Why Indian Students are more stressed than ever?


A growing problem not only in India but all over the globe is that students are more stressed than ever. In fact, India has one of the highest rate of suicides among people aged between 15 and 29. Although the reasons are myriad but failure in examination, unemployment, and depression are some the reasons why people put their life at risk.

A common cause of concern is the pressure from parents to do well in the class XII board exams and even before that. There have been many incidents in the past where students have committed suicide during exams and on the result day. But what can be so extreme that students decide to end their life?

The Psychologists suggest that students suffer from anxiety and traumatic disorder relating to fear of examination. The fear factor is the reason why students suffer from anxiety, depression, and the following consequences. And the fear not only comes from the school but also from parents, who go to extreme levels to push their children into getting better grades.

The best time of the life that students are supposed to enjoy and cherish is the time they are pushed to extreme levels which can be overwhelming for many.

Let’s look at the main problems in our culture:

Indian Education System: Time and time again many complaints have been made against the Indian education system which is more inclined towards memorization and takes long systematic study hours. Leaving less time for recreational activities, and socialization which is an essential part of the development of a child.

The performance of a student’s 12th grade determines the choice of college or university he/she will get admission in. Students from science stream goes into further stress by giving entrance exams for different universities and colleges. And the competition is fierce.

Pressure from parents and school: Fear of failure to do well in studies is causing anxiety among students which has substantial negative effects on their academic and social success. The self-worth of a student is determined by the academic success and grades, and not on the basis of individual qualities they already do possess. Parents try to get rid of cable connection, internet, computer, only so that their children could concentrate and get better grades.

In a recent survey, two-third (66%) students reported that their parents pressurize them for better academic performance and the pressure from non-graduate parents was more compared to parents those were graduates and post graduates.

Everyday, 6.23 students commit suicide due to the peer pressure, there must be something wrong that we are not understanding.

The emphasis is so much so on the better grades that students forget the fun element in learning. Anything can be made interesting if taught well. So, it’s not only the students who underperform, teachers underperform too. Sadly there are no criteria to judge the grades of a teacher. More than 50% 12th students admitted of having more than 3 private tutors. Why are you paying schools such high tuition fees if eventually the students are going to study from private tutors?

How to help students get rid of stress?

Everyone learns differently and students could develop their own plans on how to study for long hours effectively, and parents and teachers could help them develop their own learning methods.

With starting of boards examination, what every parents should know is, it’s just exams, not the end of the world. The success of someone lies in what they chose to do with their resources, the actions they take, and not on the grades.

What are the alternatives for Indian students?

With limited colleges seats, and high number of students applying to get into the top universities and colleges, it could be difficult to get into the top college. The students who cannot get in can always study abroad in the UK, Ireland, the US, Canada, or other countries who are more than ready to welcome international students.

Discussion — 16 Responses

  • Rani March 29, 2016 on 5:30 pm

    But you’ll need a lots of money.. Even rich family couldn’t send their child to abroad or the child themselves don’t walk forward, only because of money problem. Moreover, many brilliant students stay unemployed and some also don’t get admission in the universities or colleges due to limited seats and 100% cut off. Another problem, students face is the quota system.. This is really unfair. I’m General and I’ve experience.

    • Gagandeep Kundi Rani March 30, 2016 on 10:23 am

      I feel your pain, I understand how being in a General category can hamper the chances of a student getting into a good university. But students from the middle-class families are going abroad to study, with the help of education loans. And regarding brilliant students not finding employment, even half brilliant students find employment if they’re employable, it’s the mediocre students who find employment difficult. And the thing is education is out there, waiting for you to understand it. If you really want to study to get educated, pick up the books and learn. If you find it hard, so will be college.

  • Deepanshu Goel September 12, 2016 on 10:52 pm

    its a pressure cooker they just say DO THIS QUESTION THIS IS OF 4 MARKS rather than teaching how we can use it in our life ahead they teach FRENCH but they dont teach how to SPEAK french and same with english we dont learn we just atudy we dont become successful we become depressed dont worry about exams guys study but to get knowledge not to get marks then u will feel that i am right i am in 9th grade thank you (sorry for bad english reason is mentioned above)

    • Brad Deepanshu Goel November 3, 2016 on 10:42 pm

      Chill out. I did the IGCSE examinations for class 10. I think it’s a better alternative – you don’t have to really rote memorize, mostly application based questions. You can look at papers at cie.org.uk They have a large presence in India. Currently I am doing A levels, and then I’ll be going abroad. Universities like University of British Columbia are lenient in their entrance levels, and relatively cheaper. Look at these options.

