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GD/PI for NIFT (MFM, M.Ftech, M.Des)


NIFT Written Exam Result 2016

NIFT conducts GD/PI for those who have qualified NIFT 1st Phase written exam and group discussion is based on Case study. The objective of GD is to assess the Managerial skills and Team work of every candidates. GD/PI has weightage of 30% and it plays a very important role in deciding the NIFT All India Rank.

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1. We have 12 days GD/PI class for MFM/M.Ftech/M.Des discussing last few years sample of Case studies and Interview questions which gives them idea about GD/PI pattern.

2. We also conduct Mock GD and PI by our NIFT alumni giving them some technical questions idea.
3. We have 12 days design workshop almost 40 hours session to give them an idea about some basic interview questions as well as technical questions related to their courses like M.Des/MFM/M.Ftech, so Pahal has designed special study Material for students those are appearing for NIFT GD/PI.
4. India’s No 1 Institute having maximum number of students those have qualified for NIFT Masters Program and 10 students in NIFT Top AIR 50 to get their preferred choice campus.
5. Interaction with NIFT Toppers to get an idea about GD/PI.
6. Mock GD and PI by Design experts.
7. 8 – 10 Students per batch to give everyone proper feedback about their performance.

PAHAL announces special 12 Days Workshop for the preparation of NIFT GD/PI (MFM/MfTech/M.Des) after the declaration of results of the first phase of NIFT.


slide11A group discussion (GD) is a simulated exercise, where you cannot suddenly put up a show, since the evaluators will see through you easily. In this page you can find tips on GD and how to handle them to ensure a positive outcome.

Here’s how most group discussions work

A panel will observe the proceedings and evaluate the members of the group.

PAHAL GD/PI CENTRES (Batch Starts after 1st Phase result)

South Delhi – South Ex N-5, Block N, 3rd Floor,
Bajrang House, South Extension Part-1, New Delhi-110049,
Nearest INA Metro Station / Lajpat Nagar Metro Station
Contact No : 9899429749
Contact Person : Ritambhara Mishra  Email :
Any 12 Days 6,000 Apply Now
South Delhi – Hauz Khas G-8, G Block Market, 2nd Floor,
Hauz Khas, New Delhi-110016,
Nearest Hauz Khas Metro Station,
Landmark- Above HDFC Bank
Contact No : 9910409749
Contact Person : Aparna Saini Email :
Any 12 Days 6,000 Apply Now
PITAMPURA (North Delhi) 3rd Floor, 21 Kapil Vihar,
Pitampura, Metro Pillar No-352/Kohat Enclave
(Near by Metro – Kohat Enclave), Gulab Sweets(Near by Metro – Kohat Enclave)
Contact No: 9031170312
Contact Person: Amit Singh
Any 15 Days 6,000 Apply Now
PREET VIHAR (East Delhi) C-57, Second Floor, Preet Vihar, Vikas Marg, Metro Pillar No-81.
(Near by Metro – Nirman Vihar / Preet Vihar )
Contact No: 011-45142542, 8826492570
Contact Person: Jeevan Prakash
Any 12 Days 6,000 Apply Now
JANAKPURI (WEST DELHI) 2nd Floor, S-4/63, Janakpuri, Delhi – 110058
Opposite – Metro Pillar No. 552
Landmark – Janakpuri East Metro Station
Contact Person: Sakshi Mehta
Contact No: 011-49879573, 9599973349
Any 15 Days 6,000 Apply Now
BANGALORE H/N-149, 18th Gross,
30th Main, Sector– 2, Bengaluru, Pin Code – 560034
Contact No. :+91 – 7411523845
Contact Person : Krishna Nand Singh
Email :
Any 12 Days 6,000 Apply Now
DEHRADUN 2nd Floor, Siddhartha Enclave, GMS Road, Near Ballupur Petrol Pump, Dehradun – 248006
Contact No : 0135-6002024, +91-8126841418
Contact Person :Mr. Vijay Thakur
Any 12 Days 6,000 Apply Now
HARIDWAR 397/A, Vikas Colony, Ranipur Mod, Rishikul, Devpura, Haridwar, Uttarakhand – 249401
Contact No : 8126841418
Any 12 Days 6,000 Apply Now
PATNA House No.: 2nd Floor, Geeta Complex, Near Sahara Building,
Boring Road, Patna : 800001
Contact No :+91-612-2521492, +91-9304190492,
Contact Person : Mr. D.K.Singh
Any 12 Days 6,000 Apply Now
RANCHI 3rd Floor, C.G. Tower, Beside Petrol Pump,
Plaza Chowk, Lalpur,  Ranchi (Jharkhand), Pin Code – 834001
Contact No. :+91-7677716770
Contact Person : Shweta Kumari

