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Group Discussion (GD) Preparation

Group Discussion preparation has three aspects and each adds to your Gropu Discussion skills. These three Group Discussion preparation tips are:

  1. Read and learn more by visiting the trending GD topics, Past GD topics and regular reading of varying opinions of different topics
  2. Learn to be a good listner
  3. Learn and practice to speak effectively supported by facts and figures to make impact on the GD participants

Personal Interview (PI) is the most important part of your final selection process not only for MBA programmes at IIMs, FMS, IIFT or other top MBA colleges but also in any top level job. IIMs award highest weightage to this component in final selection process in a range from 30 to 50 percent.

 

The Personal Interview round is conducted by the B-schools, after the 1st stage shortlisting on the basis of your written exam score is announced. All the top MBA colleges including IIMS, XLRI, FMS, SPJIMR, MDI among others conduct Personal Interview (PI) round as final selection round for admission. The PI round is the test of your verbal communication skill, presence of mind and how do you present your views and knowledge skillfully to convince others.

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

  • To prepare for a group discussion, keep track of happenings around the world.
  • Being aware of current affairs and issues and happenings, which affect our lives, however remotely, shows a well-rounded personality.
  • As a team player, your ability to lead and play in team is measured in the GD. Make a habit of reading English newspapers and magazines, watch interesting documentaries and profiles on television to get a wider perspective on issues.
  • Group Discussion topics can be from a wide range of issues. It could be a topic on current events, business news, sports or anything very general. The wider your reading interests, the better prepared you will be to face the group discussion.
  • You should prepare on variety of topics as rich and right subject knowledge will be required during GD round. You should have subject knowledge and be well aware of the latest happenings around you, not just in India but around the world as well. To be in a better position, make sure that you have in-depth knowledge on the subject. Subject knowledge is a pre-requisite while you are preparing for a group discussion because you will then have the power to steer the conversation to whichever direction you want to. If you can memorize some relevant data, it will be an added advantage.
  • If you are a good reader and read on variety of topics, it will help you in group discussion round. There is no need for last minute preparation. You should read over a period of time. Reading not only adds to your knowledge database, but enhances your vocabulary skills as well.
  • Always choose the magazines that are content rich and not just full of advertisements. Often magazines have columns which are promoting a particular institute etc. Avoid such magazines, do some research and buy the best that will be beneficial for you.
  • Prepare the topics that are Repeated. There are topics which re-appear with minute changes and minor variations. Be aware of such topics well in advance so that you have ample time to prepare for the same. For example the issues of terrorism, gender inequality, poverty, liberalization and privatization, reservations in educational institutions etc often appear as GD topics. Make sure you know these topics well and can come up with some unique, insightful points along with some data.
  • Improve your Communication Skills. You should be well versed in your communication skills. You should have a good vocabulary and a decent command over English. Much before your actual group discussion, rehearse well. You can sit with a group of friends and choose a topic and indulge in a friendly GD. Not only will this increase your knowledge, you will be a better speaker by the time it is time for your GD.
  • Learn to communicate with body gestures. The panelists observe the way you sit and react in the course of the discussion. . Body gestures are very important, because your body language says a lot about you. In a GD, sit straight, avoid leaning back on to the chair or knocking the table with pen or your fingers. Also, do not get distracted easily.
  • Learn to be a good listener. Listening Skills are Essential for GD round, so carefully listen to what others have to say. Just speaking throughout the discussion doesn’t make you better. You should learn to give others a chance to speak. Try and listen to others. If the speaker is making an eye-contact with you remember to acknowledge him by nodding your head, so that the speaker is aware that his listeners are listening to him and paying full attention. This will also show that you are vigilant and are an active participant in the discussion.

 

Group Discussion (GD) round for MBA admission 2019 in top MBA colleges starts in February 2019 and in many MBA colleges will continue till April.May 2019 for example FMS Delhi, baby IIMs and others. The IIMs, XLRI Jamshedpur, MDI Gurgaon and other top MBA colleges who conduct GD round are placing most current GD topics on various economic, business and social issues including the recently passed 10% Reservation Bill 2019, 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 has re-introduced GD round for admission to MBA 2019-21 batch and will start its GD round-PI-Extempore round in April 2019. MDI Gurgaon commences its GD round in the month of February 2019.    

 

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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 
This section will consist of 100+ latest GD topics spread over all the categories and are based on expected GD topics that could be placed in the Group Discussion round in different MBA colleges and final recruitment processes of various services.   

