Group discussion is a task, which resembles an informal conversation among a group of people. In a formal, scheduled discussion between 8 or 10 discussants each person expresses his or her views on a particular subject. It is now used widely as a kind of personality test to evaluate several candidates simultaneously. It is totally different from public speaking and an interview though the communication skills involved in all the three are similar. A group discussion involves both speaking and listening skills.
Nowadays Group Discussion is being extensively used along with personal interviews for the final selection of candidates. It plays a main role in selecting the best among the best. Having scored high marks, students who get selected for a higher/another course or employment are placed on a par - on equal footing - based on their age, qualification and experience. It becomes necessary to conduct further screening for choosing a few among many. It is here, the Group Discussion plays an important part. It helps in choosing the socially suitable candidate among the academically superior achievers. It is one of the best tools to study the behavioral and attitudinal responses of the participants.
Informal and voluntary gathering of individuals (in person, through a conference call, or website) to exchange ideas, information, and suggestions on needs, problems, subjects, etc., of mutual interest. Discussion groups are one of the mainstays of the popularity of internet.