a sad truth of mine, that my class 9th result just ruined me up! I was overconfident and wasn't concerned regarding the same at that time. I got a poor 76.02 % then. Shame on me! But I'll do much hard work to get a descent 95% (Cumulative GPA of at least 9.8 on 10.0 point scale) and I guess the future grades will be excellent in the 11th and 12th standard as well. Do I've still much chances of getting in the top tier universities or my 9th class 76.02% will completely ruin my application? For additional info, I tell you that I'm ready to do whatever it'll take me to these universities (especially to the MIT)!! Please do suggest everything, through which I can get a chance to admit in the MIT. I really wanna go there guys! It was my dream since I was just 4! Please help! I'm left with only 3 years in my hands. I don't want to end daydreaming. Thanks in advance.