Great Lakes Institute of Management Chennai Admission 2021: Last Date to Apply-February 10; Check Criteria, Cut-off, Fees, Placement

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January 12, 2021
Great Lakes Institute of Management with campuses in Chennai and Gurgaon, is closing its application process for admission 2021 on February 10, 2021 for cycle-2. The application process for one year PGPM and two year PGDM admission 2021 is online and the application fee is Rs. 2000/-. All the details about admission process have been released. Great Lakes will accept GMAT/CAT /XAT /CMAT scores for admission 2021
Great Lakes Admission 2021

Great Lakes Institute of Management is closing the application process for admission 2021 for its one year PGPM and two years PGDM programmes on February 10, 2021 for cycle-2. The application fee is Rs.2000/- and the application process is online. 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 by selecting the appropriate option in the registration form.

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MBA Equivalent Programmes at Great Lakes
Great Lakes offers One Year full time MBA (PGPM) for experienced professionals, Two year MBA (PGDM), Part Time Executive MBA for senior managers, and Weekend Executive MBA Program. Great Lakes alumni currently numbering 8800+, 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 Delhi NCR Campus
  3. One year full time Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM) for the candidates with work experience

This article covers Program and Admission Details for all above 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.

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One Year PGPM: Programme commences in April/May 2021
The full-time One Year Post Graduate Program in Management (PGPM) for academic session 2021 – 22, at Great Lakes will commence in May/June2021.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.

Great Lakes Institute of Management is the youngest and the 7th B school in India receiving AMBA accreditation. AMBA accreditation builds the international credibility of the Institute and Great Lakes accomplished to build this reputation in just a decade. In 2015, Great Lakes received the SAQS accreditation making it one of the few B-Schools in India to receive two prestigious international accreditations.

Great Lakes Institute of Management: USPs1

  • 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.
  • Rankings: Great Lakes is ranked 4th by Outlook in Top standalone institutions, 9th by Business India in top Indian B-Schools, 23rdamong top b-schools by NIRF under Ministry of HRD, 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, 3rd by Outlook.
  • Globally Benchmarked: Great Lakes is the youngest Indian Business School to receive prestigious AMBA accreditation. The institute also has collaborations with Top Global B-Schools like HKUST, Babson, IIT Stuart School of Business to name a few.
  • 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.

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 PGDM: Programme Specializations
In the 2 years full time PGDM programme, Great Lakes offers specializations in following 6 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 February 10, 2021 for admission to PGPM and PGDM 2021

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.

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 2021 Fee (Rs. in Lakhs)*
2 Years PGDM 2021-23 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 2020
The placement details for one year PGPM and 2 years PGDM for Placement 2020 are as below:

Great Lakes PGPM Placement 2020
Great Lakes Institute of Management has witnessed high PGPM Placements 2020 with top companies offering coveted roles in sectors such as Strategy & Tech Consulting, Product Management, Digital and Analytics to the students of PGPM 2020.

PGPM Placement 2020 Highlights

  • Highest Salary Rs.28.6 Lakhs per annum
  • Average Salary Rs.13.6 Lakhs per annum
  • Top Recruiters include Accenture, Aditya Birla Capital, ADP, Amazon, Barclays, Cognizant, Capgemini, Deloitte, Gartner, HCL, EY, Honeywell, HSBC, Infosys, ITC Infotech, L&T Infotech, Mentis, MuSigma, TCS, Virtusa among others

PGDM Placement 2020 Highlights
The campus placement process for the PGDM Class of 2020, witnessed 100% placements and participation from prominent recruiters from diverse sectors.

PGDM Placement 2020 Highlights

  • Average Salary has gone up at Rs.10.40 LPA this year from Rs.10.14 LPA last year
  • Highest Salary in Placement 2020 has increased to Rs.21.5 LPA
  • BFSI emerged the largest recruiting sector with 38.5% students getting placed in it
  • 35.8% students opted for Sales & Marketing domain
  • Top recruiters include McKinsey, Crisil, Dell, Deloitte, KVB, JP Morgan, Ford, RBS, Cognizant, Infosys, ICICI, HSBC Technologies, ITC, KALS Group, Nippon, Federal Bank, Chola MS 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

