How to Create An Impact During GD? - Due to an effective and highly competitive environment, selection procedure at various institutes or organizations have changed drastically. In earlier times, just on the basis of entrance test and personal interview rounds candidates were sorted and selected. But, since the time has changed and the number of candidates applying to a particular institute or organization have enhanced. Institutes and organizations have also changed their selection methods by adding different selection rounds which are anonymous to most of the candidates. Henceforth, to make candidates aware about admission criteria of B-Schools and other organizations and help them know about the common mistakes which are to be avoided, Careers360 brings to you this article on how to create an impact during GD?. Candidates who are planning to appear or are shortlisted for a group discussion (GD) must read the complete article of “How to create an impact during GD?” to get better acumen.

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How to Create An Impact During GD?

Latest: Check the group discussion (GD) topics.

What is Group Discussion (GD)?

Nowadays, be it organizations or institutes all are conducting group discussion rounds to sort out homogenous candidates required out of the heterogeneous candidates applying. Group Discussion (GD) is another tool and a formal round of selection whereby proper groups are formulated to judge candidate’s ability to communicate and apply logic.

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GD is different from a regular public speaking or debate, as there are certain rules which candidates have to follow. The person who conducts the Group Discussion (GD) is called the GTO i.e. Group Testing Officer.

How to create an impact during GD?

Now that you know what a GD is, candidates must try to focus on How to create an impact during GD? Well, it may sound difficult to standout in a group of 10-15 minutes, but not when you know the tricks to ace the GD. There are a lot of Dos and Donts’t to be followed by candidates. Let us now see how to create an impact during GD?.

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Evaluation Criteria of Group Discussion

The major aim of conducting GD is to assess the individual as well as group qualities possessed by candidates. Individual qualities refer to knowledge about the topic, reasoning and communication skills, body language etc., while the group qualities refer to group behaviour, listening skills and attentiveness, respect for group members etc.,

Major Things To Be Kept In Mind With Regard To GD


Attentive Body Language


Formal Dress Code


Try Initiating The GD


Brush Up Basic Topics


Listen Attentively

Let us look at each point one by one to brush them up as most of the eliminations are done through the Group Discussion rounds for institutes offering college admissions or organizations offering job letters.

Attentive Body Language

When in a group discussion, avoid sitting with a hunched back or a casual sitting posture as it shows lack of interest. To look confident make sure to sit straight with your backbone being vertical. GTO also assesses the body language of group participants indirectly during the group discussion round. In business communication, body language is considered as a non-verbal communication and includes eye contact, hand movements, proximity, facial expressions, posture and much more. Body language is also called Kinesics which can be learned by desirable candidates. Body language can be detrimental if not taken care of by candidates during the group discussion. Do not engage yourself with activities like playing with pen, or using mobile phone, tapping your foot etc., as it may distract other group discussion participants and may lead to negative markings.

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Formal Dress Code

Appear decent in front of the GTO and other group discussion participants. Female candidates can wear a formal shirt or top along with knee-length skirt or full trousers. While a full sleeves shirt and a pant would be recommended for male candidates. Do not forget to iron the dress else it may look clumsy. Try not be too blingy as the group discussion is conducted in daylight.

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Try Initiating The GD

Leadership is a chief feature which all institutes and organizations look forward to in a candidate. It is best to start the group discussion when you are familiar with the topic and know exactly how to initiate. To be the initiator candidates need to have knowledge about the topic, thus it is important for candidates to be well-prepared. Try to learn some quotes which are common and can be used with all topics.

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Brush Up Basic Topics

Always prepare in advance and learn some common topics which are more frequently asked in group discussion. Check GD PI WAT Preparation Tips from Toppers and Experts who have faced these rounds. In case it happens that even after preparing well the topic given by GTO is not known to you and you have no idea then follow the next point i.e. listen attentively. Listen to what fellow group discussion participants have to say. After few of them speak, you will have enough points to add on and speak about. This is how you will gain momentum. Prepare some topics from management, business, general knowledge or anything related to which the Group Discussion is being conducted.

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Listen Attentively

As mentioned, there can be a situation in which the topic given is unknown and may not allow you to be an initiator. Hence, in such situations listen carefully to the group members. This shows a positive aspect that you allow others to speak. Gain advantage of the situation and listen with an open mind. Try to take a cue from what other group discussion candidates have to offer and add to the topic and then make your move. If you feel you do not have much to speak and contribute to the group discussion topic, try to conclude the discussion in 4-5 lines.

