There are roughly four types of group discussion topics

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I have invented a list of fourthy public speaking topics for discussions and analyses in group discussions. They can be used in speech class for persuasive speaking assignments. Especially exploring a youth group discussion topic is an ideal method to test the listening, interhuman, persuasive and presentation skills of students.

There are roughly four types of group discussion topics:

  • Factual speech topics

  • Controversial and argumentative issues

  • Abstract discussion material

  • Case studies

Factual topics for a group are - as the word says - about facts. This is a sample list of speech topics on current issues and facts:

  1. Conspiracy is a very common form of political behaviour.

  2. The pros and cons of having a credit card.

  3. A chain gang is a modern form of slavery.

  4. Why drinking and driving is dangerous to yourself and others.

  5. Passive smoking is equally harmful.

  6. The economic boycott causes most of the problems in Cuba.

  7. International trade barriers work.

  8. City curfews help to prevent juvenile crime and to protect youth from victimization.

  9. The U.N. is mainly based on diplomacy and enhancing relationships.

  10. Affirmative action draws people to work they never considered before.

A controversial group discussion topic is a speech topic that has many controversies, pros and cons. Keep in mind that all current group discussion topics are not my opinion, but just a sample list of speech topics!

  1. Sustainable urban living without the use of excessive natural resources must be our future.

  2. Are there extraterrestrials who influence events on Earth?

  3. Marijuana has a medical value.

  4. Direct mail is a special form of junk mail.

  5. The pros and cons of a female President.

  6. Online dating chats have nothing to do with a search for a soul mate.

  7. Should schools distribute condoms?

  8. Most people support embryonic stem cell research.

  9. Life imprisonment is a good alternative to capital punishment.

  10. What is wrong with child labor?

Abstract group discussion topics are things that cannot be touched, not be easily defined or formulated. Just think in a creative manner and start a vivid group discussion with one of these abstract topics to talk about:

  1. The Nostradamus Code

  2. Breast Implants

  3. Bribery in Business

  4. Computer Viruses

  5. Bigamy

  6. Hidden Persuaders

  7. Moral Majority

  8. The Hippocratic Oath

  9. Political Correctness

  10. Vegetarianism

The fourth type of group discussion topics are so-called case studies. You determine a problem and together with the other group members you have to find a satisfying solution. These are small group discussion topic ideas. Just modify and alter where necessary, these are just guiding light topic ideas:

  1. Leadership - What necessary changes are needed in your community organization and how do you want to lead the process?

  2. Malpractice Insurance - Doctors walk out on the job to protest the rising malpractice insurance costs. What to do about it?

  3. Work Ethics - Can we shape workers who have the sense that they serve the company ánd community?

  4. School Violence - What are the real causes of violence and bullying in Schools?

  5. Recycling - Sort out how to make money with recycling.

  6. Dropouts - Individual attention in safe schools and smaller classes; is that the way to stop students to drop out?

  7. Iraq - What are the best exit strategies?

  8. Speech Privacy - What are the best technologies to safeguard the right of free speech privacy on the internet?

  9. Minimum Wage - Why should we have a minimum wage or why not?

  10. Burnout - Should everybody check his or herself of burnout signs? How?

Tip: try to make an inventory of various angles of view and opinions of the group discussion topics.

Group Discussion Topics

Know about the recent group discussion topics that are making rounds at the B-School entrance

Group discussion topics essentially depend on the objective of the group discussion. There is distinctive difference in the group discussion topics between group discussions for B-School selection, job interviews, selection for educational institutes other than management, and so on. Group discussion, which is an integral part of any B-School selection procedure, is aimed at testing the ability of the applicants to promptly think on a subject and clearly present his or her idea on the subject. This verbal test is also an effective way of judging the ability of the candidate to work in groups. In case of B-School entrance the group discussion topics are selected in such a way that these qualities of the test takers can clearly be judged.

In case of management entrance selection procedures, group discussion topics are chosen from varied areas like political issues, environmental issues, science related topics and practically from any source. It is indeed impossible to guess from which area the topic will be chosen, but it always helps when you are aware of the recent and ongoing topics of discussions. Though it is not expected that the students will have thorough information on the topic of discussion, it is surely a great help for the test takers if they are familiar with the issue that is being discussed. It always helps to form an opinion and present your ideas when you are aware of the issue.

