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GD Topics at IIMs

Topics of GD performed at IIMs.

- Indo-Pak differences are so deep-rooted that Kashmir is only being used as an excuse.
- Violence is a prerequisite for progress.
- Underdevelopment — fate, mismanagement or oppression?
- Our country needs more technocrats and less managers.
- Management education is a luxury for a poor country like India.
- Ends justify the means.
- Is war with Pakistan inevitable?
- Will computerization make a robot of all human beings?
- Women make better managers than men.
- Do computers dehumanize society?
- Success comes not so much by solving problems as by exploiting opportunities.
- All higher education in India should be privatized.
- What will the present budget be like?
- Management education should make job seekers job creators.
- To prevent India from disintegrating, more autonomy should be given to the states.
- What will the present budget be like?
- Management education should make job seekers job creators.
- To prevent India from disintegrating, more autonomy should be given to the states.
- Talk of social responsibility in the private sector is sheer hypocrisy.
- Political crisis and the Indian economy.
- Corruption is an economic lubricant, and hence may not be all that bad.
- The Indian economy is in shambles.
- GDs as a means of selection by the IIMs are a farce.
- Is greed an essential human quality?
- Pollution control is a luxury for India.
- Engineers joining management is a national waste.
- The pen is mightier than the sword, but fanaticism is the mightiest of all.
- Has the Indian political structure outlived its utility?
- No one studies for an MBA. Everyone studies for a job.
- Parliamentary democracy is an obstacle in the path of growth of the Indian nation.
- Do we need graduate engineers at all?

GD Topics - IIFT & MDI

Topics of GDs performed at IIFT & MDI.

IIFT GD Topics:

Benefits of professional integrity.
Bilateralism vs multilateralism.
Ecology and tourism.
Technical Modernization and job employment do not go hand in hand.
Can politics be delineated from sports?
Can International boundary be dissolved?
India makes nuclear bombs, but cannot make quake resistant houses.
Role of money in elections.
Fast changes in Information Technology— excitement or agony?
India makes nuclear bombs, but cannot make quake resistant houses.
Role of money in elections.
Fast changes in Information Technology— excitement or agony?

MDI GD Topics:

Modern cinema is a boon to the Indian society.
Reservation is necessary for social transformation.
Education or empowerment leads to a quicker.

Important GD Topics

List of some Important GD Topics.

1. Premarital sex.
2. Role of UN in peacekeeping.
3. Effect of cinema on Youth.
4. Environment MAnagement.
5. Is China better than India in software.
6.Should SONIA gandhi be made the PM.
7. BPOs in INDIA.
8. Govt contribution to IT.
9. Will punch lines rule the Advt.
10. US war on Iraq-justified or not.
11. Is China a threat to Indian industry.
12. India or West , which is the land of opportunities.
13. Water resources should be nationalised.
15. Position of Women in India compared to other nations.
16. Education in India compared to Foreign nations.
17. Is it necessary to ban COCO COLA in India.
18. What is the effect of movies on youth.(is it good or bad)
19. Are studies more benifitial in India or in Abroad.
20.”UN’s peace activities” and “America’s war on Iraq”.
21.”Environment-Whose Responisibility”.
22.Is China a threat to the indian software industry.
23.Role of UN in Peace keeping
24.War on Iraq.
25.About Hockey being the primary game in India.
26.Can America occupy Iraq.
27.Cricket should be banned or not.
29.Present state of Indian Cricket team.
30.Love marriage/Arranged marriage.
31.Advantages of Co-education.

Hot GD Topics:

1.How to deal with international terrorism.
2.Should we pursue our policy of dialogue with Pakistan?
3.Is peace and non-violence outdated concepts?
4.Are Mobile Phones Boon or Bane?
5.Love Marriage vs Arranged Marriage

Case Study Skills…

Skills required to be developed - to succeed in a Case Study round with flying colours.

Comprehension: Students need to grasp the detail of the case, often with limited time available, and to differentiate between relevant and irrelevant information.

Analysis: Students need to break the case study into its constituent parts and examine the relationship between the parts.

Problem diagnosis: Often it is unclear what the problem is and why it is a problem and, indeed, who it is a problem for.

Problem solution: Case studies often require the generation and evaluation of different options. A key question is often ‘What would happen if X did this?’

Application of theory: Often a case involves the application of general managerial or ethical concepts or theory to a specific example.

