Group Discussion Topics for MBA
Khushboo Verma, 22 Aug 2019, #CAT
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Group Discussion Topics for MBA - Getting through a management entrance exam such as MBA to receive a call from your dream B-school is only one step closer to achieving your goal. In order to accomplish your goal, it is pertinent to know GD topics for MBA. B-School admission or selection process is basically a two step process - 1) entrance test, 2) Group Discussion or Personal Interview and Written Ability Test. If the candidates prepare well GD topics for MBA, then they could sail through the second stage of the selection process through ease. What lies ahead after clearing the entrance test is a herculean task of converting that call into a confirmed admission. Hence, candidates must try to be well versed with group discussion topics for MBA. Written ability test and group discussion are integral part of MBA admission process and having a sound knowledge about different events will help the candidates to decide what could be the prospective topics for MBA. These are basically personality assessment test to assess a candidate's leadership skills, communication ability and problem solving skills. Aspirants, therefore, must know the GD topics for MBA beforehand to give the best performance.
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Hot WAT and GD Topics for MBA

Vinayak Kudva, Chief Mentor, IMS Learning Resources, talks about various topics of group discussion for MBA and states, “The WAT and GD topics for MBA are mostly of sociological significance and may be based on long-standing or newly uncovered issues. Students should go through the topics allotted by various B-schools last year, to get an idea of what can be expected.” Sometimes, WAT and GD topics for MBA admission can be as generic as ‘Importance of reservation and impact of advertising.’

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Go through the table below to know WAT and GD topics for MBA selection of the top B-schools and IIM.

WAT-GD Topics for MBA

Topics

B-School

Cultural diversity impedes democratic governance

IIM Lucknow

All decisions in a democracy should be taken through referendums

IIM Lucknow

Changing role of women actors in Bollywood

IIM CAP

The issues in the Indian Education sector

MDI Gurgaon

Sustainable Development in India

DMS, IIT Delhi

Space research projects are a waste of money

IIM Lucknow

Are conventional retail stores competing with E-commerce market and what can be the possible future?

IIM CAP

Have coaching institutes in India just become a source of business?

IIFM Bhopal

Demonetisation

DMS, IIT Delhi

India’s diplomatic ties with China

IMI Delhi

Can technology help in preventing Money Laundering?

Great Lakes Institute of Management, Gurgaon

Sports and its benefits

DMS, IIT Delhi

Development alternatives for the rural economy

IIFM Bhopal

Indians are good at being second best but not first

MDI Gurgaon

Loose lips sink ships

IIM Lucknow

Centralization of Indian Public Sector Oil companies will be a boon

IIM Lucknow

Although the group discussion topics for MBA range from current affairs, technologies, sports and education, majority of questions are based on current affairs. It is, therefore, recommended that students should always keep themselves updated on important and major events across national and international.

As per expert insights, the following can be the WAT and Group Discussion topics for MBA admission rounds:

  • GST - Pros and Cons

  • How sustainable is the Jio model in Indian Telecom industry?

  • How can banks prevent scams by Neerav Modi and the likes?

  • How significant is Nepotism in Bollywood?

  • Is the Start-Up wave in India dying?

  • Should Freedom of Expression have limits?

  • Union Budget 2018

  • From Aadhaar Cards to Facebook - how much are out data safe?

  • IIM Bill

  • Ban on Triple Talaq

  • Indo-Pak Ties under threat?

  • Bitcoin

  • How to deal with inflation?

  • Corruption in politics

  • Drug abuse in sports

  • Is India a soft nation?

  • America’s hegemony in world affairs.

  • Safety of women

  • India’s space mission

  • Iran-US Nuclear agreement

Tips to ace Group Discussion for MBA Admission

A group discussion tests a candidate’s knowledge, leadership qualities, not to mention communication skills. As there is fierce competition, hardly one or two candidates manage to nail it while others get eliminated owing to lack of preparation and knowledge about group discussion, not to say blunders. Making it to the final stage of the admission process and not able to crack it is really shattering. To avoid such nightmare, always follow the rule of thumb.

How to get selected in a Group Discussion

An ideal way to go about emerging as a winner in a group discussion is that you should always have a grasp on what you speak. At the same time you should be confident and audible enough during the group discussion. Chances are slim when you follow others’ ideas without giving your input on the group discussion topic for MBA.

Propose an argument in the Discussion

Prior to starting a discussion, one should have enough clarity in communication. Confidence and personality are icing on the cake while one is expressing their views on a group discussion topic for MBA, but the essential attributes that help you emerge as a winner are your thought process and good hold on the language. Always remember to conclude your argument with a question. A candidate who wishes to answer your question will have an eye contact with you while giving you an opportunity to share your thoughts on the same during GD for MBA.

How to get into a group discussion

Knowing the right time and how to enter a group discussion for MBA is important. Sometimes you wait too long seeking an opportunity to enter a discussion that you end up missing the opportunity. When there are 8 to 12 people in a group discussion including 8-12 peers, and you manage to speak for 2-4 minutes adding significant value to the discussion, you stand a chance of getting selected. Aspirants can check below to know the best approach to enter a group discussion for MBA successfully:

  • Enter with a supportive statement - While you may not agree with another aspirant's opinion on the group discussion topic for MBA, it is always smart to put forth your points using positive transitional phrases, for example, 'I totally agree with what he says...' or 'I would like to add.’ After adding the phrase, you can proceed with the argument.

  • Enter when the noise level decreases - An ideal time to shift all the attention towards you in the discussion is to wait for the voice level to get reduced. You, however, should not wait for long, barge in if a few minutes have passed without any decrease in the noise and express your views on the group discussion topic.

  • Enter by asking a question - Asking question will help you get in the limelight. Post asking the question, you can add your views and also put follow up questions during the GD for MBA

  • Enter after a person has concluded - Wait for the right moment to interrupt. It is quite obvious that a candidate doesn’t give others a chance to speak before completing all the points. Your chances of success will increase if you enter the conversation after the candidate has said all the points.

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Some more Effective Tips to keep in mind during a GD

  • Be positive

  • Maintain good posture

  • It is always good to be assertive, but getting aggressive is a big no

  • Enter the discussion only when you have sufficient knowledge with respect to the particular topic.

  • Do not speak anything illogical and try to incorporate facts and figures

  • Do not use complicated words, keep it simple and stay polite

  • Always maintain eye contact while conversing

  • Keep your cool and do not lose your temper on any point

  • Focus on your peers, do not stare at the judges while delivering the speech.

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - Group Discussion Topics for MBA

Question: Which types of articles were during selection process of B-schools for the year 2019?

Answer:

The various article asked in the B-schools admission process related mostly to current changes in the society and to the environment-related issues. A list of various group discussion topics that were asked in admission process of various B-schools is given in the article, kindly have a look at it.

Question: What are the various tips and strategy that a person should keep in mind while preparing for Group Discussion?

Answer:

The various tips and strategy for Group Discussion are mentioned below:

Have a grasp on what you speak

Propose an argument in the GD.

Enter with a supportive statement or a question or when the noise level decreases.

Question: Name some of the highlighted topics which can be asked during Group Discussion Round of B-schools?

Answer:

Some of the topics which can be asked during the Group Discussion are mentioned in the article, kindly have a look at it. Some of them are:

GST - Pros and Cons

Indo-Pak Ties under threat?

Corruption in politics

Iran-US Nuclear agreement

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