Great Lakes Institute of Management Admission 2020: USPs, Fee, Criteria, Placements; Last Date – February 28

Thursday, February 27 2020
Great Lakes Admission 2020
Great Lakes Institute of Management has extended the last date to apply for admission to February 28, 2020 from earlier January 31. This is the last chance for CAT 2019, XAT 2020 & CMAT 2020 test takers to apply as no further extension is expected in last date. PGPM at Great Lakes is a fast track one year full time MBA program for professionals with 2+ years of work experience and PGDM is 2 years full time management program

Great Lakes Institute of Management, one of the leading B-schools in India, has announced its last date to apply for admission to its one year full time PGPM as well as for 2 years full time PGDM as February 28, 2020 Apply Now - Great Lakes Institute of Management Admissions 2020

This is the last chance for CAT 2019, XAT 2020 & CMAT 2020 test takers to apply as no further extension is expected in last date. PGPM at Great Lakes is a fast track one year MBA program for professionals with 2+ years of work experience

With campuses in Chennai and Gurgaon, Great Lakes will commence the program in April/May, 2020.

The cycle-1 application deadline to apply for Great Lakes PGPM admission 2020 was closed on November 30, 2019.

Great Lakes Institute of Management also offers 2 years PGDM program. The PGDM 2020 admission is open at Great Lakes. The application deadline for PGDM 2020-22 batch also closes on February 28, 2020.  

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Great Lakes PGPM: Fast Track internationally Accredited 1 Year MBA 

  • 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 pool of experienced students, extensive industry networking and experiential learning.
  • It is among the few programs in the country to have the prestigious global accreditation from AMBA, UK with Chennai campus having SAQS accreditation as well
  • PGPM at Great Lakes has been consistently ranked in the top 5 one year MBA programs in the country by the magazines like Outlook (3rd) & Business World (4th). 
  • Great Lakes was also ranked 5th among top private B-schools by Outlook, 9th by Business India & 18th by NIRF among top Indian B-schools.

Youngest B-school to Receive AMBA Accreditation
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 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 2020 Fee (Rs. in Lakhs)*
2 Years PGDM 2020-22 Fee (Rs. in Lakhs)*
Programme & Academic Fee
15.86
11.39
Accommodation & Food
3.24
5.11
Others (Including Refundable Deposit)
0.15
0.15
Total Fee
19.25
16.65

*Subject to Revision

Consistently Innovative - a school of firsts!

  • Among the pioneers of the One year MBA designed specifically for experienced professionals
  • First to offer a full-time specialization in Analytics and has been ranked no.1 by Analytics India Magazine for four years in a row
  • First in the country to offer a full-time specialization in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning areas which will drive the next phase of innovation and growth across industries
  • First LEED Platinum Rated Green campus in South Asia

World Class Faculty

  • 25+ International faculty from top global schools like Kellogg, Stanford, Yale, etc. and 50+ renowned Full-time faculty offer global perspectives 
  • Two Faculty members listed in the top 10 most prominent Analytics academicians in India - 2018

Globally Benchmarked

  • Youngest B-School in India and one of the youngest globally to receive international accreditation by AMBA, UK
  • Collaborations with 6 top global schools help in benchmarking and updating the learning experience

Accelerated Career Growth with High Placements

  • 13.6 lakhs p.a average CTC and 28.6 lakhs p.a highest domestic CTC for the PGPM batch of 2020
  • The placement season saw participation from top recruiters like Ab-Inbev, Accenture Strategy, Aditya Birla Capital, ADP, Amazon, Cognizant, Dell, Deloitte, Decathlon, EY, Gartner, HCL, HSBC, HTC Global, Infosys, ITC Infotech, L&T Infotech, Magicbricks, Societe Generale, TCS, Zee Entertainment, ZoloStays, ZS Associates to name a few.
  • Average CTC of the PGPM class of 2020 was INR 20.1 Lakhs p.a. for the top 10%, INR 17.3 Lakhs p.a. for the top 25%, INR 15.19 Lakhs p.a. for the top 50%, and INR 13.6 Lakhs p.a. overall
  • Average post-MBA CTC was 2.64 times the pre-MBA CTC for the 1 year PGPM students.

Experiential Learning

  • Karma-Yoga is an experiential leadership program which helps the students develop leadership skills while having a lasting impact on the lives of people
  • Empirical Study is one-of-a-kind platform for students to study and critically analyse a real life business problem under the guidance of seasoned industry and faculty mentors
  • Every year 120+ industry thought leaders share perspectives with the leadership talent of the future

Rich Peer Group

  • The PGPM Class of 2020 has a collective work experience of over 1400 years
  • The PGPM has a versatile batch coming from multiple industries, functions and academic backgrounds - Engineering, IT, Sales & Marketing, Operations, Accounts, Commerce, Finance, Arts, Humanities, Sciences, etc. The diversity in the class  enriches the overall peer learning both inside and outside the classroom 

Global Alumni Network

  • 8800+ Alumni spread over 30 countries give you a great life-time network of Entrepreneurs, CXOs and high calibre professionals across industries​

Profile Based Evaluation 
Great Lakes follows comprehensive profile based evaluation considering Entrance test scores, Academic record, Work experience, Essays and PI performance in selecting the candidates. 

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Great Lakes PGPM Admission: Difference between Cycle-1 & Cycle-2 Application
The Cycle-1 and Cycle-2 of application process is distinguished based on the scores with which you are applying. If a candidate has last year exam score, for example for admission 2020, if you have scores of CAT 2018, XAT 2019, CMAT 2019 and GMAT (taken after 1st Jan 2017), you must apply in cycle-1.

