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After announcement of XAT result, GD/PI is the next level which you have to achieve to get selected in XAT associated institutes. Importance of GD is the major question every student want to know. Find here qualities & ethics required to perform better in GD/PI. Also find tips regarding better performance in interview & latest GD topics.
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Every aspiring students have questions regarding importance of GD & its requirement in XAT Selection process. Your Leadership & Team skills are verified through GD process. The basic idea behind GD is to test.
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Group discussion is the way to identify all the positive & negative aspects of certain topic. It should be a healthy discussion which should be tends towards a logical conclusion. In short it should not seems like a battle field.
Always remember one thing that it is just a discussion not a debate. For e.g. If total duration If GD is 15 minutes then total number of points may not exceed above 35 out of 40. So you have to participate in discussion at least 5 to 6 times to attain better score.
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What kind of facts figures & relevant examples you are presenting in GD will be tested. You can do it better by reading good newspapers & magazines like The Hindu, Indian Express.
If you are a good listener then only, you will become a good speaker. Practice in your peer group, try to listen everyone & then react. But do not stand like that you do not have anything to say. Summed up your thoughts while you are listening others, but it can be achieved by group practice only.
Try to address everyone in the group. Maintain eye contact while you are speaking. It will reflect your confidence level alternatively.
Do not be rude to other person who is speaking. Try to use words like Excuse me, Let me complete to participate in discussion.
If you have given the chance to initiate then give it a proper direction to perform good discussion. Do not become a part of small group in discussion. Sometimes we do not pay attention but it happens. Only two or three people are discussing & others, not able to participate in the discussion. Try to discuss with everyone because panelists judges you on this scale also.
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Note every key point related to discussion in your mind, obviously you do not have any paper-pen to write. Because it will be required at the time of final conclusion. Analyze points of your team mates.
Development of above listed qualities is not a one day goal you can achieve these qualities through constant practice.
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If you will be able to find the reasons of your failure then automatically you will perform well.
Prepare two answers for above basic questions both short & long, so that you would be able to answer according to the situation.
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It is completely OK if you are not able to answer some questions. You can say ‘I am sorry, I do not know the answer’ & proceed. We strictly advised you to not to give confusing answers because it will indirectly affects your PI score so, better say sorry & proceed.
Here are some basic tips which will help you to perform better in GD/PI.
As your seniors have gone through all the proceedings required for GD/PI. Discuss with them about type of topics were asked in GD. What are the different views & reaction of students who have been participate in the discussion.
GD Topic: 360 degree
As the topic suggest itself ‘360’ there were so many ideas all around as the topic is so abstract. The student who have initiated the discussion was trying to hold back all the ideas together have secured maximum points. I could not keep speaking for long duration but try to put new ideas from different perspective.
The whole discussion was lasts for 30 to 35 minutes with several good points but with no firm conclusion. I was the third one to be called for the interview. It was a nice discussion given me three essay topics to write on some days prior to the interview. There were total three interviewers let us say P1, P2 & P3.
GD Topic: Wealth disparity can be overcome by making the rich poor & poor rich
Every student who were in my team have present strong points to validate their thoughts. Whole discussion was lasts for 25 minutes.
My interview session was conducted for about 30 minutes. They were asking me about my school, books which I fond of & current affairs.
GD Topic: Extra Curricular activities act as distraction to students
Total 11 students were there for discussion but only 8 have participated. It was lasts for about 15 minutes.
GD Topic: Union Budget 2015: Enumerate its pluses & minuses
The discussion was common, everyone had lots of time to put on their views. Our discussion was tends to be repetitive & finally the discussion had been stopped by panelists to draw conclusion.
They have asked me about my year gap & my job profile that is cloud computing.
GD Topic: Who said beggars cannot be choosers? Beggars can be choosers too?
GD Performance: 3/5
PI: They have asked me about Public & private job culture & my long terms goals.
PI Performance: 6/10
It was a quite different topic only 4 out of 10 students were able to speak at the time of discussion.
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Note: If panelist asks you any question then they are expecting only a correct answer from your side?
No, it is not the case most of the time. They are not looking for correct answer all the time, all they are looking for is your confidence level in given situation.
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