Top 5 Group Discussion Tips for MBA Admissions

 Group discussion or GD is a process wherein the participants exchange their opinions and ideas on any given topic(s). This process is often used for the selection of deserving candidates for admission into management programs in universities and B-Schools. A typical group discussion usually includes a small group of candidates. The number and size of of such groups usually depend upon the total number of candidates. The topic can be either pretty specific, or largely general; and more importantly, the topic can be from virtually any walk of life - be it national politics, diplomacy, contemporary affairs, social and cultural norms, general knowledge or anything else.

Making yourself stand out in a group discussion can boost your chances of getting admission into the desired institute or program. However, unlike written exams, a firm grip over the topic in question may not always ensure you a favorable result in GD. But if you stick to the following strategies, odds will definitely be highly in your favor:

1) Knowledge is important

Even though your knowledge on the given subject matter may not be the sole factor that you must excel in order to triumph over your opponents, it still plays the pivotal role. Not only you must have the subject knowledge, but also be aware of the latest happening in that particular field. The best way to go about that objective is to read widely apart from being aware of what’s going around in the world. Just remember, if you can produce some relevant and important data or information on the topic being discussed, it will definitely be counted as an added advantage.

2) Enhance your communication skills

Being able to communicate effectively is another crucial aspect that you will be judge in during a group discussion. Simply put, there’s no use of being an all-knowing expert on the given topic if you can not express that knowledge effectively during the GD. In order to boost your communication skills, you must try and build a rich vocabulary in addition to a decent command over English. Rehearsal before the exam always helps. If possible, invite a few friends over and participate in a mock group discussion. There are a number of sample group discussion videos on the Internet - refer to them when and if required.

3) Listening is as important as talking

Remember, arrogance is not the key to success in group discussions. You must be a good listener as well as speaker in order to offer a meaningful contribution to the debate. Setting up that balance is the key! Acknowledge your opponents’ comments and ideas in accordance with your stand or position in the debate, and then try to come up with an adequate response based on your knowledge on the subject matter.

4) Control your body gestures

Never ever forget the important fact that your body gestures speak a lot about you. During the GD, always sit on your chair - avoid leaning back or knocking the desk or table with fingers/pen etc. Do not give the impression that you get easily distracted. For example, if suddenly a door opens behind you during the course of the discussion, do not look back to see who it is! Stay calm and avoid being unnecessarily aggressive. However, don’t allow others to dominate you either.

5) Being the first as well as last to speak always helps

It’s really incredible if you can initiate the group discussion yourself - that would exhibit your leadership qualities. Similarly, being the last to speak may also earn you some extra brownie points.

Tips for getting Good Scores in Gate Exams

GATE – an acronym for the Graduate Admission Test in Engineering, is an all India level entrance examination for aspirants who want to pursue Masters/Direct PhD in India or elsewhere in the world. Every year, lakhs of candidates across the country appear in the exam – thus making it one of the toughest entrance tests in the country. For example, over 12 lakh aspirants appeared in GATE this year, and the number is likely to climb up to more than 15 lakh in GATE 2014.

Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that you prepare well in order to secure a seat in top institutes like IIT, IISC, NIT, and so on. The following is a rundown of some of the most important tips that may help you accomplish the said objective relatively easily.

Tips for getting Good Scores in Gate Exams

  1. First and foremost, always remember that you can not possibly secure 100 marks in GATE! In fact, 90 is often a Herculean task considering that toppers usually answer somewhere around 85-90 marks. We do understand that how much you and other candidates will be attempting eventually depends upon the difficulty of the paper – but the general trend is what we have just projected.
  2. Never ever omit any subject. One thing we have noticed throughout these years is that most students usually tend to omit a subject based on the weightage. The problem with such a strategy is that the subject(s) that you omit could obviously have some really simple questions while the ones you focus on may throw at you a bunch of really complicated questions.
  3. While self-study of course works for the devoted candidates, it is always advisable that you join a coaching institute. Just remember that to secure a top rank in GATE, you must have a strong foundation in almost all the subjects. That, needless to say, can be a daunting task sometimes if you don’t receive sufficient help from a good faculty.
  4. Always remember that Maths will eventually make a massive difference in your scores. Please note that approximately 30 marks, including of course the aptitude, will be really easy to score.
  5. Solve a lot of GATE papers from the yester-years.
  6. PPTs won’t always provide you with sufficient knowledge. Learn the core concepts of all subjects only from the text books prescribed for your undergraduate courses.

