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Group Discussion and Personal Interview

Rules to follow during GD / PI

GD or PI stands for Group Discussion and Personal Interview respectively. GD and PI are the two major stages of the selection procedure in Banks as well as other entrance exams. As IBPS is now out with the score card, the 19 Nationalised Banks which have decided to accept the IBPS score, started notifying the selection details for the PO & Clerk positions. IBPS conducted the common written exams for bank PO & Clerks in November 2011. The 19 banks will accept the IBPS score card to further their selection process. On the basis of the score attained, the aspirants can apply to the banks as and when the positions are notified. The banks will then hold GD or PI or both to finally fill in the notified posts.

This article include some important tips, do and don'ts, which are useful for the aspirants appearing the GD or PI.

In most cases examiners arrange the students in group of few people (as present at the time), a topic is then given sometime written or some time orally. Group is given few mins to think on the given particular subject and then the group is left to discuss the topic. (Note: In some cases no such time is given to the aspirants. It is specifically depends upon the bank's jurisdiction.)

Some golden rules to follow during the GD/PI

•    In the time provided (if any) to think and organise, think critically, analyse thoroughly and then try to arrive on the conclusions. Irrelevant points and facts should be avoided instead stick to the point with objectivity.
•    It is really a good way to summarise the given subject and then raise the questions based upon the same. Sometimes it is also a good idea to generate the consensus how the discussion will happen and form rules. Like opener may ask permission of group that everyone will be given chance to speak once in line and then general discussion starts.
•    Always raise hand before speaking. Avoid false starts, do not present wrong data or facts or deviate from topic.
•    Do not get too emotional & maintain etiquettes. Oppose to the points raised by other member(s) by pointing issues rather than launching a personal attack on any of the members.
•    Quality of thought: You can score a point if you speak less but make a valid point that is acceptable to the group. Don't cook facts "like I recently read in newspaper, as per my facts in book… etc.). Most important is to digest the fact given in the case and its analysis and interpretation.
•    Avoid giving a negative impression.
•    Try to emerge as a leader as in, voice your opinion in a striking manner while at the same time listen to others carefully and also include their views in a diligent manner. Leadership quality is a must-have ingredient for GD.

What to do/ remember during GD/PI

•    Be assertive but in a polite manner with expression in voice. Be calm but not quiet.
•    Clarity in the thoughts must be there.
•    Appear pleasant with the other participating members. If it is a PI then with the interviewer.
•    Be logical while answering or questioning anything.

What not to do/ to avoid during GD/PI

•    One to one discussion or interactions with any of the members in the group instead make yourself involved with everyone present.
•    Pointing fingers, shouting or any such kind of impolite behavior.
•    Don't use any slangs or abusive language.
•    Avoid negative body languages like shaking legs, yawning, drumming table, looking here and there or swinging pen or pencils

Remember that it is totally your call, so go ahead with a fresh and logical mind and you will definitely make your day.

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