Great Lakes Institute of Management Admission 2022: Applications Open, Check Eligibility, Criteria, Cut-off, Fees, Placements

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September 14, 2021
Great Lakes Institute of Management with campuses in Chennai and Gurgaon, is one of the highly ranked B-schools in India and is the first B-school to have opened the application form for one year PGPM and two year PGDM admission 2022. All the details about admission process have been released. The application deadline is to close on December 5, 2021. Great Lakes accepts GMAT/CAT /XAT /CMAT scores for admission
Great Lakes Admission 2022

As CAT 2021 Registrations for the IIMs come to close, top B-schools are getting ready to open their applications for Admissions 2022. Great Lakes Institute of Management, with campuses in Chennai and Gurgaon, is one of the first non-IIM B-school to have opened its application process for PGDM and PGPM Admission 2022. The application deadline is December 5. Candidates have the option of either applying to Great Lakes Chennai and Great Lakes Gurgaon campuses separately or for both the campuses through the common application form.

Great Lakes PGDM and PGPM Admission 2022 Open: Apply Now

Great Lakes offers MBA Equivalent Programmes
Great Lakes offers One Year full time MBA (PGPM) for experienced professionals, Two year MBA (PGDM) for freshers as well as for experienced professionals, Part Time Executive MBA for senior managers, and the Weekend Executive MBA Program. Great Lakes alumni currently numbering 9000+, work at world renowned organizations both in India and overseas across 30 countries. Following MBA equivalent programs are offered by Great Lakes

  1. Two years full time Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) at Chennai Campus
  2. Two years full time Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) at Gurgaon (Delhi NCR) Campus
  3. One year full time Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM) for the candidates with work experience above two years.

Great Lakes Institute of Management: USPs

  • Highly Ranked: Great Lakes is ranked #24 in GoI MHRD NIRF Rankings 2021 Management among top 100 B-schools. It is ranked 4th by Outlook in Top standalone institutions, 9th by Business India in top Indian B-Schools, ranked in Super League 2 by Business Standard (Chennai Campus). The Great Lakes PGPM program has been consistently ranked in the top one year MBA programs in the country.
  • Globally Benchmarked: Great Lakes is the youngest Indian Business School to receive prestigious AMBA accreditation. It is also accredited by SAQS (South Asian Quality Assurance System). The institute also has collaborations with Top Global B-Schools like HKUST, Babson, IIT Stuart School of Business to name a few.
  • World Class Faculty: 25+ International visiting faculty from the likes of Kellogg, Stanford, Yale, etc. and 50+ renowned full-time faculty offer unparalleled learning and global perspectives.
  • Innovative Curriculum: Future oriented business curriculum. Pioneer in introducing Analytics, AI and Machine Learning in MBA specialization.
  • Experiential Learning: Emphasis on experiential learning which helps put into action the concepts learnt in class through Karma-Yoga, the Leadership Experiential Action Program (LEAP), Empirical Studies, insights from distinguished Thought Leaders and student driven initiatives.
  • Diverse Peer Group: Great Lakes ensures of bringing diversity in class and its PGPM students have over thousand years of collective work experience gained from different industries. Its PGDM class has 40% of female students.
  • Campus: The pristine campus of Great Lakes Chennai is Asia’s 1stLeed Platinum Rated campus. The Gurgaon campus also offers world class facilities and is located in the corporate hub of Delhi-NCR.

Great Lakes Admission 2022: Important Dates
The key dates for 2 year PGDM and 1 year PGPM admission 2022 are as below:

Programmes
1 Year PGPM 2022-23
2 Year PGDM 2022-24
Application Starts
July 10, 2021
August 10, 2021
Last Date to Apply
December 5, 2021
December 5, 2021
Exam Scores Accepted
CAT 2020/2021, XAT 2021/2022, CMAT 2021,  GMAT taken between Jan 1 2019 and Dec 1, 2021.
CAT 2020/2021; XAT 2021/2022; CMAT 2021/2022; GMAT (Taken after January 1, 2020 to December 1, 2021)
Dates for PI Round
TBD
TBD
Result Date for PI Round
TBD
TBD

This article covers Program and Admission Details for both PGPM and PGDM programs including admission eligibility, admission process, entrance exams, weightage to academics and work experience, final selection process with the weightage to different components. The admission criteria and process at Great Lakes remain as per the last year pattern.

