Group Discussion (GD)

(Updated on June 13, 2020)

 

Group Discussion (GD) round for MBA admission in top MBA colleges starts in February and in many MBA colleges, continues till April/May 2020 for example FMS Delhi, baby IIMs and others. However, in the final selection round for MBA 2020-22 batch, the disruptions due to global spread of Corona virus, Lock down in India since March 2020, has halted the process in many B-schools. The delay in the dates for conduct of GD/PI and subsequently change of GD/PI mode from in-person to Online has given an opportunity to the candidates to prepare more for GD round and focus on variety of GD topics including - 'Corona Virus and its impact on India'; 'Economic slow down projections - Fact or Myth'; 'Unlocking of Indian Economy - Implications & Growth prospects' among other current ones.   

 

Many MBA colleges could not complete their GD process in their final selection round due to Covid-19 Lockdown which started on March 23 and is still continuing with the norms of social distancing, No group gathering etc. After the four phases of strict lock down till May 31, Unlock phases of Covid-19 have started but the norms have to be strictly followed. With most industries and offices shut, very low GDP growth of the global economy is predicted. The IIMs, XLRI Jamshedpur, MDI Gurgaon and other top MBA colleges who conduct GD round have placed most current GD topics in their in-person or online PI round on various economic, business and social issues including the Global projections on Economic Growth, Unlocking of Economy, Corona Virus, recently passed CAA, 10% Reservation Act, Impact of Agriculture Loan Waivers, IIM Act 2017, Impact of Demonetisation, GST, Bank Merger, Bank Recapitalization, Merger of General and Railway Budget, and certain abstract topics which are more relevant to present socio-economic scenario. FMS Delhi which re-introduced GD round for admission to MBA 2020-22 batch conducted online PI, Extempore round without GD in April 2020. MDI Gurgaon concluded its GD round in the month of March 2020 and the admission process was completed before lockdown. ..  

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Group Discussion: Very Important in Final Selection
GD round is a favourite component of final selection round not only in top MBA colleges but also in various recruitment process like class 1 and 2 services, SSB, bank officers’ recruitment services among others. It carries a substantial weightage also in final admission/selection process. Group Discussion rules allow you to speak effectively and listen to others also. The major Group Discussion tips to win the GD round are to follow the Group Discussion skills. One of the key winning Group Discussion skills is to remained well learned, listen others carefully and not to miss the opportunity to make  an effective speech.

Areas of Topics in Group Discussion 
Current GD topics on which Group discussion is conducted are based on latest developments in Business & Economy; Current Affairs; Social Issues; International events, Abstract ideas which are directly or indirectly related to current socio-political, educational and other issues. Usually controversial topics are not included in Group Discussion Round.

 

100+ GD Topics for Preparation 
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Why GD round is conducted?
FMS Delhi which did not conduct GD round for 3-4 years started the GD process WEF 2018. It will now conduct the GD round for final selection for MBA Admission 2020 in the month of April 2020. The basic reason behind conducting Group Discussion (GD) round in the final admission process for MBA/PGDM programmes in B-schools is a very important aspect of group communication reflecting the leadership skills and thought process of the participants.


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GD: A Creative Activity
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.

 

GD: Testing Tool of Skills 
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 conduct GD along with Personal Interview in the final admission round.

 

GD: Less formal than PI: Tests Meaningful Speaking and Listening
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 share his/her views. A successful discussion involves both listening and meaningful speaking.

 

Success in GD: Depends on Active Participation 
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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Important Dates

Group Discussion (GD) round at almost all the top B-schools begins in the second week of February and will go upto end of March, 2019. While most of the IIMs do not conduct Group Discussion round, some of the top MBA colleges like FMS Delhi have reintroduced the GD round in their final selection process.

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B-Schools Using Group Discussion (GD)

- XLRI, Jamshedpur
- IIFT Delhi
- MDI Gurgaon
- NITIE Mumbai
- JBIMS, Mumbai
- NMIMS, Mumbai
- IMI Delhi
- XIM, Bhubaneshwar
- TAPMI Manipal
- BIMTECH, Greater Noida
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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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Topper interviews GD

Ajit Singh

JBIMS started with a new admission process from this year. There was no GD. We had case studies

Akhil Garg

No GD at IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, & others

Akshay Kumar Singh

During my GD-PI round, I was quite impressed by the way entire process was managed by the

Angshuman Kakoty

The GD topics consisted of case studies, abstract topics and even extempore.

 

Avidipto Chakraborty

GD experience scored a perfect 100 percentile in CAT 2016 in his first attempt itself! What’s