Some GD topics with discription for IIM CAT

1. Are we raising a generation of burnt out children?(IIMB)
For:
* The reason for pushing the children hard today is to nurture them to face the competitive world tomorrow.
* Developing talent is not a sin, it will help the child in his future.
* It is a trickle down effect from the kind of competition experienced for entry into engineering colleges, graduation and others.
Against:
* The basic needs of childhood are, time to play, place to play and explore the world through his eyes.
* In the name of competition we are raising fatigues children.
* The stress is resulting into children engaging in all kinds of derogative acts.
2. Advertising is all glitter and little truth.(MICA)
For:
* Advertising is a business and not charity. Companies hire advertisers for their promoting their products and it is not vice versa.
* Advertisers have to depict what the customers like, enjoy keeping in mind the clients requirements.
* As the products increase and so the ads, glitter is a way to ensure brand recall, a very important factor for the advertising firms.
Against:
* Advertising firms carry responsibility of providing customers with unbiased information about products.
* In order to have a healthy bottom line the ad firms cannot shun their responsibility towards the society.
* Ad firms have to develop the ethical content into their processes to ensure fair deals.
3. Is bureaucracy a hindrance to economic reforms in India?(IIMC)
For:
* As the laws have not changed significantly, bureaucrats still play a major role in the process of a business.
* The way to successfully implement the reforms is to reduce the amount of paperwork and red tape involved.
Against:
* Bureaucracy is a necessity no doubt, to have control over the activities of the private sector.
* Rules and regulations that are laid down have to be implemented and the masses have to be looked after which is not possible without the help of bureaucrats.
* As a company requires people to run the business, government also requires bureaucrats to run its affairs.
4. Film-makers are indulging in cinematic Fortitution in the name of folk culture. (IIML)
For:
* Movie released in theaters is a result of what the producer and director along with his crew put together. The producer being the investor and the director the creator it is left to them to decide what they want to create and produce.
*The producer and the director take a gamble trying to woo the crowd by showing what they want.
* Current trend in movies is towards folk culture, which may fade away soon.
Against:
* If the movie is on folk culture then it should elucidate the beauty of the culture and there should not be any masala added to lure the audience.
* Folk culture is to be preserved in its natural and an inheritance should not be used to make money out of it by depicting the same in movies.
5. Under Indian parliamentary democracy it is impossible to ensure balanced regional development. (IIMC)
For:
* The fundamental principles of democracy preach to ensure balanced regional development.
* Uniform representation in the Lower House by MPs from all over the country is to bring out regional problems and demands of people from across the country.
Against:
* The government tends to be biased towards vote banks while making and implementing policies.
* The minorities are usually left out in the power game and all the agitation by various minorities is an example of the lopsided development.
6. Corruption is the main outcome of democracy in India.(IIML)
For:
* The fact that the system provides equality to everyone ,from whatsoever background and competency makes it easier to play around loopholes in the Indian Statute
Against:
* The risk of Democracy is a systemic risk ; corruption is a personal equation and holds good or bad depending on an individual's and organization's personal value systems. The two should therefore not be construed/ read as a cause- effect relationship.
7. In an over-regulated society corruption is inevitable.(MICA)
For:
* This is a clear case of the economic phenomenon of regulatory arbitrage; simply put, laws are made to be broken
Against:
* Regulations , like democracy is a systemic phenomenon ; corruption is a personal equation and holds good or bad depending on an individual's and organization's personal value systems. The two should therefore not be construed/ read as a cause- effect relationship
8. For the poorer sections of society, a state controlled economy is better than a liberalized economy. (IIMC)
For:
* A controlled economy will result in proper flow of benefits towards the rural masses.
* The state has control over the production and the markets helping the poorer sections to avail benefits which they otherwise would have been deprived of.
Against:
* The communist countries are a bright example that state controlled economies do not result in uplifting the poor.
* As history stands a proof state controlled economies have higher rates of corruption and mismanaged economies.