One Year PGPM 2022-23
The full-time One Year Post Graduate Program in Management (PGPM) for academic session 2022 – 23, at Great Lakes will commence in May/June 2022. The Great Lakes PGPM, is a fast track one year- MBA program for professionals with 2+ years of work experience. It leverages a global faculty pool, peer learning among the diverse group of experienced students, extensive industry networking and experiential learning. 

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PGPM Specializations
Specializations are offered in the following areas and students can opt for a Major and Minor specialization from the same.

  • General Management
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Operations and IT
  • Analytics, Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning

Two Years PGDM
The 2 year full time Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) is designed for young leaders with less than 2 years of work experience. The program has a focus on emerging economies and their growth. An AICTE approved program, the PGDM has been designed by the Great Lakes Academic Advisory Council, which comprises the best in the world of management academia streamlined with inputs from the institute’s illustrious Business Advisory Council, to keep it in sync with the needs of an ever changing market place.

Great Lakes PGDM and PGPM Admission 2022 Open: Apply Now

PGDM Programme Specializations
In the 2 years full time PGDM programme, Great Lakes offers specializations in following areas namely Finance, Marketing, IT and Economics, Operations, Organizational Behaviour & Strategy, and Business Analytics

Last Date to Apply
The application deadline is to close on December 5, 2021 for admission to PGPM and PGDM 2022

Application Fee: Rs. 2000
Great Lakes Application fee is Rs.2000/- which can be paid online or at IMS Centres or the application form can be purchased from Great Lakes offices

To explore admission opportunity in Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai/Gurgaon, the candidates need to apply for admission by using and filling up the common application form for both the campuses.

Great Lakes PGPM & PGDM Programme Fees
The total programme fees payable by PGPM and PGDM students at Great Lakes is as under:

Fee Component
1 year PGPM 2022 Fee (Rs. in Lakhs)*
2 Years PGDM 2022-24 Fee (Rs. in Lakhs)*
Programme & Academic Fee
 15.86
11.76
Accommodation & Food
  3.24
 5.24
Others (Including Refundable Deposit)
  0.15
 0.15
Total Fee
 19.25
17.15  

*Subject to Revision

Great Lakes Placement 2021
The placement details for one year PGPM and 2 years PGDM for Placement 2021 are as below:

Great Lakes PGPM Placement 2021
Great Lakes Institute of Management has witnessed high PGPM Placements 2021 with top companies offering coveted roles in sectors such as Strategy & Tech Consulting, Product Management, Digital and Analytics to the students of PGPM 2021.

PGPM Placement 2021 Highlights

  • Highest Salary Rs.31.75 Lakhs per annum
  • Average Salary Rs.13.63 Lakhs per annum
  • Top Recruiters include Microsoft, Accenture, BNY Mellon, Cognizant, Decathlon Sports, Deloitte, EY, FedEx, HCL, Infosys, L&T Infotech, Michael Page, Mindtree, TCS, Tiger Analytics, Vedanta, ZS Associates

PGDM Placement 2021
The campus placement process for the PGDM Class of 2021, witnessed 100% placements and participation from prominent recruiters from diverse sectors.

PGDM Placement 2021 Highlights

  • Average Salary has gone up at Rs.11 LPA this year from Rs.10.40 LPA last year
  • Highest Salary in Placement 2021 stood at Rs.21.5 LPA
  • BFSI emerged the largest recruiting sector with 42% students getting placed in it
  • 39% students opted for IT/ITES Sector
  • Sales & Marketing emerged as the top recruiting domain by function with 36% share in placement
  • Top recruiters include McKinsey & Company, JP Morgan Chase, Nestlé, AB InBev, Barclays, BNY Mellon, Chola MS, Cognizant, CRISIL, Dell, Deloitte, FedEx, Ford, HDFC Bank, HSBC, ICICI Bank, Infosys, ITC, Société Générale, Vedanta, Vivriti Capital among others

PGDM at Great Lakes is meant for the freshers as well as the candidates with a work experience of less than 2 years. 

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Great Lakes Admission Eligibility Criteria
Great Lakes Institute of Management offers its flagship 1 year full time residential Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM) as well as 2 Years full time Post graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM). Both the programmes are approved and highly ranked. However, based on their duration, curriculum structure, industry requirement among other factors, the admission eligibility criteria for both the programmes differ:

One Year PGPM: Admission Eligibility
For PGPM 2022-23, Great Lakes Institute of Management will accept scores of GMAT taken between 1st January 2019 and December 1, 2021, CAT taken in 2020/2021, XAT taken in 2021/2022 or CMAT taken in 2021/2022

A Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized institution with at least 50% in graduation

Candidates with more than two years of work experience are considered for admission. However, exceptional students with 18+ months of experience (by April 30th, 2022) may be considered.

