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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.


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.


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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Civil engineering: Jobs

What can I do with my degree?:Civil engineering: Jobs

A civil engineering degree prepares you for work in the construction industry as well as in the

broader business, management and financial sectors

Job options

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

 Building control surveyor

 Consulting civil engineer

 Contracting civil engineer

 Site engineer

 Structural engineer

 Water engineer

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

 Building services engineer

 Engineering geologist

 Environmental consultant

 Patent attorney

 Quantity surveyor

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

Employers place great importance on experience. If your course does not include an industrial

placement, look for relevant summer work experience and placements. Any kind of role in a

construction or civil engineering setting will allow you to build your understanding of issues related to

the planning and execution of projects. Use this experience to expand your knowledge and to develop

contacts and network.

Casual, hands-on construction work and administrative jobs may be available, but many employers

offer structured work experience opportunities.

Typical employers

Civil and structural engineers work in a range of sectors, particularly the construction sector, on

buildings of all kinds, transport and communications infrastructure. This includes bridges, roads,

tunnels, canals and other large structures. They also work for employers involved in the production,

storage and distribution of electricity, gas and water.

Civil engineers are employed by a wide range of contractors and consultancies and also work in-

house for a variety of national and multinational organisations. There are many opportunities in the

public sector, with local authorities, government departments and environmental organisations, where

engineers are often involved in setting project specifications and drafting tender documents.

Opportunities are available with employers both in the UK and overseas.


Civil engineers are in demand for their technical and subject-specific knowledge and understanding.

With a sound grasp of science, mathematics and technology, you can design, create and build

structures efficiently, making best use of available resources and techniques. Through realistic

construction-based group projects, you gain practical experience of applying your engineering

judgement and working successfully with others.

The skills gained by studying civil engineering are also sought after by employers in many other job

areas. These include a creative approach to problem-solving, critical thinking and the ability to

interpret data, numeracy, IT and communication skills, analytical and decision-making abilities, and an

awareness of ethical issues.

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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.

Job : Mechanical Engineers

Mechanical engineer:Job description

Mechanical engineers provide efficient solutions to the development of processes and products,

ranging from small component designs to extremely large plant, machinery or vehicles.

They can work on all stages of a product, from research and development to design and manufacture,

through to installation and final commissioning.

Most industries rely on a form of mechanical systems and mechanical engineering is thought to be

one of the most diverse of all engineering disciplines. Due to this, there are employment opportunities

in a wide range of sectors, including:

 manufacturing;

 power;

 construction;

 medical.

Mechanical engineers can be involved in the management of people and resources, as well as the

development and use of new materials and technologies.

Typical work activities

Projects that mechanical engineers work on can vary significantly, from researching and developing

medical products (such as mechanical hearts), to improving production processes in large oil

refineries or designing services within buildings.

Across all sectors, tasks generally include:

 designing and implementing cost-effective equipment modifications to help improve safety and


 developing a project specification with colleagues, often including those from other engineering


 developing, testing and evaluating theoretical designs;

 discussing and solving complex problems with manufacturing departments, sub-contractors,

suppliers and customers;

 making sure a product can be made reliably and will perform consistently in specified operating


 managing projects using engineering principles and techniques;

 planning and designing new production processes;

 producing details of specifications and outline designs;

 recommending modifications following prototype test results;

 using research, analytical, conceptual and planning skills, particularly mathematical modelling

and computer-aided design;

 considering the implications of issues such as cost, safety and time constraints;

 working with other professionals, within and outside the engineering sector;

 monitoring and commissioning plant and systems.

Mechanical engineer:Salary and conditions

 Starting salaries for mechanical engineers and for those on graduate training schemes are in the

range of $20,000 to $28,000.

 With experience this can increase to between $25,000 and $35,000. At a mid-level for lead or

principle engineers salaries are around $35,000 to $50,000.

 When a senior level is reached, such as chief engineer, salaries of $45,000 to $

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 Salaries vary from company to company and some sectors attract higher salaries, according to


 Working hours typically include regular extra hours, but not usually weekends or shifts.

 The work is mainly office-based with regular visits to plants, factories, workshops or building

sites. Factory production areas can be noisy.

 Self-employment and freelance work are possible for qualified engineers with a good track record

and experience. Short-term contract or consulting work is also possible, often arranged through


 Women are currently under-represented within chartered engineering, although there are

initiatives in place to try and encourage more women into the industry, such

as WISEand Women’s Engineering

 Opportunities are usually available in towns and cities that have a strong manufacturing or

research base, or in regions where there is a local facility that supports specialist engineering.

 Work is often to deadlines, particularly in consultancy work.

 Dress code can vary from smart for office-based work to a hard hat and overalls when working

on site.

 Travel within a working day is frequent. Absence from home overnight and overseas work or

travel may be required, depending on the employer and nature of the business.

 There are many opportunities to work abroad, particularly throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle

East and Australia. It is possible to gain professional recognition in other European countries and

chartered engineers can apply for European engineer status (Eur Ing).

Mechanical engineer:Related jobs

 Aerospace engineer

 Automotive engineer

 Biomedical engineer

 Building services engineer

 Control and instrumentation engineer

 Drilling engineer

 Energy engineer

 Manufacturing systems engineer

 Naval architect

 Technical sales engineer

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