* A liberalized economy with sound regulatory framework will ensure employment and a healthy economy.
9. The money being put into cricket is harming the development of other sports. (SCMHRD)
For:
* Getting sponsored to other sports is difficult, and the players could not have the latest equipment (sport gears).
* Cannot not compete with other countries
Against:
* Department of sports or the Sports ministry has a fixed budget and has to allocate the same to productive use. If the demands from cricket are high the dept. has no other option but to fund them.
* The number of aspiring cricketers speaks for itself how popular a game it is in the nation.
* A lot of funding also comes from sponsors who will fund the game that gives them maximum publicity and in India cricket is no doubt the game.
10. You want to be one of the 6 persons in the ship (out of 7) who are to survive. State your case. (TAPMI)
One has to take up a particular profession and argue why and how it is important to the society and states that as the reason for survival.
11. Democracy has hampered India's progress (IIMB)
Please refer to similar topics above. The topic requires you to talk on the development that the nation has achieved over the past 50 odd years.
12. The formation of European Union has a drastic effect on India's trade. (IIML)
For:
* This may be read in light of trading equations with our biggest partners USA, UK and Germany where we had miserably failed to bargain given that most of our trade consumables have import exposures from these nations ; the European Union will further augment this situation.
Against:
* The EU would mean more exposure to a more stable currency vis-à-vis the presently volatile dollar tranche ; this would mean healthier earnings and repatriation .
13. Indians lack a sense of social responsibility (MDI Gurgaon)
This topic does not require any elucidation, all of you know what to speak about this topic.
14. Open book examination system would eliminate all the ills of present system. (Dept. of Fin. Studies, DU)
For:
* The advantage derived by students copying from various sources will be wiped out.
* The teachers will be forced to ask questions that demand more analytical skills and not just test the memory power of students.
Against:
* It will effect the memory power
* New ideas may not be generated
15. Women's empowerment will lead to social development (IIM Kozhikode)
For:
* When you empower a women, you empower a family.
* Major influence on the children and thus the society.
Against:
* No direct connection.
* Will lead to nuclear families and split homes.
16. Computers result in unemployment (FMS Delhi)
For:
* Computers replace a lot of jobs.
* A developing country like India cannot afford to have computerization at the cost of unemployment.
Against:
* In a Knowledge and service economy computers are a necessity and a must for development.
* They create more jobs and types of jobs and also have multiplier effect.
17. With IT replacing middle level management, soft-ware jobs are more lucrative than MBAs (S.P Jain)
IT is not replacing middle level management, but it is replacing the in-efficiency in an organization. It also results in transparency and provides information on time as and when required. One can't compare the two stated above, its like comparing apples to oranges.
18. Do you think accent holds you back? Would you prefer everyone speaking uniformly? (XIM Bhubaneswar)
For
* Communication between people of different languages will be faster and easier.
* No politicization of language base issues.
Against
* With different languages in India, it is difficult to have same accent.
* It is a personal issue, everybody has a right to speak his mother tongue.
* Hindi and English are serving as the bridge for the variety of languages we have and there is no need to force a common language.
19. Men resent women power at work place (NMIMS)
For:
* Hard to shake off the age old male ego
* Men find it hard to obey women bosses
* Doubt whether women can make good managers
Against
* It is women who avoid power and responsibility at work
20. Youth in India are becoming greedy by the day (MICA)
For:
* Want to earn a fast buck
* Want to imitate the successful young achievers
Against:
* Ambition is being misunderstood for greediness.
21. MBAs should be taxed at higher rates in the country (IIMB)
For:
* Understandably so in the areas of income and wealth taxes , given their propensity to earn higher through these routes.
Against:
* Taxation is a policy and policies are decided for the masses at large. In order to avoid any discrepancy and bias rates are fixed on income and not on the basis of profession.
* MBAs and other such professional people are taxed "professional tax". So charging them again a higher rate is not required.

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