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5 Discussion Topics You Must Prepare for Your Interview


Author: spj_adm

Date: Thu, 2022-07-07 19:29

SPJIMR’s PGPM program is one of the most sought-after courses that prepare you to conquer the corporate world. The course not only helps you in polishing your managerial skills but also prepares you to face every challenge that comes your way right from the start. Being one of the best management institutes in India, our PGPM program also trains you to tackle the initial stages like group discussion.

The purpose of the group discussion round

Panelists often use a group discussion (GD) round as a selection method while conducting interviews for managerial positions. Most selection panels include 3 to 5 individuals for a GD round, while the number of participants can vary from one company to another. Here’s why GDs are conducted:


  • The group discussion gives the selection committee the opportunity to evaluate the participants' decision-making, communication and intellectual skills.
  • They can also learn more about a candidate's perspective towards understanding problems and innovating solutions for it; and assess if they would be able to handle the managerial responsibilities.
  • In order to determine whether a candidate has what it takes for a successful corporate career, the selection panel also closely monitors the participants' behavioural patterns and body language during the group discussion round.

5 crucial topics to prepare for Group discussions

The topics for group discussions can range greatly, from current political events to abstract ideas. Here are some typical topic clusters for group discussions that you must prepare for:

  • Business and economy:

    This can refer to contemporary business and economic developments, business management theories, technological developments in the business industry and their impact.

  • Current affairs:
    This subject covers concerns relating to local, national and international political or social changes, as well as topics that are fiercely debated in the media. For example, the political crisis in Maharashtra, two new countries applying to join BRICS, etc.
  • Social issues:
    Social responsibility problems like diversity and inclusion, gender sensitivity, legislative initiatives and environmental sustainability are included in this category. For example, gender-based discrimination, drug addiction, unemployment, poverty and social inequality etc.
  • Abstract topics:
    These are broad topics made to stimulate the participants' creativity and smart thinking. These may cover subjects like "Black vs. White", the importance of poetry in society, “Smart work vs. Hard work” etc.
  • Case studies:
    Management students are expected to know and understand how to tackle and resolve specific problems that might arise disrupting the usual flow of businesses. During the group discussion round, hypothetical scenarios might be given and panellists might invite the participants to share their thoughts on the same.

SPJIMR is one of the top B Schools in India that offers high-quality education to shape the leaders of tomorrow. Along with PGPM, SPJIMR offers many other business and management programmes like PGDM, one year MBA programme, entrepreneurial programmes and many more that focus on building and enhancing the business mindset of the candidates. Depending on your needs and goals, you can choose a programme that would help you gain the necessary knowledge taking you a step ahead and towards success in the corporate world.

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