Group Discussion (GD)

Group Discussion (GD) round in the final admission process for MBA/PGDM programmes in B-schools is considered as a very important aspect of group communication. Group discussion is a creative and dynamic activity which stimulates reflective thinking among the members. Group discussion is the activity in which a small number of persons say 8 to 12, meet face to face and exchange and share ideas freely on a given topic of a common issue.

 

Accordingly, Group Discussion (GD) is an important testing tool of participants’ skills in final admission round for MBA/PGDM after getting shortlisted by the B school. Most of the top MBA colleges including a few IIMs conduct GD along with Personal Interview in the final admission round.

 

Group discussions are unstructured and less formal compared to other components of final admission round like extempore, case studies and PI round where candidates focus only on specific type of questions and respond to them. In the GD round an individual’s thought process is influenced by the views and opinions of the other members. It can be other way round also that an individual may influence the other group members with his/her views. In the group discussion round, each participant is free to speak his views. A successful discussion involves both listening and meaningful speaking.

 

The effectiveness and efficiency of the group discussion depends, to a large extent, upon the active participation of the members. The group has to follow a pre-defined and established standards. 

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Group Discussion Tips

Group Discussion (GD) is an important part of final admission round for MBA/PGDM after getting shortlisted by the B school. A few IIMs, MDI conduct GD along with Personal Interview in the final admission round while SPJIMR Mumbai prefers Group Interviews.
 

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Group Discussion (GD) Topic

Top B-schools, IIMs, XLRI use several types of Group Discussion topics to test the applicants before finalizing their merit lists and offering admission. While there are some Group Discussions that test the knowledge of a candidate on a topical issue, others are designed to test the ‘lateral thinking’ of candidate. Another type of Group Discussion comes in form of a short ‘case-study’ where applicants are asked to analyze a situation and frame responses. Yet another type of a Group Discussion is a ‘group exercise’.

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Group Discussion (GD) Preparation

GD Preparation should begin along with your CAT preparation and immediately after the written exam is over, you should focus on preparing for Group Discussion round which commands high weightage in final selection round.

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Important Dates

Group Discussion (GD) round at almost all the top B-schools will begin the second week of February and will go upto end of March, 2018. Exact dates are yet to be announced by the top B-schools and will be available after declaration of their written exam results. 

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My Group Discussion (GD) Experiences

CAT, XAT, IIFT, SNAP, MAHCET, NMAT toppers have shared their GD experiences which can be of great benefit to the MBA aspirants seeking admission to IIMs, XLRI, SPJIMR, IIFT, MDI, IMI, IMT, JBIMS, NMIMS among other B-schools where Group Discussion is a major component in final admission round after 1st stage of shortlisting.

 

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