Email :

Any 12 Days 6,000 Apply Now
LUCKNOW 77, 1st Floor,
Halwasiya Market, Hazratganj, Lucknow
Contact No. : 0522-4077691, 9648484145
Contact Person : Priyanka Srivastava
Email :
Any 12 Days 6,000 Apply Now
BHOPAL E-8/3,2nd Floor, Basant Kunj,
Arera Colony, Near Canara Bank, Bhopal-462016
Contact No. : +91-9826688499 / 0755-2569000
Contact Person : Sakshi Jain
Email :
Any 12 Days 6,000 Apply Now
PUNE Ground Floor, Behind Royal Tourist, Near Karve Statue, Kothrud, Pune – 411038, Maharashtra
Contact No. : 8087877253, 9130406644
Contact Person : Nidhi Mithil Bhandare
Email :
Any 12 Days 6,000 Apply Now
KANPUR 1st Floor, Sri Nikunj, Opp – R K Devi Hospital, Swaroop Nagar, Kanpur – 208002
Contact No. : +91-7505080008
Contact Person : Shashi Ranjan Patel
Email :
Any 12 Days 6,000 Apply Now
VARANASI 2nd Floor, Sobhnath Dheerendra Complex, Rathayatra Road, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh – 201010
Contact No. : +91-7800028282, 7800008813
Contact Person : Abad Ali
Any 12 Days 6,000 Apply Now
KOLKATA Pahal, Flat No. 307, 3rd Floor, Vardhan Market, Camac Street, Kolkata 700016
Contact No.: 98300-06214
Any 12 Days 6,000 Apply Now
LUDHIANA SCO – 15A, 3rd Floor, Model Town Extension Market, Ludhiana, Punjab – 141002
Contact No: 08586963919
Contact Person: Mr. Deepak Kumar
Any 12 Days 6,000 Apply Now

Lets start from the basic. One needs to know what one’s objective in the group is. A good definition of your objective is – to be noticed to have contributed meaningfully in an attempt to help the group reach the right consensus. What does this essentially mean?

  1. gd-pi-session-for-master-programsThe first implication is that you should be noticed by the panel. Merely making a meaningful contribution and helping the group arrive at a consensusis not enough. You have to be seen by the evaluating panel to have made the meaningful contribution. What does that mean in practice?
    • You must ensure that the group hears you. If the group hears you, so will the evaluator. That does not mean that you shout at the top of your voice and be noticed for the wrong reasons.
    • You have to be assertive. If you are not a very assertive person, you will have to simply learn to be assertive for those 15 minutes. Remember, assertiveness does not mean being bull-headed or being arrogant.
    • And most importantly, you have to make your chances. Many group discussion participants often complain that they did not get a chance to speak. The fact is that in no group discussion will you get a chance to speak. There is nothing more unacceptable in a GD than keeping one’s mouth shut or just murmuring things which are inaudible.
    • Participate in as many practice GDs as possible before you attend the actual GD. There is nothing like practice to help you overcome the fear of talking in a GD.

The second important implication is that making just any sort of contribution is not enough. Your contribution has to be meaningful. A meaningful contribution suggests that

    • You have a good knowledge base
    • You are able to put forth your arguments logically and are a good communicator.
    • The quality of what you said is more valuable than the quantity. There is this myth amongst many group discussion participants that the way to succeed in a group discussion is by speaking loudly and at great length. One could not be more wrong. You must have meat in your arguments.

Therefore, think things through carefully.

Always enter the room with a piece of paper and a pen. In the first two minutes jot down as many ideas as you can.

