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

Published on : 3rd December 2018    Author : Tanvi Mittal

What is a Group Discussion (GD) and how is it Helpful?

Group Discussion or GD is an activity where a group of individuals put forward their viewpoints on a particular topic. The main purpose of a Group Discussion is to evaluate the candidates’ ability based on various skills such as subject knowledge, communication skills and aptitude to perform in a group or team. It provides a platform for students to go fearless, shed away shyness and improve their vocal. Moreover, it helps candidates open the doors of knowledge by exchanging ideas and opinions.

Group Discussion Tips

What Does a Group Discussion (GD) Evaluate?

Colleges and companies conduct Group Discussions (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 for MBA Admissions

Group Discussion (GD) is an important part of the final selection procedure of various competitive entrance examinations such as management, medical, engineering, banking, armed forces, etc. In this article, we have covered GD round for admission to MBA courses. However, these tips can be used for any group discussion that candidates would likely to take part in. Although the Group Discussion round has been replaced by the WAT round in most of the IIMs, it forms an important part of the final admission procedure in many B-Schools. In most Business Schools, Group Discussions are conducted amongst a group of 8-10 participants 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.

Group Discussion: Do’s and Don’ts



  • Address the group with dignity and respect
  • Stick to the professional etiquettes
  • The first entry should be well-planned
  • Enter the discussion with a strategic input
  • Understand the difference between initiating and beginning the discussion
  • Organise your thoughts before speaking
  • Be yourself
  • Be a good listener
  • Put your views in an easy to understand the language
  • Be receptive to others’ thoughts and opinions
  • Establish eye contact with others (key participants)
  • Don’t overlook the passive participants completely
  • Strong voice, correct usage of grammar, clear diction and good language
  • Constructive arguments
  • Accept counter arguments gracefully
  • Be a good learner
  • React to others in a positive way and acknowledge the preceding before putting forth your opinion
  • Show good interpersonal skills
  • Give facts and figures to support your viewpoint
  • To conclude, sum up the discussion with some key points
  • Show a well-maintained disposition
  • Don’t be an impulsive participant
  • Don’t initiate a conversation without solid planning
  • Don’t repeat any point unless it is highly required
  • Don’t use a dominating tone
  • Don’t take anything personally
  • Don’t lose your cool
  • Don’t object without a solid reason
  • Attributes such as arrogance, overaggressive, loud, etc. should be avoided
  • Don’t carry negative energy or attention
  • Don’t show poor interpersonal skills
  • Don’t give all the attention to the main participants. Give equal attention to others as well
  • Don’t deviate from the main topic
  • Don’t ask stupid questions without a base
  • Don’t get involved in cross discussions if the main topic is being discussed
  • Don’t violate the essence of the discussion
  • Avoid futile discussions or unnecessary arguments
  • Don’t come to the discussion with improper attire
  • Don’t shout or scream to provide your viewpoint
  • Don’t over gesticulate
  • Don’t interrupt others (their private space) while making your points
  • Don’t breach the code of conduct

Keep these points in mind and practice the mock group discussions with 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.