Group Discussion Tips for Air Force X and Y

GD is conducted as a group to test your verbal communication skills, attitude, interpersonal skills, body language and top of all how do you conduct yourself in a group. GD is so important that you cannot neglect it. It is very important that how you are speaking and what you are speaking during discussion and it shows a lot your knowledge and personality. Having knowledge about current affairs leaves a good impact in Group discussion.GD is the last test conducted & mostly conducted on the second day of Air Force selection process.The Indian Air Force is trained to speak well in English. You can say that this is the language through which you communicate with your colleagues in the IAF.

So, they test you whether you can speak well in English or not. Basically you should be able to:

  • Speak without fear in presence of others,
  • Speak correct spoken English language,
  • You should be able to introduce yourself to the people present there,
  • Your voice must be cogent, clear and audible,
  • You should be able to speak in general about the way you reached the place &
  • Any such simple questions on a regular topic given & if asked.
  • That’s all is the Group Discussion testing for the Airman in the IAF.
Things to avoid:
  • Do not criticize on religion
  • Do not get personal with anyone
  • Do not criticize foreign policy of India
  • Never ever try to bluff
  • While coming and going, do not forget to give a firm handshake.
  • Relax and act naturally.
  • Do not be disappointed if you do not answer any questions.
  • Before the Group Discussion, think to yourself that you can do this because it will boost your endorphins.
  • When speaking in a GD, your job is to articulate your point of view in a way that is easy for others to comprehend.
  • Inculcate the good habit of structuring your thoughts and presenting them logically.
  • Your GD arguments should have ‘meat’.
 The skills that are usually assessed in a Group Discussion are:
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Leadership Skills
  • Motivational Skills
  • Tolerance
  • Clarity over Ambiguity
  • Divergent Thinking
  • Listening skills
  • Analytical / Logical skills
Tips and Tricks:
  • Understand – Understand the topic before attempting to contribute.
  • Speak – Try and get a chance to speak. If you can’t get a chance to speak make your chance.
  • Initiate – Take the initiative to begin the discussion, if possible.
  • Structure – Structure arguments logically – justify your stand.
  • Summaries- Summaries the discussion effectively
  • Involve- Take active part throughout the GD.
  • Assert- Be assertive.
  • Articulate- Work continuously towards articulating your ideas into meaningful sentences to make the best impact. Be clear in your speech.
  • – Use non-verbal communication to emphasize points.
  • Listen- Be an attentive listener.
  • Quality, not quantity matters- it’s not ‘how much’ you say, but ‘what’ you say that’s important.
  • Make sure that you read as much news as possible. Generally, the topic is chosen from some of the current happenings. Hence you should make sure that you have a look at all of them.
  • Make sure that you speak loudly and clearly. This is one of the most important things and you could find yourself in difficulty if you do not speak loudly and clearly in a GD.
  • You should know that you are not really bounded to think in one way. You are free to think on your own and put forward some new ideas. It is good for your chances and also for the GD since new ideas will definitely make it interesting.
  • You should know what the topic is really about. If you have some confusion then you should wait for some time and let the other speak at first. When the matter is quite clear and the GD is in midst then you should start speaking with new ideas in mind.
  • Knowledge about the subject can never be replaced in a GD. No matter how good you might be communicating, but if your sentences don’t reflect that you are knowledge bank then it’s probably not going to work out. You are required to talk in a GD but inputs that don’t contain any substantial value will not help in any way. One has to keep himself updated by knowing what all is happening around the globe.
  • In a GD you are required to carefully listen to the other person’s thoughts and keep an argument, example or a supportive statement, fact, example ready to participate in the discussion. This shows how alert you are, how much importance you give to when someone is putting his or her point forward. This also shows how good listener you are, at time, things turn up to be a mess when you feel that what is being said is not making sense. Don’t get irritated. Remember that you need to be calm and composed. Many times, after a mess happening in a GD, candidates who are calm are selected.
  • You need to be creative and have to put points that might amaze the panel. Remember, while working there are times when we need to find out solutions to the problem in a better way, thinking out of the box helps you finding smart and good solutions at times.
  • As you are gathering thoughts, try to stick to precise and concise thoughts. Remember, when you are communicating, what is more important is what you are communicating rather than how much you are communicating. In a Group Discussion, it is always quality over quantity. Let your views be relevant and to the point. To a great extent, try to do some out-of-the-box thinking so that your view stands out from the rest.
  • You may have excellent views on the topic, but are you able to communicate them in an effective manner are the question. Here, is where your communication skills will come to your rescue. If you have good communication skills, well and good, or else you will have to work on developing the same. To develop communication skills, you can choose a topic, stand before the mirror and start talking about it. As you are talking, anticipate few questions from an imaginary audience and try replying them. Analyse what you are doing, try to spot flaws, if any, in your communication and then start working on them. This will help you come across as a confident person during the GD. On the day of the Group Discussion, your aim should be to collate your thoughts in a structured manner and put them across to the team and the assessors in an effective way.

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