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Tips to crack Group discussion for competitive exams

When you have sufficient knowledge on a particular topic, then it is natural that you will speak confidently about it.

Communication skill is a vital factor than technical knowledge in any corporate/higher education environment. The first impression is the last impression. The way you communicate professionally is directly or indirectly an add-on to the quality of services you can offer later in your professional career. Group Discussion (GD) is a procedure used by corporate companies, educational institutes, and other organizations to evaluate the communication skills of the participant.

Let's see how you can make an impression.

What skills are evaluated In GD?

  • How good you are when communicating with others?
  • How you behave and interact within a group?
  • Are you an open minded person?
  • Listening skills.
  • How you put forward your views?
  • Leadership and decision-making skills.
  • Analysis skill and subject knowledge.
  • Attitude and confidence.

Process of GD

Initiate: It is not required to have a thorough knowledge of the topic with actual facts and figures but at least the basic information on the topic will be good enough. In order to make your speech interesting, you can begin with a quote which is relevant to the topic or can start with a short and simple incident/story.

Lead: There could be a circumstance where you do not have enough information on the given topic. It’s sensible to wait, watch and listen to what the other candidates speak until you get a chance to move smoothly into the discussion. Take charge and begin your conversation forward. Leading the discussion impact fully is the key.

To Summarize: Summarization is a chance to turn heads of the evaluators. Putting together the entire discussion by highlighting the star points and concluding the results of the discussion is summarizing the discussion. The summary should be short and to the point and no new further points should be added.

Rules to crack GD:

1) Appearance: It is the main thing to be noticed by anyone. Always wear formal outfit and be well-groomed.

2) Eye Contact: Your confidence is seen in your eyes. Hence maintain eye contact with the evaluator and your peers while having the discussion.

3) Avoid Dominance: Always remember that the discussion is not a battle. In the heat of the moment, never lose your speech and decency. You are there to share your views and not to start an argument. Respect others views also.

4) Avoid Interrupting: It is ill mannered to interrupt someone while talking. Everyone has a point and one should respect and let your turn come for you to have your say.

5) Clarity of Speech and Thoughts: Always maintain an optimum speed and volume of your voice. Be prepared in the mind of your views that you are about to present and be clear.

6) Irrelevant Talk: Avoid diverting from the main topic and be on the same track. 


Kinds of GD:  Based on the content of the discussion there are three types of GD.

1) Topic-Based GD: This is based on certain topics which are practical and real. For Example, Socioeconomic topics, Education related like, How Plastic is affecting our Earth?” “Is a top degree necessary to become a successful person?”

2) Case-Based GD: It is based on case studies which depict a real-life situation. The group is provided with a case study beforehand and is given some time to prepare for it. The group has to explain the case study to give a solution. In the process of solving, the qualities such as problem-solving, analysis, thinking out of the box is being tested.

3) Article-Based GD: Here, the candidates are provided with an article which could be based on any field like politics, sports, technology, etc. The candidates are given time to prepare for the discussion and are analyzed how the candidate responds to the unknown field/ fact and how confident he/she is in presenting his/her point of view.

Group Discussion (GD) is an important part of MBA and other completive exam’s selection process. Group Discussions are a superb way to display your knowledge in current trends and matters of the globe, how aware you are about things happening around you, and most of all to examine your communication and presentation skills. 

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Best Small Business ideas for Indian Youth

Do you want to begin a business in India with low investment? Here are few ideas for you to ponder.
Ritika SrivastavaTeentalkindia Counsellor

Initiating any business cannot be considered as a light-hearted affair, especially in India that is afflicted by many uncertainties such as high tax rate, bribery and a tedious registration process. India is aiming to become the third-largest economy of the world by 2030 due to the democracy, demography, as well as demand. India also possesses world’s largest population of youth; these are various reasons why India is the place to start for businesses.

  1. Private Tuition/Mentoring: This is a profitable business idea that can give you good income. You could offer your services in the neighborhood or in large groups. You would need to be knowledgeable in the subjects you intend to teach.


  1. Stationary shop: It’s a good idea to include sales of stationeries, school books or general books. To get good income in this business you would need to be innovative about your services, and possess good sales skills.


  1. Food delivery business: Any service that brings ease to the client is always in high demand. Most people do not wish to leave where they are probably due to varying circumstance – work, personal – to get food, and so they’d prefer to have it delivered. This is where your food delivery business comes in within reach.


  1. Grocery shop: A grocery delivery business is an opportunity that can fetch you a good sum of money. You could help clients deliver groceries for a minimum fee. This is a business that will ensure you attract clients to patronize your service.


  1. Insurance agent: Being an insurance agent would require you to have good convincing skills so that clients could pay for a coverage which would then earn you a commission. This is a business that you can do in your free time, guaranteed to bring in cash with no stress.


  1. Freelance writer/SEO consultant: If you are good in writing, you could become a freelance writer. You could even choose a forte to write on, and can decide to write for a magazine, newspaper or a website. There is no limit to the amount of jobs you can manage as a freelance writer.


  1. Car driving school: You would need to choose an area where the majority of the people do not know how to drive, and want to learn. Once you can identify such a place, watch your cash flowing in.


  1. Web designers: Web designers are valuable for technology companies, that’s why becoming a freelance web designer is a top side business idea today. Web design is all about learning the art of creating a beautiful, value-driven experience for the users using a website or app. There are always new ideas popping up in need of professional web design.


  1. Housekeeping service: This has a lot of scope especially when most of the people around us are working these days. These services may include housemaids, babysitter, care takers for elder people, cleaning staff, etc. You need to have a good network of community helpers and you can charge a commission on providing community services.


  1. Catering business: It’s a great side business idea, and if you have enough good reviews you might be able to turn your knife skills into a full-time endeavor where you're leveraging your network to book catering events. This is built heavily upon getting happy referrals, so be sure to over-deliver for your first customers, and ask if they know anyone else who could utilize your catering services.

No matter how gratifying your full-time job may be, finding the right side business ideas and ultimately becoming fully self-employed is even more meaningful than great pay and solid benefits. Choosing the route of entrepreneurship, and working on your side business idea, is without a doubt riskier than being content with holding a 9-5 job. It requires way more dedication and patience.


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