Group Discussions

Group Discussion

A group discussion is a group of individuals with similar interest who gather either formally or informally to bring up ideas, solve, problems or give comments. The major approaches are in person,via conference call or website. People respond comments and post forums in established mailing list,news group etc.

Why is group discussion conducted?

Group Discussion is used for mass elimination! And second thing group discussion selection criteria’s are based on actual company requirements.

Communication and Group Discussion skill are two relevant soft skills that are must for software testers.


What skills are judged in group discussion?

  • How good you are at communication with others.
  • How you behave and interact with group.
  • How open minded are you.
  • Your listening skill.
  • How you put forward your views.
  • Your leadership and decision making skills.
  • Your analysis skill and subject knowledge.
  • Problem solving and critical thinking skill.
  • Your attitude and confidence.


Do’s and Don’ts of Group discussion:


  • Keep eye contact while speaking
  • Initiate the GD
  • Allow others to speak
  • Speak clearly
  • Make sure to bring the discussion on track
  • Positive attitude
  • Speak sensibly
  • Listen carefully
  • No need to go into much details
  • Formal dressing

Topics discussed in Group discussion


·         Is Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail sector good for India?
·         How to Deal with High Oil Prices?
·         Multinational Corporations: Are they Devils in Disguise?
·         Are Indians Less Quality Conscious?
·         Ethics in Business are just a Passing Fad
·         Is the Consumer really the King in India?
·         Commercialization of Health Care: Good or Bad?
·         Is there any Point in having a Business Strategy when the World changes from Month to Month?
·         Is the Business of Business only Business?
·         Public Sector being a Guarantor of Job Security is a Myth
·         How can a Business get rid of the Bad Name that it has earned?
·         Government Pumping Money into the Economy is not the Solution for our Economic Problems
·         Is the Budgeting Exercise of any Use?
·         Should Agricultural Subsidies be stopped?
·         Is MNCs Superior to Indian Companies?
·         Advertising is a Waste of Resources
·         Privatization will lead to Less Corruption
·         Should India break Diplomatic Ties with Pakistan?
·         Use of Force by Banks to Recover Loans
·         Skilled Manpower Shortage in India
·         Technology Creates Income Disparities
·         In our economic matters, there is an excessive tendency towards the thinking rather than doing.
·         Every cloud has a silver lining
·         Is disinvestment really that good for India or is a rethink in order?
·         Are co-operatives relevant in today’s globalised environment?
·         Foreign aid is a dangerous drug that can stimulate in small doses but become fatally addictive in larger doses.
·         Government should clean its own hands before pointing finger at the private sector for corruption.
·         Reforms have to grow up.
·         Globalization vs. Nationalism
·         Economic freedom not old fashioned theories of development will lead to growth and prosperity
·         Should businessmen run the finance ministry?
·         Should important services like transport be left to market forces?.
·         Who says MNCs are superior to Indian companies?
·         What we need to reduce scams is better regulatory bodies.
·         Trade can help the poor?
·         Water resources should be nationalised
·         Are Co-operatives Relevant in Today’s Global Environment?
·         Indian villages – our strength or our weakness?
·         Space Missions are a Wastage of Resources for a Resource-Starved Nation like India
·         Satyam Scandal would Impact Foreign Investments in India
·         Private Participation in Infrastructure is Highly Desirable
·         Developing Countries need Trade, not Aid
·         Poverty in Third World Countries is due to Prosperity in First World Countries
·         Indian Economy: Old Wine in New Bottle!
·         Is Globalization Really Necessary?
·         What shall we do about our Ever-Increasing Population?
·         Banning of Trade Unions will be Beneficial in Growth of the Economy
·         Why can’t India be a World-Class Player in Manufacturing Industry as it is in IT & BPO Sectors?
·          We Need Drinking Water and Not Coke & Pepsi in Rural India
·         Rise of Regional Blocs Threatens Independent Nations like India
·         Should the public sector be privatized?
  • A Unipolar World spells disaster for underdeveloped countries like India
  • Is Globalisation Really Necessary?
  • Corruption is the price we pay for Democracy
  • Foreign Television Channels are destroying our culture
  • What India needs is a Dictatorship.
  • With media publishing and telecasting trivia, censorship is the need of the hour.
  • Kaun Banega Krorepati is less about knowledge but more about money and personality.
  • Beauty contests degrade womanhood
  • The rise of regional blocs threatens independent nations like India
  • Six billion and one bronze!
  • Is dependence on computers a good thing?
  • Should the public sector be privatized?
  • China and India are similar nations with contrasting ways
  • Is India a Soft Nation?
  • Value based politics is the need of the hour
  • Religion should not be mixed with politics
  • Our cricketers are not to blame for match fixing
  • Why cant we be world players in industry as we are in software?
  • Multinational corporations: Are they devils in disguise?
  • Should there be limits on artistic freedom (the controversy on Fire).
  • Should there be private universities?
  • Does banning fashion shows and New Year parties save our culture
  • Is India moving towards people management?
  • Education in India – burden or opportunity?
  • Football means to India?
  • IT chain puller of Indian economy.
  • Indian Philosophy in the world?
  • Human relations vs. Materialistic things?
  • Globalization how real is it?
  • Black-darkness or beam.
  • Education vs. literacy.
  • History spoils us or built us?
  • Unique identification number.
  • Is rural India strength for India?
  • Indian agriculture system.
  • Aviation needs good engineers or management?
  • 2012 is rumor or reality?
  • Business money or fame?
  • Taxation policy (2010) savings or fascination?
  • NGOs or Independent helping.
  • Death of Socialism
  • Women –burden or backbone?
  • Kids are more careers oriented.
  • European management system in Indian management system.
  • Reality shows.
  • Politics another career option?
  • Pygmalion affects how much effective?
  • A fool or an arrogant star?
  • Study or extra curricular activity is the driven force to success?
  • CCR –SLR which should be given more important?
  • Credit card spoiling habits?
  • Machine over man or man over machine?
  • Innovation –how much is it required?
  • Discovery vs. invention.
  • Spiritualism is a curtain to crime?
  • We or you?
  • Tranquility satisfaction or success?
  • Prostitution excuse or intent?
  • 2012 certain or uncertain?
  • Sex conversion –way to reach goal or feel good factor?
  • Theory or practical?
  • MBA or PGDM?
  • A fool or a competitive jerk?
  • Dose really Placebo affects?
  • India leader or follower in 20th century?
  • Team worker or a Leader?
  • Role of IT in other managerial functions (required)?
  • Interview or GD?
  • Management or technology –contributed to Indian development?
  • Reason for tourism in India –business or tourist place?
  • Decreasing defense expenditure and increasing social expenditure is the need of the hour


