Last Modified : September 04, 2015
After giving CAT 2015 a cutoff percentile will be issued on the basis of which candidate will have to appear for next stage. IIM kozhikode will conduct GD+PI+WAT for their final selection of candidates for which a candidate will receive call letter where you can find all the details regarding venue, timings, date etc.
It is important that you start working on your group discussion skills as early as possible. These tips will help you get better marks in this session.
Many IIM’s select the candidate considering their work experience and people doing 9-6 job can’t spend quality time on reading. So here are some tips through which you can deal with this problem.
Jagaran josh- you can download this app in your smart phone to stay updated with current events. The app contains 8 sections:
You can stay up-to-date by simply reading news from these sections .Each section gets updated with the latest news.
This app will keep you updated with business news. You will find BL Ink, Breaking News, top stories, stocks and varies other topics in this app.
Other apps are: The hindu, dainik jagran, Times of India
You can use these apps while travelling in a bus, rikshaw, train anywhere and anytime. You just have to download these apps in your smartphone and read the material on daily basis.
1. You can watch Fatafat at 10:30 PM on ABP news where you can see the top daily news within half hour.
2. Non-stop superfast news at 9:58 pm on Indiatv news
3. You can watch Doordarshan news channel
4. News bulletin on BBC.
Other channels are NDTV, Times now, ET Now, Zee news etc.
The English used in these novel is simpler than used in novels written by authors from overseas. It would be easier to read and grasp the content in the book, also this will develop your interest in reading.
Once you start reading you will face some difficulty in getting the meaning of some words, mark those words write them in a diary find out there meaning using dictionary and memorize them.
Repeat the exercise until you are confident to move to foreign author.
When you decide on reading novels by foreign authors you can start by reading these novels:
Read the novels word by word if you can’t get the meaning out of it at once you should try to read again and again until it is clear. This will improve your comprehension power and vocabulary too. Try to learn at least 2 and maximum 10 new words daily while reading these novels.
You can also download Apps in your phone to increase your word power one of them is :
The app comes with three level of words you can choose level with your comfort. For every word meaning, memorizing tricks, synonyms and antonyms is provided with a lot of data on a single word. You can also take as many tests you want and there are a number of other features in this app which will help you improve your vocab.
Now comes the most important skill which you must harness to crack a group discussion which is communication. Some important tips are mentioned below which will help you do that.
Not only being a good speaker is important but being a good listener is important too. So don’t interrupt other candidates while they are speaking start talking when you realize their talk is about to be over. Also if you are being interrupted you should politely ask the person to let you finish first.
Speaking first in the group will highlight you in the eyes of evaluating panel. But once you start make sure that you are taking the discussion into a right direction if someone else points out that you are wrong it can decrease your points instead of increasing. Although it is an advantage if you initiate the discussion but if you don’t get the chance don’t be disappointed you have rest of the discussion left you will have advantage of getting to know about the topic with other’s point of view.
Don’t turn the room into a battlefield stay calm and politely put your point forward make sure other support you and listen to you. You can indulge with one or two candidate by asking them ‘do they agree with you, don’t they think it is a solution etc.’ you may choose a person who is not speaking during the discussion this will show your team work skill.
You should make sure that the discussion is not losing its point. Sometimes it happens that the main topic is lost in the discussion and everyone goes into that flow. This thing could cause rejection of the whole group. So you should state if the group is moving away from the topic this will show your leadership quality and increase your points too.
This is one of the important skill that the industry is looking for .you should be able to persuade others to hear your ideas and understand that too without hurting or crushing other’s viewpoint.
2. Verbal communication
3. Personal introduction
5. Verbal communication
6. Body language
8. Opening statement
From all IIM’s
Q- What if I don’t get a chance to speak at all during the whole group discussion.
First of all you should make all the efforts to speak and if even after trying your best you can’t speak due to constant interruption, shouting of other candidates or any other genuine factor. Faculty is going to notice it and you will be given a chance to speak at the end of discussion.
Q-what type of topic would be given to us in group discussion?
The topic could be:
In a form of case study where you will be told to come out with a solution for the case
A specific situation would be given to you and your response would be analyzed
Simply a topic would be given to you and you will be asked to have discussion on that topic.
Q- Would talking in loud voice be beneficial for me?
Your voice should be audible that means neither too low nor too loud. If you are talking in a loud voice it will give an impression that you are out of control and you can’t handle a chaotic situation with right means. So keep your voice only that high that it is audible to the evaluating panel.
Q-If a talk longer than other students my chances of being selected are high?
This is not always true if you are taking more time than other students by interrupting, cutting their lines, or shouting at them this shows your arrogance and overconfidence. Faculty is looking for leaders, Team workers, you taking other students time spitefully will show that you are not a team person but a self-centered one and hence you would not be selected.
Q- What do I do if other candidates have already said my points?
If others have already taken your points and you can’t think of anything else in the favor of the argument you can choose to go opposite from the argument (vice-versa) this will bring you in the limelight and can increase your points. Be sure of the points you are using for countering the argument it should reflect your knowledge not lack of it.
Q- If I speak at the ending time of the group discussion would it be beneficial?
Keeping quit during the whole session and speaking in the last 2-3 minutes would not help as the evaluating panel would remember those who spoke the most during the whole session if you can’t speak for long make sure you at least speak at the start and at the end of the session as our brain has a tendency to remember what came first (“primacy”) and what came last (“proximity”).
Q-how long is the group discussion
The group discussion session is generally 15-20 minute long. To maximize your score you should wear a watch to the center and keep account of the time so that you can plan what you will say and when you will say.
Q-I cannot understand foreign accent of English clearly what do I do
You should start by watching dubbed English movies first and see it in English language later. Make sure you watch movies with American accent only as they are easier to grasp. If you start by British accent it would become very confusing for you for e.g. in British English we spell and pronounce ‘colour’ and in American English it is ‘color’.
Q- My group discussion session went bad it was like a fish market I wouldn’t get into IIM what do I do?
First of group discussion is losing its charm among the IIMs so you can make up for it in PI, your profile score, cat score. And if you think there is no scope at all you can fill forms for XAT, GMAT, MAT, SNAP and CMAT.