Group Discussion (GD)
Usually two topics of general interest are given by the GTO.
Each candidate is supposed to express his views on the given topics. The time
for discussion is 20 mins. After that the second topics is given to be
discussed for about 15 mins.
How to participate
During choice of topic, try to prove that the topic of your
choice is better and more important to discuss by giving relevance of the topic
• Must speak at least
• Whenever you speak
support your arguments with logic & facts.
• Take a pause and
speak again after 2-3 candidates have spoken.
• Always look at the
person who is speaking and listen attentively.
• Candidates must
improve general awareness by reading newspapers, magazines, internet, essay
books & relevant TV programmes.
Group Planning Exercise (GPE)
• A story in which
4-5 problems, varying in their degree of gravity are explained on a sand /
• Certain facilities
and limitations are also mentioned.
assumptions may be made. Plan should be sensible. Candidates are given 10 mins
to write their individual plan to overcome / handle the problems.
• The group has to
then discuss for 15 mins and come to one common plan, after which one person
gives the group plan.
• Candidates must
actively participate, take others view and rationally help the group to arrive
at a workable plan.
• You must try to
narrate the plan on behalf of the group.
Outdoor tasks comprise PGT, GOR, HGT, IO, CT & FGT.
• The GTO tests the
behavior of a candidate in a group where there is no Group Leader nominated.
• GTO observes the
candidates for qualities like cooperation, group affinity, natural leadership,
planning, initiative and task orientation.
• The tasks cannot be
negotiated by an individual and need a group to cross it.
• The tasks are time
bound and governed by some rules.
• Helping material
like wooden plank, pole and rope are given.
Progressive Group Tasks (PGT)
• Comprising of four
• The degree of
difficulty increases with each task.
• There is more than
one solution for each task.
• Candidate must
assert herself and simultaneously seek suggestions and advice of others.
• Candidate should
observe the structures carefully and analyze their design & layout for
Group Obstacle Race (GOR)
• Commonly called
• It is in form of
competition with other groups.
• The Group has to
tackle 6 obstacles collectively, carrying a rolled up tent, called snake.
• Aim is to see your
group cooperation, cohesiveness, physical agility and stamina.
• Does not involve
any planning. Be active & show team-spirit.
Half Group Task (HGT)
• The group is
divided into two (Approx 5 each)
• It has one task and
same task is given to each group. (Generally level two task of PGT)
• Time allotted 10
• It gives more
opportunity and exposures to each person.
• In case you could
not do much in PGT this opportunity must be exploited.
• 10 obstacles to be
completed in 3 mins.
• Every obstacle
carries its own points / marks.
• Basically your
physical agility, stamina, physical & mental courage are observed.
• The obstacles are
not very tough. A candidate with average fitness can negotiate them. Improve
your physical fitness. Practice pull ups & push ups.
• Command Task is
aimed at testing the leadership and command capabilities of candidates.
• The nature of
obstacles and facilitating material remain the same.
• The only change is
that one candidate is nominated as a formal leader, asked to choose his team,
plans to negotiate the obstacle and finally executes the plan.
• The candidates
judgment, planning and analytical capabilities are checked and his ability to
get a task executed are also tested.
• The candidate must,
therefore, choose his team carefully.
• Normally, the work
should be got executed by the chosen candidates, but in case some part of
obstacle negotiation needs his assistance, he should be ready to do so.
Final Group Task (FGT)
• Similar to PGT but
only one task.
• Level of stage
three of PGT.
• Time approx. 15
• GTO has a last look
at the candidates to finally decide their results.
• You should be
actively involved and give as many workable solutions as possible.
• Task could be
frustrating, so keep your cool and mental balance.
• The GTO is testing
the speaking skills speech of a candidate. He should be able to speak
effectively, attract attention while he is talking, have a clear line of
• This candidate is
given four topics of general nature.
• The candidates are
required to select one topic, prepare for three minutes and then deliver the
speech / topic on which he is fully confident of having enough knowledge and
material to speak for three minutes.
• The views expressed
should be balanced and extreme positions avoided.
• The clarity of
thoughts and ideas must be ensured.
• Read newspapers,
magazines, books to improve your general awareness.
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