Group Discussion Skills

We hope that you have already started to imple­ment the var­i­ous tech­niques enlisted in the pre­ced­ing arti­cles. We would look to wind up on the aspects with this arti­cle. In the next arti­cle, we would look into some dos and some don’t s for the group dis­cus­sion. To reca­pit­u­late, we have looked down at GD from the outer per­spec­tive i.e. the things that meet the eye. We looked at the points which catch the observer’s atten­tion. In this write, we would look into the points which bring out that outer per­spec­tive. We would list down the attrib­utes which make you visible.

Look­ing to take initiatives

In such a breakneck race to win the most pres­ti­gious seats, the exam­in­ers are prob­a­bly look­ing for can­di­dates who would tread a path of their own, ques­tion­ing exist­ing par­a­digms, impro­vis­ing and reset­ting the stan­dards. In short, they are on the look­out for the peo­ple mov­ing ahead of the crowd, not the per­sons in the crowd. Try seiz­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties when they present them­selves in the GD. Try throw in a glar­ing exam­ple or a per­ti­nent anec­dote. Remem­ber you need to make your pres­ence felt.


In a GD you are likely to find your­self in a sit­u­a­tion where you have to force in through the dis­cus­sion to put forth your point. Being assertive not only helps in dri­ving your point across but also por­trays you in bet­ter light. For all the insights and points capa­ble of shap­ing the dis­cus­sion, you need to be assertive. Else, a valid good point would be lost in the maze of points.


Prob­a­bly you would feel the same about a topic as your neigh­bor does. But your pre­sen­ta­tions would dif­fer on cre­ativ­ity. In a horde of can­di­dates, cre­ativ­ity is an extremely desir­able trait. This war­rants the panel’s inter­est invari­ably. Many peo­ple are of the opin­ion that cre­ativ­ity brew from inside which is true gen­er­ally. But in this case being well read about the topic would help. With umpteen writ­ers, umpteen inter­views of peo­ple it becomes eas­ier to fol­low their train of thoughts. You need to be thor­ough with most of the recent activ­i­ties hap­pen­ing around.


Some­times, you may find your­self to be will­ing to agree to the point of your col­league from inside but you may not want to agree on it from out­side. Remem­ber, accep­tance doesn’t mean los­ing. Accep­tances of points, to be able to fol­low dif­fer­ent opin­ions which seem rea­son­able bring forth the flex­i­bil­ity in you. It is dif­fi­cult to have hit all the right points always, hence the need for flex­i­bil­ity to be able to switch forth between ideas. Stead­fast and a staunch head nec­es­sar­ily is not right always.

Abil­ity to think and act independently

Look­ing at GD from var­i­ous angles, you might have real­ized by now that you need to think and act on the spot and you are not allowed to lax. Think­ing inde­pen­dently will help in not clog­ging the dis­cus­sion table with the same ideas or views. It will bring a fresher per­spec­tive to the table. With that it will bring you to the table!

I hope this write would have helped to ease the nerves at the news of dreaded GD. Please feel free to ask the ques­tions in the com­ments sec­tion. Best of luck!

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