GD & PI Preparation 2021 – All new topics and discussion

What are the skills that are judged in a GD?

The group discussion technique is a very effective way to judge the candidate’s ability to work in a group. Given below is the list of qualities judged during a GD.

• How good you are at communicating with other

• How easily you behave and interact with the other group members

• How open-minded you are

• How flexible or rigid you are in accepting the viewpoints of others in the group

• Your leadership skills

• Your analytical abilities

• Problem-solving & critical thinking skills

• Time management skills

• Your skills at putting forth your ideas in an unbiased manner

• Social attitude and confidence

Type of Group Discussion (GD) Topics asked in MBA 

Group Discussion (GD) is one of the most important selection parameters for admission to top B-schools in India. After the announcement of results for MBA entrance exams, the qualified candidates have to qualify GD and Written Ability Test (WAT) rounds conducted by Management Institutes. Candidates can expect four types of GD Topics in MBA admissions.

  • Current Affairs Topics
  • Abstract Topics
  • Business & Economy Topics
  • Social Issues

Group Discussion (GD) Topics for MBA

Here are commonly asked GD topics for MBA admission We have segregated them topic-wise. Also know how to prepare your argument on each topic.

Current Affairs

Group Discussion (GD) Topics on Current Affairs
Coronavirus: Impact on Global EconomyImportance of Statue of Unity
COVID 19: Importance on spending on Public HealthCOVID 19: How India fared in fighting coronavirus compared to developed countries
Is social distancing the new world order?Online education, work from home: Have we arrived in virtual world
Nationwide lockdown to flatten the COVID 19 curve: Dent on EconomyCoronavirus and lockdown has exposed social inequality in modern India
Citizenship Amendment Act – What and WhyHow will Abrogation of Article 370 improve situation in Kashmir
Should there be a limit to Media Freedom?Why Individual Data Privacy is important?
Is Trump creating World Trade War?Will companies benefit from the Companies Amendment Bill?
Discuss about Union Budget India 2019-2020Discounts on E-commerce website are harmful in the end
How beneficial is the IIM 2017 bill for students?Is preponing the presentation date of General Budget a good decision?
Is India ready for electric vehicles?Will De-Nuclearisation Instill World Peace?
Will fake news kill Social Fiber of India if unchecked?Can India afford spending a fortune on projects like Mission to MARS?
Is it still too early for India to have bullet trains?Making Aadhaar mandatory is not a good idea- for or against
Implication of State Assembly elections at the national level?Is banning of Pakistani artists from India justified?
Modicare: Will it be an affordable healthcare project?Implications of CAA-NCR
Doklam StandoffFarm Bill Amendement- The new agricultural bill
Atmanirbhar Bharat: Call for self relianceNEP: The new education policy
Free Speech an excuse to polariseChadrayaan-2 mission

Latest GD Topics

Here are some latest group discussion topics with answers to help you prepare for your GD round.

1.Jet Airways Crisis

Note: For this topic, instead of for and against points, students should present relevant points for the causes and solution for the topic.

An overview of the topic:

Jet Airways recently declared the temporary shutdown of its services in the month of April 2019. Unable to operate the company due to lack of funds, the airlines is under a debt of Rs. 8500 crores. Since January 2019, the airlines has not paid salaries to its staff.

Points for the causes of Jet Airways crisis:

  • To mark a position in the stiff competition, Jet Airways started offering air tickets at low fares. When compared to its operational costs, the expenses were more than revenue for every air ticket, and thus, started incurring losses. High fuel charges and low-ticket prices crippled the airlines gradually.
  • Poor management and timely monitoring and controlling the situation was another possible reason for the current crisis of the airlines.

Way forward:

  • Reviving the airlines with the help of some investors can help the company to get back on track.
  • Keep ticket prices and competition in check to avoid any extreme situation.

2. Should celebrities be allowed to join politics

Points for the GD topic:

  • Celebrities attract a mass following which makes it easier for them to influence peoples’ opinions and move it in the right direction.
  • They are popular and most of them are unconditionally involved in social welfares. They can be a part of politics and contribute to key issues like poverty, girl education and child marriage.
  • Celebrities are also the citizen of India and should have a right to join politics if interested and voice their opinion.

Points against the GD topic:

  • They are actors and have no real knowledge of how a country’s economy works.
  • Their popularity should not be a mere reason for them to join politics and make more money. Their knowledge and desire to do good for the country should be considered.
  • No noticeable contribution has been seen from celebrities who have previously joined politics in India.

