Group Task for PSUs


GROUP TASK FOR PSUs

Basically group task is almost similar as a group discussion, but the result of the group task reveals a lot about each candidates and their personality which a group discussion fails to.

In a group task, the group is given a simple task to be completed in some given time and the candidates are expected to solve not only the problems and difficulties related to the given task but also some real life problems like working under pressure, handling a team without having prior knowledge of doing so, coming to a single efficient solution when everyone else in the team have their own ideas.

A group task is more alike to judge you on factors like leadership qualities, team spirit, creativity and problem solving ability and many such. Though you think it’s a group task but your every move is monitored along with your attitude towards the problem, and as well as towards the given situation.

Introduction

A group task is effectively an evaluation of candidate on psychological parameters and it helps the examiner understand how the candidates behave and act in a group, how their behaviour alters in a group. There are a number of social dimensions and values that come into the picture when we start to deal with a group and this is reflected in a group task. The leadership qualities of an individual also come to the fore in a group task.

Group tasks are activities where a defined group of individuals need to perform a defined task and accomplish the goals assigned to them. Group members are expected to pitch in a variety of ways. They need to identify the nature of the problem, the best ways of dealing with it, provide specific facts and inputs that might be helpful in solving the problem, and ensure that communication channels are always open. Group tasks provide an opportunity to check the interpersonal skills of candidates and to check their commitment levels. Group members’ nature and degree of participation will help establish the kind of role they play in a group. Overall, the behaviour of a group is dictated by the members and this determines how the group acts. For example, in some groups, members go out of their way to help others whereas in other groups self cantered individuals dominate.

Why are Group Tasks conducted?

B-Schools / Organisation use Group Tasks/Group Exercises to test team work, interpersonal communication skills and the planning ability of the candidates. The panel needs to know if one can mix well with others; sometimes business simulated exercises are also given to test candidate’s performance in real managerial situations. In such exercises, a candidate’s ability to work in a team is put to test, while testing his convincing power and reasoning ability. The task is assigned to the group by the panelists in such a way that all get equal opportunity to perform to the best of their abilities, express themselves and give suggestions when asked for. Leadership skills , good team working skills , strong reasoning and decision making skills, negotiating skills, taking initiative , facilitating others to perform and speak ,showing a positive attitude, staying motivated (Intensity, Direction and Perseverance) are some of the traits a Team player must possess in order to successfully accomplish the task and get selected.

The candidate may be given an indoor practical task, outdoor group exercise, case studies, presentations, creating a proposal, performing skits, role plays and so on. Certain B schools and PSU evaluate candidates through such along with other selection tools. In one such exercise students were asked to organise an event for the B school. Other activities included forming a railway platform with a stack of papers provided, analyzing a situation or a picture, selling a product or preparing an election campaign.

B-Schools use Group Tasks/Group Exercises to evaluate candidates on:

  • Leadership skills
  • Organizing Ability
  • Initiative
  • Cooperation
  • Negotiation skills
  • Liveliness
  • Determination
  • Decision Making Ability
  • Confidence
  • Attitude
  • Perseverance
  • Reasoning Ability
  • Persuasiveness
  • Perseverance
  • Motivation

Past Group Exercise Experiences

A group of 8 students were blindfolded and then given a twisted rope. They were asked to arrange themselves in such a way as to form an 8 pointed star. Similarly, the group members were asked to arrange themselves and form a square.

  • There was a brick lying on the floor and the team members were asked to stand one above another on it.
  • The team members were given a card board, chart paper, pencil to create any structure out of the materials provided, length being 150mm.

Tips for performing Group Activities:

  • Listen attentively and make notes of the information provided.
  • Divide the task into bundle of activities so that the whole team can work together (plan a work breakdown structure).
  • Stay focused on the goal and remembers team working skills are being tested.
  • Try to create an environment where communicating with team mates, taking reasonable risks and actions is possible.
  • Creativity, participative leadership, thinking out of the box and strong reasoning is required to complete the task.
  • Take initiative but don’t underestimate your team mates. True that the team’s success would be your success but be slightly diplomatic since this a competition and you will be evaluated individually.
  • Remember Synergy is important for achieving goal (1+1 = 3).
  • Its observed that any group formation has generally these 5 stages(Tuckman’s Model):
    • o FORMING: Getting Acquainted and Establishing Ground rules
    • o STORMING: Showing of hostilities and Resisting control by Group Leader
    • o NORMING: Start working and developing close relationships
    • o PERFORMING: Working towards goal achievement
    • o ADJOURNING: Post task completion
  • Have confidence in what you do and persevere (don’t give up till the last minute).
  • Perform your role keeping in mind that you are being observed by the panel.