  1. All PGPM 2021 applicants are required to appear or have appeared for CAT 2019/ 2020; XAT 2020/2021; CMAT 2020 or 2021; or GMAT (Taken after January 2018) before applying to Great Lakes Institute of Management
  2. Great Lakes eligibility criteria require that the candidate must hold a bachelor's degree in any discipline from a recognized institution
  3. A minimum work experience of two years by March 31, 2021 is mandatory and candidates found not fulfilling this criteria will not be admitted.
  4. Exceptional students with 18+ months of experience (by April 30th, 2021) may be considered for applying
  5. Great Lakes uses CAT/XAT scores only for screening applications for admissions and IIMs/XLRI have no role in the conduct of Great Lakes academic programs.
  6. Application for Admission should be submitted latest by February 10, 2021 for second cycle

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 

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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 2021-23 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, 2021 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 2021 are eligible to apply. Candidates with greater than 24 months of work- experience should apply for the Great lakes one year PGPM program.
  5. Internship or part time work experience is not considered. Only full time work experience is considered. However, full time work experience as an entrepreneur or in family business will be taken into account.
  6. All PGDM applicants are required to appear for GMAT/CAT/XAT /CMAT before applying to Great Lakes Institute of Management.
  7. For PGDM 2021, Great Lakes Institute of Management will accept CAT scores of years 2019/ 2020 or XAT scores of years 2020/ 2021 or GMAT scores taken after Jan 1, 2019 or CMAT scores of the year 2020/ 2021.
  8. Great Lakes uses CAT/XAT scores only for screening applications for admissions and IIMs/XLRI have no role in the conduct of Great Lakes academic programs.
  9. Great Lakes awards a special preference for College / University rank holders. The onus of proof of rank is vested in the applicant.
  10. The application deadline for admission to PGDM 2021-23 batch is February 10, 2021

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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 

Great Lakes PGPM

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

Great Lakes Institute of Management Admission Criteria
Admission Criteria 2021 at Great Lakes Institute of Management is a two step process involving the Shortlisting criteria and the Final admission selection Criteria

1. 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.

2. 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.
  • The evaluation criteria in final selection will also award weightage to Analytical Writing Test (AWT) to assess the written communication skills and the thought process of the candidates.
  • There will be No GD Round
  • 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 2021 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 2019/2020*
80
80
XAT 2020/2021*
80
80
GMAT (Taken after Jan 2018 for PGPM and after Jan 2019 for PGDM)
600
600
CMAT 2020 for PGPM and CMAT 2020/2021 for PGDM
85
85

*Great Lakes will accept only Last year scores of CAT and XAT for Cycle -1 of PGPM 2021 admission process and for both the years in Cycle-2

Admission Process for PGPM 2021 and PGDM 2021-23
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. The last date to apply is February 10, 2021.
  • 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 2021 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 Analytical Writing Test (AWT) 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 2021 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.

PGPM 2021 at Great Lakes: Two Admission Cycles
There will be two cycles of PGPM 2021 admission. The differentiating points like deadline to apply, acceptable years of exam score and other parameters are:

PGPM 2021 Admission Cycle
Cycle - 1
Cycle -2
Last Date to Apply December 1, 2020 February 10, 2021
Exam Scores Accepted
CAT 2019, XAT 2020, CMAT 2020, GMAT (Taken between Jan 1, 2018 and November 30, 2020)
CAT 2019/2020; XAT 2020/2021; CMAT 2020/2021; GMAT (Taken after January 1, 2019)
Dates for PI Round
In December 2020
In February 2021
Result Date for PI Round
End of December 2020
By end of February 2021
Preferential Treatment in final selection
No but can plan better for finances, commitments,
None

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

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 2020
Rs.13.60 Lakhs
Rs. 10.40 Lakhs
Highest Placement 2020
Rs.28.60 Lakhs
Rs.21.50 Lakhs
Top Recruiters
Amazon, Aditya Birla Group, Barclays, Deloitte, Flipkart, ZS Associates, EY, Novartis, Olacabs, Royal Enfield, Swiggy, Fractal Analytics, Musigma, Latentview, Accenture, ADP, Capgemini, Infosys, ITC Infotech, Mindtree, TCS, Tech Mahindra, Virtusa, Wipro 
McKinsey, Crisil, Dell, Deloitte, KVB, JP Morgan, Ford, RBS, Cognizant, Infosys, ICICI, HSBC Technologies, ITC, KALS Group, Nippon, Federal Bank, Chola MS

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.

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Great Lakes has 50+ 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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