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What is Group
Discussion? (GD)
Participation in a systematic way
on a particular topic..
..not a wrestling match to score points
Family, your first experience of
 Acceptance that some people know more than you do. (for
example your parents)
 Your parents not forcing their point of view on you.
 Heard you out and presented their points in a logical and
methodical manner because they had the strength of content and
courage of conviction.
 You would have often felt the desire to prove that you were right
and they were wrong. (Anger builds)
 Remember a GD is only a discussion not a debate. Do not get
Difference between Discussion and
 Debate – Either Winning or Losing.
 Discussion – Expression of your point of
view and respecting another's point of view.
 A debate is a perfect situation for expressing
intense emotions.
 A GD, however, calls for a lot more maturity
and logic.
Purpose of a Group Discussion

 Conducted in a competitive mode.
 Not to establish you as a winner and others as
 To help you come across as a person with
sound, logical reasoning and the ability to
respect and accept another's viewpoint.
Critical Difference between a GD and
a Debate

 A debate begins with two groups' bids to outwit each
 A discussion is evolutionary; this essentially means
participants have the opportunity to refine their
views in the course of the discussion.
 Every member needs to contribute substantially and
add to the existing knowledge base instead of pulling
each other down.
Why do GD’s happen?
 To prepare you for the future and make you well
 To make you listen and talk in a mature and logical
 If you need to disagree, then doing so in a graceful
 Attacking issues not people.
 Carefully listen to other people's points and try to
refine your own by using other people's inputs on the
What does the GD test you in?
 Body language
 Communication skills
 Self confidence
 Team skills
 Listening ability
 Ability to present your views logically
 Time management
Important points to remember
 Build your knowledge base.
 Analyse issues from various angles.
 Maintain a positive attitude.
 Stay motivated and excited about the upcoming
 Stay focused and competitive.
 See things from the other person's viewpoint and
respect it even if you strongly disagree.
Practice make perfect
 Participate in a few mock GD’s.
 Identify your areas of strength and areas for
improvement and work on them consciously.
 Outgrowing old habits like indulging in small
talk with a group of friends and instead
FOCUS on discussing a topic of current
 An informal gathering of friends can be
converted into a GD practice session.
What actually happens in a GD?

 Initiation / Introduction
 Body of the group discussion
 Summarization / Conclusion
Initiation Techniques

 Initiating a GD is a high profit-high loss
 Initiate one only if you have in-depth
knowledge about the topic at hand.
 Do not stammer/ stutter/ quote wrong facts
and figures.
How to make a good first impression?
 Quotes
 Definition
 Question
 Shock statement
 Facts, figures and statistics
 Short story
 General statement
 Quotes are an effective way of initiating a GD.
 If the topic of a GD is: Should the Censor Board be
abolished?, you could start with a quote like, 'Hidden
apples are always sweet‘.
 For a GD topic like, Customer is King, you could
quote Sam (Wal-mart) Walton's famous saying, 'There
is only one boss: the customer. And he can fire
everybody in the company -- from the chairman on
down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.'
 Start a GD by defining the topic or an important
term in the topic.
 For example, if the topic of the GD is Advertising is
a Diplomatic Way of Telling a Lie, why not start the
GD by defining advertising as, 'Any paid form of
non-personal presentation and promotion of ideas,
goods or services through mass media like
newspapers, magazines, television or radio by an
identified sponsor'?
 Asking a question is an impactful way of starting a
 It does not signify asking a question to any of the
candidates in a GD so as to hamper the flow. It
implies asking a question, and answering it yourself.
 For a topic like, Should India go to war with
Pakistan, you could start by asking, 'What does war
bring to the people of a nation? We have had four
clashes with Pakistan. The pertinent question is:
what have we achieved?'
Shock statement
 Initiating a GD with a shocking statement is the best
way to grab immediate attention and put forth your
 If a GD topic is, The Impact of Population on the
Indian Economy, you could start with, 'At the centre
of the Indian capital stands a population clock that
ticks away relentlessly. It tracks 33 births a minute,
2,000 an hour, 48,000 a day. Which calculates
to about 12 million every year. That is roughly the
size of Australia. As a current political slogan puts it,
'Nothing's impossible when 1 billion Indians work
Facts, figures and statistics
 If you decide to initiate your GD with facts, figure and
statistics, make sure to quote them accurately.
 Approximation is allowed in macro level figures, but micro
level figures need to be correct and accurate.
 For example, you can say, approximately 70 per cent of the
Indian population stays in rural areas (macro figures,
approximation allowed).
 But you cannot say 30 states of India instead of 28 (micro
figures, no approximations).
 Stating wrong facts works to your disadvantage.
Short story
 Use a short story in a GD topic like, Attitude
is Everything.
 This can be initiated with, 'A child once asked
a balloon vendor, who was selling helium
gas-filled balloons, whether a blue-colored
balloon will go as high in the sky as a green-
colored balloon. The balloon vendor told the
child, it is not the color of the balloon but
what is inside it that makes it go high.'
General statement
 Use a general statement to put the GD in proper
 For example, if the topic is, Should Sonia Gandhi be the
prime minister of India?, you could start by saying,
'Before jumping to conclusions like, 'Yes, Sonia Gandhi
should be', or 'No, Sonia Gandhi should not be', let's
first find out the qualities one needs to be a a good prime
minister of India. Then we can compare these qualities
with those that Mrs Gandhi possesses. This will help us
reach the conclusion in a more objective and effective
Summarisation Techniques
 Most GD’s do not really have conclusions.
 Keep the following points in mind while summarising a discussion:
 Avoid raising new points.
 Avoid stating only your viewpoint.
 Avoid dwelling only on one aspect of the GD.
 Keep it brief and concise.
 It must incorporate all the important points that came out during the GD.
 If the examiner asks you to summarise a GD, it means the GD has come to
an end. Do not add anything once the GD has been summarised.
Not the End but a New Beginning
 Be DESPERATE in what ever you want to do in
 Act according to the situation, whether it is being
polite, assertive or aggressive.
 Always be natural, otherwise it will backfire.
 Knowledge is the key and so is Focus.
 If you are an introvert, start practice NOW.
 Three P’s to keep in mind: Patience,
Participation, Projection.
DO's For a GD
 SPEAK - very important
 Be a good listener
 Address the whole group ,not a single person
 Initiate & Begin - BUT only if u have a good point
 Utilize the lull - speak when others r quite 6. Be
 BE Coherent
DON'Ts For a GD
 Don't be INERT
 Don't be too AGGRESSIVE either
 Avoid one to one discussions
 Don't Rush
 Avoid Hindi
 Don't Interrupt Abruptly - to calm down say
" you are right..............but I Think ...........its
GD - Points Marker
 Audibility : Communication skills,Sell yourself
 Analysis : supported by facts & examples
 Content : Obtain by good reading
 Team Work
 Demeanor : Body Language counts ,don't sit cross-
 Leadership : People should listen and agree to you
 Initiation & Conclusion
GD Types
 Factual : Disinvestment , India's GDP , software scenario
 Controversial : Foreign Indian-PM
 Abstract : The Blue Dot , Girl
 Case Study :
 a situation is given, we have to find a solution to the
problem existing
 order things according to priority and give reasons
 Group Task : Important for SATYAM
Good Luck & Get prepare for a Group
Discussion !!!