Group Discussion

The skills that are usually assessed in a Group Discussion are:

  • Communication Skills
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Leadership Skills
  • Motivational Skills
  • Team Building Skills
  • Tolerance
  • Clarity over Ambiguity
  • Divergent Thinking
  • Listening skills
  • Presentation Skills
  • Analytical / Logical skills

Here are some tips for effective participation in a GD:

  • Understand – Understand the topic before attempting to contribute.
  • Speak – Try and get a chance to speak. If you can’t get a chance to speak make your chance.
  • Initiate – Take the initiative to begin the discussion, if possible.
  • Structure – Structure arguments logically – justify your stand.
  • Summaries– Summaries the discussion effectively
  • Involve- Take active part throughout the GD.
  • Assert- Be assertive.
  • Articulate- Work continuously towards articulating your ideas into meaningful sentences to make the best impact. Be clear in your speech.
  • Emphasize- Use non-verbal communication to emphasize points.
  • Listen- Be an attentive listener.
  • Quality, not quantity matters- it’s not ‘how much’ you say, but ‘what’ you say that’s important.

Do’s and Don’ts

  • Group strength is usually 8 to 12 members
  • When the group discussion topic is announced and if you do not get the topic properly, just request to repeat the topic. Do not show surprises.
  • Correctly saying what you want to say- speaking effectively and efficiently is very important.
  • General Principles
  • Be a good listener
  • Do not use high vocabulary
  • Never use technical language while speaking
  • Not knowing is not a problem, do not try to bluff

Things to avoid

  • Do not criticize on religion
  • Do not get personal with anyone
  • Do not criticize foreign policy of India
  • Never ever try to bluff

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