Therefore at, we are providing an extensive collection of articles that deal in different topics for group discussions. We have provided list of topics that are categorically divided on the basis of subjects, type of entrance and educational institute where the test is being conducted. We have different list of probable GD topics for,

  • FMS GD

  • IIM Bangalore GD

  • IIM Lucknow GD

  • IIM Calcutta GD

  • IIM Kozikote GD


  • Subject wise GD

  • GD Topics at IIMs


  • B-School GDs

Apart from this probable list of GD topics, we have extensive collection of articles that provide in-depth in-sight into the minute details of group discussion. The articles deal with varieties of topics such as basic concepts of group discussion, objectives of the test takers in a GD, roles people play in a GD, guide for how to prepare for GD, general tips for group discussion, tips for how to contribute meaningfully in a GD, ways of entering a discussion and strategies for a successful GD.

Despite all these discussions, you should remember that the objective of the group discussions is not to judge the information that the students have on the group discussion topics but it is to judge the ability of the students to deal with the topic. The temperament and psychological poise of the test takers is of more importance than the information they share about the topics. So, just be confident about your abilities and free your mind from preconceived notions about an issue. Have an idea of the probable group discussion topics through and be prepared to take the test.

Resume Format

  • Always have a .doc (Microsoft Word) format and .txt format of your resume with you. When you are filling your resume in websites, you need the text format and when you are sending resume through mail, it's better to send the .doc format.

  • Few companies may ask specifically for .rtf format. In such case, you don't have an option anyway.

Resume Size

  • Try to see to it that the .doc resume file size is less than 100 KB.

Resume File Name

  • Don't give some junk names as file name for the resume. If you keep use junk names, there is every possibility that your mail will travel to bulk/trash folder of recruiter. Your resume's file name should ideally denote your name, experience, technology, years of experience and company name. Keep some valid name for your resume.
    Example: Resume_Chetana_J2EE_3 Years_INFOSYS.doc
    Example: Resume_Chetana_FRESHER_B Tech_Computers.doc

Exclusive Mail IDs

  • Use only one (or maximum of 2) mail Ids exclusively for the purpose of recruitments. Do NOT use those mail Ids for any other purpose (Especially you should not use it for subscribing to any GROUP mails or FORWARD mails).

Standard Mail Service Providers

  • You must be careful about the service providers in which you open a mail account. Don't use the mail Ids/accounts from non-standard service providers. If they disconnect services suddenly, your mail ID fails and you need to resend resumes with new mail Id to all the companies you have already applied. So, always try to create mail Ids with standard service providers like Yahoo, Rediff, Google etc.

  • Choose both mail Ids from different mail service providers. In case, if one service provider experiences technical problems, you can use the other service provider.

Mail Space

  • Always see to it that at least 50 % of your mailbox size is free. Delete unnecessary mails periodically.

Send from same mail ID

  • While sending the resume, preferably send it from the mail ID you have mentioned in your resume.

Always keep a copy

  • While sending the resume, always keep a CC/BCC to your mail ID (or at least keep your sent items ON) so that you will know whether the resume is attached properly and/or whether it's traveling to bulk mail folder.

Subject Line

  • If the company mentions that a specific 'Job Code' has to be written in Subject Line, write that. If nothing specific, then give a proper subject line for your mail.
    Example: Resume - J2EE - 3 Years Experience - INFOSYS - Bangalore

Covering Letter

  • Always try to include a "short" covering letter just containing your experience, current location, contact details (address & phone number) current company name, technology you are working in. Don't write too long covering letters. No HR will spend time on reading your long letters.

Short is Sweet

  • Don't make the resume too long. Keep it short & sweet. It should be less than 3 pages (and up to a maximum of 4). The HR will hardly have 1 minute to glance at your resume. He won't have the time to read story-like resume. So, be precise, clear and straight to the point.

  • Better use bullets for mentioning important points.

Check BULK mail folder

  • Check the BULK mail folder before blindly emptying it. I have seen people who lost call letters because of it.


Header & Footer !

  • Always have a header & footer in your resume.

  • Header can contain a simple heading of your resume.

  • Footer should preferably contain the page number.

First Page is the best page to convey all about you !

