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A jump from first standard to tenth

Jaipur Sept. 30. A girl in Rajasthan claims to have broken the world record as the youngest student to pass the secondary school examination at the age of eight years, eight months and 21 days.

Ria, daughter of Ramendra and Rekha Sharma, has passed the tenth standard exams of the Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education, Ajmer, through the Open School method.

The current Guinness record in this category is held by Tathagat Tulsi from Bihar who was more than nine years old when he passed the test.

Ria made the jump from standard one to tenth in a bid to etch her name in the record books. ``I want to be a singer,'' she said when asked what she wanted to do when she grew up.

The girl had taken the test in March, but could not clear the Hindi paper.

She sat for the supplementary test in August and passed. The results were declared on Saturday. — UNI

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