How are candidates evaluated in a Group Discussion?

How are candidates evaluated in a Group Discussion?


GWPI Prep – Part II

How are candidates evaluated in a Group Discussion?

In our last post, we spoke about the different types of group discussion and shared examples of topics to help you prepare. If you haven’t read the article then do read it here.

In Part II of GWPI Prep, we are going to explore how you, the candidate, is evaluated in a group discussion.

Group discussions are designed to evaluate you on:

Communication skills: While language fluency is a skill that is evaluated, greater weight-age is given to the ability to present your idea/point, clarity of thought and the tone of delivery.


  • Using simple language to get your point across
  • Explaining ideas clearly and a consistent pace without rushing to finish your sentence

Leadership skills: In every group discussion, 1 or 2 candidates stand out for their leadership skills. This involves being able to lead the discussion in the right direction, steer the discussion back to the topic when it goes off track and step up as the moderator for chaotic groups.


  • Initiating group discussions
  • Ability to steer the discussion back to the topic if it’s going on a tangent
  • Moderating group discussions; especially when discussions get heated up

Listening skills: The ability to communicate is important, but one’s listening skills also are also important. Evaluators look at your ability to listen without interjecting, pick ideas/facts from the discussion and building on their points.

Example: Summarizing the main points of an entire group discussion at the end

Personality: Most candidates assume that to stand out from the crowd they have to speak louder or cut-off other candidates mid-discussion to prove their point. Evaluators do not like the attitude where you let your emotions take over the discussion. One can deliver a point across without being loud or harsh. It’s important to have a positive attitude, accept opposing views and be supportive of other candidates.


  • Exhibiting maturity by having a control over your emotions
  • Supportive of other members

Reasoning ability: Candidates are also evaluated on their ability to substantiate their points by proper reasoning. If a point of the statement is claimed to be true, then the candidate as to justify their argument. If the candidate fails to do so, then one loses points on their overall score.

Example: If your topic is “Demonetization in India”, you would need to take a stand (For/Against) and logically provide facts, real-life examples and present it well to the entire group. One cannot state “demonetization was good/bad in India” without providing any justification for that statement.

General knowledge: Most of the time GD topics revolve around current affairs and general awareness issues. Candidates have to stay up to date on all the happenings around the world. Your knowledge of current affairs and ability to present the idea demonstrates your presence of mind, worldly knowledge and also how to implement the knowledge acquired.

Example: While discussing climate change and its impact on the earth, a candidate can refer to the Paris Climate Accord within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and discuss what entails in saving the planet from pollution. This would include dealing with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance.

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