Negative marking in entrance exams - good or bad ?


With many important entrance exams, including IIT Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) and Common Admission Test (CAT) following the scheme of negative marking, the age old questions involving positive and negative aspects of subtracting marks fornegative answers has been raging on as ever.

Admittedly, it’s a tough question to answer. In fact, not just education experts, but students themselves are divided on the issue.

Some believe that the negative marking system is a necessary evil when it comes to filtering out undeserving students. Justifiably so, after all, it ensures that only those students who have prepared well for the exam, can score higher rather than those who answer questions randomly (on guess). SImply put, negative marking plays a pivotal role in asserting the importance of a thorough preparation rather than just good fortune.

However, there is a flip side too. Sometimes when the question paper is genuinely tough for most students, negative marking makes it even worse for them. For example, the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced 2013 held last year in June was as tough as a JEE Advanced paper can get – at least to an overwhelming proportion of candidates was of that view. Not only the questions were not easy (which is pretty obvious in case of JEE Advanced), but the total marks in both papers stood at 360 compared to the previous year’s 400. That left many off guard. Add to that the negative marks for each wrong answer, and a lot of students eventually came under unusual stress.

But having looked at both these aspects, it has become obvious that by implementing the negative marking scheme, the controllers of most major entrance exams in the country has ensured that only the deserving candidates sneak through the selection process. On a closer look, it pretty much resembles how Nature enforces its Survival of the Fittest paradigm to ensure that the weak is wiped out from the race.


What do you feel about it … Please share your views on this below

List of Engineering Entrance Exams in 2014


JEE Main 2014 – CBSE had replaced the All India Engineering Entrance Exam (AIEEE) with JEE Main in 2013  with a focus of having one Common Entrance Examination for admission to Undergraduate Engineering Programs in NITs, IIITs, other Centrally Funded Technical  Institutions, participating State Government Institutions etc. In 2014,  JEE Main exam  will be conducted in 235 locations for 5 lakh students

The list of states and Institutes which use JEE Main scores for admissions can be seen here . However prominent among them are Haryana,Uttarakhand, Nagaland, Gujarat, Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Indian Institute of Space Technology, Thiruvanathapuram, Delhi Technological University, Indian Institute of information Technology, New Delhi, Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology (under Delhi University).

Also The States of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Odisha have joined JEE Main system. Admission to Engineering Colleges in these states will also be through JEE MAIN 2014 Scores

The last Date to apply for JEE main has been extended to January 6, 2014

JEE Advanced 2014

JEE Advanced  Exam 2014 – For getting admissions to IITs, All Candidates have to first appear in JEE main Examination.  Only top 1, 50,000 candidates (including all categories) qualified in Paper-1 of JEE (Main) – 2014 will be eligible to appear for JEE (Advanced) -2014 for admission to for admission to undergraduate courses at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bhubaneswar, Bombay, Delhi, Gandhinagar, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, Mandi, Patna, Punjab, Rajasthan, Roorkee, IT-BHU Varanasi, ISM Dhanbad

Karnataka CET

Karnataka CET 2014  – Karnataka Examination Authority conducts CET for admission to Engineering, Architecture and MBBS courses in the Sate of Karnataka. The Karnataka CET Notification should be out soon.  For Admission to Private Engineering Colleges , The Consortium of Medical Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka (ComedK) Bangalore, announced the Undergraduate Entrance Test Dates . The Notification can be seen here


Admission to Engineering Colleges in Andhra Pradesh will be through EAMCET 2014. The Engineering Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test  EAMCET 2014 has been scheduled on May 17. The notification would be issued on February 10 whereas results will be out on June 9.