Typically the HR expects all the important details in the first page. He receives hundreds of resumes and hardly gets 1 minute to look at your resume and so he won't bother to search your resume for the required details, if the details are not found in his first glance at your resume.

The first page of resume must contain the following things:

  • Personal Details : Full Name, Date of Birth, Passport Number.

  • Current Contact Details : Full Contact Address, Contact Phone Numbers, Mail ID & Alternate Mail ID.

  • Work Experience Summary : All the companies you have worked so far, Company Address, Website, Dates of Duration in each Company. Don't assume that everyone knows about your company. (You can highlight if your current company has any good quality levels like CMM/CMMI)

  • Job Responsibilities : Your job profile in your past companies. For example, you should highlight that you are working as 'Module Leader leading a team of 6 people' in your current company.

  • Skill Set Summary : Highlight all the technologies you know well. Don't include any technologies you have not worked on.

  • Certifications : Include any relevant certifications you have. That gives you an edge over others.

  • Education Details Summary : Your Post Graduation, Graduation, Intermediate, 10 th details, Aggregate Percentage, Year of Pass out (Most important).

Contact Details at the top, not at bottom !

  • Contact Details should be at the top of resume, not at the bottom.

  • Never include the contact details in Header or Footer. They won't be visible properly.

Always provide an alternate mail ID !

  • Always provide an 'Alternate Mail Id' also (in case your original mail Id fails, it will be useful).

  • Do NOT give more than 2 mail Ids in resume. The recruiters as well as you will get confused which mail Id to send/receive call letters.

No one can save you if your Mail ID fails !

  • Check the mail Ids you provided in CV by sending a trial mail. (I have seen people giving instead of If the mail Id fails when HR sends you call letter, no one can save you in this world. No HR will resend the call letter if your mail ID fails.)

Never use official mail ID ! (for Experienced people)

  • NEVER use OFFICIAL MAIL ID or OFFICIAL PHONE NUMBER in the resume. You must always provide the Personal mail Id & Personal Phone/Mobile Number. You can give the OFFICIAL MAIL ID for reference at the end the resume.

Spell Check !

  • Always perform a spell check and grammar check on the resume. You don't deserve a job if you can't write your resume without mistakes.

  • There is nothing wrong in getting your resume reviewed by someone else. They might catch the mistakes that your eyes can never detect.

Educational details are important !

  • People (especially experienced people) think that they don't need to give the educational details. But they are important. If not all details, at least give the highest qualification, college/university name and aggregate percentage. (Some HR people simply delete the resumes without educational details.)

Reverse Chronological order !

  • Your latest job profile is more important than your first one. So, always write the details in reverse chronological order (start with the latest) especially when you are listing previous company details or educational qualification details.

Avoid Irrelevant Details !

  • Write straight to the point and only the details relevant to the job. (You don't need to include your family tree or how many children you have or what your wife does.)

  • Do not write stereotype sentences like 'I am sincere, intelligent, hardworking' etc. That's childish. Who in this world is not hardworking by the way?

Use simple Language !

  • Use simple English. You don't need to write complex jargon in the resume.

Write the Crux of Projects !
Don't write all about your projects. That will make the resume very lengthy. Write only the crux of the information. Following details would be enough.

  • Project Name, Team Size, Client Name, Duration of Project.

  • Short description of project (Not more than 5 to 6 lines).

  • Your role in project (This is very important).

  • Technologies used in project.

You should convey where you want to work !
Always include the following clearly in resume:

  • 'Current Location' (mandatory). I have seen resumes in which there is no clue of where they are working currently. How can they expect a call letter ?

  • 'Desired Location' (if you have a preference). Anyway freshers typically will not have a choice for the desired location. They better not to include it.

Experience !

  • Project Training done in your final academic year does not come under professional work experience. You can mention it, but not under 'Work Experience' section.

  • Always highlight your onsite (customer interaction experience) in your resume. That gives you an edge over others.

Salary Details

  • Better not to include current & expected compensation details in resume. You can convey them when you are asked to provide them during interview.

You are not submitting the application for matrimonial !

  • Do not include any photos in the resume unless specifically asked by the company.

You are not writing a love letter !

  • Avoid unwanted graphics: Either in resume or the covering letter, avoid jazzy graphic images, emoticons or multiple colors.