Use of quantitative tools: A case may encourage the application of quantitative data so that students can understand how such data can be used Presentation skills: An important part of any case study may be the presentation of findings either orally or in the form of a written report. A key management skill is communication and the suitability, feasibility and acceptance of solutions may be tested.
Team-working skills: It is rare that managers work in isolation and most managers’ work in teams for at least part of the time.

The case study method can help develop skills required for working in teams. A good case will generate discussion, allow the students to form opinions and provide the material to defend those opinions. During discussion new insights are likely to emerge; as we indicated earlier, there are usually no right or wrong answers to case studies

How to analyze cases

It is important that, in the first instance, students read the case and understand some of the issues. It may be appropriate to read the case quickly to arrive at an overview and then to analyze the different dimensions.

This could be done in subgroups where each subgroup examines a particular issue before reporting back to the main group. Typically cases might be broken down into managerial and ethical issues covering finance, the external environment, people, processes and so on. It is important, however, that in subdividing the case, students do not lose sight of the overall picture.

The case will pose a number of problems that need addressing and students will need to identify major and minor problems and prioritize their importance. Alternate solutions may be generated and evaluated. Typically, cases require a decision and an implementation plan involving short-term, medium-term and long-term solutions. Solutions will be tested against the context of the case, the appropriateness of the organizational structures and processes, and the challenges of the wider environment.

It may be appropriate that students adopt particular roles in seeking to understand the feelings, opinions and values of key stakeholders. Such role-playing can lead to a very lively discussion. However, care needs to be taken that students do not overstep the mark and that they respect the opinions and feelings of others. A case study is there to simulate real life and, more importantly, to provide a learning opportunity for students. Where role-playing is used it is important that students do leave the roles behind and reflect on the managerial and ethical lessons learned.

Case studies rarely have right or wrong answers; answers may be more or less appropriate depending upon the strength of the supporting arguments and the use that is made of the available information. Sometimes that information is in the form of financial data, data about customers or in the form of opinions expressed by different stakeholders. The student needs to assess the validity and the usefulness of the different kinds of information and the weight to be given to it. All this can, of course, be very frustrating, but managing involves making decisions with limited information, limited time and limited resources

Introduction to Case Studies

What is a case study?

A case study, for teaching purposes, is a vehicle for learning about management issues. It provides a simulated management situation through which theoretical concepts and approaches can be applied and the feasibility and suitability of any recommendations assessed. Through the case study - an approach to greater insights into management issues can be provided. The approach seeks to identify issues, analyze problems, and develop solutions to these problems and to assess implementation challenges arising from these solutions. The case study method is based on real-life (realistic) practical problems and as such seeks to make the issues come alive for the student.

Case studies vary considerably in length, in the amount of information contained, in the number of issues raised and in the way that they are taught. Sometimes the problem for analysis is clear and sometimes it has to be dug out of a wealth of information, often conflicting. A case study rarely contains all the information that the student would like. However, managers are rarely in a position to make decisions with complete information. Managers make assumptions where information is incomplete, but taking care to justify these assumptions.

Purpose of case study:

Case analysis promotes the discussion of organizational problems and as such is problem-oriented rather than concerned with the acquisition of knowledge. The case study is concerned with practice; what are the problems of the organization and how can they be solved? Theory can provide a framework against which solutions can be tested.

Strict Don’ts of a GD

There has been enough material on the subject - ‘What to do in a GD?’. Its now time for a few don’ts. And as a matter of fact, its more important to remember don’ts rather than do’s.

- Do not get into arguments with people, remember you are there to make effective points, do not waste time on futile arguments that do not contribute to the topic under discussion.

- Making yourself heard is important but do not try to hog the lime-light all the time, evaluate the worth of what you are saying, or you may simply make points that are irrelevant or were better left unsaid.

- Do not act patronising with your fellow group members, it could backfire.

- Do not make use of gestures excessively as you may come across as aggressive, learn to toe the line between assertive and aggressive.

- Do not slouch but seat yourself comfortably, awkward posture could indicate nervousness or discomfort with your position in the group.

- Most of all, belief in your own ability to remain poised in any situation will allow you to sail through.

- Do not fidget or act restless.

- Do not stare at the floor or out of the window, you may come across as uninterested or inattentive.

- Try not to look at the Panel members during the discussion.

Definite DOs for a GD

Please try and follow these instructions appropriately to make your GD move in the direction you really wish it to…

- Make sure that all the points that you make are original and backed by substantial reasoning as to why you believe so.

