Group discussions..

Many companies conduct group discussion after the written test so as to check on your interactive skills and how good you are at communicating with other people. The GD is to check how you behave, participate and contribute in a group, how much importance do you give to the group objective as well as your own, how well do you listen to viewpoints of others and how open-minded are you in accepting views contrary to your own. The aspects which make up a GD are verbal communication, non-verbal behaviour, conformation to norms, decision-making ability and cooperation. You should try to be as true as possible to these aspects.

General Tips

  • A good level of general awareness will come in handy so that you aren't at a loss of words on certain issues.

  • Understand the topic and analyse it mentally before speaking.

  • Be clear about the purpose and content of your viewpoint.

  • One should be able to communicate his views in an effective manner to everyone. Be clear in speech, audible but not too loud and above all remain confident.

  • Remember the six C's of effective communication -- Clarity, Completeness, Conciseness, Confidence, Correctness and Courtesy.

  • You should mantain eye contact with all others in the group and not focus on a particular person for he may benefit from that.

  • Be responsive to ideas from other people and seem to be very receptive and open-minded but don't allow others to change your own viewpoint..

  • Starting the discussion is considered to be good however it isn't that important; what is important is that you speak for a period long enough for you to be able to communicate your viewpoint .

  • Always mantain your calm and never get aggresive. If you haven't been able to talk then one can cut in saying "Excuse me, but what I think is .........." or something of that sort.

  • Never lose your temper and never attack anyone on a personal front. Your attitude should be one of cooperation and not one of conflict.

  • Don't lose sight of the goal of the discussion.

  • Listen to any criticisms and give them a thought before trying to defend your views.




  • Topics For Group Discussion

    Just prepare your mind to answer these.

    Hot Topics
    • How to deal with international terrorism.
    • Should we pursue our policy of dialogue with Pakistan?
    • Is peace and non-violence outdated concepts?

    Current Topics
    • A Unipolar World spells disaster for underdeveloped countries like India.
    • Is Globalisation Really Necessary?
    • What shall we do about our ever-increasing Population?
    • Corruption is the price we pay for Democracy.
    • Foreign Television Channels are destroying our culture.
    • What India needs is a Dictatorship.
    • With media publishing and telecasting trivia, censorship is the need of the hour
    • Beauty contests degrade womanhood
    • The rise of regional blocs threatens independent nations like India
    • Six billion and one bronze!
    • Is dependence on computers a good thing?
    • Should the public sector be privatised?
    • China and India are similar nations with contrasting ways
    • Is India a Soft Nation?
    • Value based politics is the need of the hour
    • Religion should not be mixed with politics
    • How to deal with high oil prices
    • Our cricketers are not to blame for match fixing
    • Why cant we be world players in industry as we are in software?
    • Multinational corporations: Are they devils in disguise?
    • Should there be limits on artistic freedom (the controversy on Fire).
    • Should there be private universities?
    • Does banning fashion shows and New Year parties save our culture?

    Social Topics
    • Are Big Dams Necessary?
    • Films are corrupting the Indian Youth
    • A Gandhian State selling liquor is an anomaly
    • Bride burning and dowry may look bad, but are an integral part of India
    • Our Culture is Decaying
    • We are not serious about saving Wildlife/Environment
    • The education system needs serious reforms
    • The impact of MTV on our psyche
    • Showing Violence and Crimes should not be allowed in films and on television
    • Let us legalise gambling

    Management Topics
    • Is management an art or a science?
    • The Rush for MBA is really a rush for big money
    • Ethics in Business are just a passing fashion
    • The objective of Management is to maximise profits
    • Do professional managers have a chance in our family run businesses?
    • The Internet is an exercise in hype
    • Is an MBA necessary to succeed in life?
    • Family owned business vs professionally run businesses
    • Smaller businesses and start-ups have more scope for professional growth
    • Dot com or doubt com?

    Creative Topics
    • If I was the Finance Minister/Prime Minister
    • There is no right way to do a wrong thing
    • Group Task: How can we have Mount Everest in India?
    • Do Beauty and Brains Go Together?
    • When I woke up in the morning I saw…
    • Just as we have smoke free zones, we should have child free zones
    • Marriage is a social trap


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    Karunakaran.G

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