  • Avoid jazzy fonts: Preferably use some professional font (Arial or Times or Verdana) and use the same across. Use same font size across the resume (except for headings). Don't write each line in a different font and size.

  • However, you can use some decent shades (preferably gray color), to highlight important information. That makes the resume to look good when a printout is taken.

Take a print and see !

  • Take a printout of your resume and see. If you do not like it in the first look, the same will be with recruiters. (I know HR people who called candidates based on attractive resume.) So, revise it again.


  • How to Handle Group Discussions

    Many companies conduct group discussion after the written test so as to check on your interactive skills and how good you are at communicating with other people. The GD is to check how you behave, participate and contibute in a group, how much importance do you give to the group objective as well as your own, how well do you listen to viewpoints of others and how open-minded are you in accepting views contrary to your own. The aspects which make up a GD are verbal communication, non-verbal behaviour, conformation to norms, decision-making ability and cooperation. You should try to be as true as  possible to these aspects.

    General Tips for Group Discussion

    A good level of general awareness will come in handy so that you aren't at a loss of words on certain issues. Understand the topic and analyse it mentally before speaking. Be clear about the purpose and content of your viewpoint.

    One should be able to communicate his views in an effective manner to  everyone. Be clear in speech, audible but not too loud and above all remain confident.

    Remember the six C's of effective communication -- Clarity, Completeness, Conciseness, Confidence, Correctness and Courtesy. You should mantain eye contact with all others in the group and not focus on a particular person for he may benefit from that. Be responsive to ideas from other people and seem to be very receptive and open-minded but don't allow others to change your own


    Starting the discussion is considered to be good however it isn't that important; what is important is that you speak for a period long enough for you to be able to communicate your viewpoint. Always mantain your calm and never get aggresive. If you haven't been able to talk then one can cut in saying "Excuse me, but what I think is .........." or something of that sort.

    Never lose your temper and never attack anyone on a personal front.
    Your attitude should be one of cooperation and not one of conflict.
    Don't lose sight of the goal of the discussion.
    Listen to any criticisms and give them a thought before trying to defend your views.

    How is Evaluation Done in a Group Discussion

    Winners' skills Group discussion is an important dimension of the selection process. Any institute requires students to work with others for effective functioning. Therefore, people skills are an important aspect of any MBA program.

    In today's context, the educational institutes and organizations are interested in team players rather than individual contributors. During the Group Discussion, the panel essentially evaluates the candidate's potential to be a leader and also his/her ability to work in teams. Remember that institutes are typically on the look out for candidates who will inspire to lead and succeed and for that you need to be a good team player.

    Here is a sample list of skills assessed during a group discussion:

    Leadership skills:
    Ability to take leadership roles and ability to lead, inspire and carry the team along to help them achieve group's objectives.
    Example: To be able to initiate the group discussion, or to be able to guide the group especially when the discussion begins losing relevance or try to encourage all members to participate in the discussion.

    Communication skills:
    The participating candidates will be assessed in terms of clarity of  thought, expression and aptness of language. One key aspect is listening. It indicates a willingness to accommodate others views.
    Example: To be able to use simple language and explain concepts clearly so that it is easily understood by all. You actually get negative marks for using esoteric jargons in an attempt to show-off your knowledge.

    Interpersonal skills:
    Is reflected in the ability of the individual to interact with other members of the group in a brief situation. Emotional maturity and balance promotes good interpersonal relationships. The person has to be more people centric and less self-centered.
    Example: To remain cool even when someone provokes you by with personal comment, ability to remain objective, ability to empathize, non-threatening and more of a team player.

    Persuasive skills:
    Ability to analyze and persuade others to see the problem from multiple perspectives without hurting the group members.
    Example: While appreciating someone else's point of view, you should be able to effectively communicate your view without overtly hurting the other person.

    Problem solving skills:
    Ability to come out with divergent and offbeat solutions and use one's own creativity.
    Example: While thinking of solutions, don't be afraid to think of novel solutions. This is a high- risk high-return strategy.

    Conceptualizing skills:
    The ability to grasp the situation, take it from the day to day mundane problem level and apply it to a macro level.
    Example: At the end of the discussion, you could probably summarize the findings in a few sentences that present the overall perspective. Don't be disheartened if you don't make it after your first group discussion. The best possible preparation for a group discussion is to learn from one's past mistakes...

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