Stress and The Indian Board Exams

Stress and The Indian Board Exams

Academics and Examinations have famously been considered as quite a daunting prospect for young learners. So much so that the very notion of institutional assessments is now under question given the undue ‘Stress’ it puts students and their families under.

Stress of Board Examination, stress of getting high marks, stress of competing with peers or upholding a certain social standing and  high expectations from parents can often take its toll. This often diverts the focus of a student from knowledge-oriented education to marks oriented education. 


Where does it Come From and Where does It go:


With their often undue expectations and over or under estimating their children have been known to cause unheard pressures during exam time.

The competition that has engulfed the academic community of today is slowly making the sanctified learning process toxic. Peers were supposed to be encouraging of each other, now their main intention remains on how to prove one-upmanship over one another, fueled as it is by our obsession with the winners.

Students are mainly responsible for this one themselves, but one can’t ignore the various distractions that are easily available to them. Priorities are often not followed and this in turn leads to a large pile-up of last minute tasks which causes tremendous pressure on the students. 

Don’t think about tomorrow. Think about the task at hand.

Imagination, can be a challenge if not done right. Pessimism, fear of missing out [ #FOMO ], wild and extreme situations often figments of one’s imagination are a prominent cause of misplaced tension and stress.  


All leading to…

Physical in-capacities  

Mental Trauma

Poor Academic Performances

Low Self-Esteem

Sleeplessness and Irrational Behaviors

Picking up bad habits, often in wrong company to beat the tensions

According to 2015 data from the National Crime Records Bureau- every hour one student commits suicide in India.


It’s not that difficult to Overcome

  • Students must have self-confidence that they have the capability to pass the board exams, but this self-confidence should not be confused with over confidence.
  • Students must be free to make independent choices, while seeking guidance from those around. Family members should never impose their ideas and decisions on their kids. 
  • Board examinations should taken up in the same spirit as other tests.
  • As the board examination commences, what every parents should know is, its just an exam and not the end of the world.
  • If there is something in the syllabus or study material they are unable to understand, seeking timely help would be the best way out. 
  • Take short breaks, go for a walk , dance it out, go out and play.
  • Re-booting is always a good idea. 
  • The self-worth of the students should not only be determined by the academic success and grades, but rather the person that they grown up to be.


If you are going through hell, keep going.
– Winston Churchill


Dear students, always keep in mind that exams are only a small part of your life not your entire life. Always be positive and don’t over hype the situation unnecessarily. Try to interrupt negative thoughts with positive ones. . Respect yourself , at the end of the day, that is what is most important. Life does not end with the fear of exams because it’s not the matter of life and death, and don’t  forget…


The best view comes after the toughest climb.


Editor  | Commerce and English- ISC, ICSE, CBSE
Oswal Publishers

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