Sources of Anxiety Study and Exam Performance of University Students: A Case of Pakistan

DOI: 10.24312/ucpmr020203

  • Dr. Muhammad Naeem Anjum Professor, Department of Business Administration, University of Sargodha Bhakkar Campus, Pakistan.
  • Qaiser Abbas M.Phil.Scholar of Accounting & Finance, Department of Commerce Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan.
  • Dr. Fahad Ali Postdoc, College of Economics, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China.
  • Aasma Irshad Department of Business Administration, Virtual University of Pakistan.
Keywords: Anxiety, Student Anxiety, Sources of Anxiety, Students Performance


Study anxiety is the sum of tense feelings which are characterized by emotions and depressing thoughts, through which students panic and do not perform well. Study anxiety includes overwrought feelings, experiences and thoughts that cause stress for students. The aim of this research study is to explore study anxiety sources like class presentation, social factor, family income, English as foreign language and parental expectations and their impact on student exam performance. The researcher has used questionnaire-based survey for data collection to investigate study anxiety sources and student exam performance. Three hundred samples were taken from university of Sargodha, Bhakkar Campus for analysis of this study. Results reveal that class presentation and English as foreign language are the main sources of study anxiety and influence the exam performance of university students. Family income has a negative, yet insignificant impact on student exam performance. Results also indicate that social and parental expectations have no impact on student exam performance. This study will provide new insights to knowledge of students as well as teachers that how university students become anxious. After identification of study anxiety sources, students affected will try to overcome these factors for better academic results.