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    Time table for the following:

    1. GD

    Format for Group Discussion

    A group should not usually consist of more than 10 members. In the GD, thought process, clarity of speech and expression, and the ability to listen to others is what is judged.

    It will consist of 3 rounds. Rounds 1 and 2 will involve students arbitered by the moderator.

    Round 3 will be the views of the moderator (expert) on the particular topic.

    ROUND 1:

    Round 1 is compulsory for all aspirants. The moderator sets the GD in motion. The aspirant who begins and sets the GD rolling will be given additional points, taking into account the nature of content as well. The aspirant who begins the GD has to introduce the topic, a brief history about it and as to why it is in new before giving his/her views on it. He/she will be given a maximum of 4 minutes.

    Then the GD moves either in the clockwise or anti-clockwise direction, the other aspirants will be given a maximum of 3 minutes. Repetition of points is not allowed. Breaching of time limit is not allowed. Round 1 being basic, the moderator has to ensure that everyone has spoken on the topic at least for 2 minutes.

    ROUND 2:

    Round 2 is not compulsory for all students. After everyone is given a chance to speak in Round 1, if there are any points left and if an aspirant wants to bring innovative ideas on the same topic, he/she should be given one more chance in Round 2 after Round 1.

    * An aspirant who introduces the topic just for the sake of introducing without strong content must be penalised with negative marking.

    * An aspirant repeating points without fresh perspectives in Round 2 should be penalised with negative marking.

    ROUND 3:

    It involves experts’ opinion on the topic. Here the moderator

    1. Summarises all the points given by the aspirants

    2. Gives higher dimensions on the topic for the students to think on

    3. Give UPSC relevance to the topic.

    4. Give observations on each aspirant (for better clarity on observations, refer guidelines given below)

    Format for debate

    Debating consists of two groups with a maximum of 7 members in each group. The group does not have the choice to choose the stand. The stand is fixed by the moderator for both the groups. The groups have to accept the stand and defend it.


    An aspirant from one group is given the opportunity to open the debate. He/she has to give his/her stand first and then give points supporting the stand. The supporting points should be clear and relevant.

    After this an aspirant from the other group is given opportunity when he / she has to undercut each and every point of the previous and then gives his/ her points supporting the stand. No irrelevant points are accepted.

    This will go on until the points with each group are exhausted. The group which has undercut all the points of the other and given extra points supporting his/her stand which has not been undercut by the other group wins.