  • Is China a threat to the Indian software industry.
  • Role of UN in peacekeeping.
  • Position of Women in India compared to other nations.
  • Environment Management.
  • Is China better than India in software.
  • Govt contribution to IT
  • India or west , which is the land of opportunities
  • water resources should be nationalized
  • Effect of cinema on Youth
  • Education in India compared to Foreign nations
  • Are studies more beneficial in India or in Abroad.
  • “UN’s peace activities” and “America’s war on Iraq”.
  • “Environment-Whose Responsibility”.
  • US war on iraq-justified or not.
  • Role of UN in Peace keeping
  • War on Iraq
  • About Hockey being the primary game in India.
  • Can America occupy Iraq
  • Present state of Indian Cricket team
  • Advantages of Co-education.
  • How to deal with international terrorism.
  • Should we pursue our policy of dialogue with Pakistan?
  • Is peace and non-violence outdated concepts?
  • A Uni polar World spells disaster for underdeveloped countries like India.
  • Free market is a prerequisite for growth.
  • Cricket as a national obsession is a detriment to other sports.
  • To develop India has to empower women.
  • .Formulate the government’s health policy to control the spread of AIDS.
  • Advertising is a waste of resources.
  • Privatization will lead to less corruption.
  • State is the biggest violator of human rights.
  • There can never be a classless society.
  • Beauty pageants are a marketing gimmick.
  • Voting rights to illiterates in India is illogical because it is widely misused.
  • Joint family is a blessing in disguise
  • Higher education should be made possible only for those who can pay for it.
  • Women cannot successfully combine both career and home
  • Women are good managers.
  • Executive should be allowed to form unions.
  • Effect of liberalization on poverty.
  • Indians perform better as individuals rather than in groups.
  • Business and ethics go hand in hand, or do they?
  • Developing countries should spend more on development than on defense.
  • Political parties have outlived their utility.
  • Is Swadeshi relevant for India today?
  • Money is required to earn more money.
  • Foreign trade is necessary for any country to survive
  • Presidential Vs Parliamentary form of government of India.
  • Technology: The Ism’ Of The New Millennium?
  • Religion And Politics Should Not Mix
  • TRIPS Controversy And The Patent Act Amendment
  • Should India Sign The CTBT
  • State Interventions In Market Kind Or Mixed Economy
  • Science Is A Boon Or Bane
  • Is Swapping Terrorists For Hostages An Encouragement For Plane- Hijackers?
  • Nice Guys Finish Last
  • All Work And No Play Makes Jack A Dull Boy
  • Individual Freedom And Civil Society
  • Conventionalism And Modernity: The Ever going Debate
  • Should There Be A Restriction On Permissiveness Being propagated by The MTV Culture And Foreign Media?
  • The Growing Menace Of Casteism And Regionalism
  • Presidential Form Of Government Is Needed In India
  • Bullet For Bullet: Is It The Right Policy?
  • Capitation Fees Should Be Abolished
  • Brain-Drain Has To Be Stopped
  • Business And Ethics Can’t / Don’t Go Together
  • Are women As good as Men Or Inferior?
  • Nothing Succeeds Like Success
  • The Malthusian Economic Prophecy Is No Longer Relevant
  • Secessionism In The North-East: Who’s To Blame?
  • Should India Break Diplomatic Ties With Pakistan?
  • Age and Youth: Experience And Young Talent
  • East Is East & West Is Where All The Action Is’: Mark Twain

