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Group Discussion Skills

We hope that you have already started to imple­ment the var­i­ous tech­niques enlisted in the pre­ced­ing arti­cles. We would look to wind up on the aspects with this arti­cle. In the next arti­cle we would look into some dos and some don’t s for the group dis­cus­sion. To reca­pit­u­late, we have looked down at GD from the outer per­spec­tive i.e. the things that meet the eye. We looked at the points which catch the observer’s atten­tion. In this write we would look into the points which bring out that outer per­spec­tive. We would list down the attrib­utes which make you visible.

Look­ing to take initiatives

In such a break neck race to win the most pres­ti­gious seats, the exam­in­ers are prob­a­bly look­ing for can­di­dates who would tread a path of their own, ques­tion­ing exist­ing par­a­digms, impro­vis­ing and reset­ting the stan­dards. In short they are on the look­out for the peo­ple mov­ing ahead of the crowd, not the per­sons in the crowd. Try seiz­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties when they present them­selves in the GD. Try throw in a glar­ing exam­ple or a per­ti­nent anec­dote. Remem­ber you need to make your pres­ence felt.


In a GD you are likely to find your­self in a sit­u­a­tion where you have to force in through the dis­cus­sion to put forth your point. Being assertive not only helps in dri­ving your point across but also por­trays you in bet­ter light. For all the insights and points capa­ble of shap­ing the dis­cus­sion, you need to be assertive. Else, a valid good point would be lost in the maze of points.

Group Discussion Skills

Group Dis­cus­sion Skills


Prob­a­bly you would feel the same about a topic as your neigh­bor does. But your pre­sen­ta­tions would dif­fer on cre­ativ­ity. In a horde of can­di­dates, cre­ativ­ity is an extremely desir­able trait. This war­rants the panel’s inter­est invari­ably. Many peo­ple are of the opin­ion that cre­ativ­ity brew from inside which is true gen­er­ally. But in this case being well read about the topic would help. With umpteen writ­ers, umpteen inter­views of peo­ple it becomes eas­ier to fol­low their train of thoughts. You need to be thor­ough with most of recent activ­i­ties hap­pen­ing around.


Some­times, you may find your­self to be will­ing to agree to the point of your col­league from inside but you may not want to agree on it from out­side. Remem­ber, accep­tance doesn’t mean los­ing. Accep­tances of points, to be able to fol­low dif­fer­ent opin­ions which seem rea­son­able bring forth the flex­i­bil­ity in you. It is dif­fi­cult to have hit all the right points always, hence the need for flex­i­bil­ity to be able to switch forth between ideas. Stead­fast and a staunch head nec­es­sar­ily is not right always.

Abil­ity to think and act independently

Look­ing at GD from var­i­ous angles, you might have real­ized by now that you need to think and act on the spot and you are not allowed to lax. Think­ing inde­pen­dently will help in not clog­ging the dis­cus­sion table with the same ideas or views. It will bring a fresher per­spec­tive to the table. With that it will bring you to the table!

I hope this write would have helped to ease the nerves at the news of dreaded GD. Please feel free to ask the ques­tions in the com­ments sec­tion. Best of luck!

Know Everything about Group Discussion

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group dis­cus­sion

It is that time of year when stu­dents look take Group Dis­cus­sion (here­after, we will call it as GD) in their stride as a part of admis­sion process. GD as it is com­monly termed as, is often treated like an insur­mount­able myth to many, while it still is a cake piece for many. Through this series of arti­cles we would look into approach­ing GD with a fresher approach. Remem­ber orig­i­nal­ity and insights will always fetch you brownie points in a GD.

Before we begin to see how roles inter­play in GD, let’s under­stand the objec­tive and the out­come of such an exer­cise. Nor­mally 8 – 10 can­di­dates are grouped into a lead­er­less unit. They are given a spe­cific sit­u­a­tion (case study, topic etc) to ana­lyze and dis­cuss amongst them. A panel judges you by your par­tic­i­pa­tion in the whole process. What pos­si­bly can be the eval­u­a­tion cri­te­ria? Why the groups why not an extempore?

From exam­in­ers per­spec­tive, they are look­ing to take the right can­di­dates. Note that Right Can­di­date is the oper­a­tive word here. If we can under­stand what a right can­di­date should con­sti­tute we would go a long way in actu­ally ful­fill­ing it. The panel is look­ing to check for peo­ple who can think on issues with a cut­ting insight not only to tear it open but also pro­vide a solu­tion to it. More often than not, the sec­ond part of the argu­ment “pro­vide a solu­tion” is ignored by many stu­dents. Dis­sect­ing a prob­lem which has no solu­tion is like dig­ging up a dead end– FUTILE!

We are con­stantly liv­ing in a world of pro­gres­sive per­cep­tions. Every­one is form­ing per­cep­tion about the other by their traits. Often, the basis of this per­cep­tion is how peo­ple think. Speech always should com­mu­ni­cate how you think. But due to var­i­ous lan­guage bar­ri­ers aris­ing out of non-nativity, social back­ground etc words fail to por­tray the thoughts. Remem­ber GD is all about how do you think and por­tray it. GD is not a speech or debate to check your pre­pared­ness, it’s about think­ing aloud.

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group dis­cus­sion snapshot

Few more things before we move along. Con­trary to the ordi­nary belief a GD group is care­fully pre­pared in most cases. It tables around can­di­dates of var­i­ous back­grounds and var­i­ous think­ing cul­tures. Remem­ber you are unique with respect to the back­ground you hail from-connect to it. Some­times you can directly cite exam­ples from your life whilst at other times you can draw a par­al­lel to your daily lives. Think out of the box, out of the crowd! With this under­stand­ing we are ready to dig deeper into var­i­ous nuances of GD.

If we jot down the points to be taken care of based on the pre­vi­ous premise, we would find the fol­low­ing aspects:

  • Abil­ity to work in a team
  • Com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills
  • Lead­er­ship skills
  • Rea­son­ing ability
  • Look­ing to take initiatives
  • Assertive­ness
  • Cre­ativ­ity
  • Flex­i­bil­ity
  • Abil­ity to think and act independently

We will look into each of these points in detail in the next arti­cle with a focus on under­stand­ing the exam­in­ers requirements.

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