How to perform well in Group Discussion of SSB

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What is Group Discussion in Service Selection Board (SSB)?

Group discussions at SSB is defined as an activity in which a small number of persons meet face to face and exchange and share ideas freely or attempt to reach a decision on a common issue.

Group Discussion is the first basic test of the Group Testing. It is the stage of exploration where the discussion is free and open without any rules.

Group discussion is a very important aspect of group communication which stimulates reflective thinking among the members.

The purpose of Group Discussion is to assess the Effective Intelligence, Reasoning and Organizing Ability of the candidates in a group.

Conduct of the Group Discussion in Service Selection Board (SSB):

The GTO will conduct two GD’s of 15-20 minutes one after the other to assess the Power of Expression of the candidates.

The GTO will give two GD topics for the first Group Discussion where candidates have to decide the topic within a period of one minute and while choosing the topic, the candidates must select the stream depending upon the resourcefulness and the currency of the topic.

The second topic is decided by the GTO himself based on the performance of the group.

The topics are common in nature and do not require any specific knowledge, facts and figures.

Objectives of the Group Discussion in Service Selection Board (SSB):

The basic objectives of the Group Discussion is to assess the following aspects-

Planning And Organization

Effective Intelligence, Reasoning and

Organizing Ability

Power of Expression

Social Adjustment

Adaptation, Cooperation and Responsibility

Social Effectiveness

Initiative, Self Confidence and Resourcefulness.

Courage, Stamina and Determination.

​​What is expected from the candidates in Group Discussion?

The candidate should have self confidence.

Candidates should be able to express himself fluently and rationally.

Candidates must have sufficient knowledge of the topic being discussed.

Candidates should not be rigid in his ideas.

The candidates should be adaptable and should be able to react rationally under stress.

The candidates should be logical in his approach.

The candidates needs to be cheerful and not look stressed up

Important Topics for Group Discussion in Service Selection Board (SSB):

The USA and North Korea problem.

Why is crime increasing in our society?

Armed Forces Special Forces Act (AFSPA).

How can ragging in colleges be controlled?

Should military training be made compulsory?

Should there be reservation of seats in elite institutions?

Sports in India.

Which is the biggest problem our country is facing?

Should HIV testing be made mandatory before marriage?

How can Indian Railways be improved?

What should India do to become a superpower?

Why coaching institutes are increasing in our country?

Should Hindi be made our national language?

Who is responsible for crime against women?

Should beauty pageants be encouraged in our country?

How Swacch Bharat Abhiyan can be made more successful?

Which is the best kind of marriage?

Should mobile phones be allowed in schools and colleges?

Who is responsible for eve teasing?

How to solve Indo-Pak Issues?

Important Tips to crack Group Discussion at Service Selection Board (SSB):

Have a good knowledge of current affairs to excel in GD.

Be well prepared by regularly reading newspapers and magazines.

Initiate if familiar with topic. It is not necessary to initiate, unless well versed with the topic.

Listen to others and Intervene if the discussion is digressing.

Speak to the point without repeating.

Back your points with facts and figures.

Be gentle with your presentation.

Be natural, calm and maintain your composure.

Be participative and reciprocate in Group Discussion.

Say Thank You before ending your presentation.

Think before you speak and Say what you feel without going in “Favor” or “Against It”.

Appreciate a good point and Control your body language.

Keep summarizing to maintain direction in GD.

Take initiative to conclude the discussion.

Do not be loud or aggressive.

Do not go overboard with enthusiasm if you are familiar with the topic.

Do not interrupt other speakers and Do not deprecate other speakers.

Do not speak first if in case you are not familiar with the topic.

Do not change your option and Do not ask irrelevant questions.

Do not stop abruptly, Do not get nervous and Do not exhibit your emotions.

Do not use your arms too much to bodily impose yourself on the other candidates.

I hope the article was helpful for all the defence aspirants.

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