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Group Discussion (GD) Topics for MBA Admissions 2021

Akansha Sirohi
Akansha SirohiUpdated On: January 11, 2021 10:46 pm IST | CAT

With the management exams season ahead, it is time that students have an idea beforehand regarding how to prepare for GD. With so many advancements in the economy of India and various other fields, the article covers some topics that aspirants can prepare.

Latest GD Topics for MBA Admission 2020

Group Discussion is a crucial part of the selection process for top B-schools. Preparation does not end once you are done with your management entrance exam. To succeed in the MBA in Admission Process, one has to go through the selection rounds of MBA colleges as well.

Be it the IIM Selection Criteria or for any other MBA college in India, a candidate has to go through WAT, GD and PI in order to secure a seat in a management course. The GD round is often considered to be quite tough as one not only has to compete but also has to work together in a group. Hence, good preparation, knowledge and having the correct strategies in place is essential for success.

In order to prepare for the GD round, it is very important to understand the type of topics that you will have to speak about. GD is ideally conducted for a group of 5 to 10 candidates. Latest GD topics vary from year to year depending on the advancements in the business sector and economy of India. The topics are generally related to the current affairs, therefore, candidates appearing for GDs must stay up-to-date with the news especially the news of the business world. Some colleges also give popular GD topics from general domains such as globalisation.

Types of GD Topics in MBA Admission Process 2021

In order to stand out and express your ideas clearly, you will have to understand the type of popular GD topics discussed in the GD Round. Basically, there are two types of Group Discussions.

  • Topic-Based
  • Case Study based

Also Read:MBA Admission Process: Eligibility, Selection Criteria, Top Colleges

Topic-Based GD in MBA Admissions

This type of GD can comprise topics from various fields deciding the theme of the discussion. MBA aspirants must have at least a basic knowledge of these topics to be able to perform well during group discussions. Some of the most common categories from which GD topics appear in MBA admissions are given below.

Current Affairs: Be sure to read about any topic that is currently trending on the national and international stage. If an event has become a topic of hot discussion, it can make an appearance in the GD round of MBA admissions.

Business and Economy:​ Candidates must ensure that they are updated with the latest news and events related to businesses, economic policies, the impact of policy-related decisions on the national as well as the international scale.

Social Issues: Issues, policies and events related to topics such as environment, gender equality, corporate ethics, social awareness campaigns, education etc. are also quite commonly discussed in MBA admissions.

The following table describes the different types of Topic-Based GDs.

Type of Topics

About the Topics
Knowledge-Based Topics
  • This type of discussion is conducted to test your knowledge on a particular topic.
  • You are required to speak about the facts related to the topic and support them with figures.
  • Presenting substantial information is the trick to perform well in such GDs.
Abstract Topics
  • These are out of the box topics where you have to discuss intangible things.
  • The panellists try to analyze your creativity, communication skills and ability to think through such topics.
  • Different candidates may view the topic in an entirely different light.
Controversial Topics
  • These are argumentative topics and are used to evaluate the analytical skills of candidates.
  • With such topics, panellists try to shortlist candidates who can think rationally without being biased.
  • These topics also bring out the maturity levels of a candidate. Therefore, you must put your views in a poised manner.
Opinion Seeking Topics
  • Such topics are discussed to understand the point of view of candidates.
  • Your presentation skills and abilities to work in the team are judged through these topics.

The topic for a GD can be picked from different subjects including Current Affairs, History, Business, etc. Check out the kind of topics that you might have to talk about in a Group Discussion.

Latest GD Topics Examples in MBA Admissions

Apart from knowing the types of questions or topics that are given for GD rounds for MBA admissions, candidates must also know the trending GD topics. Listed below in the table are the different kinds of latest GD topics.

Type of Topics


Knowledge-Based Topics

  1. Farm Laws

  2. Online Education in India

  3. Work From Home Culture

  4. Citizenship Amendment Act
  5. Reliance Jio-Facebook Deal

  6. Abrogation of Article 370 in Kashmir

  7. Poverty in India: Facts, Causes, Effects, Solution

  8. Banking Scams

  9. Indian Economy in 2018-19: Performance & Policies of Modi Regime

  10. Crypto Currency / Bitcoin

  11. Modicare

  12. Is Social Distancing the new normal?

  13. Companies Amendment Bill

  14. Solar and Wind Energy in India

  15. Pros and Cons of Blockchain Technology

  16. India's Improvement in Ease of Doing Business Ranking

  17. US Trade Policy

  18. US-China Trade Settlement

Abstract Topics

  1. #MeToo Campaign
  2. Ethics vs Profit in Business

  3. Is freedom a myth?

  4. Hard Work vs Smart Work

  5. Friends, Enemies or Frenemies?

  6. Ethical vs Efficient Managers

  7. Value of Patience in Business Management

  8. Strategy vs Execution

  9. Women are better at multi-tasking than Men

  10. Invention vs Innovation

  11. Work-Life Balance

  12. Failures As Stepping Stones to Success

  13. Facts vs Opinions

  14. Strategies vs Execution

  15. Change is the Only Constant

Economics and Business

  1. Impact of Lockdown on the Indian Economy

  2. India's Vision of $5 Trillion Economy: Roadmap and Challenges

  3. Plastic Ban: Impact on Economy vs Environment

  4. The Impact of Coronavirus on Indian/Global Economy

  5. Impact of Coronavirus on Socio-Economic Inequality in India

  6. USMCA (United-States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement) and how will it change Mexico's condition.

  7. Impact of Discounts and Offers in E-Commerce

  8. Industrial Revolution 4.0

  9. India's Economic Slowdown: Is it temporary or here to stay?

  10. Union Budget 2019-20

  11. PSU Privatisation and its Impacts

  12. Electric Vehicles and their impact of Indian Economy

  13. Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Jobs

  14. Are Bank Mergers good for Indian economy?

  15. Is India ready for a cashless economy?

  16. Make in India

  17. Is FDI in Retail good or bad for the Indian economy?

Controversial Topics

  1. Reservation should be removed

  2. Views on 10 per cent quota for EWS

  3. Are digital payments secure enough for Indian to go cashless?

  4. Beauty Pageants give a wrong impact on the women of India

  5. Indian goods vs Chinese goods

  6. Reality shows - Should children be banned from coming to such shows?

  7. Is terrorism the price that we have to pay for democracy?

  8. Quota System should be Abolished

  9. Should Hindi be the official language of India

  10. Politics in India

Opinion Seeking Topics

  1. Retirement Homes: Do the advantages of living in them outweigh the disadvantages?

  2. Is social activism necessary in a democracy?

  3. Is Mars Mission Justified for India?

  4. Is Net Neutrality essential for Digital India?

  5. Should there be a limit to Free Media?

  6. Does India really need Smart Cities?

  7. Is economic growth more important than environmental protection?

  8. Is preponing the General Budget presentation date a good decision?

  9. Is India ready for Bullet Trains?

  10. Death penalties for perpetrators of crime against women. Is it Justified?

Also Read:5 Types of People You Will Find in a Group Discussion

Case Study based GD

Case Study based topics are based on a situation or a scenario. These situations are given to the group of students and they are required to provide solutions for that situation. Most of the case study based topics are related to management. For example, conversation or argument between the employer and an employee. These are mostly open discussions where all students have to share their way of solving the problem. The decision-making skills and analyzing skills are tested through this type of discussion.

In order to perform well in the GD round, you will have to brush up your general knowledge and revise the current affairs for the past ten months. Make sure that you read the newspaper and work on your communication skills. Here are a few more topics that will help you do well in the Group Discussion round.

Also Read

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