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Group Discussions – well…

By on Sep 14, 2008 | 2 comments

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When I was in college, I had joined a coaching class for CAT preparation. Group Discussions (GD) was an integral part of the preparation, for all major B-Schools require you to crack the GDs before you appear for the personal interview. As a student I thought, “Yeh, that’s how people discuss stuff in the corporate world. I gotta be good at it!”.

GDs were essentially about putting your thoughts well in a group of intellectuals, in a limited time. I somehow found that ridiculous. If something important has to be discussed, why do they set time limit? Let each individual come up with his/her own thoughts and put them well, one by one. But the GDs I participated were different. In every GD I participated in, I had to cross my fellow members, pove their point wrong and tell them how my thought was right. We were also told that individual’s performance was reflection of his/her personality. I thought that was complete nonsense.

After spending some time in the corporate world, I know I was right.

I asked my cousins and others who are very seniors in their respective fields if they had a situation like “GD” in the career – everyone without exception said ‘No’!. So, I’m now thinking, who invented this whole “GD” thing, in which you’ve to sit in a group of individuals who are dying to make their points, in limited time, most of the times even not paying attention to what others had to say etc. 30% of the GDs I was a part of, ended up as fish markets!

What about you? Ever been in a real life GD like situation? Tell me about your experience. What do you think about GDs? Write a post on your blog, better.

The Big K


  1. kid

    September 14, 2008

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    I guess the real motive of GD is to present clear and concise points. I don’t think it was about proving the other wrong. It was about why you think you are right. Two totally different things according to me. And if it is what it is, I think we face many of them.

  2. Mayur

    September 16, 2008

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    GDs are meant to test how good are you in communicating with a team and putting your idea in front. Its not a debate. Its about collective discussion.

    But the B school GDs turn out to be a fish market… no doubt.

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