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Most of the GD rounds are based on current GD topics. The 100 plus latest GD topics for MBA admission are the ones which are making rounds in the B-schools or are the expected GD topics in 2019.   

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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 2019 in the month of April 2019. 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.

 

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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Group Discussion Topic 2019

Group Discussion (GD) is an important part of MBA selection process. GD Topics for MBA including topics on Current Affairs, Business & Economy and even Abstract topics to check the creativity of college students. Read below for 100 latest Group Discussions Topics 2019 with answers for your MBA 2019 selection.

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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! 

GD Topics for MBA 2019
Following are the GD topics which have appeared in 2018 Group Discussion and Writing Ability Test (WAT) process at premier B-Schools.   

Sr. No.TopicTypeB-schools
1Poverty in India: Facts, Causes, Effects, SolutionBusiness & Economy IIMs
2Indian Economy in 2018-19: Performance & Policies of Modi RegimeBusiness & Economy IIMs
3Agriculture Role in India and Subsidies: Problems & ChallengesBusiness & Economy IIMs
4Women Empowerment & Gender Justice: Addressing the Equality ChallengesSocial IssueIIMs
5End of Globalization/ De-Globalization/ NationalizationBusiness & Economy IIM Bangalore, MDI Gurgaon, IIM Lucknow
6Climate Change/PollutionSocial IssueIIM Bangalore, IIM Trichy, TISS Mumbai
7Retirement Homes: Do advantages of living in them outweigh the disadvantages?Social IssueTAPMI, IIM Indore
8Social Media: Impact on human behavior and societySocial IssueIIM Ranchi, IIM Ahmedabad
9Impact of technology on JobsCurrent AffairsMDI Gurgaon, CAP process for New IIMs
10#Me too campaignCurrent AffairsIIM Ahmedabad, IIM Calcutta,
11Crypto Currency/ BitcoinCurrent AffairsIMI Delhi
12Banking ScamsCurrent AffairsMDI Gurgaon
13Mars Mission for India Justified?Current AffairsMDI Gurgaon
14Decline in open spaces and playgrounds can lead to negative tendencies in childrenSocial IssueIIM Ahmedabad
15Knowledge is the biggest asset you can accumulateAbstract TopicIIM Lucknow
16Is India ready for cashless Economy?Business & EconomyIIFT
17Does Travelling help in generating ideas and experiential learning? Abstract TopicCAP process for New IIMs
18ZeroAbstract TopicXLRI
19Death penalties for perpetrators of crime against women. Is it Justified?Social IssueIIM Indore

How to prepare for GD Topic:
Before we give you 100 top GD Topics 2019 with answers, lets briefly discuss how to prepare for GD Topics. First GD preparation tip is, Read, Read, and Read! The more aware you are, better will be your chances. Second, practice with your friends on the how to participate in a live GD.. 

 

100 Top GD Topics 2019
In addition to above latest GD Topics that have appeared in MBA admissions, MBAUniverse.com experts have prepared a comprehensive list of 100 current GD Topics with answers for Admissions 2019.

Group Discussion Tips

 

Before getting ready how to start the Group Discussion, you need to understand the Group Discussion Rules and improve and focus on Group Discussion skills. Accordingly, it is very important to know and follow certain basic tips for Group discussion to become well versed about the entire GD process. So prior to getting down to learn top basic Group Discussion Tips, the advice by the experts in regard to GD tips is that you should be aware ‘what and how do you speak in the group discussion’; Whether your Communication skills are good; whether your behavior during Group Discussion is positive on the expected lines; whether you are ready to show your leadership skills in the group without being arrogant.

 

The article below prepared by experts share basic tips for Group Discussion to help you emerge as winner in GD round for MBA admission.

 

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Top 10 basic group discussion tips   
Top basic Group Discussion tips include tips to Prepare For Group Discussions before and during the Group Discussion round and important Do’s and Don’ts. Below are shared the Group Discussion Tips to hone your Group Discussion skills:

 

Do’s

1. Rich Content with good subject knowledge 
Having good subject knowledge and rich content is the first and foremost GD tip to enter the Group Discussion Round. Following are the key steps to improve your Group discussion skills in regard to GD content preparation:

  • You should prepare on variety of topics as rich and right subject knowledge will be required during GD round.
  • You should have subject knowledge and be well aware of the latest happenings around you, not just in India but around the world as well.
  • Subject knowledge is a pre-requisite while you are preparing for a group discussion because you will then have the power to steer the conversation to whichever direction you want to. If you can memorize some relevant data, it will be an added advantage. 
  • If you are a good reader and read on variety of topics, it will help you in group discussion round.  There is no need for last minute preparation. You should read over a period of time. Reading not only adds to your knowledge database, but enhances your vocabulary skills as well.
  • Always choose the magazines that are content rich and not just full of advertisements. Often magazines have columns which are promoting a particular institute etc. Avoid such magazines, do some research and buy the best that will be beneficial for you.