BITSAT-2014 – BITSAT  is a Computer based online test for Admission to Integrated First Degree Programmes of BITS Pilani Campuses in Pilani, Goa and Hyderabad. The Last Date to apply is 15th Feb. 2014


VITEEE 2014 – For Admission to BTech programmes in VIT University (Formally Vellore institute of Technology). The University conducts VITEEE every year . The Notification for VITEEE  2014 and Important Dates can be seen here

UPES Engineering Entrance Test – University of Petroleum and Energy Studies Engineering Aptitude Test (UPESAT-2014) for admission to 4 years Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) / Bachelor of Design (B.Des) programs offered in various disciplines for the commencing session 2014-15

GAT 2014 Exam from Gitam University  – for admission into UG and PG Technology and Pharmacy Programs at its Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad and Bangalore Campuses

GATE 2014

GATE 2014 Exam  – GATE score is used for admissions to post-graduate engineering programmes (M.E., M.Tech, direct Ph.D) in Indian higher education institutes with financial assistance provided by MHRD and other Govt agencies. Aslo there are many PSUs which are using GATE Scores for Recruitment of Engineer graduate Trainees, management Trainees and Other Fresh Engineers


Karunya University Coimbatore BTech Entrance Exam 2014 – KEE 2014 is the engineering entrance examination conducted by Karunya University for admissions into B.Tech courses for session 2014

Amrita Engineering Entrance Examination AEEE 2014 – The Notification for Amrita Engineering Entrance Examination, for admissions to various B.Tech courses offered at three campuses which are Amritapuri (Kollam), Bengaluru, Coimbatore has been announced.

Manipal University Also conducts an entrance Test for admission to BTech programmes

SRMEEE 2014 SRM Engineering Entrance Examination Dates and Notification – SRM Engineering Entrance Examination (SRMEEE) 2014 for admission into its undergraduate engineering courses across the campuses of the SRM University

Important JEE Main Exam Preperation Tips

We recently brought you some important study tips for the coming Class XII boards. Those who followed the article, know how we asked students to shift their focus primarily on their preparations for the boards until they are over. However, since then we have been bombarded with questions from various JEE aspirants who want to know how to establish a fine balance between their preparations for the boards and the JEE Main Exam.

Therefore, in today’s special, we are going to show you how you can continue preparing for your JEE (Main) exam without hampering the preparations for the crucial board exam.

First and foremost, you must constantly remind yourself that the boards are going to be the most important subjective exam that you will be appearing since the class X boards. Therefore, you obviously can not afford to dedicate a lot of time practicing and solving objective type questions only. This is precisely why you must come up with a strategically planned schedule that allot some decent amount of time for both objectives (Read: Use Google Calendar to remember important dates and plan your study schedule for JEE Exam).

Also, you must not emphasize on the amount of time you spend studying. Instead, focus on how to divide them in such a way that you can make the most out of each minute you spend on the study table. It’s obvious that studying for your boards will help you give you a better grasp over the syllabus for each subject, thus helping your preparations for JEE Main as well; however, at the same time you must also make it a point to dedicate some time every day for solving objective type questions that you will be facing in the cutthroat competitive entrance test.

In order to make that possible, spend at least one hour to 90 minutes every day for solving these objective type questions. While doing so, ensure that you solve at least 20 questions from two minimum subjects. For example, if you solve 20 questions from Physics and Mathematics each on Monday, spend the next day solving 20+20 questions from, let’s say – Chemistry and Physics.

Apart from that, spend another hour or so analyzing your performances on these mock tests. It’s important that you do this step very carefully because without properly analyzing your strength and weaknesses, you won’t be able to progress much in your preparations. The more you are familiar with your weaknesses and strengths, the better you will be able to streamline your preparations for the boards to eliminate those. For example, if your evaluation suggests that you have some conceptual problems in Nuclear Physics, then mitigate all your doubts by allotting some extra time on those chapters during your preparation time for boards.



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