Great Lakes PGDM and PGPM Admission 2022 Open: Apply Now

How to Apply for 1 Year PGPM
The application process for 1 year PGPM can be completed in three steps as under:

  1. Register yourself: Pay Rs.2000 towards registration fee
  2. Fill the online Application Form: Anytime by using login credentials sent to your mail ID
  3. Submit the Application Form, Or
  4. Purchase the application form from the Great Lakes Offices in Chennai.

Two Years PGDM: Admission Eligibility

  1. All PGDM applicants should possess a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized institution
  2. Candidates appearing for the final year bachelor's degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed the degree requirements and are awaiting results are also eligible to apply for Great Lakes Admission for PGDM 2022-24 Batch
  3. It is mandatory for a final year student, who is provisionally considered eligible by Great Lakes Institute of Management and offered admission, to submit the mark-sheet and degree certificate of the final year bachelor's degree examination held on or before June 30, 2022 at a later date as decided by Great Lakes.
  4. Only Fresh Graduates and candidates with less than 24 months of work experience after graduation as on 30th June 2022 are eligible to apply. Candidates with greater than 24 months of work- experience should apply for the Great lakes one year PGPM program.
  5. All PGDM applicants are required to appear for GMAT/CAT/XAT /CMAT before applying to Great Lakes Institute of Management.
  6. For PGDM 2022, Great Lakes Institute of Management will accept CAT scores of years 2020/ 2021 or XAT scores of years 2021/ 2022 or GMAT scores taken after Jan 1, 2020 or CMAT scores of the year 2021/ 2022.
  7. Great Lakes awards a special preference for College / University rank holders. The onus of proof of rank is vested in the applicant.

How to Apply for 2 Year PGDM
The application process for 2 year PGDM can be completed in three steps as under:

  1. Register yourself: Pay Rs.2000 towards registration fee
  2. Fill the online Application Form: Anytime by using login credentials sent to your mail ID
  3. Submit the Application Form, Or 
  4. Purchase the application form from the Great Lakes Offices in Chennai.

Admission Criteria at Great Lakes
Below are shared the details of Great Lakes Admission criteria:

Great Lakes Institute of Management Admission Criteria
Admission Criteria 2022 at Great Lakes Institute of Management is a two step process involving the Shortlisting criteria and the Final admission selection Criteria

Shortlisting Criteria
The first part of Great Lakes Institute of management Admission criteria is the shortlisting criteria before final selection round. Great Lakes will shortlist the candidates on the basis of following parameters:

  • Great Lakes Institute of Management will consider aggregate scores and not the sectional scores of the applicants in the acceptable entrance exams for shortlisting.
  • In case more than one exams are taken by the applicant, Great Lakes will short-list the candidates for the interview based on their best available test scores in CAT/XAT/ CMAT/GMAT
  • Academic profile also plays an important role in shortlisting. Candidates with consistent academic background and a demonstrated ability to sustain pressure will make the shortlist.

Final Admission Selection Round Criteria

  • Post short-listing on the basis of available scores, applicants will be called for the final selection round (PI Round) at the designated centres
  • The aptitude test scores are important at the interview shortlisting stage but have limited weightage as far as the final selection is concerned.
  • Performance in Personal Interview (PI) will be awarded high weightage in final selection criteria.
  • Evaluation Criteria in Great Lakes Final Selection will also involve the quality of work experience, professional and personal achievements, demonstrated leadership and team skills, aptitude and attitude.

Excellent Academic Scores will be awarded due weightage in final selection round at Great lakes.

  • Candidates who have exhibited leadership skills at work and/or in school/college will be awarded due weightage in the final selection round of Great Lakes.
  • Integrity and Ethical Values including originality play important role in final selection criteria at Great Lakes. Candidates found lacking these qualities will not be selected irrespective of their performance in other areas.
  • Final Admission offer at Great Lakes will be based on GMAT/CAT/XAT/CMAT scores, past academic performance, essay writing test, work experience and performance in the interview

Great Lakes Institute of Management: Admission Cut Off  
Great Lakes Cut off  2022 will be based on aggregate percentile score although candidates should also have scored well across the sections of the entrance exams. The cut offs may remain as under:

