How to prepare for Group Discussion

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About Group Discussion

Group Discussion is a process where exchange of ideas and opinions are exchanged. This process is mostly used for selecting candidates for admission to management schools basically for MBA or PGDM. A typical GD comprises of a small group of candidates discussing things as per the topic provided to them.

We have to remember to take a stand during the discussion. It is not necessary that you conclude by a positive or a negative viewpoint, but to summarize the discussion well and being neutral gives you an edge over others. The group is expected to discuss thing within certain time frame. Each participant has to give his or her views about this topic. The panelists or the moderator are there to judge the discussion. After the time limit is over, the best candidate from the group is selected. The same process is followed for other groups.

Group Discussion Tips

Group discussions are an important part of the selection process for admissions as well as in pursuit of jobs during campus placements. With GD, your oratory and communication skills along with your problem solving skills will be tested. A list of points are compiled that one should keep in mind while you participate in a group discussion.

1)Adequate subject matter :

should have subject knowledge and awareness of the latest happenings around, not just in India but around the world as well. To be in a better position, make sure that you have in-depth knowledge on the subject. Subject knowledge is a pre-requisite while you are preparing for a group discussion because you will then have the power to steer the conversation to whichever direction you want to. If you can memorize some relevant data, it will be an added advantage.

2) Make Sure you Read Widely:

Being an avid reader will help you in group discussions. Last minute preparations should be avoided, while you are preparing for group discussions. You should read regularly . Reading not only adds to your knowledge database, but enhances your vocabulary skills as well. Plus reading over a period of time, helps in your understanding of a particular subject/ topic better.

3) Choose Right Sources:

Always opt for magazines that are content rich and not just full of advertisements. Often magazines have columns which are promoting a particular institute etc. Avoid such magazines, do some research and buy the best that will be beneficial for you in the long run.

4) Be Aware of Topics that are Repeated:

Often, there are topics which re-appear with minute changes and minor variations. Be aware of such topics well in advance so that you have ample time to prepare for the same. For example the issues of terrorism, gender inequality, poverty, Ayodhya conflict, liberalization and privatization, reservations in educational institutions etc often appear as GD topics. Make sure you know these topics well and can come up with some unique, insightful points along with dates, stating facts.

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