  • anuj January 29, 2017 on 2:11 am

    Why Indian Goverment never see education system in Finland. They have 2hrs school with free education to all. And no exams till 12th.

  • erick February 21, 2017 on 2:37 pm

    I know that there are many good collegesoutside India.But what if they are poor.

    • Vaibhav erick April 18, 2017 on 12:46 pm

      What about if I say that I studied in Paris for my undergrads with paying only 350€ or about 23000 rupees a year for three years?
      Come to see of it, I have realized that the fees are much lower than that of the Indian colleges and institutions…
      The pressure of studies in Paris is almost nil , and there is a lot of free time for the students even though living costs are a bit high… It is always advisable to look up for that sort of public universities for your bachelors and what I did for my bachelors was just revise my 11th and 12 the grade books.
      The standard of questions are easy-peasy if you ask me, but one needs to have a thorough understanding of the topic since rote learning is highly disapproved of and all questions are basically logic and application based

  • Bhavanya April 24, 2017 on 9:00 pm

    It’s real that our Indian education system is wrong……The main reason for student’s suicide is because of this Rank and percentage system and mainly the parents pressure’on the students….I’m Bhavanya.K of Vizag Studying in De Paul school and I’m in 6th class…….Today I got 96.4 %, 3rd rank in my class and my mother is scolding for this….Is this fair………???? Only because of this type of pressure thousands of students are doing suicide ………Even I am not able to control my sadness……Only not because of Our education system but also because of Parent’s pressure……..After all in 6th class she is scolding me like anything think about 10th………..I lost 2nd rank only by one mark……I got 964/1000 and 2nd rank boy got 965/1000……This type of system should be changed……..What they know about my pain ?????They only paid fees…nothing more else than that………When My brother born I was 1 year….After that when he Joined school and I was in UKG he was in LKG from that time she left me…………I studied on my own……….Nobody helped me…..Even I’m not going to any Tution….Whenever I’ll get little less marks she will say why to spend money on your studies if You’ll get this rank…….If she have really problem it is better to join me in Governement school,I have no problem……..After studying late in night early in the morning at least I’ll expect a little happiness……..But never…..I didn’t studied for myself anytime….But I studied for her……I always want my mom should be happy and proud because of me……But I try hard always…….Even my teachers are happy with me but not my mom…….She’ll think that she is just encouraging me but she never think how I’ll feel……I never studied this much hardly in my life but for her this time I studied till 12 o clock in night and 5 o clock early in the morning…….She saw everything but she can’t understand my pain…….She always compares with others……..And another main dirty habit in Parents of India in comparing between students in front of everybody…….All are great then me but I am not great in her mind……..She always think about marks she will not think what I have learnt and what knowledge I have……….Not only in studies but she want 1st prize all other activities…Am I a robot ???? She want only marks….But I know that I’m right….and I know what I did……I am happy of my results…Nobody have right to talk about my results when they are not helping from any side in studies……Let it be…But I’m advising all the students never study for rank……It is only for show off…Nobody will ask u in your future what rank u got in 6th class…But when remember It will help a lot in your future exams…..Don’t think Your friend got first and u got second,,,,,When u study for knowledge nobody can stop u from being successful…When u study how I advised you’ll soon see your success….Don’t think what u got now…..When U’ll be 25 years old then see who is more successful??? Ur friend or U ???Don’t study for now…Study for ur future……Education is not just getting first rank it is to be genius…Parents will Never change……..U don’t fell depressed ….Just think ur doing right or not…..Take right descision …….This is enough to do wonders in Ur life………….Best of Luck…….
    Your’s lovingly friend
    Bhavanya,Class 6th,Sec d,De Paul school,Vizag