How to crack the GD (Group Discussion). 10 simple ways with ppt on GD

Posted In | Soft skills for testers

Many companies and institutes are making group discussion as the first criteria for screening the candidates for face-to-face interviews. And there is reason too for giving huge importance for Group Discussion. First thing Group Discussion is used for mass elimination! And second thing group discussion selection criteria’s are based on actual company requirements.

Communication and Group Discussion skill are two relevant soft skills that are must for software testers.

Why group discussion should be the first criteria for selecting software testers?

Software tester requires communication with different people like team members, managers and customers. So interpersonal skill is very important for tester.

Yesterday one of our readers mailed me about her problem. She is very good at work but when it comes to taking credit for her work, someone else is taking the credit.

Why this is happening? She is lagging in interpersonal skills. Lagging in communication. She might be proficient in many skills, but what if she isn’t able to communicate her thoughts in front of her seniors or evaluators? Simply, she will lose the credits of her own work!

Making a good impression while speaking in meetings or interviews is the basic skill every professional should have. Let’s see how you can make this impression.

What skills are judged in group discussion?

  • How good you are at communication with others.
  • How you behave and interact with group.
  • How open minded are you.
  • Your listening skill.
  • How you put forward your views.
  • Your leadership and decision making skills.
  • Your analysis skill and subject knowledge.
  • Problem solving and critical thinking skill.
  • Your attitude and confidence.

Do’s and Don’ts of Group discussion:

1) Keep eye contact while speaking:
Do not look at the evaluators only. Keep eye contact with every team member while speaking.

2) Initiate the GD:
Initiating the GD is a big plus. But keep in mind – Initiate the group discussion only when you understood the GD topic clearly and have some topic knowledge. Speaking without proper subject knowledge is bad impression.

3) Allow others to speak:
Do not interrupt anyone in-between while speaking. Even if you don’t agree with his/her thoughts do not snatch their chance to speak. Instead make some notes and clear the points when it’s your turn.

4) Speak clearly:
Speak politely and clearly. Use simple and understandable words while speaking. Don’t be too aggressive if you are disagreeing with someone. Express your feelings calmly and politely.

5) Make sure to bring the discussion on track:
If by any means group is distracting from the topic or goal then simply take initiative to bring the discussion on the track. Make all group members aware that you all need to come to some conclusion at the end of the discussion. So stick to the topic.

6) Positive attitude:
Be confident. Do not try to dominate anyone. Keep positive body language. Show interest in discussion.

7) Speak sensibly:
Do not speak just to increase your speaking time. Don’t worry even if you speak less. Your thoughts should be sensible and relevant instead of irrelevant speech.

8 ) Listen carefully to others:
Speak less and listen more! Pay attention while others are speaking. This will make coherent discussion and you will get involved in the group positively. You will surely make people agree with you.

9) No need to go into much details:
Some basic subject analysis is sufficient. No need to mention exact figures while giving any reference. You have limited time so be precise and convey your thoughts in short and simple language.

10) Formal dressing:
Do not take it casually. No fancy and funny dressing. You should be comfortable while speaking in group. Positive gesture and body language will make your work easy.

Follow these 10 simple rules to easily crack the GD.

Let’s have some bonus tips for Group Discussion success.

Here is an embedded Power point presentation on Group discussion topic.
Thanks to “SoftLogic Technologies” for providing this presentation to our readers.


Benefits of GD

  1. Improvement in Communication skills
  2. Divergent thinking
  3. Refinement of analytical skills
  4. Learning to participate in groups
  5. Information exchange
  6. Team commitment
  7. Enhances Creativity
  8. Develops group dynamics
  9. Up brings productivity
  10. Increases team participation