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GD/ PI/ WAT Topics to Expect for MBA Admissions 2022

Akansha Sirohi
Akansha SirohiUpdated On: July 14, 2022 04:52 pm IST | CAT

After the completion of management entrance exams, the management colleges conduct GD (Group Discussion), PI (Personal Interview) and WAT (Writing Ability Test). The article below deals with the current GD and PI topics and how to ace a group discussion. 

Current GD and PI Topics for MBA Admissions 2022

For all management aspirants, the journey to get admission to the top MBA colleges in India is painstakingly tedious. Their plight does not end on completion of the Common Admission Test (CAT) exam. The multiple processes that follow in quest of admission to the top management colleges in India are equally competitive. The one sure shot way to crack the CAT paper is to be well-versed with the CAT exam pattern. What follows after the CAT results are announced is perhaps much more grueling, as the students have to prepare themselves for GD, PI, and WAT rounds for admission to the best MBA colleges in India. What are the topics asked in the GD, PI, and WAT rounds – this is one of the most anticipated questions amongst top B-school aspirants. In such a case, the biggest question that arrives in students' minds is 'How to Start, Lead and Conclude a Group Discussion (GD)?'.

This article deals with the topics asked in GD WAT and PI rounds and gives tips to prepare for GD and PI rounds to the aspiring candidates.

GD/WAT Topics to Expect for MBA Admission 2022

Some of the topics that you can expect this year for MBA admission are listed below

  • Is social distancing the new world order?
  • Coronavirus: Impact on Global Economy
  • Online education, work from home
  • Why Are Farmers Protesting Outside Delhi?
  • NEP: The new education policy
  • Is India ready for electric vehicles?
  • Taliban rule in Afghanistan
  • UK-India Economic and Financial Dialogue
  • US General Election
  • Globalisation vs. Nationalism
  • Chinese Goods vs Indian Goods
  • Making Aadhaar mandatory is not a good idea- for or against?
  • Crime against women
  • Banking scams
  • COVID-19 vaccine
  • Goods & Services Tax (GST) 
  • Future of sports in India

Topics Asked in GD, PI & WAT Rounds for MBA

Some of the topics which were asked in the GD, PI and WAT rounds in the previous years are as follows

SegmentTopics being askedHow to prepare
Written Ability Test

Current Affairs based topics related to:

  • Coronavirus: Impact on Global Economy
  • Online education, work from home
  • Is social distancing the new world order?
  • Can India afford to spend a fortune on projects like Mission to MARS?
  • Why Are Farmers Protesting Outside Delhi?
  • NEP: The new education policy
  • Is India ready for electric vehicles?
  • Taliban rule in Afghanistan
  • UK-India Economic and Financial Dialogue
  • US General Election

Business-related/ other topics:

  • Will petrol and diesel come under GST?
  • Startup India: Boosting Entrepreneurship
  • Telecom Sector trouble in India
  • Blockchain Technology – Pros & Cons
  • The new Avatar of coworking spaces
  • Facebook gets bullish on India
  • Is MBA necessary to be Successful in Business?
  • Agriculture Vs Manufacturing Industry in India

Social Issues Topics:

  • Hunger- The other pandemic sweeping the nation
  • Are we treating our international cricketers and sportsperson as gladiators?
  • Beti Bachao Beti Padhao: Girl sex ratio increases in Haryana
  • Farmers' suicide in India
  • LGBT history in India
  • The ugly truth about Indian divorce
  • Environmental Issues
  • Felicitations to the global manufacturer
  • Superstition in India
  • A step forward for bad loan resolution
  • Witting is the most refined way of testing an individual’s skills.
  • It is important that you practice writing on current topics and learn to present your ideas effectively.
  • Be in touch with the newspapers to learn new words and their implementation.
  • Work on it every day to make sure that you ace the WAT round on the final day.
Group Discussion

Some of the popular topics asked this year are:

  • Is work-life balance a myth?
  • Change is the only constant
  • Future of Artificial Intelligence
  • Innovation vs invention: What is more important?
  • Black or Grey
  • Ethics or Profit
  • Are private jobs demons in disguise?
  • Women are better multi-taskers- agree or disagree?
  • To crack the Group Discussion round, it is very important to be in touch with the current affairs as most of the GD topics are picked from the most recent news.
  • Compose yourself and try to support your argument or reason with a living or existing example.
Personal Interview
  • Personal interviews usually comprise questions related to your personality, career and background.
  • The most common question asked in PI round is ‘Why do you want to pursue MBA’ or ‘Why do you want to join this college’. Prepare your answers smartly for this question.
  • Work on your communication skills for the interview.
  • Be honest if you are asked about your hobbies as the interviewers are knowledgeable people and can cross-question you.

MBA College-Wise GD Topics

Apart from the above GD and PI topics, here are some GD topics that were asked in the top IIMs and other management colleges in the past. These topics will give candidates an idea of what to expect during GD.

Name of the CollegeGD Topics
IMT Ghaziabad
  • Secretly signed mergers, good move or bad?
  • Demonetisation
  • Telecom companies take longer to earn a profit if they provide free calls
  • Smart Cities catalyze rural to urban migration?
  • Cashless economy
Great Lakes Chennai
  • Smart cities, online advertising - Indian perspective
  • Issues that rural Indian women face
  • Critical analysis of the Union Budget
  • IT & cybersecurity in preventing money laundering
  • Improving the condition of developing countries
  • Climate change
  • How does gender impact social intelligence and career?
IIFT New Delhi
  • In the 21-century, illiterates are those who cannot unlearn, learn, relearn
IIM Ahmedabad
  • Should Petroleum Subsidy be slashed?
  • Social drinking is okay
  • Is disinvestment in profitable PSU's advisable?
IIM Lucknow
  • Loose lips sink ships
  • Centralization of Indian Public Sector Oil companies will be a boon
  • Cultural diversity impedes democratic governance
  • All decisions in a democracy should be taken through referendums
  • Space research projects are a waste of money
NMIMS Mumbai
  • Affordable healthcare in India

Although many colleges are replacing the GD round with either WAT or Group Activities, there are various top business schools that still value Group Discussions. You can see the top MBA colleges in India that accept CAT scores. GDs can play an essential role in assessing students based on their thought process, understanding of matters and the way they conduct themselves. While IIM's are the preferred choice of most MBA aspirants, a recent trend shows that students are also looking out at Top Ten Non-IIM Colleges that Accept CAT Scores in India. If you want to know tips to clear WAT, PI and other admission rounds of any MBA college, you can ask questions on the Collegedekho QnA zone

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