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Mysuru: In the Railway Recruitment Board’s (RRB) annual online recruitment exam, R. Yashas, a 16-year-old first PUC student from Sapient College has become the youngest candidate to clear three levels of the exams and is waiting for the fourth level’s result which he attempted on September 11.
The teen has already been offered a job as the youngest Loco pilot and can join when he is 18 years of age, although, he says that he wants to complete his B.Com before joining as a full-time employee with the Railways.
Yashas is a resident of Kumbarakoppal and the son of Ramesh, who also is a Loco pilot, and Sandhya, an Assistant Commissioner at the Income Tax Department. He studies Economics, Accountancy, Business Studies and Computer Science at his college.
Ever since Yashas was a kid, trains with their distinct sound and loud whistles always enthralled him and he loved watching the crisscrossing of tracks. His father, being a Loco pilot, encouraged him to attempt the first level of the RRB exams when he was in the seventh grade and he scored 82.6 per cent. Then in the following exams, he scored 72.6 per cent and 99.5 per cent respectively.
Yashas has some experience piloting a Loco train, his latest being on August 28 alongside Assistant Loco pilot Manoj, Guard Venkatesh, and Yashas’ father, Loco foreman Ramesh. He also has experience in preparing the driver’s manual, caution order and repair sheets.
During his free time, Yashas likes to read about trains and their history. He also reads books by Kuvempu.