Facing Group Discussions In Campus Admissions Process

Facing Group Discussions in Campus Admissions Process

Facing Group Discussions in Campus Admissions Process:

The Group discussions in  Campus Admission Process tests a candidate’s knowledge, leadership skills and communication skills. Although, many colleges have stopped conducting GDs, still many colleges like TISS Mumbai, TAPMI Manipal, SIBM and SCMHRD etc conduct GDs now. Through Group Discussions, interviewers come to know whether a candidate is capable of working in group and can really accommodate different point of views or not.

What is exactly a GD?

A GD is a dynamic activity in which 7-15 people meet face to face, interact with each other regarding the topic given. It calls for analytical and lateral thinking among the group participants and reaching to a common conclusion.  Presence of mind is another aspect, which plays an important role in GD.

Do s and Don’t s of a Group Discussion

Communication skills:

 The most important parameter on which a candidate is judged is his/her communication skills. The way you speak and the manner in which you present your thoughts is of utmost importance. If a person has knowledge and he is unable to present his thoughts in a convincing manner, he is not competent to be a manager. Conveying your thoughts, in a convincing manner, is thus important. The following are some ways in which communication skills can  be improved:

  • If you are bad at speaking in front of people, try to speak in front of mirror.
  • You can also sit with your friends, and discuss any particular topic.
  • Structure your thoughts first, and then speak.
  • Try to find pointers, i.e. different aspects related to the topic and then speak about each of the aspect. In this way, you’ll never find yourself facing the problem of shortage of content.
  • Don’t speak in a flat tone. Try to modulate your voice. In this way, you can sound convincing.

 

General Awareness level:

 Generally, the topics asked in a GD pertain to recent issues. If you have knowledge about the issue, then you can be quite confident while speaking  in a GD.

  • Giving facts and especially figures increase your chances of getting selected. As far as saying figures are concerned, try to be as precise as possible.
  • Read newspapers daily. Also read magazines like- The Economist and be updated through apps like mint.
  • During preparation, Whenever you encounter any data which is relevant to any topic, note it in a notebook, which you can access before the GD.
  • In order to possess relevant subject knowledge, reading varied topics is must. If you don’t have interest in reading, develop a habit of reading. The sooner you develop a reading habit, the better for you.
  • Remember correct data. If you present incorrect data, and if you are caught by moderator, it can drastically hamper your chances of being in the institute.

 

Confidence level:

A person’s confidence level can make or break his/ her chances in a GD.  If a person has knowledge and he is presenting his thoughts in an effective way, but in an inaudible voice, it can backfire all his positives.

  • For this, follow the principle of- Be Loud, Don’t shout.
  • Maintain fluency. Fluency can be developed only after thorough practice. Even if, you fumble during your practice initially, be patient and work hard to maintain a flow while speaking.

Listening  to others’:

 In a GD, only speaking  isn’t of importance. You also need to pay attention to the points spoken by others. Because, ultimately GD is a group activity, and in a group listening to others is mandatory.

  • You can show that you are listening to others by nodding your head and making eye contact with them .
  • You can also use phrases like “ I agree with you”

Being the Leader:

 In a GD, if you prove yourself as a leader, you can fetch yourself extra points.  Now, a leader isn’t the one who tries to dominate everyone, but one who listens to everybody, encourages everybody to speak and  effectively gives a conclusions, satisfying multiple point of views.

Another important aspect through which you  can portray yourself as a leader is initiation of a GD. If you initiate the GD, you give a direction to the whole group. But, initiation must be done only when you are fully aware of the given topic.  Initiating the GD without having significant knowledge,  and speaking all irrelevant points  can backfire you.

Respect others:

 It is necessary to respect others in a GD and let them speak their points.  Don’t try to dominate people in your group.

  • Don’t be offensive while opposing others.
  • Use phrases like-“ I appreciate your thoughts, but …..”

Take care of non-verbal communication:

  Non verbal communication includes- Eye contact, sitting posture, hand gestures.

  • Sit in a comfortable posture, without leaning back . Keep your spine straight and sit in attention position.
  • Try to use hand gestures. But, excessive hand gestures need to be avoided, they show dominance.
  • Also, do not cross your hands and legs. It is strictly forbidden to cross your hands and legs,  they show an ignorant attitude.
  • If you are the one speaking, our eye contact must be directed towards every person of the group .
  • If you are the one listening, try to maintain a ratio of 80 20 with the person speaking and other people of the group respectively.

