New Delhi | PTI: NEET topper Bhavik Bansal on Wednesday said that he used to watch stand-up comedy on YouTube de-stress after studying for long hours.

Bansal got 700 out of 720 marks and stood second in NEET 2019. He said he expected to be in the top 10, but never thought to land in the top two slots.

"I was confident of being among the top 10 rank holders, but the second rank is a surprise. I used to stay at home and prepare for the exam, and my parents motivated me all the time. All this has been possible due to their motivating words," he told PTI over the phone from Mumbai.

Bansal's parents are Delhi government employees. His father is an accounts officer, while his mother is a physics teacher at a city government school.

When asked whether he adopted measures like abstaining from social media to focus on studies, he said, "I do not like watching TV. However, I used to watch a lot of stand-up comedy videos on YouTube to de-stress. Online media allows you to watch content that you prefer and enjoy."

The second rank-holder is currently in Mumbai for the International Biology Olympiad. If he is chosen among the 35 candidates in contention, he may represent India in Hungary.

A passout of Vivekanand School, Bansal secured 93 per cent in his Class 12 board examination.

"The syllabus for boards and NEET is similar. One has to study NCERT books thoroughly. They are like Bhagavad Gita," the east Delhi boy said.

When asked about his future plans, he said, "It is too early to say anything. I just love Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. After I study medicine for five years, I will be able to decide what specialisation I want to do."

Bansal added that NEET was his backup option as he wants to get into the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

"My aim is to study at AIIMS. Their results are expected in the next few days. NEET was my backup option," he said.

Nine students from Delhi are among the top 50 scorers of NEET 2019, with 74.92 per cent candidates from the national capital qualifying the test.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma