GDs can be topic-based or case-based.
Topic based Gds can be classified into three types:
- Factual Topics
- Controversial Topics
- Abstract Topics
Factual topics are about practical things, which anordinary person is aware of in his day-to-day life.Typically these are about socio-economic topics. These canbe current, i.e. they may have been in the news lately, orcould be unbound by time. A factual topic for discussiongives a candidate a chance to prove that he is aware of andsensitive to his environment.
E.g. - The education policy of India, Tourism in India, State of the aged in the nation.
Controversial topics are the ones that are argumentative innature. They are meant to generate controversy. In GDs wherethese topics are given for discussion, the noise level isusually high, there may be tempers flying. The idea behindgiving a topic like this is to see how much maturity thecandidate is displaying by keeping his temper in check, byrationally and logically arguing his point of view withoutgetting personal and emotional.
E.g. - Reservations should be removed, Women makebetter managers
Abstract topics are aboutintangible things. These topics are not given often fordiscussion, but their possibility cannot be ruled out. Thesetopics test your lateral thinking and creativity.E.g. A is an alphabet, Twinkle twinkle little star, The number 10
Case - Based GD
Another variation is the use of a case instead of a topic.
The case study tries to simulate a real-life situation.Information about the situation will be given to you and youwould be asked as a group to resolve the situation. In thecase study there are no incorrect answers or perfectsolutions. The objective in the case study is to get you tothink about the situation from various angles.
IIM A, IIM Indore and IIT SOM Mumbai have a case-baseddiscussion rather than topic-based discussion in theirselection procedures.
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Vidhi Goswami on 2009-04-18 14:49:26 wrote,
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vaishnavi chandrakumar on 2009-08-10 18:20:07 wrote,
good classification of gd