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  1. 1. Presentation On: By – Navgire Sagar. (TE 6 3651)
  2. 2. • A GROUP DISCUSSION is a methodology used by an organization to gauge whether the candidate has certain personality traits and/or skills that it desires in its members. • In this methodology , the group of ( 8-12 ) candidates is given a topic or a situation, given a few minutes to think about the same, and then asked to discuss the same among themselves for 15-20.
  3. 3. Types Topics Based 1. Factual Topics. 3. Abstract Topics 2. Controversial Topics. Case Based
  4. 4. • Factual topics are about practical things, which an ordinary person is aware of in his day-to-day life. • Typically, these are about socio-economic topics. These can be current, i.e. they may have been in the news lately, or could be unbound by time. • A factual topic for discussion gives a candidate a chance to prove that he is aware of and sensitive to this environment. • Example : - Education policy in India. - Tourism in India. - Falling of Rupee.
  5. 5. • Controversial topics are the ones that are argumentative in nature. They are meant to generate controversy. • In GDs where these topics are given for discussion, the noise level is usually high, there may be tempers flying. • The idea behind giving a topic like this is to see how much maturity the candidate is displaying by keeping his temper in check, by rationally and logically arguing his point of view without getting personal and emotional. • Examples : - Reservations should be removed. - Women make better managers. - Lokpal Bill.
  6. 6. • Abstract topics are about intangible things. These topics are not given often for discussion, but their possibility cannot be ruled out. These topics test your lateral thinking and creativity. • Examples : - A is an alphabet. - The number 10. - Small is beautiful. - The color orange. - Music.
  7. 7. • Another variation is the use of a case instead of a topic. The case study tries to simulate a real-life situation. • Information about the situation will be given to you and you would be asked as a group to resolve the situation. In the case study there are no incorrect answers or perfect solutions. • The objective in the case study is to get you to think about the situation from various angles.
  8. 8. • Communication Skills. • Leadership Skills • Reasoning Ability. • Flexibility. • Team Player. • Assertive. • Initiative. • Inspiring Ability. • Listening. • Awareness. • Creativity.
  9. 9. • Be polite, yet confident. • Respect other speakers. • Only one person should speak at a time. • Disagree politely. • Try to stick to the discussion topic. Don't introduce irrelevant information. • Keep the track of the time. • Be aware of your body language when you are speaking.
  10. 10. • Initiator. • Facilitator. • Information Seeker. • Elaborator. • Evaluator. • Energizer. • Time-keeper. • Encourager. • Harmonizer. • Concluder.
  11. 11. • Lose your temper. A discussion is not an argument. • Shout. Use a moderate tone and medium pitch. • Use too many gestures when you speak. Gestures like finger pointing and table thumping can appear aggressive. • Dominate the discussion. Confident speakers should allow quieter students a chance to contribute. • Interrupt. Wait for a speaker to finish what they are saying before you speak.
  12. 12. • Avoid Time consuming details. • Initiate. If you don’t have enough knowledge about the topic. • Don’t get personal or make fun of other. • Don’t talk among yourselves.
  13. 13. • Aggressor. • Blocker. • Self Confessor. • Disruptor. • Dominator. • Help Seeker. • Clown.
  14. 14. • Initiating a GD is a high profit-high loss strategy. • When you initiate a GD, you not only grab the opportunity to speak, you also grab the attention of the examiner and your fellow candidates. • If you can make a favorable first impression with your content and communication skills after you initiate a GD, it will help you sail through the discussion. • But if you initiate a GD and stammer/ stutter/ quote wrong facts and figures, the damage might be irreparable. • When you start a GD, you are responsible for putting it into the right perspective or framework. So initiate one only if you have in-depth knowledge about the topic at hand.
  15. 15. • Observe : Observe various good qualities. • Practice : Start practicing in your discussion skills in an informal setting or with a small group. • Participate : Take every opportunity to take part in social / informal discussions.
  16. 16. • Dress Formally. • Be cool and keep calm. • Initiate only if you know the topic well. • Talk politely. • Bring the discussion back to the topic, if its drifting away. • Encourage others to speak. • Use right language. • Conclude the discussion, covering maximum points discussed in the session.
  17. 17. • BPOs in India. • Is china a threat to Indian industry. • Skilled manpower Shortage of India. • Should Agricultural Subsidies be stopped ? • Every cloud has a silver lining. • Good politicians are difficult to find in India. • India should now move to bi-party system. • IITs in India have lost their charm. • GM crop – Most promising scientific opportunity for the future of food. • DRS Technology from cricket should be scrapped. • Corruption.