The CAT aspirants with the required scores would be called for the next round of selection that is Group Discussion/Written Ability Test and Personal Interview.
Even though Group Discussion has not been preferred by many IIMs, it is still important to any CAT aspirant that it is not so different from WAT.
Both of them test your accuracy in response and time management but in different fashions.
What a GD panel look for?
A group discussion will in addition test your following qualities:
• How receptive are you?
• Your analytical reasoning
• How articulate are you?
• How you validate your opinions with facts?
• Are you arrogant in insisting your thoughts?
• Personality traits
• Interpersonal skills
Form a group of three to five students or more- in case if you can’t find a good number, discuss with one of your friends any recent topic under debate.
While discussing keep the following things in mind that will help you in the GD.
• Know the world around you: It is very important that you have a sound knowledge on the happenings across the globe. If you goof up with the facts in the GD, the probability of your elimination is high.
• Read opinion pieces: Do not just read every day news, but more opinions and columns by guest authors. This will help you understand the different dimensions wound around any issue.
• Think laterally! : Do not state the obvious. Try to take the discussion further by giving it a new flip. Make sure you are not veering away from the topic.
• Be receptive: Do not dominate the fellow participants. Pay your attention to what they say and if you support/deny what they say, politely enter into the argument but not abruptly.
• Facts and figures: Provide facts and figures when necessary and use them to support your argument.
• Don’t speak for the sake of speaking: This can be related with the previous point. Speak relevantly. Do not speak to show that you know the facts, figures and everything about the topic.
• Be assertive; build consensus: Remember you are not to win over with your aggressive speech. Understand the difference between being aggressive and assertive. Conclude your speech with a harmonious note.
• Be crisp and confident: Do not beat around the bush. Do not worry if your subject knowledge on the given topic is very shallow. Put your thoughts across and listen to what others speak. Fortunately you could be fed by their thoughts.
Given below are a few topics that can be discussed with your friend(s).
1. Quantitative easing
2. Raghuram Rajan and inflation
3. Satya Nadella as Microsoft CEO
4. Mark Zuckerberg being the best philanthrope of the year 2013
5. Land acquisition bill
6. Food security Act 2013
7. Communal Violence bill
8. US Fed tapering
What it takes to tackle WAT or GD?
What do a WAT or GD look for?