    • Debapriya Bhavanya July 1, 2017 on 11:25 am

      That’s so beautiful! I love your reply! I am in 11th standard and believe me , what you said in this comment is just too absolutely right. For standard 6 you are quite wise for your age Bhavanya . I wish more people could think in your way! 🙂

      Your’s lovely friend
      Debapriya, class 11 th

    • Arbish Bhavanya July 5, 2017 on 2:23 pm

      That’s really sad o.. And you said right never study for someone else and parents will never change they are always remain the same… But I think the parents behaviour is just Because of school system.. Teenage is the age of learning not getting best grade. People are running like a race cat. Why toppers in CBSE don’t crash the entrance exams of NEET IIT etc. Because they only focus for getting good grades not in learning. I can understand your pain. Though I’m not a brilliant student but I have a good understanding in learning the things which is important in life. I was also in depression just because of my 11th result. Parents were scolding me. Even I was shocked to see my result but now I completely forget about it. And I know no one will ever ask me about my 11th results in future. Parents expect many things and when it’s not fulfilled they started shouting us without any care.

  • bharat singh June 12, 2017 on 4:30 pm

    i got 75% in my 10th and now i got 56% in my 12th..did not get admission anywhere.. and have tried to commit sucide 2 times but i dont have enough courage,, cannot share my problem with any1.. my parents r too mad at me,, even my sister is speaking negative about me..i m just on a dead end of my life..nowhere to go..

    • Abhineet Shukla bharat singh June 14, 2017 on 11:30 am

      Dear Bharat

      Life doesn’t stop with a bad score in 12th class. There is still lots of opportunities which you can explore for yourself. Try to find out the area of your interest to study. UK has a lot of Universities offering thousands of programme which you may find interest in. Email at delhi@studyin-uk.com and a counsellor from SI-UK will be able to help you with career guidance. (IELTS score, Funds for the University tuition fee and the cost of living has to be supported by you only.)

    • Sumera Jenaish bharat singh July 4, 2017 on 7:45 pm

      Bharat, please do not commit suicide. This is not the end of the world. I understand your situation. I am in 12th grade but I am failing it too. I know I am capable of more, I have brains and creativity, however, the system does not permit me to do well. Please do not give up. Get admission in any college, but choose your subjects wisely. This is just the beginning. Do not lose hope or courage. I am sure you will do very well in life. For inspiration, listen to motivational talks by Zig Ziglar.

  • YASH NAIK June 26, 2017 on 2:35 pm

    one should choose such a profession which he/she has interest in and not run in a race which has more competition.

  • Abhishek July 22, 2017 on 10:58 am

    Friends, I read all your comments very carefully. My son is also undergoing in 12th class. He is also preparing for JEE/IIT fm 9th std in Fitjee. He remain a very good student till 10th std with scoring of 10 CGPA. He also done good in fitjee.But after 10th he is downgrading day by day. He scored only 75% marks in 11th. Even now during UTs and other exams in school, he is scoring less from last exams. In Fitjee also he is not doing well. He gives all his time to his frnds by talking, playing or chating with hem. He is not concentrating on his study at all. But it feels, he wants to study but unable to concentrate. Reason god knows. We r giving him full support and not pressurizing him to study all time. We just want to complete his 12th in d way so that he may able to do something in future. We have also end his pressure from coaching and left upon him if he wants to study in coaching or not. We have done all such possible things what we can do but no results. He tries 1 or 2 days but after that same things happens… What can we do.. Should I take help of any psychiatrist.. please suggest

    • Gagandeep Kundi Abhishek July 24, 2017 on 5:51 pm

      I feel Indian education system helps in memorising facts and data which to honest is quite useless. What’s more important is social skills, cognitive skills, persuasion skills, analytical thinking, stress management, and of course expertise in some domain. He’s probably enjoying social interaction with his friends which is normal for his age and it can distract from studies. Also, it’s possible he lacks internal motivation, no amount of anger or pushing him would help, unless he feels he needs to put in the effort. The best you can do is to support him, and let him be his own man and try to make the studies more fun rather than just memorising everything. But don’t worry too much, just interact with him and don’t force things on him, he will respect you for that.