What is Group discussion and group exercise – SBI PO

Hello and welcome to exampunditSince the results of SBI PO Mains have been declared its time to gear up for the step 3 of this recruitment process i.e. Group Exercises and Personal Interview, as mentioned in their recruitment notification.

There has been a lot of speculation as what are the group exercises and how are they different from group discussion. So, here we are breaking the ice and living up to our name, explaining in detail all about the GD and GE.

First of all, the GD and GE are two different exercises that will be conducted.
In group discussion, all the aspirants will be divided into groups of 5, 6, or 7. Then you will be given a topic for discussion. Each candidate will be given two minutes to speak individually and then the discussion will be open among all. The discussion will last for 10 minutes.


Then the group exercises will start. Again the aspirants will be divided into groups, may be same as the GD group or different. Then a situational based question will be given to you with a series of actions that you have to place in a logical order, as per your understanding. It will be important that all the members of your group agree upon the same order of actions and should also be able to give a reason behind the choice you have made.

Eg: Suppose you are a recruitment head in a company and you have to choose a Security officer for you company. What skills and in which order will you look forward to in the applicants?
  1. Communication skill
  2. Accounting
  3. Technical skills
  4. Trustworthiness
  5. Alertness
  6. Honesty

Now you, as a group has to come up with a logical order of the above mentioned skills with a proper reason to it. Each individual will be asked questions based on your choices.

After the GD and GE a Personal Interview will also take place and the marks will be given in cumulative form for all the three.

All the best!!!



Aarushi Mathur