A GD is a methodology used by an organization to gauge whether the candidate has certain personality traits and/or skills that it desires in its members. Normally groups of 8-10 candidates are formed into a leaderless group, and are given a specific situation to analyze and discuss within a given time limit.
Group Discussion Test is the most important and most popular technique of personality testing.It is used for selecting candidates for MBA, SSB, Airlines, Bank officers, Research scholars, Call Center etc.It enables the examiner to assess candidate's leadership ability, intellectual level, communication ability, socialization skill and an ability to motivate and influence others. The most important aspect of Group Discussion is its practical approach for analyzing the inner orientations of the candidates.

Some of personality traits the GD is trying to gauge may include:
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Communication Skills
  • Reasoning ability
  • Leadership skills
  • Initiative
  • Assertiveness
  • Flexibility & Creativity
  • Ability to think on ones feet