GD and PI

For GD and PI, early training and constant practice helps. Hold mock sessions with your friends and look to update your knowledge on several fields by reading as much as you can. Students need enough time to work upon their personality. Maintain a positive attitude and practice breathing exercises. Remember great speakers are not born but are trained. Do just the thing you’re afraid to do and you’ll overcome your fear.

A stress interview is an interview in which applicants are deliberately put under stress either physical or psychological to test qualities such as courage, tact, temper and self command. This method is used for selection for positions in which the person must be able to confront difficult situations without getting upset. Several methods are used to throw the candidate out of balance — rapid fire questions at several topics at once; questions asked by different members of the panel together cross questioning and arguing disputing the candidate’s statements ridiculing the answers; subjecting him /her to silence inattention.

The best way to tackle stress interview is to stay calm and cool headed. Do not become defensive as in a stress interview what you say is not nearly as important as maintaining your composure. You might try using humor in your response. It is important to respond to the question.

Reading is the first and the most crucial step in preparing for a GD / PI. Reading must be made a constant process – the more you read the better you are in your thoughts. You must also ensure that you’re in touch with current affairs, debates and hot topics of discussions.

The last 30 seconds are meant only to incorporate all the points that were discussed during the GD. Hence, avoid raising new points. In the same way, avoid stating only your view point or dwelling on any one single aspect. Try and keep your response brief and concise.

Content and delivery complement each other. Content without the right delivery will be ineffective and delivery without appropriate content has no existence. What you say and how you say it are both equally important.

A case study to simulate a real life situation Information about a situation is given and you are asked as a group to resolve the situation. A case is a written description of a situation or event containing information about its numerous facets; its history type of problem, factors causing the problem etc. Case based group discussion tries to evaluate a problem solving approach that is, defining the problem correctly, generating various alternatives to solve the problem evaluating the worth of each alternative suggesting the best available alternative through which the problem can be solved. The objective in the case study is to get you to think about the situation from various angles. Since a problem can be solved by more than one way, there may be divergence of solutions presented by different candidates.

Evaluators do not evaluate whether a candidate has suggested correct or incorrect solutions as there is nothing like incorrect or perfect solutions of a problem but they evaluate him /her on the basis of how he / she has approached the problem and its solution. The candidate is basically tested for his or her analytical and logical thinking ability.

Apart from the content a candidate is judged on his /her ability to take initiative to a work in team. One also needs to show time flexible. Creativity reasoning ability, communications skills and the ability tot think on one’s feet are the other important aspects that a candidate is judged on.