Don’ts of a GD-

Don’t be Aggressive:

  • Shouting, being aggressive and not letting others speak is a bad move.
  • Do not be aggressive and raise your voice in an indignified manner
  • Even if a person is not ready to listen to you or he is not ready to be convinced by whatever you are speaking, be calm and patient, don’t give up.

No one to one arguments: One to one arguments are arguments in which two people  of a group speak against one another constantly. This must not occur in a GD. If there is any one to one occurring, try to placate the situation.

Don’t be involved in a fish market:

If there are situations of fish market and even if you support or oppose any of the ones, who are in a heated argument, do not be involved in a fish market. Rather, try to improve the situations by placating those who are involved  in the heated argument. It  will portray you as a leader.

 

Type of GD Topics
There are four types of GD Topics for MBA:

  • GD Topics on Business & Economy:It includes current trends in business and economy, major policy initiatives, latest business trends, and their impact globally and nationally.
  • GD Topics on Current Affairs:The GD topics on Current affairs may be based on national or international political development, Policies and issues which are highly debated in media.
  • GD topics on Social Issues:Top MBA Colleges are focussing on developing socially responsible MBAs. Hence, there is a greater emphasis on issues like gender and environment sensitivity, ethics etc.
  • GD Topics on Abstract Topics:You may be thinking what are abstract GD topics? These are the topics which have multiple interpretations and candidates can show their creativity and smart thinking. Prepare well for these tricky ones! 

 

The following are some of the topics of Group Discussion, asked in CAP Process:

Technology Creates disparity:

Technology is taking us places and in the modern world scenario it is a boon rather than bane but as far as income disparity is concerned it cuts a sorry figure of our government’s insufficiency and its policy crisis. Is technology the real reason behind income disparity? 

For

- Technology is uniformly distributed throughout the country, but urban areas are far ahead in technology. Thus more technology results in more employment and more income, thus the difference between the urban areas and the rural areas.
- There is a major cut down in the employment charts as technology reduces the dependency on manpower which is favorable to an organization(as it leads to more profit) but it makes lot of people lose their jobs.
- This brings in light the difference between the rural and urban people as the urban people have the knowledge about technology, making them the obvious choice of selection by organizations.
- Not only does it results in economic inequalities but also social ones. Individuals with high income are given more respect and are looked upon with high esteem in our society.
- Companies opt only for those who are technically sound, further demoralizing other individuals and pointing to some gaping holes in the Indian education system.

Against

- Technology can be used to provide better education and understanding of its applications, making it an effective tool for every individual.
- Technology teaches an easier way of doing things effectively and efficiently.
- More sources are utilized thus creating more employment. Technology also gives rise to new innovations and it helps in various discoveries.
- It plays a pivotal role in developing a country’s economy and also their mind-sets.
- Technology gives a man power to be equivalent to a machine.
- Inhouse technology helps in getting the country name and fame on international platform.
- Improvement in technology today means less dependence on other countries in future. 


Technology works as a catalyst in the growth of a country, it bridges the income gap between the poor and the rich by creating employment opportunities but due to the less use of technology in India it is seen as an income disparity. In this modern world where ‘Time is Money’, makes one’s life simple. Thus, technology does not create income disparity rather helps in removing it.

 

The following can be another GD topic

Red is Good:

Life is full of colors. Some signals joys and some signals happiness. But then there is red which is often associated with the good as well as the bad at the same time. Yes that is the uniqueness of red. It can be associated with the opposite feelings at the same time. For me red is good and for you…?? 

Yes

• In Indian culture red is associated with the beautiful and pious bond of marriage indicating the start of new life. 

• A good drop of red is perfect on Saturday Party. It means that red wine in moderation reduces the risk of heart diseases and cancer.

• Red is considered as the color of luck and happiness in Chinese tradition. It is said to have the energy of energy of the fire feng shui element.

• Red is seen as a color of power and therefore business people use it as color of their tie and it is the red carpet for the celebrities and VIPS. 

• Red becomes special when people donate blood to help the needy and sick people. 

• Tomatoes, cherries and carrot are very good for health and all of them are red in color. 

No

• It is the last word in VIBGYOR signaling it’s the end of all the colors of life. 

• Being in the red is not a good thing as it means you are suffering losses in the stock market or dealing with a deficit. 

• As and when people gets angry their face gets red with anger. A red angry face can never be said well in any case. 

• If white is said to be associated with peace, then red signifies war, blood bath, terrorism and likewise. 

• Talking about Feng Shui, the excessive use of red can lead to restlessness, bursts of anger and over stimulation.

Conclusion

Red is the color of life and it becomes threatening to life when the red in the body gets low at some point of time. If it is good at some point then it bad at times. And perhaps this is what everything is all about!