Entrance Exam
1 Year PGPM Expected cut off
2 Years PGDM Expected Cut off
CAT 2020/2021*
80
80
XAT 2021/2022*
80
80
GMAT **(Taken after Jan1, 2019 for PGPM and after Jan1, 2020 for PGDM)
600
600
CMAT 2021 for PGPM and CMAT 2021/2022 for PGDM
85
85

*Great Lakes will accept only Last year scores of CAT and XAT for Cycle -1 of PGPM 2022 admission process and for both the years in Cycle-2

** For PGPM 2022 Cycle 1 application GMAT scores Upto December 1, 2021 are valid

Admission Process for PGPM 2022 and PGDM 2022-24
Following steps are included in the Great Lakes Admission process. However, Applicants should ensure that they meet the eligibility criteria, have appeared or have registered for the required CAT/XAT/CMAT/GMAT exam, the scores of which are accepted by Great Lakes for Admission:

Step 1: Candidates meeting the eligibility criteria can apply to Great Lakes Institute of Management by completing the online admission application form at Great Lakes website.

Step 2: Candidates can apply through one of the modes - by filling in the common online application form at Great Lakes website after making a payment of INR 2,000 or make a payment of INR 2,000 at IMS centers and procure a coded number key for applying online or Purchase the application form from the Great Lakes Offices in Chennai. However, the eventual application process is online for all candidates.

Step 3: To apply for PGPM 2022 at Great Lakes, the candidates have to provide the official email-id of the recommender. The recommendation letter will be collected from the finally selected students' recommenders and it must be submitted online

Step 4: Candidates are short-listed for Personal Interview (PI) and Essay Writing Test from among the eligible candidates who have a valid entrance exam score and have applied to the programme of Great Lakes Institute of Management. The Personal Interview process will be conducted in the month of March/April 2022 at Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai.

Step 5: After the PI round, admission offers are made by Great Lakes Institute of Management to successful candidates. The final selection is based on a diverse set of attributes which includes performance in entrance exam, performance in PI round, academics, Quality of Work Experience, Leadership skills among others.

Great Lakes Programme Commencement
All PGDM programs for academic year 2022 commence in July 2021.

Great Lakes PGDM and PGPM Admission 2022 Open: Apply Now

Great Lakes PGPM Vs PGDM
Apart from the eligibility criteria, admission process, Fee structure, duration of programme, the other key differences between one year Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM) and two years AICTE approved Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) at Great Lakes Institute of Management are as below:

Programme
1 Year PGPM
2 Years PGDM
Type of Programme
Full Time Residential Fast Track Management Programme
Full Time Regular Residential Management programme
Programme Suitable For
Professionals with 2 years and above Work Experience
Fresh Graduates or candidates below 2 years of Work Experience
Programme Rating
Highly Ranked AICTE approved Flagship Programme of Great Lakes running for 15 years
AICTE and NBA Approved Full time residential programme
Average Placement 2021
Rs.13.63 Lakhs
Rs. 11 Lakhs
Highest Placement 2021
Rs.31.75 Lakhs
Rs.21.50 Lakhs
Top Recruiters
Microsoft, Accenture, BNY Mellon, Cognizant, Decathlon Sports, Deloitte, EY, FedEx, HCL, Infosys, L&T Infotech, Michael Page, Mindtree, TCS, Tiger Analytics, Vedanta, ZS Associates
McKinsey, JP Morgan Chase, Nestlé, AB InBev, Barclays, BNY Mellon, Chola MS, Cognizant, CRISIL, Dell, Deloitte, FedEx, Ford, HDFC Bank, HSBC, ICICI Bank, Infosys, ITC, Société Générale, Vedanta, Vivriti

Highly ranked Great Lakes Institute of Management was founded in the year 2004 in Chennai. The B school offers PGPM and PGDM programmes with variety of specializations. Padma Shri Prof Bala V Balachandran, founder and dean of the B school is a J. L. Kellogg Distinguished Professor (Emeritus in service) of Accounting and Information Management, Northwestern University, Illinois, USA; Executive Professor and Strategy Advisor to the Dean, Bauer College, University of Houston, Texas, USA.

Great Lakes has 40+ full time faculty and 130+ visiting faculty including over 20 international faculty from top global schools like Yale, Kellogg, Stanford, etc. Further collaborations with world’s leading institutions like University of Houston, Georgia State University, University of Bordeaux, Hongkong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), etc., have helped Great Lakes in globally benchmarking its programs. Great Lakes has a 27.5 acres LEED Platinum rated green campus in Chennai and a second campus in Gurgaon (Delhi-NCR). Great Lakes alumni currently work at world renowned organizations both in India and overseas across 30 countries.

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