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dont from where do i need to start...hav scored 96.07 in CAT....but as of now nothing in hand...plz suggest me...will i b able to mak it to any one of top 30 colls...plz guide me..feelin very disgusted aftr thr result n even mor aftr the 6 new IIMs released there gd pi list.....plz let me knw from where i sud start prepin for gd pi

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U can post your queries here i will try to answer ur queries if i m not able to do so i will ask previous aspirants regarding there experiences and will try to answer ur query

SO feel free to ask your query

IMT Nagpur
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This article introduces you to the concept of Group Discussions for MBA admissions, talks about the different types of GDs, provides you important tips on how to prepare well, and shares with you some of the DOs and DON'Ts for this round.
The Purpose of GD
While the written exam tests the quantitative, reasoning and verbal skills of an applicant, that is not all that a future manager is expected to excel in. In fact, that is just the start! A successful manager should not just be good with his quota of work, but he/ she is expected to contribute as part of a team. Ability to work, and contribute in teams is an absolute must to succeed in corporate sector. And thats what Group Discussions aim to test.
The GD/PI stage is arguably the most crucial stage. It is a bit like the journey from qualifying in the heats to the gold medal in a sports event. GDs are conducted to test managerial attributes like Interpersonal Skills, Leadership, Analytical and rational thinking, Knowledge and personality traits, says Jaya Desai of IMS Learning Resources.
A member of academic research team at T.I.M.E. states, Group discussion is a way by which the B-school panel measures quality of candidate on parameters like Content & Knowledge, Rational thought process, Communication skills, Group Behavior and Leadership Skills.
According to a top MBA expert at Career Launcher, GD checks a quality of paramount importance and that is How do you work in a team?. During your work life, you will be working as a team member rather than an individual. To do well your interpersonal skills, your ability to put across your ideas and also understanding the other persons point of view is important. Thats what GD focuses on.
GD is also used as an elimination round by B-schools. Opines a MBA expert of PT Education, GDs are used by institutes where there is a high level of competition.

Types of GD
Not all GDs are equal. B-schools use several types of GDs to test the applicants. While there are some GDs that test the knowledge of a candidate on a topical issue, others are designed to test the lateral thinking of candidate.
Another type of GD comes in form of a short case-study where applicants are asked to analyze a situation and frame responses. Yet another type of a GD is a group exercise.
IMS Learnings Desai classifies the GDs into three types. Says Desai, There are three common types of GDs: Factual, Abstract, and Case Study. While the factual ones are based on contemporary but controversial topics, the abstract topics involve lateral thinking and unconventional perspectives.
T.I.M.E. says that topics can be either knowledge intensive or non-knowledge intensive. Knowledge intensive topics are based on areas like Economy and its sectors like IT or Telecom, Society, Politics, Sports or Media. Non-knowledge intensive topics can either be concrete topics (like Greed is Good), and the abstract topics can be totally open ended like Deep Blue is not blue enough.

So then how should you prepare for the GDs? Experts opine that you should work on developing your knowledge base, while at the same time, focus on improving your communication. Some specific lessons on managing yourself during the GD are important too.
Up your KQ
The first step in your quest to do well in a GD is to improve your knowledge quotient. Read, Watch, Listen! Read the newspapers and magazines on current issues, specially the year-end issues that capture the highlights of the year gone by. Also watch and listen to the news and current affair programmes on news channels. Candidates must keep abreast of contemporary issues with help of media.
There are some Group Discussion topics of perennial interest for GDs. For economic related topics, read fundamental concepts like FDI, Stock Markets, Libralization, Employment scenario, Capital convertability, Rupee vs Dollar, Inflation, Export-import, Socialist Vs Capitalists etc.
For sector-based topics start by making a 1-2 page note on important sectors like IT, ITES, Banking, Insurance, Retail, Telecom, Healthcare, Agriculture etc. Try to know what are the developments in last year and prospects of each sector.
Express yourself!
But knowledge itself is not enough. Next step is to improve your ability to express yourself. You can practice speaking in a GD scenario by forming a discussion group which meets every day and takes up a topic for discussion. Practice ease of expression since clarity, brevity and word choice are keenly observed by the evaluators.

GD Tips Group Discussion Dos & Donts
Sailing through Group Discussions successfully is an art too.
-- Be Natural
The best mantra is 'to be your natural self'. Do not manufacture artificial responses.
-- Must Speak
A key principle of participating in a GD is that you must speak. For any GD, take a piece of paper and a pen with you and use them unless specifically asked by the evaluators not do so. Before you start speaking, think through the major issues in the topic in the first two minutes. Start speaking only when you have understood and analysed the topic.
-- Make free-flowing discussion
Avoid speaking in turn as it leads to an unnatural discussion. A GD involves a free-flowing exchange of ideas among participants. Even though there will definitely be chaos in most competitive GDs, as all participants will be keen to be heard, any suggestion of order, such as speaking, in turn, is unacceptable.