When you jot down points, keep these pointers in mind.
If it is a topic where you are expected to take a stand, say for example, “Should India sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty?” note down points for both sides of the argument. It will be useful on two counts –

    • One, if you do not start the GD and are not amongst the first five speakers and find that everyone in the group is talking for the topic, then it makes sense to take the alternate approach and oppose the topic even if you initially intended to talk for the topic.
    • Second, it helps to have knowledge of how group members who take a stand diametrically opposite to yours will put forth their argument and to be prepared with counter arguments.
  1. Everybody else will state the obvious. So highlight some points that are not obvious. The different perspective that you bring to the group will be highly appreciated by the panel. Some pointers on being relevant while having a different perspective are:
    • Be careful that the “something different” you state is still relevant to the topic being debated.
    • Can you take the group ahead if it is stuck at one point?
    • Can you take it in a fresh and more relevant direction?
  2. The last implication is that you must be clearly seen to be attempting to build a consensus.
    • Gaining support or influencing colleagues is the mantra adopted by many a successful Business Leaders.
    • Nobody expects a group of ten intelligent, assertive people, all with different points of view on a controversial subject to actually achieve a consensus. But what matters is “Did you make attempts to build a consensus?”
    • The reason why an attempt to build a consensus is important is because in most work situations you will have to work with people in a team, accept joint responsibilities and take decisions as a group.
    • You must demonstrate the fact that you are capable and inclined to work as part of a team.

Objective of a Group Discussion (GD)

gd-pi-session-in-pahal-south-extensionWhile the written exam tests the quantitative, reasoning and verbal skills of an applicant, that’s not all that a future manager should excel in. In fact, that is just the start. A successful manager should not just be good with his quota of work, but s/he is also expected to contribute as part of a team. And, that’s what GDs aim to test.

GD’s are conducted to test managerial attributes like interpersonal skills, leadership, analytical and rational thinking, knowledge and personality traits.

It is a way through which the B-School panel measures the calibre of the candidate on parameters like content and knowledge, rational thought process, communication skills, group behaviour and leadership skills. Look at GD’s as steps up a ladder to prepare for MBA.

Types of Group Discussions

Not all GD’s are the same. B-schools use several types to test applicants. While there are some GD’s that test the knowledge of a candidate on a topical issue, others are designed to test the ‘lateral thinking’ of the candidate.

Another type of GD comes in the form of a short ‘case-study’ where applicants are asked to analyse a situation and frame responses. Yet another type of a GD is a ‘group exercise’.

GDs can be classified into three types: factual, abstract, and case study. While factual ones are based on contemporary but controversial topics, abstract topics involve lateral thinking and unconventional perspectives.

Topics can either be knowledge intensive or non-knowledge intensive. Knowledge-intensive topics are based on areas like the economy and its sectors like IT or telecom, society, politics, sports or media. Non-knowledge intensive topics can either be ‘concrete topics’ (like ‘greed is good’), while ‘abstract topics’ can be totally open-ended like ‘Deep Blue is not blue enough’.

How to Prepare for a Group Discussion

So, how should you prepare for the GD? Experts opine that you should work on developing your knowledge base, while at the same time focussing on improving your communication. Some specific lessons on managing yourself during the GD are important too. There are small tricks and tips that can improve your group discussion.

Tips & Tricks for a Successful Group Discussion

The first step in your quest to do well in a GD is to improve your knowledge quotient. Read, watch, listen! Read newspapers and magazines on current issues, especially year-end issues that capture highlights of the year gone by. Also, watch and listen to the news and current affair programmes on news channels. Candidates must keep abreast of contemporary issues with help of the media.

There are some group discussion topics of perennial interest.

For economics-related topics, read fundamental concepts like FDI, stock markets, liberalisation, employment scenario, capital convertibility, rupee vs dollar, inflation, export-import, socialists vs capitalists etc.

For sector-based topics, start by making a one-or-two page note on important sectors like IT, ITES, banking, insurance, retail, telecom, healthcare, agriculture etc. Find out about the developments in last year and prospects in the coming ones.

Express Yourself During a Group Discussion

Knowledge itself is not enough. The next step is to improve your ability to express yourself. You can practice speaking in a GD scenario by forming a discussion group that meets every day and take up a topic for discussion. GD or MBA discussions, as it is also known as, can be your sure shot at getting into a good B school. So, don’t take it easily. Practice ease of expression because clarity, brevity and word choice are keenly observed by evaluators.