3.New India 2022

 Points for the GD topic:

  • New India 2022, the vision of the Modi Government looks promising seeing significant improvements such as reduction in corruption. There is an improvement in the Corruption Perception Index ranking.
  • The other focus areas of New India 2022 have shown significant improvements such as reduction in black money (demonetization), and dirt-free nation (Swatch Bharat Scheme).
  • The aim of ‘Poverty free India’ seems almost achievable by the year 2022 with Modi government providing loans to needy farmers.

Points against the GD topic:

  • There is not much improvement in caste politics and looks difficult to eradicate in the promised timeline.
  • Social bans, lob lynching and beef ban have resulted in fear in minorities during Modi Government.

4.Social Media- Curse or Boon

 Points for the GD topic:

  • Social media helps in expanding knowledge to a wider audience in a cost-effective manner via posts or videos.
  • It is easily available to everyone and provides an option to voice opinions freely.
  • Many people are also contributing to the society by using social media for good cause by using hashtags or YouTube videos to either highlight a social issue or help a victim. The recent role of social media in the Arab Spring is one such example.

Points Against the GD topic:

  • Social media encourages violent behavior by easily spreading fake news that might hurt social sentiments or people of some repute.
  • Social media is misused by many people to harass others. It also promotes cyberbullying that promotes violent human behavior.

5.Industrial Revolution 4.0- Pros & Cons

 Points for the GD topic:

  • It is a collaborative era of Cyber-Physical Systems that has the potential to bring a massive improvement in the way we live.
  • It can bring advantages like building sustainable economies and transparency in governance.
  • It will bring huge digital transformation.
  • It can be utilized to provide low-cost healthcare facilities and bring improvement in other sectors as well.

Points Against the GD topic:

  • It might not be helpful for those who are not digital literates.
  • Adopting to Industry 4.0 can increase cybersecurity issues.

6. Why scams like Nirav Modi Happen with Indian banks?

 Points for the discussion:

  • There is a loophole in the quality of internal audits conducted by banks.
  • Fake LoUs (Letter of Undertaking) are not tracked easily as SWIFT is not integrated with core banking in several banks in India.
  • There is a dire need of more regulating authorities of RBI that can keep a track of such frauds.
  • Several checkpoints should be made by the Government, RBI as well as banks to prevent such huge frauds.

Note: Such topics help a hiring manager to judge a candidate’s ability to understand a problem and offer a solution to it. Your analytical and decision making skills are highlighted here.

7.For or Against Modi Government

 Points for the topic: Highlight Achievements

  • Demonetization was a welcomed step to discourage black money and reduce fake currency in circulation.
  • 4 years of Modi government brought improvement in international relationships with several countries like USA and Japan.
  • ‘Digital India’ was an excellent initiative.
  • GST was the biggest change implemented that no previous government thought of.

Points Against the topic: Highlight Failures

  • Demonetization created several issues and suffering for poor people.
  • The government failed to take serious action to resolve issues such as threat for minorities by some Hindu groups in the name of culture and cow vigilantism.

Top 32 questions asked in Personal Interview round of MBA admissions

1. Tell us something about yourself.

2. Why do you think should we give you admission in our college?

3. What are your key skills/ greatest strengths?

4. What is your greatest weakness?

5. What is your greatest achievement?

6. Where do you see yourself five years down the line?

7. What are your career goals?

8. What are your short-term goals?

9. What are your long-term goals?

10. Why do you want to join this College/B-school?

11. Why MBA?

12. Why marketing/ finance/ etc. specialisation?

13. Why this particular programme?

14. What are your hobbies and interests?

15. Who is your role model?

16. Who inspires you?

17. What is the difference between a good manager and a good leader?

18. Why should we admit you?

19. Walk me through your resume/profile.

20. What is your biggest failure or challenge?

21. How will you contribute to the class if we choose you?

22. How will you contribute to the campus if we choose you?

23. How will you add value to the campus if chosen?

24. What is your expectation from this MBA programme?

25. How do you deal with failures?

26. How do you deal with criticism?

28. What have you learnt from your failures?

29. Discuss a situation when you were a leader.

30. Where else have you applied? What other calls have you received?

31. What are the newspaper headings that grabbed your attention?

32. Do you want to ask or know anything (about the college)?

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