WAT Topics - IIM Bangalore

Updated: May 4

This post contains the list of topics that have been asked for the Written Ability Test (WAT) in the IIM Bangalore interviews conducted to date at different venues:


2019


  • Something related to whether India needs more managers or more entrepreneurs.

  • We were asked our opinion on women empowerment.

  • Traditional rote based learning (memorization techniques) are largely replaced by modern activity based learning system. Compare the two of them and discuss the merits and demerits of each.

  • Should AI be regulated?

  • India is going to be world's most populous country in the world. What in your opinion would be effect on agriculture and clothing.

  • India's middle class is growing rapidly with 29% in 2015 to 44% in 2025 according to a McKinsey report. Discuss its implications on the economy and society.



  • Media and advertising have promoted Zero figure of young models. This has a negative impact on the health of young girls. What ways would you suggest to tackle this problem?

  • IMF Chief economist pointed out that farm loan waiver is not a solution to the farmer distress in India. Explain the situation in light of recent election manifesto.

  • Universal Basic Income has been in the news recently. What would be the challenges in implementing such a scheme in India?


2018


  • “Political correctness is curbing the expression of true feelings. Discuss.”

  • Countries such as UAE and Bhutan have happiness index to oversee social welfare programmes for the well being of citizens. One Indian state has also created a ministry of happiness. Comment on this development.

  • What does the Cashless economy mean for poor in India?

  • The number of women studying graduate sciences has increased 5 fold in the last 60 years. However the number of women holding faculty positions in the graduate science institutions is only 15%. What according to you are the reasons for the same? What can be done to improve the situation and increase the number of women faculty?



  • Discrimination is not learnt by experience, it is taught. What is your opinion about the same? Validate with relevant examples.

  • A high school survey highlights a new trend where students shun science and related stream as a career of choice. Comment.

  • Save water in Holi, give up cracker on Diwali for environment protection. Is it justified?

  • Low labour cost and abundance of cheap domestic labour represents no advantage for businesses in this world of increasing globalization.

  • Over the last few years, reverse globalization is being touted as a significant macro economic trend. Discuss the causes and consequences of the above.

  • About a survey on school children where it was found out that there is a shift towards joining private schools. We were supposed to write our views on that.

  • India needs clear regulations to curb negative aspects of tourism.

  • B-Schools are rising rapidly in India, but the quality of schools are not adequate. Suggest a framework for for measuring the quality of B-Schools.

  • Delhi has been in news for pollution. What could be the steps to reduce urban pollution in India



2017


  • While there is lot of branding activity in Indian market, indigenous brands are not able to make it. Comment.

  • Govt. has recently put a limit of Rs 20000 on cash donations to political parties. Do you think it will help in curbing corruption bringing transparency in the system? What more can be done in this regard?


2016


  • Write your opinion about whether Net Neutrality is good or bad for India.

  • Modern youth is developing ‘visual intelligence’ through TV, internet and video games.


2015


  • Is social media good or bad?

  • Safety of women in India can only be brought about by a change in the societal mindset.

  • Primary enrollment in India is around  80+% (good number by Indian standard) but according to a study less  then 50% of 5th standard students can solve 2nd standard Maths and  English  question. What are our views on this and how this problem can  be solved?


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