“A good discussion increases the dimensions of everyone who takes part.”
“I will not agree with your point it’s absolutely wrong” – it’s an incorrect way of expressing your disagreement. Instead make it in a gentle way, for example
“I have a different opinion on that, I agree with you to some extent….”
“Group Discussion” is uncomplicated but we all feel tensed and anxious as soon as we hear the word “Group Discussion”, participating in the discussion makes us shaky, but it’s the platform where we can illustrate our whole ability. It’s not something to be scared of, but it’s to be faced with courage and an optimistic view as it is mainly based on the participant’s thinking ability, critical perception or analysis of the subject matter.
To demonstrate your agreement with the other candidate:
“I do feel the same, I agree with you, my friend…..”
PURPOSE OF GROUP DISCUSSION/ WHY IT IS CONDUCTED:
- To examine the participants based on the following skills, thinking process, confidence level, ability to lead a team, temper management, listening skills, subject knowledge, social attitude (attitude towards co-participants)
- It stimulates a person to think in a different perspective.
TOPICS UP FOR DISCUSSION:
Generally, the topics assigned in group discussion will be provoking which might lead to an argument, the nature is so, to check the temper, how the participants are handling the situation. To tackle this, one must need to be aware of the current affairs and must be open minded in controversial subjects.
- General (Current affairs) – The topics usually given under the category will be of the current or trending matter, for example Impact of COVID 19 on global economy, Should there be a limit in voicing out opinions in Social Media?
- Controversial – This area will focus on social issues, mostly from politics. Example: Is National Education Policy 2020 good or bad? Should Hindi be the official language of India?
- Abstract – It’s purpose is to test the creativity and the thinking ability of the candidates. Example: A walk to remember, Red is red, blue is blue and never the two shall meet.
- Case study – In this case, usually the candidates are asked to find the solution or resolve the problem given to them. Example: discussion between boss and manager.
To add on points to someone’s thought or idea:
“I would like to add some points, In addition to that….”
HOW TO TACKLE THE QUESTIONS IN GD:
To tackle the questions raised in group discussion easily, follow the below procedure. There are four stages in GD, namely
- Problem definition, (talk about, what the problem is)
- Reasons behind the problem, (why it has occurred)
- Consequences/effects, (the impact created by it)
- Solution for the problem. (From your analysis, speak on the solution)
“Solution for the problem” is very important where the candidate’s analytical ability plays a significant role.
- While speaking our tone should not sound dominating, especially pointing fingers should be avoided (do not fight/argue),
- Be the initiator, it will grab the attention of everyone and also portrays that you are undaunted and confident,
- Start with quotes, facts, connect your personal experience to the subject.
Example: During the lockdown, my and family faced an economic crisis so I can relate myself to it. Now, coming on to the point….
- Just be assertive instead of arguing,
- Acknowledge other’s opinion, it shows your involvement,
- Taking notes will help you from forgetting the points.
Group Discussion enhances the thinking ability of the participants, it makes them be active rather than passive. It is encouraging when you indulge in an ethical or healthy discussion.
“Discussion is an exchange of knowledge; an argument is an exchange of ignorance.”
To overcome the fear of group discussion and to intensify your critical thinking ability take part in healthy discussions confidently.