GD-WAT: Know GD-WAT success keys and expected GD-WAT topics
Ashish Jha, 18 Dec 2014, #CAT
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As GD-PI and WAT season begins at top B-schools after results of MBA exams like CAT and XAT, the next challenge for MBA aspirants is to prepare themselves for the next stage of selection process.

The second stage of selection process at most of the B-schools includes both GD and WAT or one of the two components. So, what do you need to prepare for GD and WAT? Careers360 brings you experts’ insights on GD-WAT and what topics to expect during the same at top B-schools. 

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Experts believe that the skills required for performing well in a GD or WAT are quite similar. They advise that a student should be well familiar with the current happenings and should reflect analytical approach crafted with facts and arguments, during GD and WAT.

“Though the communication medium is different - oral in a GD and written in a WAT, the mental work that candidates need to do, when presented a topic, remains the same,” says Vinayak Kudva, Head – PG India & Mumbai Region, IMS.

He adds that candidates need to learn how to analyse the topic, identify or build relevant arguments and finalise their position on the issue. “In a WAT, candidates need to decide on the sequence in which they should present all this on paper - introduction, body and conclusion. Finally they need to write the essay neatly and coherently,” he says.

Refer to last year topics:

Vinayak Kudva advises students to refer to the GD/WAT topics of last year at top B-schools to get familiarity with GD/WAT pattern. He shares a list of GD/WAT topics of 2013 at top b-schools:

  • Organic food — good for individuals, bad for society

  • Impact of FDI in Indian retail market

  • It is advisable to raise legal drinking age limit to 25 years for responsible drinking

  • Indian states need to be given more autonomy for progress

  • The way I see it, 20 years down the line

  • It is claimed that the prevalence of crimes against women is due to the way women dress. Give your views either in support of or against this argument.

  • Do you think privatisation in sports helps to improve the situation of sports in India? What should the government do for the same? What are your suggestions to improve the level of participation and performance in sports in India?

Keep tab on topics related to current happenings:

PT Education Chairman Sandeep Manudhane asks candidates to focus on all important current happenings such as  the 2G scam, the coming elections, the Food Security Bill, India's military achievements, Mangalyaan, Women's plight and empowerment, Supreme Court and judicial activism, Goa mining ban, RPA act controversies, etc. “In short, all interesting things those media editors publish and talk about. Rest of the topics will be abstract and general, for which no content preparation other than above is needed but yes - a lot of articulation practice is,” he says.

He says that a candidate can crack GD-WAT by presenting the ‘right content’ in the right manner.


Prepare for abstract topics also:

Gautam Puri, Vice President, Career Launcher says thatGD/ WAT topics usually focus on the current scenario in the world, but he cautions that topics can be abstract also.


Here, he also suggests a few GD/ WAT topics for B-schools admission this year:

  • Debate on article 370 of the Indian Constitution

  • Debate on criminalizing homosexuality in India

  • Devaluation of the Indian Currency, is it good or bad?

  • Retirement of Sachin Tendulkar- its impact on Indian/ World cricket.

  • IPL eclipsing the cricketing standards in the Indian Sub-continent.

  • Indo-Pak Ties under threat?

  • Sino-Indian ties under threat?

  • How to deal with inflation?

  • Corruption in politics

  • Safety of women

  • India’s space mission

  • Iran-US Nuclear agreement

  • Drug abuse in sports

  • Is India a soft nation?

  • America’s hegemony in world affairs.

Besides the indicative topics above, Puri says that there is much more to that has happened within the country and outside. “One needs to focus on the major happenings of 2013 and then start building one’s opinion on them.” He adds.

 ‘Right content’ presented in the ‘right manner’ is key:

Though PT Education Chairman says ‘Content is King’, he believes the presentations of content is equally important.

Vinayak Kudva suggests candidates to analyse the topic first and accordingly present their arguments in a sequence during GD and WAT. He also advises MBA aspirants to take a stand during GD or WAT. “The WAT/GD topics normally require you to take a stand. It is very important for you to be analytical and argumentative rather than descriptive.”

Gautam Puri, Vice President, Career Launcher agrees, as he advises, “Students must try to build their opinion rather than just gathering facts.” For this, he suggests candidatestostart reading a newspaper on a daily basis, browse through magazines and build on content spanning across legal, political, social, economic and sports spectra.

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