2. Be a Leader

There is no doubt that to emerge a winner in GD round you should speak after getting a grasp on the given topic. But it also gives you opportunity to take lead. So be a leader to begin the Group Discussion. Key tips are:

  • Usually when the moderator announces the GD topic, for a minute there is silence all round.
  • If possible, gather your thoughts in a few seconds and start the Group discussion with positive impact and be a leader.
  • If you find that it is taking time to gather ideas, let others begin, and then enter the GD round by agreeing/disagreeing with previous speakers
  • Beginning the Group Discussion gives the opportunity to make an impact but if you are not able to make your point well, it will create negative effect
  • Therefore, it is not necessary to speak first but it is necessary that when you speak you are heard and are able to make your point well
  • If you are able to speak out the name of your previous speaker and then present your views, it will mark a good impact.

3. Be relevant

  • When you speak you should speak to the point without any ambiguity of thought
  • Express your ideas at length. If you simply follow the other speaker or his ideas, remember your elimination is imminent
  • Wherever possible, emphasize your point with facts and figures

4. Be a good Listener

  • Learn to be a good listener. Listening Skills are Essential for GD round, so carefully listen to what others have to say.
  • Just speaking throughout the discussion doesn’t make you better. You should learn to give others a chance to speak. Try and listen to others.
  • If the speaker is making an eye-contact with you remember to acknowledge him by nodding your head, so that the speaker is aware that his listeners are listening to him and paying full attention. This will also show that you are vigilant and are an active participant in the discussion. 
  • Unless you listen well, it will not be possible for you to add value to your content and communication
  • Listening offers you the opportunity to summarise the Group Discussion on each and every aspect.

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5. Improve your Communication Skills

You may have good and rich content with lot of ideas but if you are not able to communicate well your thoughts and opinions, all is useless. The need is now to improve your communication skills with following GD tips:

  • Be well versed in your communication skills.
  • You should have a good vocabulary and a decent command over English.
  • Much before your actual group discussion, rehearse well.
  • You can sit with a group of friends and choose a topic and indulge in a friendly GD.
  • Not only will this increase your knowledge, you will be a better speaker by the time it is time for your GD.
  • In case you are not sure about something, you can use phrases such as: “I think” or “Probably/Approximately” or “If I remember correctly”

6. Body gestures: Very important tool for Group Discussion
The panelists observe the way you sit and react in the course of the discussion. Body gestures are very important, because your body language says a lot about you. In a GD, sit straight, avoid leaning back on to the chair or knocking the table with pen or your fingers. Also, do not get distracted easily. Nervous body movements, folding your hands across your chest, having skeptical expression, constantly moving, evading eye movements are the indicators of a negative personality and should be avoided at all costs.

 

Don’ts

7. No Aggressive Move
It is expected during the Group Discussion that you are firm on your ideas and are audible enough to make an impact on the group. But being aggressive, shouting and not allowing others in the group to speak, is not appreciated. So be careful  and don’t be a bully.

 

8. Don’t Crisscross on your Ideas
Don’t crisscross your ideas. The topics given in Group Discussion are debatable, you might like to speak for or against the topic and while speaking don’t forget that you may be crossing your own lines. It gives a bad impact and you are judged a person who has no stand for his own thought.

 

9. Don’t be a part of fish market
As a team player, your ability to lead and play in team is measured in the GD. During the Group Discussion there are many instances where you will find every one is saying something and no one is heard. It is better to be quiet for a while and then after gathering your thoughts, raise your voice initially and make your point.

 

10. Don’t give up: Make multiple entries
Don’t be content with one round of one minute or half a minute speaking in the group.  Focus on key points, form the ideas and opinions to enter again based on the views presented by others to further strengthen your view point.

