From an early age a sense of achievement is a source of good motivation and self esteem. Failure is a source of anger and frustration when the learner faces failure, not only feels frustrated but also feels ridiculed by others and is more prone to stress. Thus the process of education itself creates stress. Stress is condition producing disturbance within the individual and it is envisaged as a continuum of stimuli. Anything that cause to stress is known as stressors. The forces are either within the person or within the environment that affect the individual. For academic excellence as well as taking advantage of future opportunities that come in the way of one’s life learning is important. Particularly it assumes a great importance at Pre university course. Based on this a need was felt to study academic stress among PUC students. The results showed that high aspiration, poor study habits, more study problems, change in medium of instruction and low socio-economic conditions were the factors that conditioned to academic stress and these become stressors for stress among selected respondents.Highest percentage of students have adopted one or the other coping strategies.