Group Discussion is commonly referred to as GD and has become entangled part of admission to IIMs and various MBA institutes. Group Discussions in CAT and IIMs play a major role in selecting the best among the best.
Scoring high marks in CAT and other competitive MBA entrance exams, students who get selected for Group Discussions are placed on a par – on equal footing – based on their percentile. It becomes very important to conduct further screening for choosing a few candidates among many.
The CAT Group Discussion plays an important part in selecting candidates. It helps in choosing the candidate among all the academically best achievers. Group Discussions for CAT is one of the best tools to study the behavioral and attitudinal responses of the participants.
As the term itself suggests, a GD is just a group discussion, but most students misunderstand it to be a debate. Consequently, you can find a howling situation in most of the Group Discussions. The thing that is expected in a Group Discussion is participation in a systematic way on a particular topic.
A Group Discussion (GD) is a simulated exercise, where you cannot suddenly put up a show, you have to be patient enough, since the evaluators will see through you easily.
Features of CAT Group Discussion
- Group Discussion or GD as the name itself indicates is a group activity carried out by participating individuals. It is an exchange of ideas and points of view among the individuals of a group on a specific topic.
- In a Group Discussion, the group may be given a case study and asked to come out with a solution for a problem.
- Group Discussion is used as reliable, testing device mainly as a tool to assess all the candidates in a group at one go and to know about their ability in order to select the best in comparative perspective.
- Group Discussion is also known as leaderless discussion. The main aim of this discussion is to find out the natural leader.
CAT Group Discussion Tips
While Group Discussion reflects the existing qualities of an individual, appearing for it unprepared may not be a good outcome for you. These CAT Group Discussion Tips would help you prepare for a CAT Group Discussion:
Tip 1: Reading
This is the first and the most important step in preparation for a CAT Group Discussion. This is a never-ending process and the more you read, the better you are in your thoughts and opinions. While you may read anything to everything, you must ensure that you are in good touch with current affairs, the debates and hot topics of discussion and also with the latest in the IT and ITES industry.
Chances are the topics of CAT Group Discussion would be around these mentioned topics. Read both for the thoughts as well as for information. Also, read multiple viewpoints on the same topic and then create your point of view with rationale. You must create answers for counter arguments for your point of view. The electronic media plays a vital role here.
Tip 2: Mocks
Create an informal Group Discussion group and meet regularly to discuss and exchange feedback and ideas. This is the best way to prepare. This would give you a good idea about your thoughts and how well can you convince others. Remember, it is important that you are able to express your thoughts and ideas well.
The better you perform in these mocks the better would be your chance to perform well on the final day. Meanwhile, also try to interact and participate in other Group Discussion groups. This will help you develop a skill to discuss with unknown people as well.
CAT Group Discussion Presentation
- Voice Level and Clarity of Communication :
A loud and clear voice is very important in a CAT Group Discussion. It will help you to get the attention of the other participants present in the CAT Group Discussion.
One has to try and get better on his language as a part of preparing for the CAT Group Discussion. Good language skills can help you easily and clearly express your ideas or points of view in a CAT Group Discussion.
- Body Language:
Your body language expresses everything. You should show confidence and basic communication etiquette is to be followed. You must avoid being too casual or over-aggressive in a CAT Group Discussion.
- Eye Contact:
Eye contact is an essential part to gather the interest of other people in the CAT Group Discussion. Good eye contact is very essential as it will help you present yourself as a confident person.
- New Ideas and Initiative:
New and unique ideas and initiative help taking the CAT Group Discussion forward. Hence a person with unique ideas from the group and also showing a lot of initiative can be a valuable player in a discussion.
- The relevance of the Discussion:
Rather than speaking more, it is important that what you are expressing is relevant to the topic of the CAT Group Discussion.
- Team Player:
You have to show that you are a team player, you can be a part of the team and hence contribute to the CAT Group Discussion.
One must remember the six C’s of effective communication that is required in a Group Discussion: Clarity, Completeness, Conciseness, Confidence, Correctness, and Courtesy.
Let us know about the experience of GD topper, Karan Kokane
GD Experience 1: For MDI, my GD topic was “Is theoretical knowledge sufficient for managers today?”
I took part in a lot of interviews to prepare for the second stage. I had around 4-5 friends who were preparing along with me. All of us were shortlisted in different institutes. We would sit together and discuss a lot of different topics to expand our knowledge and form opinions. After the GD, we would ask each other for tips to improve on our shortcomings. GDs are basically of two types, abstract and real. It is necessary to practice both types of Group Discussions because the thinking and structuring process is different for both types. To improve at Group Discussions, it is important to read as much news as possible during the second stage preparation process. It is also important to practice speaking in a crisp and clear manner.
GD Experience 2: For JBIMS, we had to discuss strategies for a Chinese soft drinks manufacturer to enter the Indian market
I was shortlisted by many top Colleges like SP JAIN-Fin, new IIMs, MDI, NMIMS, JBIMS. JBIMS Mumbai did not take part in DTE CAP then and conducted its own admission process. To prepare for GD, I had around 4-5 friends who were preparing along with me. All of us were shortlisted in different institutes. We would sit together and discuss a lot of different topics to expand our knowledge and form opinions. After the GD, we would ask each other for tips to improve on our shortcomings.
To improve at Group Discussions, it is important to read as much news as possible during the second stage preparation process. It is also important to practice speaking in a crisp and clear manner