Note - Summarize and put together the whole discussion by highlighting the key points and conclude the same. The summary should be short yet crisp and should include both pros and cons.

Other Key Points that can Impact Group Discussion

  • Avoid being dominant

  • Keep clarity in your speech

  • Do not talk irrelevant

  • Do not exaggerate the figures (if using any)

  • Let others speak

  • Keep eye contact with the group discussion participants and not the GTO (group testing officer)

  • Participate in mock GD’s

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I have 72% in 10th, 64% in 12 and 60% in BTech with 98 percentile in the cat will I get a seat in any of iits or iims

Shiksha 9th Apr, 2020


Your academic profile is average but your cat percentile is good. It will definitely fetch you calls for IIMs and top IITs as well (those who provide mba for non-engineering students too).

It is difficult to get into IIMs at look at your overall profile for admission, but the new IIMs and baby IIMs will give you calls. Not only just IIMs/IITs, you have good chances to get calls from mdi gurgaon, fms delhi (as your percentile is just on edge being a non-engineer), sp jain mumbai, etc

I hope this helps.


I have 87.4% in 10th and 73.8% in 12th and 67.4% in graduation ,can I get a call from iim if I score 99 percentile in cat exam

ADIL KHAN Student Expert 9th Apr, 2020


You have a pretty average academic score and Some B-schools consider your academics but still Yes you can get into top b-schools, provided you have a  percentile in the common admissions test(CAT) too a cat percentile of 98+ for mediocre IIMs and 99+ for the top ones. But you can absolutely forget IIMs-  Ahmedabad , Bangalore,v Calcutta,Indore as they focus on acads and you have a very average profile as of now but still there are lots of other factors which govern whether you'll be gettin a call from the top IIMs or not like which company did you work for, if the company is one in which the selection rate is less or the selection criteria is hard, which college you did your undergraduate degree from, which course did you pursue, many other factors which play a role. But it depends also on what course you prusue in your graduation considering you are a student from the commerce/business stream.

Please focus on your undergraduation marks too and do a lot of Internships to improve your profile and hence increase the chances of getting a call.

You can reach out to us for more information regarding admissions entrance tests etc.

Hope it helps.



is it neccesary to give CAT exam for pursuing In MBA?

Preeti Makhija 9th Apr, 2020

Dear Student,

CAT is the entrance exam for Top B-Schools in India. But  now there are other entrance exams as well like MAT,CMAT,XAT,etc for good MBA Colleges.

In Delhi/NCR there are many colleges who take MAT , CMAT score for admissions. some of them are:

IILM UNiversity Gurugram

Appejay school of Management

Amity University

SGT University etc...

All the universities have started with the admission process, please go through the websites and get all the details.


atleast how much percentile should i need in CAT exam to get admission in college which gives me package of mininum MBA finance after completion of course.?help me plzz

Deepshikha Student Expert 9th Apr, 2020
College does not have a big role to play when it comes to placement. It's only a gateway for you to participate in the campus selection process. Colleges like Indian Institute of Management across India, TISS etcetra provide you with great opportunities. Big companies come here to hire students. So,you should try to score above 95-96 percentile to get into such colleges,after that your hardwork and dedication will help you get a good job.
Hope this helps.
Good luck.

Im a commerce student without maths can I clear the CAT exam .

ADIL KHAN Student Expert 8th Apr, 2020

Hii Abhinav,

Yes you for sure can but the amount of hard work you will have to put in will be more. The maths/quants part is pretty basic but is very tricky so it is tricks which you need to understand and apply.

CAT is an exam which tests your practicality and not how much you can learn by rote learning. You can start off by appearing for a mock test conducted free online and assess your performance that'll help you see and judge the areas you need improvement in and then decide if you need coaching or you can go on by yourself. You can either go for self study or Prepare with a tutor. For english prep. You can start off with Word Power Made easy, do this book twice, don't rush but read it and learn for 30-45 mins everyday. For Quants and LR-Di Arun sharma. Giving a mock a week and analyzing your strengths and weakness in terms of topics, score, percentile score and the time you are spending per question is really important.

Do take mocks religiously and you'll see how much it can affect your preparation in a positive manner.

You can read more about cat prep here-

You can reach out to us for more help.

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