The term suggests a discussion
among a group of persons.
The group will have 8 & 12
members who will express their
views freely, frankly in a friendly
manner, on a topic of current
Within a time limit of 20 to 30
minutes, the abilities of the
members of the group is
A GD is a method to gauge whether the candidate has
certain personality traits or skills that it desires in its
It is both a technique and an art and a
comprehensive tool to judge the worthiness of
the student and his appropriateness for the
Understand a subject more deeply.
Ability to think critically.
Solving a particular problem.
Group to make a particular decision.
It gives you the chance to hear other students' ideas.
It improves your listening skills.
It increases your confidence.
It can change your attitudes.
Topics given by panelists
Planning and preparation
Knowledge with self-confidence
Communication skills/ power of
Body Language and personal
Being calm and cool
Extensive knowledge base related to
state, country and globe.
Extensive knowledge base related to state, country
Areas are politics, sports, science &trade commerce,
Industry and Technology, MNC, etc.
Analyze the social, economical issues logistically .
Topic may be given to judge your public speaking
Discussion revolves around a specific subject.
The examiner does not interfere once he announced
Maintain cordiality and free expression of thought
Stimulation of thinking in a new way.
Expansion of knowledge
Understanding of your strength and weakness.
Your true personality is revealed and qualities of leadership
provides chance to Expose
people handling skills
1. Topic Based GD:
Kind of GD in which the group is given a specific topic to
Topic GDs can be further classified into:
• Topical Proposition and
• Topical Issue
2. Case Based GD:
In this you analyze a Situation and Discuss about it.
Case based GDs can be classified into 2 types:
3. GD based on Creative Theme:
A creative topic mainly focuses on discussion of abstract
This type of GD can be further classified into
• Thematic GD
• Face expression GD
4. GD based on Role Play:
A role play GD stimulates a situation and carry on the
discussion from the point of view of the role.
Role Play can be of 2 types:
• Survival Role Play
• Sales Role Play
Be assertive: An assertive person is direct , honest
careful about not hurting others ‘self-respect’.
A patient listener: listening to another person is one
way of showing appreciation.
Right language : Words can make friends & right
words at the right time make the best results.
Be analytical and fact-oriented : It is necessary to
make relevant points which can be supported with
facts and analyzed logically.
Listen to the subject carefully
Put down your thoughts on a paper
Initiate the discussion if you know the subject well
Listen to others if you don’t know the subject
Support points with some facts and figures
Make short contribution of 25-30 seconds 3-4 times
Give others a chance to speak
Speak politely and pleasantly. Respect contribution
from other members.
Disagree politely and agree with what is right.
Summarize the discussion if the group has not reached
Initiate the discussion if you do not have sufficient
knowledge about the given topic.
Over speak, intervene and snatch other’s chance to speak.
Argue and shout during the GD
Look at the evaluators or a particular group member
Talk irrelevant things and distract the discussion
Pose negative body gestures like touching the nose,
leaning back on the chair, knocking the table with a pen
Mention erratic statistics.
Display low self confidence with shaky voice and
Try to dominate the discussion
Put others in an embarrassing situation by asking them to
speak if they don’t want.
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