For effective learning for the UPSC Civil Services Main Exam Group Discussion is very important. It is a mutual gain of knowledge for all the participating members. When you study a particular topic, you develop your own views and own understanding on the topic. In this process you may miss out some other angles to think on the same topic. In a Group Discussion more than one brain think and give their views and opinions on the topic. Thus you can benefit yourself with different angles to think and consider on the same topic and incorporate all these points while writing answers in the exam.
Some skills that are generated in a Group Discussion are:
Communication Skills: In a Group Discussion there is fair possibility that you improve your communication skills. Communication skills are considered as necessary to do well in the UPSC civil Services Exam. In a group while sharing your opinions and exchanging views with others you will automatically improve your communication skills.
Divergent Thinking: Group Discussion enables a participating candidate to think in divergent directions to generate more points and a good presentation of the topic in the group. In a group when you present your points you would think and consider all possible points on the topic and thus you improve your thinking process also.
Analytical skills: In the Group Discussion you have to be careful about the points you discuss. You should have enough analytical ability to analyse the topic and the points and then present them in front of others for discussion. You need to be careful so that there is no logical inconsistency in your points. Thus while doing Group Discussion you get to improve your analytical skills.
Group Discussions should be polite and friendly. There should not be any attitude of hard competition, as it will not bring the desired benefit for the participating members. Group Discussions should be held with the intention of learning well and improve more.