The primary thing considered by many to get admitted for a MBA program in one
of the reputed B schools in India, is excellent makes in the CAT exams, better
known as Common Admission Test. Despite of this there are many candidates who
are unable to make it to the final stage of getting them rolled in their dream
The answer to this is that scoring only good marks in CAT is not sufficient
enough to help you get into your dream college. Before the final admission takes
place, the candidate has to go through a round of GD and PI. Better known as
Group discussion and Personal Interview, these two are rigorous screening
process that more or less every reputed B school follows. If you can overcome
these two hurdles, then only you can get admitted for the MBA course.
Tips to crack a Group Discussion
1. GD is not an elimination procedure:
Most of the students think GD as an elimination round where the evaluator finds
scope to eliminate the candidates. This is a very wrong perception. GD is more
of an evaluation process than an elimination round. In a group discussion round,
the evaluator evaluates the candidates on certain skills like communication,
assertiveness, patience to listen, etc. The evaluator mainly wants to see how
well you can communicate, but make sure that whatever you are saying makes
2. Make good points
In case of GD, after you get to hear the topic on which all the candidate’s need
to discuss, try to think the topic from different perspectives like economic,
political, social, technological, legal, etc. By doing this, you will get a
number of good points to speak on. Don’t hurry in making the points.
3. Understand the topic first and then speak
until and unless you are very confident about the topic, don’t be the one to
start. If you do not understand what the topic is all about, then hear what the
others are saying. From there, you can make out what the topic is all about and
then plan out your points and presentation.
4. Get into the discussion
while being the first one to speak has its own share of risks; it is not
advisable to remain quite for a long time. After you have gathered enough points
you can get into the discussion. To get yourself noticed, you can start by
agreeing or disagreeing to a particular candidate’s points and then begin
speaking on your points. At the same time, doesn’t be the last one to speak as
this might make a negative impression on the judging panel. It is always
advisable to be the second or the third speaker.
5. Leadership quality
In case of GD, try to highlight your leadership quality but don’t portray a
bossy attitude. Try to motivate others to speak so that it brings out your
abilities as a leader before the interview panel.
Some common tips:
1. Check the body language
always remember that the evaluator is not only listening to you, but at the same
time checking your body language. Body language, mannerisms, gestures speak a
lot about the person. So, try to maintain a positive body language. Tapping your
feet, playing with the pen, pointing the fingers, sitting with legs crossed
should be avoided. In case of PI, you should have a smiling face but avoid
2. Knock before you enter
In case of PI, always knock and ask for permission to enter the room. After you
have entered, wish every member in the panel. Don’t just enter and grab the
chair to sit. Wait for the interviewer to ask you to take your seat.
3. Eye contact
while the GD is going on, you should maintain a proper eye contact with the
person with whom you are talking. If you are sitting in front of the
interviewer, then maintain eye contact with him. But make sure that the other
person does not feel that you are staring at him/her.
4. Sharpen your language skills
before coming for a PI or GD; you should sharpen your language skills so that
you can express your words and thoughts clearly and fluently. In such places,
fluency in English is considered must.