It is important to know that that the rationale behind group tasks is to check the candidate’s competence on team building skills, Leadership, handling pressure, etc. The contemporary management practices emphasize more on Team work now, since managers need to handle live projects. So these team activities are an attempt to simulate actual managerial dilemmas, an insight into real corporate complexities.

HPCL EXAMPLE

Case 1: a Xerox machine needs to be manufactured which should give colored copies but the cost of these colored copies should be less than general black and white copy. The manufacturing cost of that new photo copying machine needs to be reduced in order to increase the profit of company. To reduce manufacturing cost low cost components are used which degrades the quality of copy. But only 30 % people can detect those degraded changes while rest 70% people don’t predict the change. We need to give a solution for this whether to reduce the cost of manufacturing for benefits of company or not

Case 2: You are head of a company. A person XYZ is working in your company. But few of his colleagues complain about him that he doesn’t work full time and works only 3-4 days in a week. Apart from this they also complain that he does some part time side business which is gaining him more profit. But his performance is far better than other and is providing profits to the company. What action will you take?

Case 3: You are head of company. Your company wants to replace a new technology XYZ with the old one ABC. License of your old technology expires in few months and needs to to be renewed. The employers are used to old technology and don’t need any formal training for the same. The new technology requires lots of training and for this the employers must work over time. But employers are not ready to do over time. What solutions will you provide to company?

Some times in group task they basically give you a comprehensive paragraph to read in which you are one of the candidate in that story. In one case there was this plane crash situation which was crashed in that desert stating number of survivors and items that we are left with us in order to survive. Now after this dreadful situation we were required to recommend the whole strategy by which we will survive by consensus among ourselves. We were given 20 minutes for discussion and 10 minutes for giving the conclusion. This was the GT off GATE Exam.

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How to study Chemical Engineering during B.Tech for GATE Exam


The students studying Chemical Engineering in B.Tech, who wants to do Reasearch in future or Clear GATE Exam with better score, they should keep the following points in mind during B.Tech.

  • First you must study the following subjects in your whole B.Tech at your best:
    • Material Balance and Energy Balance
    • Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
    • Fluid Mechanics
    • Chemical Reaction Engineering
    • Mass Transfer
    • Heat Transfer
  • You must study the best available books for the above subjects:
    • For Material Balance and Energy Balance:
      • Basic Principles and Calculations in Chemical Engineering ~ by David Mautner Himmelblau
    • For Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
      • Thermodynamics: An Engineering Approach ~ by Michael A. Boles and Yunus A. Cengel
      • Introduction to chemical engineering thermodynamics ~ by J. M. Smith
    • For Fluid Mechanics
      • Fluid Mechanics: Fundamentals and Applications ~ by John Cimbala and Yunus A. Cengel
      • Unit Operations of Chemical Engineering ~ by Warren McCabe (Author), Julian Smith (Author), Peter Harriott (Author)
    • For Chemical Reaction Engineering
      • Chemical Reaction Engineering ~ by Octave Levenspiel
      • Elements Of Chemical Reaction Engineering ~ by H. Scott Fogler
    • For Mass Transfer
      • Mass-transfer operations ~ by Robert Ewald Treybal
      • Principles of Mass Transfer and Separation Processes ~ by Binay K. Dutta
    • For Heat Transfer
      • Heat Transfer ~ by Yunus A. Cengel
      • Heat Transfer ~ by J. P. Holman
  • You must study the books very well and understand the concepts such that you must be able to correlate those concepts in your daily life:
    • For example When water is passed through the charcoal than its temperature decreases Why?

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SCOPE OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING IN INDIA


Chemical engineering if pursued sincerely is highly profitable and the scope in India is huge. We are the top paid when compared with the pass outs of other branches and lately there has been a boom in this field and placements are sure. But first you should know what chemical engineering is because students have a misconception about it.A common fear that the work conditions of chemical engineers are hazardous is a fluke. Chemical engineers work in safe environment and direct contact with chemicals is minimum. Chemical engineers in India recruited in many sectors. Some being : petroleum and petrochemicals, paper, fertilizers, rubber, pharmaceuticals, organic and inorganic industries etc. Petroleum and the pharmaceutical sectors are booming and quite in demand.

Some of the major companies are listed below :

In petroleum and gases

  • Reliance industries
  • Essar oils
  • Gujarat oils
  • ONGC
  • BPCL

Fertilizers

  • Indo Gulf fertilizers
  • Fertilizers and Chemicals Travancore Ltd
  • Coromandel fertilizers

Some other companies being :

  • Bengal Chemical and Pharmaceuticals
  • Orissa Drugs and Chemical Ltd
  • Indian Drugs and Pharmaceutical Ltd (IDPL)
  • Bihar Drugs and Organic Chemical Ltd
  • Naramada colours pvt ltd
  • Honeywell
  • Indian Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Ltd
  • Aditya Birla Chemicals
  • Arati Industries Ltd
  • L&T

Many students also get recruited to the IT sector. A student desiring such option must additionally have knowledge of any of the computer languages. Some of the companies being TCS, Infosys, Wipro, CTS etc. But it is always best to go for core companies. The fact i understood is that one’s profile should be good. Every student undergoes internship during their course and for you to be outstanding and to get an upper hand in placements it is always better to do internship abroad during your engineering course. 


