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MBA GD Topics 2019

By Saima Siddiqui
January 24, 2019

CAT 2018 Results were announced on January 5, 2019. The link CAT 2018 Results is made live on the official website of IIM. A ticker running on the website says ‘CAT 2018 Score Card is live and available for download. IIM calls have already been released, with students already receiving calls from IIM Calcutta, IIM Indore, IIM Kozhikode and IIM Bangalore. Since students would now be burying their heads into the GD and Interview preparation, we bring to you the Group Discussion Topics 2019 for your MBA 2019 Selection. 

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Types of MBA GD Topics

Group Discussion

It is important to bust this myth that the shortlisted candidates for the GD-PI rounds will be asked questions only from the Current Affairs and happenings around the world. In fact, there has been observed an uphill trend in the questions asked from Abstract GD topics as well. However, the ball in your court since it is upto you to decide if you wish to channelise the said discussion around Current Affairs or any relevant subject.

There are primarily 4 Types of GD Topics:

  • GD Topics on Business & Economy: It includes current trends in business and economy, major policy initiatives, latest business trends, and their impact globally and nationally. Here, the topics given are fact-based, dat-centric and focus on topics like Demonetisation, GST, Bank Frauds.
  • GD Topics on Current Affairs: The GD topics on Current affairs include events from National and International Affairs; US Trade Policy, Mobocracy and Media Freedom, Notably, these are issues which are highly debated in media.
  • GD topics on Social Issues: Notably, top MBA Colleges are focussing on developing socially responsible MBA graduates. Therefore, they lay a great emphasis on issues like gender and environment sensitivity, ethics etc. Topics which are both controversial and opinion-based are found here. Eg; Social Media, Smart City, Swachh Bharat.
  • GD Topics on Abstract Topics: As mentioned earlier, Abstract topics are also covered in the GD rounds. But what are the ‘Abstract’ Topics? Abstract Topics are the ones which have multiple interpretations. Also, they help candidates in showing their creativity and smart thinking. Topics include Me Too, Hard Work vs Smart Work and Zero.

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Group Discussion Topics: A Detailed List 

Given below are some topics which are asked during the Group Discussion:

Sr. No.
End of Globalization/ De-Globalization/ Nationalization
Business & Economy 
IIM Bangalore, MDI Gurgaon, IIM Lucknow
Climate Change/Pollution
Social Issue
IIM Bangalore, IIM Trichy, TISS Mumbai
Retirement Homes: Do advantages of living in them outweigh the disadvantages?
Social Issue
Social Media: Impact on human behavior and society
Social Issue
IIM Ranchi, IIM Ahmedabad
Impact of technology on Jobs
Current Affairs
MDI Gurgaon, CAP process for New IIMs
#Me too campaign
Current Affairs
IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Calcutta,
Crypto Currency/ Bitcoin
Current Affairs
IMI Delhi
Banking Scams
Current Affairs
MDI Gurgaon
Mars Mission for India Justified?
Current Affairs
MDI Gurgaon
Decline in open spaces and playgrounds can lead to negative tendencies in children
Social Issue
IIM Ahmedabad
Knowledge is the biggest asset you can accumulate
Abstract Topic
IIM Lucknow
Is India ready for cashless Economy?
Business & Economy
Does Travelling help in generating ideas and experiential learning? 
Abstract Topic
CAP process for New IIMs
Abstract Topic
Death penalties for perpetrators of crime against women. Is it justified?
Social Issue
IIM Indore

100 Hot Group Discussion (GD) Topics!

In addition to the aforementioned GD topics, we bring to you 100 Hot GD Topics for your MBA Admissions 2019. This Comprehensive List of 100 GD Topics coverage all categories from Business and Economy, Current Affairs, Social Issues and Abstract Topics. 