But, if you have appeared in CAT 2019, XAT 2020 and GMAT (taken after 1st Dec. 2019), you need to apply in Cycle 2.

While in terms of the selection process, there is no preference given to applicants in any cycle and there is similar probability of getting selected, the applicants submitting application in Cycle 1 get some extra time to plan their finances, personal commitments and exit from companies better as they get an admission offer by end of December.

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Great Lakes Admission 2020: MBA Entrance Exam Scores Accepted  
Great Lakes will accept score of CAT 2018/2019, XAT 2019/2020, CMAT 2019/2020, GMAT (taken after Jan 1, 2017) for PGPM 2020 admission. Besides, a minimum work experience of 24 months by March 31, 2020 after completing your graduation is mandatory to apply for admission. However, if you do not have the eligible test scores but expecting results post Nov 30, 2019 and before February 28, 2020 can also apply and submit your application forms pending the availability of exam scores. You can update your scores within 5 days of receiving the scores and will be considered for final offers post the score submission. 

Difference Between PGPM & PGDM
One of the preferred management institutes, Great Lakes offers one year full time PGPM for the candidates with work experience and two years full time PGDM for the candidates with or without work experience. The institute has two campuses at Chennai and at Gurgaon.

Details on the Admission Criteria 2020 have been released by Great Lakes which describe in detail the admission eligibility, admission process, entrance exam accepted like CAT 2018 or 2019; XAT 2019 or 2020; CMAT 2019 or 2020; GMAT (Taken after January 2017), 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.

Common Application Form
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. 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: Program Specializations
In the 2 years full time PGDM programme, Great Lakes offers specializations in 6 areas namely Finance, Marketing, IT and Economics, Operations, Organizational Behaviour & Strategy, and
Business Analytics

Last Date to Apply
The application deadline closes on February 28, 2020 for cycle two of 1 year PGPM 2020 and for 2 years PGDM 2020-22 batch   

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 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 2020 applicants are required to appear or have appeared for CAT 2018/ 2019; XAT 2019/2020; CMAT 2019 or 2020; or GMAT (Taken after January 2017) 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 April 30, 2020 is mandatory and candidates found not fulfilling this criterion will not be admitted, unless they have at least 18+ months of experience and an exceptional track record during this tenure.
  4. Candidates with less than 24 months of work experience by March 31, 2020 can apply to the Great Lakes 2 years PGDM Program but not to the 1 year PGPM programme
  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 28, 2020 for cycle-2 now.

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How to Apply for 1 Year PGPM
The application process for 1 year PGPM can be complete 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

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 2020-22 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, 2020 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 2020 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 2020, Great Lakes Institute of Management will accept CAT scores of years 2018/ 2019 or XAT scores of years 2019/ 2020 or GMAT scores taken after Jan 1, 2018 or CMAT scores of the year 2019/ 2020.
  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 2020-22 batch is last week of February 2020

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How to Apply for 2 Year PGDM
The application process for 2 year PGDM can be complete 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 PGDM

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

Great Lakes Institute of Management Admission Criteria
Admission Criteria 2020 at Great Lakes Institute of Management will be 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.
  1. 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 Cutoff 2020 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 2018/2019* 80 80
XAT 2019/2020* 80 80
GMAT **(Taken after Jan 2017 for PGPM and after Jan 2018 for PGDM) 600 600
CMAT 2019 for PGPM and CMAT 2019/2020 for PGDM 85 85

*Great Lakes will accept only Last year scores of CAT and XAT for Cycle -1 of PGPM 2020 admission process and for both the years in Cycle-2

** For PGPM 2020 Cycle 1 application GMAT scores before November 30, 2019 are valid

Admission Process for PGPM 2020 and PGDM 2020-22
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 for PGPM 2020 Cycle-2 is February 28, 2020. For PGDM 2020-22 the last date to apply is February 2020 last week.
  • 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 2020 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 2020 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 2020 at Great Lakes: Two Admission Cycles
There will be two cycles of PGPM 2020 admission. The differentiating points like deadline to apply, acceptable years of exam score and other parameters are:

PGPM 2020 Admission Cycle
Cycle - 1
Cycle -2
Last Date to Apply
November 30, 2019
January 30, 2020
Exam Scores Accepted
CAT 2018, XAT 2019, CMAT 2019, GMAT (Taken between Jan 1, 2017 and November 30, 2019)
CAT 2018/2019; XAT 2019/2020; CMAT 2019/2020; GMAT (Taken after January 1, 2018)
Dates for PI Round
In December 2019
In February/March 2020
Result Date for PI Round
End of December 2019
End of March 2020
Preferential Treatment in final selection
No but can plan better for finances, commitments,
None

Great Lakes Programme Commencement
All PGDM programs for academic year 2020 commences in July 2020.

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 of 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 14 years
AICTE and NBA Approved Full time residential programme
Average Placement 2019
Rs.13.10 Lakhs
Rs. 10.14 Lakhs
Highest Placement 2019
Rs.29.00 Lakhs
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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 
Deloitte, ZS Associates, Barclays, Crisil, DHFL, HDFC, ICICI, JP Morgan, ITC, Lotte, Nestle, Accenture, Cognizant, HCL, HP, Infosys, L&T, Daimler, Dell, Hero Motocorp, Airtel, Infoedge, Shopclues

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 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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