To be recruited in the Public Sector Undertakings in chemical engineering , you just need to qualify GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) and after that you may apply for any of the top PSUs in India, like ONGC, IOCL, BPCL, HPCL, GAIL, NFL, BARC etc. You can ask for proper guidance through e-mail or call just fill up the little details here.


You can also go for higher studies to make your career firm. The undergraduates can take M.Tech or MS in various fields and courses are offered in various IIT’s and NIT’s in India, by just qualifying GATE exam with a good score.

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The topics being : environmental engineering, piping and design, nanotechnology, metallurgy, chemical engineering etc. The students can also take up research options in their interested fields and earn while pursuing their course. You need to write GATE to get into IIT’s and NIT’s. The companies these days consider GATE score too for recruitment and therefore preparing for GATE is very important. You can also do MS in India and abroad as well. The students can take up research options in their interested field and earn while pursuing their course. The basic criteria to do MS abroad is write Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and get a good score. Next is English proficiency tests such as IELTS, TOEFL etc. Get atleast 6.5 out 9 to get admissions in  college abroad. To do MS in US or UK is too high its not easy to extend your visa after your course. But you can also do post graduation cheaply but with more value.

Chemical engineering Jobs and opportunity


What can I do with my degree?:Chemical engineering

A chemical engineering degree develops technical and transferable skills that can lead to a

range of jobs in business, finance and law, as well as engineering…

Job options

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

 Chemical engineer

 Energy engineer

 Petroleum engineer

 Product/process development scientist

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

 Analytical chemist

 Energy manager

 Manufacturing engineer

 Materials engineer

 Mining engineer

 Production manager

 Quality manager

Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don’t

restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.

Work experience

Work experience is a valuable way of getting first-hand knowledge of specialised industries. If you are

undecided about the area of chemical engineering you want to work in, try to get an industrial

placement to get an idea of what’s available. This may be a placement that’s part of your degree

course, or one you set up yourself during the summer.

Work experience is often available in the pharmaceutical, petrochemical and food and drink

industries. Check out the careers section of company websites for more information.

Typical employers

Employers are as diverse as the products they produce and cover a broad range of industrial sectors.

Any company involved in large-scale conversion of raw materials into a product will require chemical

development engineers.

You’ll find major employers in gas and oil extraction, oil refining, nuclear and other power generation

and other process industries, including pharmaceuticals, fine and heavy chemicals and

agrochemicals. Other manufacturing industries that need chemical engineers include those supplying:

 food and drink;

 toiletries;

 pulp and paper;

 plastic and metals;

 fibres and polymers.

Many chemical development engineers work for engineering consultancy and contracting firms.

Engineers are well equipped for business roles and go into careers in financial services, management

or law.

There are a range of careers for chemical engineers. Be it

atomic science or polymers or paper or plastics or drugs or

food, there is chemical engineering involved in all!

As with all engineers, chemical engineers use math, physics, and economics to solve technical problems. The

difference between chemical engineers and other types of engineers is that they apply the knowledge of

chemistry in addition to other engineering disciplines. Some of them design and invent new processes while

some construct instruments and facilities and some plan and operate facilities. So be it atomic science or

polymers or paper or plastics or drugs or food, there is chemical engineering involved in all!

Here are some of the broad things that chemical engineers can work as:

 Chemical engineer (R&D): They develop the ideas for future plants, improving efficiency, environmental

performance and even developing new products

 Design Engineer: They determine how the process is to work. For example which pieces of equipment will be

needed, and how big they will be.

 Operations Engineer: They spend their time ‘onsite’ ensuring that the plant is producing the right amount of

product to the correct specification

 Projects Engineer: They organise and run projects for engineering companies, this can be anything from

managing a small modification to an existing pharmaceutical facility to building a multi-billion dollar

petrochemicals complex.

Job Prospects

Since Chemical engineering is a vast field, the job prospects and career options are varied and different across a

huge variety of sectors including:

 Chemical and allied products

 Pharmaceuticals

 Energy

 Water

 Food & Drink

 Materials

 Oil & Gas

 Process Plants & Equipment

 Biotechnology

 Environment

 Defence

 Business and Management

 Consultancy

These sectors exist across the private and public sector and thus chemical engineers are spoilt for choice as far

as job opportunities are concerned. You can easily find jobs in areas such as processing, operations or

manufacturing, research and development, design and construction, finance and teaching.

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