These days, the competition in the field of education has increased so much that just passing an examination is not enough. The times have gone when you could get admission in any college just by being a book worm. Today, every minute detail of your personality, even the way you walk and talk, is being noticed before you are given admission. There are many parameters by which institutes judge your personality and one such parameter is ‘Group Discussion’ (GD).
Thus, other than preparing for your written examination, it is very important for you to prepare for GDs in a proper manner if you desire to get into the prestigious institutes like IITs and IIMs. Here are some of the ways which would help you to get through a GD.
ü Be aware: The first and foremost thing that you need to do is always be aware of what is happening in your surroundings. The reason for this is that an informed and well aware person never hesitates to participate as he/she has sufficient knowledge to discuss and argue over a particular topic. Thus, it is quite relevant for you to be well informed and the best way by which you can be up to date is by reading newspapers. Newspapers are the best means of increasing knowledge.
ü Be assertive: While sitting in a GD it is very significant for you to be assertive in your approach. You should have the capability of making others listen to what you are saying. But always remember you should also have the ability to listen to other people. Listen to what your opponent is saying and then assert your argument.
ü Be reasonable: In a GD it is important to put forward your argument. But what is more important is that you put your argument forward with valid reasons and facts if possible. Reasons and facts are relevant as they increase the credibility of your argument.
ü Have good communication skills: One aspect of your personality that the institutes generally notice during a GD is your communication skills. In today’s era, it is quite significant for you to have good communication skills if you desire to reach on the top. Also, from the point of view of GD, communication skills help you to provide your argument in a better way. Thus, focus on your communication skills.
If you follow these points carefully and prepare your GD keeping these points in mind, it would not only help you in clearing your GD at the college level but would also prove to be a great help at a later stage in your life when you will go for interviews in different companies.
In the conclusion, the times have gone when merely being a book worm worked to get through an entrance examination. Today, Group Discussions have become an integral and significant part of entrance tests. Therefore, there is a need for you to prepare for GD efficiently and effectively for which some of the ways are mentioned above.