Business & Economy: Group Discussion Topics

  • Indian Economy in 2018-19: Performance & Policies of Modi Regime
  • Agriculture Role in India and Subsidies: Problems & Challenges
  • Ease of Doing Business Ranking of India: Will the Improvement in Position really help?
  • RBI Autonomy: Is the Government out to Impound its Autonomous Status?
  • Renewable Energy: Can India lead Solar Energy, Wind Energy revolution?
  • Banking Frauds: Result is Rising NPAs
  • Merger of Public Sector Banks: How beneficial is the merger of Banks?
  • Water Transport Tourism: A shot in the Arm for economic development
  • Budget Cycle Change: Only a move of convenience
  • Bank Recapitalization: NPA reduction and not bank recapitalization can cure the health of PSBs in India
  • RERA: Will it restore the trust of home buyers?
  • Moody’s Rating Upgrade: Will the improvement enhance economic growth of India?
  • YONO: One Banking Digital platform for all financial solutions.
  • Demonetisation: Success & failures
  • Indian Economic Slowdown: A long term problem, how to come out of it?
  • GST: Will economy grow faster with reduced rates of Goods & Services Tax?
  • Farmers’ Income: Will India be able to double it in next 5 years?
  • Privatization of Indian economy: Should India go ahead with the idea?
  • High Deficit Financing V/s high interest rates: Both cannot go together
  • Union Budget: Merging the General & Railway Budget will save exchequer from unnecessary spending
  • India V/s China: Will India remain way behind China?
  • Employment Generation: IT industry will create huge job opportunities in India
  • FDI in retail: Good for India?
  • Business Lobbying: Make it legal in India
  • Corruption in Economy: It is the root cause for Indian Economic slowdown
  • Make in India: The idea will make India a manufacturing hub

Current Affairs: Group Discussion Topics

  • 10% Quota Reservation Bill for General Category Poor Passed: IIMs, IITs likely to increase seats in 2019
  • Statue of Unity: Symbol of Pride or Wastage of Public Money?
  • US Trade Policy: Is Trump creating World Trade War?
  • Media Freedom: Should there be a limit?
  • Fake News will kill Social Fiber of India unless checked
  • Individual’s Data Privacy: Protection is More Important than Before
  • Mobocracy is led by Fake News resulting in Lynching
  • TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT: Will De-Nuclearization Instill World Peace?
  • GD Topic: Union Budget India 2018
  • Is India ready for Electric Vehicles?
  • Modicare: Affordable healthcare or a piped dream?
  • Bullet Train: Does India really need it?
  • Sensex: Sensitivity has nothing to do with economy and society?
  • Companies Amendment Bill: Will it be helpful in ease of doing business?
  • Gujarat & Himachal Assembly elections: Implications at national level.
  • IIM Bill 2017: Is it really beneficial for the students?
  • End of subsidy regime: Step needed to propel the wheel of growth
  • Mission to MARS: Can India afford spending a fortune on such projects?
  • E-commerce: Discounts are harmful in long run?
  • War Kashmir Crisis: War not dialogue will end the Crisis?
  • Preponing the General Budget: Is preponing the presentation date a good decision?
  • Terrorism: Is this the price we have to pay for democracy?
  • Linking of Aadhaar: Is making Aaadhar mandatory a good idea?
Social Issues: Group Discussion Topics
  • Women Empowerment & Gender Justice: Addressing the Equality Challenges
  • Swachh Bharat Mission: Success is still at Large
  • GD topic: Retirement Homes
  • Social Media: A boon or a bane for society and individuals
  • Beti Bachao Beti Padhao: Will it abolish the orthodox mindset?
  • Law should be an instrument of Social Change
  • Browsing at Workplace affects productivity
  • Social Activism is necessary for survival of democratic society
  • India needs a uniform civil code
  • Difficulties in implementation of Climate Change Summit Resolutions
  • Net Neutrality is essential to make India Digital
  • Smart City Project will give wings to growth
  • Gender bias in portraying Women in Advertisements
  • India needs a uniform civil code

Abstract Topics: Group Discussion Topics

  • Friends, Enemy or Frenemies?
  • Hard Work Vs Smart Work
  • Me Too Campaign: Tool to Trap or Breaking Silence to Win the War
  • Your failures can be your stepping stones or your stumbling blocks
  • GD Topic: Ethics or Profit?
  • GD Topic: Zero (0)
  • Black or Grey
  • Work- Life Balance is a Myth
  • Roses are red, crows are black
  • Water or Oxygen
  • East or West India is the best
  • Patience: A virtue in Business and Management.
  • Innovation Vs Invention: What is more important?
  • Change is the only constant
  • Freedom is a myth
  • Fact Vs Opinion: There are no facts only opinions
  • Leader or Follower
  • Strategy or Execution
  • Means or End
  • Effective manager or Ethical Manager
  • It was a bright, cold day in April and the clocks were striking thirteen.
  • Red is red, blue is blue and never the two shall meet
  • Brevity is the soul of wit
  • Gender bias in portraying Women in Advertisements

The topics given above will help you nail your Group Discussion Round for MBA Admissions 2019. However, all aspirants must know about building their own independent opinions on issues, take stands and communicate clearly and effectively. One must ensure they are analytical and argumentative rather than being quarrelsome and descriptive.

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