- If somebody has already made the point you wanted to make, you can go ahead and either support or oppose the point provided you can give substantial reasoning as to why you think so.

- Whatever you have to say has to be wrapped around with a logical flow. State your point, substantiate it with a reason and validate it with an example wherever and whenever possible.

- Modulate the various aspects of your voice, viz. volume, pitch and tone so as to suite the nature of the point that you are making. Make sure you don’t sound rude or arrogant.

- Your posture should be straight and upfront.

- Make use of hands and facial expressions to make your point more emphatic.

- Whatever position you occupy in the discussion make sure that while speaking you make eye contact with each and every one in the group.

- When not speaking make sure that you are looking at the person who is speaking.

- Whether you agree with the person who is speaking or not, ensure that you give him credit for what he is speaking by use of non - verbal like nodding your head, etc.

- If possible, make an attempt at opening the discussion. But if you venture ahead with it make sure that you make a good job of it. The opening has to be a general introduction to the topic briefly laying the scope of the discussion.

- If the discussion is revolving around a certain point for too long give a new direction by introducing a new angle to it.

- Incase of fish markets first and foremost make sure that you don’t contribute to the mayhem. If the crowd is too unruly wait for the right opportunity, make your point and get out of it.

- If the discussion is straying from it’s main idea, get it back on track by giving a new directional point.

Need of GD…

The end of the first part of the elimination process, the written test, signals the start of the next and probably the most important part of your selection process….. the Group discussions and the Personal interviews.

A stage which is not only important but also, to a large extent, psyching out for many of us. In this particular article we shall look at some parameters on which you are judged through a Group discussion and also all those things which go into the making of a quintessentially good GD performance.

The purpose of conducting a Group Discussion is to test the participant on areas like communication skills, team skills, situation handling, listening skills so on and so forth. Fundamentally a GD is conducted to separate leaders from non leaders, an opinion which the panel consolidates through 15-20 mins of discussion.

Who is a leader?
In a group situation when formal leadership has not been defined, the person who is capable of generating a consensus emerges as an informal leader. Generally a person who is respected, admired, liked and who can inspire confidence among others & himself is cosidered to be a good group leader.

Certain attributes that are common to all the leaders are:

- The display of proficiency in a particular area of competence is required in the group situation, it inspires respect among others.

- The display of sensitivity to others. This generates a level of ease in interaction with others which is conducive to comfortable group environment.

- The display of ability to handle rough situations with a cool mind. This induces people to have confidence in you as a person who will be capable of handling stress and managing situations effectively & efficiently.

These are true in any sphere of life and so in a Group Discussion for MBA Entrance Examination. In a group discussion your confidence and rational analysis of points will reflect upon your performance capability and earn you the respect of your peers. Empathy to your peers, capability of listening to others, even though you might disagree with them will make you affable to the group.

Your ability to handle unpleasantness in the discussion, getting a discussion straying away from the topic back on track and handling other difficult situations in the discussion will be seen as positive points.

If you take care of the points mentioned above, you will surely be assessed as a person having enough potential to be a future industry leader.


Some Facts ‘n’ Figures related to Administration to give you an edge in the GD !!

Administrative divisions: 25 states and 7 union territories*

States - Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal.

Union Territories - Andaman and Nicobar Islands*, Arunachal Pradesh, Chandigarh*, Dadra and Nagar Haveli*,Daman and Diu*, Lakshadweep*, Pondicherry*,

Independence: 15 August 1947 (from UK)

National holidays: Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Republic, 26 January (1950) ,

Independence Day (15th August), Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi (2nd October).

Legal system: based on English common law; limited judicial review of legislative acts; accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction, with reservations

Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal

Legislative branch: bicameral Parliament or Sansad consists of the Council of States or Rajya Sabha (a body consisting of not more than 250 members, up to 12 of which are appointed by the president, the remainder are chosen by the elected members of the state and territorial assemblies; members serve six-year terms) and the People’s Assembly or Lok Sabha (545 seats; 543 elected by popular vote, 2 appointed; members serve five-year terms)

Elections: People’s Assembly - last held 27 April through May 1996 (next to be held NA 2001)

Judicial branch: Supreme Court, judges are appointed by the president
Flag description: three equal horizontal bands of orange (top), white (middle), and green(bottom) with a blue chakra(24-spoked wheel) centered in the white band.