BHUBANESWAR: Jyotiranjan Barik, a fourth-year student of agricultural engineering at the Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT), topped the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE)-2018. He scored 959 out of 1,000 marks.
“This was my first attempt and I did not expect to top the exam. I was sure of qualifying though. When my friends told me about the result, I could not believe it,” said the 23-year-old.
GATE is the national-level qualifying test for admission in master’s and direct doctoral programmes in engineering, technology, architecture and other branches of science at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and across the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). This year, the exam was conducted by IIT-Guwahati. The results were declared on Saturday.
Barik completed his schooling from Sri Abhiram Paramhansa Bidyapitha in Sasol village in Cuttack district and his Plus-II from Maharshi College of Natural Law in Bhubaneswar. He secured 90.33% in Class X and 80.5% in his Plus-II board.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik congratulated Barik and wished him all success in his career.