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

Published on : 01/08/2017

Do’s and Don’ts of a Group Discussion

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 Although the Group Discussion (GD) round has been replaced by the WAT round in most of the IIMs, it forms an important part of final admission procedure in many B-Schools.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:

  • 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

Do’s

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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