Bengaluru: An 18-year-old fled home with a meagre Rs 800 and survived in Tirupati alone to escape writing the National Eligibility cum Entrance Exam (NEET). He reportedly went missing on May 3 and returned home on Sunday (May 12).

Suresh (name changed) had secured 92% marks in the second pre-university examination but did not want to pursue medicine as wanted by his mother.

The family had filed a missing complaint. The boy’s relatives repeatedly visited Hanumanthanagar Police station to see if there was any news about him.

But Suresh who had spent eight days in Tirupati told his family members that he wanted to relax before appearing for exams and that is why he went away from home without informing them.

It is said that Suresh had secured 92% marks but was not interested in pursuing medicine. So, he left for Tirupati where he stood in a long queue before getting darshan to see the God. Later, he went to a nearby ashram and meditated. He repeated the same for eight days, before returning home.

The first round of NEET exams were held on May 5. However, the second round of exams have been scheduled for May 20. But May 10 was the last date to register for the second round of exams.

Meanwhile, hundreds of students in Karnataka missed the NEET exam on May 5 as the train arrived in Bengaluru after a delay of seven hours.

The Hampi Express train, which runs between Hampi and Bengaluru via Mysuru reached Yeshwantpur railway station at 2.36 pm, whereas the exam started at 2 pm.

At least 100 students out of them will appear for exams on May 20.