Case Study based Group Discussions

Updated: Apr 3, 2020

Case based GDs are different from conventional abstract/factual GDs because they test your ANALYTICAL skills more than your know how/ spoken skills. The GDs tend to become more argumentative since every participant gets a chance to prepare his/her solution to the case - No one remains silent due to lack of knowledge or weakness at out of the box thinking.

So, here goes the tip: How to tackle case GDs. 

1. Do NOT make it a solution war! Don't keep throwing solutions from the beginning. Case discussion is expected from the group. Start with finding problems and opening them up for discussion. The group should discuss and solve the issues being raised by anyone. In the end - after analyzing many problems/issues, the group can talk about multiple possibilities of attaining the objective on the holistic level. While analyzing, try to do the impact study on various stakeholders and incorporate as many environmental factors(social, cultural, political, economic etc.) as much possible.

2. Do not get into bilateral talks. Do talk to the entire group.

3. Do not read the case points from the copy. Be involved in the discussion - do not repeat case facts and points.

4. Maintain your body posture and avoid heated arguments. Try appearing analytical, than argumentative. 

CASE STUDY BASED GDs THEORY: How to develop this skill? - Rahul Anand

CASE study based GDs are meant to test your analytical and problem solving skills. You are tested on the following aspects:

 Ability to divide a case into parts – Case facts, case problem and case solution. 

 One should not enter into a never ending loop of keep throwing options, but structure it from case analysis to final solution.

So, what are we expected to do?

  •  Build a structure

  •  Pin in points in the discussion, but keep a track of the flow you have maintained in your mind. 

  •  Give direction to the group talk.

  •  Don’t allow the discussion to stick to one solution.

How to practice?

Analyze editorials. Editorials are analytical write ups that aim at bringing to light the left and right of a topic. Try to understand how an author builds an argument and how he/she concludes it. Listen to debates and panel discussions online and on news channels, on a regular basis. Be analytical!

So, how will you know that you are on track?

  •  Make notes on discussions that you watch or read.

  •  Take feedback from your friends. 

  •  Participate in discussions at your college etc.

  •  Make a gang of debaters in your circle and keep arguing. Practice makes one perfect!

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