IMT Nagpur
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The GD, PI and Essay Writing rounds are going to begin at IIMs and other leading B-schools by the end of this month. To help the GD-PI call getters recently held a series of Live Chats with IIM students, who guided the shortlisted candidates on the ways to conquer the crucial rounds.
The IIM students, who took the initiative to answer the questions of the aspirants on Live Chat, were: Ashwin Gurunathan, IIM Lucknow; Ishan Mahajan, IIM Calcutta; Ranjan Panda, IIM Kozhikode; Pratik Mukherjee, Rohit Gupta, Rahul Madhavan, all from IIM Ahmedabad.
Today, we bring to you the answers to the questions that were most frequently raised by call getters from across the country during the live chat:
Q: Communication is the biggest problem for me. I lack communication skills. Please suggest me how I can develop the communication skills?
A: I think your best bet is to take a lot of mock GDs and in each, consciously note what is hampering your performance. After the GD, try to analyze how you could have done better. Some people believe that talking with yourself in front of the mirror helps. Try asking friends to help you out.
(Answered by Rohit Gupta, IIM Ahmedabad)
Though communication is an essential aspect, it is not the deciding factor, according to me. If you are structured in your thoughts and are able to successfully convey your thoughts to the GD panel, that will do it. Flamboyant use of English language is not needed as long as you are able to communicate clearly.
(Answered by Ashwin Gurunathan, IIM Lucknow)
It is not important to be an eloquent orator to crack a GD. You just need to be clear as to what you want to say, and just be able to make your point clearly to the group. Listening is also an important part of communication. So, listen well to others too. You are evaluated on that too!
(Answered by Ishan Mahajan, IIM Calcutta)
There are quite many candidates who come to IIMs for GD, and have trouble in expressing their views, in spite of having an extremely good thought process and logical flow. Just be confident and I am sure you will do well in clearing the rounds!
(Answered by Rahul Madhavan, IIM Ahmedabad)
Q: What is the correct way to start a GD so that it will create a good impression on the panelists?
A: There is no correct or wrong way per se. Suffice to say that normal conversation etiquettes apply. You must not shout or be frantic. Just put your point across in clear, crisp words and let the discussion take its course. If your logic is sound, the judges surely take notice.
(Answered by Rohit Gupta, IIM Ahmedabad)
Based on my past experiences I do not see any specific format for GD. The only essential thing is to ensure that your thoughts are structured, and you are able to convey a clear meaning. For questions like whether I should jump the gun to start the GD or should I wait for the right time, you should depend on your strengths. If you feel you have a good point then dont wait to pitch into the GD. Otherwise, if you need time, just take your time, assimilate your thoughts and enter the GD during a period of lull.
(Answered by Ashwin Gurunathan, IIM Lucknow)
Q: If GD is running in a very loud manner and I am not able to speak loud and be aggressive, what should I do?
A: Mock GDs are in no way a simulation of real GDs. In the real GD, people would be much calmer since the atmosphere too is different. You can smile at the person and politely try to change the topic, if someone is loud or aggressive.
(Answered by Ranjan Panda, IIM Kozhikode)
Q: How to proceed for essay writing? What is the duration of essay writing at IIM-A?
A: Based on previous years' experiences, here is my take on the essay writing:
1. Topics can vary from anything on current affairs to abstract topics. Read up the current issues, as much as possible. Analyze what you read and form your own views.
2. There are no choices.
3. Duration could be around 10 minutes.
(Answered by Pratik Mukherjee, IIM Ahmedabad)
Considering the vast variety of topics that you could get, I suggest you should not have any fixed starting in mind. Just relax and keep your sentences to the point as time is a big constraint in B-school essays.
(Answered by Rohit Gupta, IIM Ahmedabad)
Q: Suppose we don't know much about the topic, what should be the way to cope with this?
A: Rarely do the B-schools give such topics on which candidates have no clue or have no idea. But, in the worst case, if such a scenario occurs, be patient and dont lose your cool in the first place. Listen to the opinions and views of the other participants on the topic. After listening to some of them, you will definitely be able to relate to the topic and make your own opinion on the same and proceed with the GD.
(Answered by Pratik Mukherjee, IIM Ahmedabad)
Even if you don't know much about the topic, try to logically extend or counter others arguments. Another case could be that you connect the topic somehow with an area you are familiar with, and then proceed to speak on that. Practice a few GDs and you should be more familiar with what works for you.
(Answered by Rohit Gupta, IIM Ahmedabad)
Stay tuned to for more expert advice on GD, PI & Essay Writing.

IMT Nagpur
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Well as CAT is over now, the biggest exam for the year so there is buzz around about the marking scheme and normalization process.As results are awaited on the 11th January 2012 we should use this time for the preparation of second phase from today itself.It will be very helpful as it requires the students to be knowledgeable about many things - Current Affairs, History, Economy, Constitution etc. Unless the students get hands on with these matters, a satisfactory performance cannot be ensured.

So make a use of this thread and ask your queries which will be defenitely answered:biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:

IMT Nagpur
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In this thread all the problems regarding the gd pi preparations will be sorted out
I request all the experienced persons to join this thread

IMT Nagpur
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