Smart Steps on How to Face a Group Discussion

Smart Steps on How to Face a Group Discussion

After having cleared your technical tests and in some cases, a primary round of interview, you are most likely how to face a Group Discussion. It has become a sort of norm for management institutes, business schools and higher education colleges to have a round of Group Discussion as a part of selection process. And wait, not just for your higher educational qualifications, GDs are even important selection tools for job interviews. That being said, it would make sense to make yourself completely acquainted with what you need to know and skills that you need to hone in order to perform your best at a GD.

You have read previously here on what really a GD and you know for sure, what the evaluators would be looking for. Considering that, we have got for you here some essential information on how you should face a GD.

Facing a Group Discussion – the Six Smart Steps!

Step One: Communicate right

Communication skills are your key to success at a group discussion. It is your power of expression that would be taken into notice here. You need to be an attentive listener and an efficient speaker. Not being either will cut down your chances to get selected by the evaluators or even get noticed by them. Effective communication needs you to be assertive and this will help you hold the attention of your audience and create a positive impact. Being precise and clear is more important. And most importantly, you should allow others to speak as well. Remember, good listening skills are an important aspect of good communication.

Step Two: Gather knowledge and ideas on the topic

Knowledge of the subject on the topic and having a clear idea of the same are essential for performing well at the GD. Keep yourself updated with the recent developments or current affairs, follow news and read consistently – these are little things that will ensure you will have necessary knowledge that will help you in the GD. When you are aware of the subject matter, you will sound convincing and confident.

Step Three: Coordinate and lead

One of the basic aims of a group discussion is to judge your team building and leadership skills. A promising candidate is considered to be one who displays tactfulness and leadership qualities. You need to motivate and encourage the other members of the group to participate in the discussion apart from presenting your views assertively.

Step Four: Promote healthy exchange of thoughts

Group discussion, as the name suggests, is a discussion between the various participants. You need to ensure that you are allowing others to speak and if you do not agree to their perspective, be accommodative to listen and then state your disagreements. Your body language, your eye contact and the way you present your thoughts will win you points. Remember, you are not in a debate but in a discussion.

Step Five: Address the group as a whole

In most cases, the groups are made randomly. That would imply, you may not know the members in the group or even their names. Addressing the group as a whole is hence a strategy that will display your confidence as well as indicate that you are not nervous to be a part of the discussion.

Step Six: Prepare yourself

When the interviewer organizes a group discussion, he will mostly allot you a certain time frame to prepare yourself after giving the topic. Use this time strategically and to your best. Prepare yourself, note down points that come to your mind regarding the topic.

The above steps when followed keenly can assure your success at any GD.

India Shifts Focus to Quality Higher Education

India Shifts Focus to Quality Higher Education

When it comes to higher education, there is always a dearth of options for Indian students who seek foreign lands to study and earn better. Whether it is a Masters in technology or a Master’s in Business Management and Administration, every Indian students tends to believe that his higher education is worth the effort of he has a foreign diploma or degree. If you are under a similar perception, you might want to change the way you think because considering the way Indian education system is reforming, times aren’t far when higher education in India would be more focused on quality with a huge budget set aside for the same.

Indian Government Sending Positive Signals

In the recent times, there has been quite an increase in the number of enrollments in the Indian higher education colleges and universities. If the figures are to go by, higher education enrollment in India has doubled from 14 million in 2007 to 28 million in 2013. However, there has always been a concern on the quality of education provided by the Indian universities. It is a matter of concern for a country with the world’s second largest population of higher education students to have only a handful of institutions globally ranked and recognized. With more than half of India’s huge population (precisely about 1.3 billion people), under the age of 25, India is soon to be projected in the list of world’s youngest countries by 2020. That being said, it reflects a rather positive attitude of the Indian government, which is now shifting its focus on providing quality higher education.

It is true that Indian education system has always been under the scrutiny for its quality. There has been a chronic shortage of qualified faculty. The curriculum lacks updated information and use of advanced technology and the student teacher ratio is quite alarming. All these issues and the fact that the educated Indian youth is rather unemployed has got tremendous pressure on the Indian Education Board and a positive impact of this has been seen in the recent reforms announced by the Government towards the Indian higher education. In the February 2016 budget, Finance minister Arun Jaitley announced a number of measures such as the creation of a new Higher Education Financing Agency (HEFA) with an initial budget endowment of 100 billion rupees (US$1.5 billion) and also plans for development of 20 world class universities (10 public sector and 10 private sector) to meet the growing demand from Indian students.

As far as the reforms relating to the quality of education is concerned, there have been announcements such as universalize of primary education as well as delinking the new universities from University Grants Commission (UGC) will provide the foundation for an improved quality of education. The new universities will not be associated with the UGC and this typically implies these institutions will be outside government control, leaving them with considerable authority on setting the curriculum, fees as well as hiring the faculty. In short, these universities will now have enough resources with freedom from government control to ensure they offer superior quality, on par with their foreign counterparts.

Considering the above steps taken by the Indian government, India hopes to see a bright future for its future generation. Education can now be our tool for success!