Do’s And Don’ts Of A Group Discussion (GD)

Published on : 1st August 2017    Author : Tanvi Mittal

Group Discussion (GD) is an activity where a group of individuals put forward their viewpoint on a certain topic. Group Discussion (GD) is an important part of final selection procedure of various examinations such as management, medical, engineering, banking, armed forces etc. Here, we are covering the Group Discussion (GD) round for admission in MBA courses. But you can use the tips for any group discussion you are likely to take part in. Although the Group Discussion (GD) round has been replaced by the WAT round in most of the IIMs, it forms an important part of final admission procedure in many B-Schools. In the Group Discussions (GD) conducted for college admissions, a group of 8-10 candidates is formed and a situation or a topic is given to them for discussion within a time limit. A panel observes the discussion and evaluates every member of the group.

What a Group Discussion (GD) Evaluates?

Colleges and companies conduct Group Discussion (GD) round to evaluate an individual on the following aspects:

Do’s and Don’ts of a Group Discussion

  • Communication skills
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Motivational Skills
  • Leadership Skills
  • Team Building Skills
  • Reasoning ability
  • Analytical /Logical Skills
  • Initiative
  • Different Thinking
  • Flexibility
  • Assertiveness
  • Creativity
  • Ability to think instantly

Group Discussion: Do’s and Don’ts



  • Organise your thoughts before speaking
  • Be yourself
  • Be a good listener
  • Put your views in an easy to understand language
  • Be receptive to others’ thoughts and opinions
  • Don’t repeat any point
  • Don’t use a dominating tone
  • Don’t take anything personally and don’t lose your cool
  • Don’t object without a solid reason

Keep these points in mind and practice mock group discussions with your friends to boost your confidence.

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About the Author: Tanvi Mittal

Former content manager at one of the country’s leading dailies, Tanvi Mittal specialises in academic writing. With two decades of experience and expertise in writing, she is the spearhead of Exams Planner’s content team. Commitment to brilliance and dedication to writing, strategizing and doing extensive research are her biggest passions. With only objective to provide high quality and researched based content, Tanvi constantly thrives to make a difference with her knowledge.

When not working for the betterment of students, she loves to cook and dance. Also, a great orator, Tanvi has participated in several international conferences. She has got her writings published in many journals and penned numerous short stories for kids.

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