 

The Group Discussion round passes through highs and lows. So it is a good opportunity to re-enter the Group Discussion after gathering more ideas coming out of others’ view and make an entry when the noise level is low in Group Discussion.

 

Purpose of Group Discussion
The very purpose of conducting Group Discussion (GD) round for MBA admission by top MBA colleges is to test the applicants’ communication skills, topic knowledge, thought process and their leadership impact on the audience before finalizing their merit lists and offering admission.

 

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Composition & expectation from the Group in GD round
Before learning the Group discussion tips and tricks to crack the GD round, one must be aware what in fact is Group Discussion, how many candidates are there in a group, what skills are expected by the MBA College from you in the Group Discussion round before offering you admission.

  • Healthy debate leading to selection of one or more candidates from the group on a given topic is conducted in GD round.
  • Around 8 to12 candidates are included in a group
  • Group Discussion time duration is about 12-15 minutes
  • During the Group Discussion (GD) round strong exchange of opinions with logical and thoughtful arguments is anticipated.
  • Group Discussion is supposed to be an indicator of your leadership qualities, judgement of knowledge domain and communication skill.
  • Out of these 8-12 candidates, selection goes in favour of the one or two while others get eliminated either due to their inadvertent mistakes or because they do not follow the Group Discussion rules.

4 Group Discussion Tricks to be a winner
To emerge a winner in GD round a candidate should speak after getting a grasp on the given topic. Irrelevant speaking is not good.  The 4 Group Discussion tricks to crack the GD round are:

  • Follow the Group Discussion Rules
  • Key Group Discussion skills are - speak logically, be audible, present your idea firmly and be a leader
  • Use every opportunity to enter discussion to strengthen your point further 
  • Read a few model and actual Group Discussion rounds

Tips To Prepare For Group Discussions
GD Preparation should begin along with your written exam preparation like CAT/XAT/SNAP/NMAT/CMAT. Immediately after the written exam is over, you should focus on preparing for Group Discussion round which commands 10 to 15 percent weightage in final selection round.

 

Following are the key expert tips to prepare for Group Discussion:

  1. To prepare for a group discussion, keep track of happenings around the world.
  2. Being aware of current affairs and issues and happenings, which affect our lives, however remotely, shows a well-rounded personality.
  3. Make a habit of reading English newspapers and magazines, watch interesting documentaries and profiles on television to get a wider perspective on issues.
  4. Group Discussion topics can be from a wide range of issues. It could be a topic on current events, business news, sports or anything very general. The wider your reading interests, the better prepared you will be to face the group discussion.
  5. Prepare the topics that are Repeated. There are topics which re-appear with minute changes and minor variations. Be aware of such topics well in advance so that you have ample time to prepare for the same. For example the issues of terrorism, gender inequality, poverty, liberalization and privatization, reservations in educational institutions etc often appear as GD topics. Make sure you know these topics well and can come up with some unique, insightful points along with some data.
  6. Controversial and political topics do not figure in Group Discussions. So there is no need to waste your time on them.

Types of Group Discussion
Group Discussions is the test of knowledge and communication skills with coherent flow of thought necessary for a leadership role of a candidate on a topical issue. There are other Group Discussions which 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’.

 

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.

 

10 roles participants play during Group Discussion
Following are the roles that participants in GD round play. While some of the roles lead to selection, others invite elimination. Carefully choose the right role in your Group Discussion round:

 

Beginner: The candidate who starts Group Discussion. He may suggest new ideas, define the GD topic but may not necessarily have sufficient subject knowledge to present effectively his view point.

  • Facilitator: He is leading GD while keeping track of Group Discussion
  • Seeker of Information– He tries to gather and solicit information from others.
  • Disseminator of Information – He prefers to share information and facts.  
  • Seeker of Opinion- He tries to gather some opinion from others and ask the fellow  participants for their opinion.
  • Giver of Opinion – Promptly jumps to give his opinion on the views shared by the other participant.
  • Analyst – He analyses and clarifies the ideas and opinions discussed during the group discussion
  • Community Supporter – He supports the ideas of all participants but has none of his own
  • Reliever – He presents and discusses the problem with a broader perspective and makes mountain out of a mole hill and relieves all of any tension.      
  • Energy spreader – This participant can be seen encouraging other participants to explore some new ideas during a GD.
  • Bridge creator – He creates harmony between different opinions by giving a solution with different ways of compromise.     
  • Summary maker – He summarizes and concludes a GD by including all important points discussed during a GD.

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