The results of the General Aptitude Test for Engineering (GATE) 2018 were announced on Saturday. The announcement came two days after Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati, which conducted GATE 2018, released the answer keys and the question papers of the 23 subjects for which the exams were held.

While Jyotiranjan Barik obtained AIR 1 in Agricultural Engineering paper, Prashant Gupta topped the Chemistry paper in the country.

Gupta, who is from Lucknow, is the son of a farmer. The 24-year-old scored 71.67 per cent.

“My aim was to score under AIR 10. But I never expected that I will top in chemistry,” Gupta told Hindustan Times.

The chemistry topper said that he is also planning to write a book on how to crack the GATE examinations to guide aspirants.

Gupta completed his Class 10 from a school in Lucknow affiliated to the UP Board. He then went on to complete his graduation from Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in 2015 and his post-graduation from IIT-Delhi in 2017.

He said that he shall remain grateful to his father who supported his dream to pursue higher studies all along.

The Graduate Aptitude Test for Engineering (GATE) examinations was held on 3, 4, 10 and 11 February 2018 for 23 subjects.

IIT-Guwahati released the candidate’s response sheet on 14 February giving candidates three days time to contest it.

Conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science (IIS) and seven IITs, GATE examinations are gateway to postgraduate engineering, technology as well as Doctor of Philosophy courses in the prestigious institutions in India.

The exams are organised by a different institution each year, with IIT-G conducting it this year.