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Submitted by Jasmine on 16/06/2009 - 05:39 PM
Group discussions (GD) are used by the B-schools as a selection tool because they provide a lot of useful information about the candidates personality in a very short time. GDs are used to assess certain group skills that cannot be evaluated in an interview situation.

Some of the group skills that are tested in GD are:
  • Leadership skills
  • Social skills
  • Listening and articulation skills
  • Situation handing ability and interpersonal ability.  
A typical GD involves 8 to 12 participants sitting in a circle or semicircle discussing a topic for a stipulated time, usually for 15 to 20 minutes.

Most GDs follow one of the three formats: Structured, Unstructured, or Specialized.
1. Regular Structured GD: Here the time limits and topic is defined.
2. Unstructured GD: Choosing a leader is mandatory and the group has to reach a consensus at the end of the GD.
3. Specialised GD: These include role-plays or scripted GDs where the candidates are given a certain brief about a role that they need to play.

Critical Success Factors In A GD:
1. Innovativeness: Ability to have an entirely different perspective.
2. Quality Of Content: It shows the level of preparedness.
3. Logical Ability: Ability to reason, think and debate the pros and cons.
4. Behavioural Skills: Aggressiveness is negative while assertiveness is positive. Assertiveness is standing on your own feet, while aggression is trampling on others feet.
5. Communication: This includes articulation, listening and body language. Clarity of thought leads to articulate language and frequent and consistent participation. Fundamental knowledge of language is all one needs.
6. Leadership: Leadership involves all the above skills. More importantly, the fundamental strength that you need to portray to be effective is MOBILITY. It is mobility that lets you demonstrate leadership skill as the context demands.
GD Preperation
Submitted by manyatasinghaniya on 02/05/2015 - 10:21 AM Reply
I found it very useful..
Submitted by manyatasinghaniya on 02/05/2015 - 10:21 AM Reply
Submitted by Jasmine on 03/07/2009 - 11:32 AM Reply
Group Discussion Do's and Dont's:

1. Be as natural as possible. Do not try and be someone you are not. Be yourself.
2. A group discussion is your chance to be more vocal. The evaluator wants to hear you speak.
3. Take time to organize your thoughts. Think of what you are going to say.
4. Seek clarification if you have any doubts regarding the subject.
5. Don't start speaking until you have clearly understood and analyzed the subject.
6. Work out various strategies to help you make an entry: initiate the discussion or agree with someone else's point and then move onto express your views.
7. Your body language says a lot about you - your gestures and mannerisms are more likely to reflect your attitude than what you say.
8. Language skills are important only to the effect as to how you get your points across clearly and fluently.
9. Don't lose your cool if anyone says anything you object to. The key is to stay objective: Don't take the discussion personally.
10. Always be polite.
Submitted by Jasmine on 03/07/2009 - 11:32 AM Reply
Give me some GD Topics for MBA
Submitted by John on 03/07/2009 - 10:46 AM Reply
Hi Jasmine,
Can you provide me some Group Discussion Topics which are commonly discussed for MBA?.
Submitted by John on 03/07/2009 - 10:46 AM Reply
GD Topics for MBA
Submitted by Jasmine on 03/07/2009 - 10:52 AM Reply
Some of the current topics discussed in GD for MBA are:

1. Is India moving away from a secularist state?
2. Education in India - or the lack of it
3. What ails Indian sports?
4. The Age of Information
5. Is Philosophy just an armchair theory?
6. Success is all about human relations
7. Borderless worlds - Dream or reality?
8. Quality is a myth in India.
9. Education and success - Is there a correlation?
10. We don't learn from history, we repeat it
11. Do we need a global policeman
12. Indian villages - our strength or our weakness?
Submitted by Jasmine on 03/07/2009 - 10:52 AM Reply
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