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50 Commonly Discussed GD topics

Group Discussion (GD) round is a crucial step for admission into your dream B-school.

This selection tool is used by most of the B-Schools for identifying the deserving candidates for their management programs. If you have not been paying much attention to your preparation for Group Discussion, think again- There have been instances where students with very high scores (98+ percentile) couldn't get through good MBA colleges just because they could not ace the GD round.

A group of 8-10 students are given a topic to discuss for a certain period of time. After the topic is announced, you will be given 10-15 minutes to ponder over it and compose your ideas. Then the discussion begins. A panel of judges would be observing the proceedings and judging you on the basis of your performance in the GD. The number of candidates short-listed from a group varies. Sometimes 2-3 or 4-5 candidates can selected from a group of 10. There have also been cases where the entire group was rejected. This is a less formal and less structured kind of activity, compared to other selection tools.

Group Discussion is designed to assess your knowledge, confidence, adaptability, leadership skills, team-building skills, communication and listening skills. You need to be well aware of the current happenings and latest issues going on around the world. Here is a list of 50 GD topics that are expected to be a part of your MBA admission process.


  • Is the concept of 'Non-Violence' still applicable?
  • Rural Vs Urban development
  • Social Networking is a menace.
  • 100% privatization - good or bad?
  • 20 years of liberalization has pushed India to pre-1991 era
  • A black man motivating people against America on grounds of social, economic, injustice and inequality.
  • Mobilizing masses on basis of caste, creed, and colour. Is it right or wrong?
  • A video on rural India was shown and a bicycle was used to work as a washing machine and the topic to discuss was "What drives innovation?".
  • A video shown on rural India, showing initiative by the government and the author spoke about sustainable income. The topic to discuss was "How has India incorporated inclusive capitalism in its growth model".
  • Animal research is a moral Crime.
  • Anna Hazare movement on Lokpal Bill, whether India needs it or not?
  • Appropriate age for adulthood is 18, 21 or 25 years?
  • Are call center employees cyber coolies?
  • Are we producing a generation of burnt-out children?
  • Are women capable of taking more stress as compared to men?
  • Are women fit to join Army?
  • Arranged marriages vs. love marriages
  • Black money- How black is it?
  • Brain Drain is good for the country.
  • Are women good managers?
  • Why MBA?
  • Is there a rat-race to do an MBA?
  • Marketing decisions at shopping mall.
  • Privatization in India and its impact
  • Advertisements- helpful to customers or just eye wash?
  • Is blackboard learning superior to managerial experience?
  • Does Corporate World promote Entrepreneurship?
  • B-schools fit square nuts into round holes.
  • How professional are the professional companies today?
  • Make any advertisement in group of 3 students
  • Advertising is all glitter and no substance.
  • MBAs do not make good business leaders.
  • Consumer is never satisfied.
  • Outsourcing: Boon or Bane?
  • Customer is always right.
  • Is management degree essential to be a manager?
  • Consumer is the king in today's market.
  • What matters more - Outlook or Talent?
  • You would not like to be the Prime Minister of India because...
  • Hope for ill gains is the beginning of loss
  • Happiness is a mystery; like religion and it should not be rationalized.
  • Law is the creation of the strong to rule the weak.
  • Haste makes waste.
  • Food is more important than Ethics.
  • Indians perform better as a group?
  • A bullet for a bullet - is this a right strategy?
  • Is it necessary to wear a tie to office meetings?
  • A ship docked on the shore cannot move into the storm.
  • There is no right way to do a wrong thing.
  • Year 2025

Assure that you are well-versed with the above given topics and are able to handle them well during your GD round.

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