Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Great Lakes Institute of Management (GLIM)

Great Lakes Institute of Management presents its flagship programs, PGPM and PGDM, inviting applications for both its campuses. Renowned for delivering quality management education, the institute proudly ranks among the top 10 B-schools in India for offering prestigious one-year MBA programs.

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Great Lakes Eligibility Criteria 2024

Candidates wanting to apply for both the programs, i.e., PGPM & PGDM can do so by filling in the application forms for both PGPM and PGDM separately.

PGPM 1 Year Eligibility Criteria

  • A Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized institution is required.
  • GMAT/CAT/CMAT/XAT/NMAT valid test scores are accepted for admission. Aspirants can submit scores from multiple attempts, but only the best score will be considered for admission. For PGPM 2024 Intake, Great Lakes accepts GMAT scores taken after January 1, 2021, CAT scores from 2022/2023, XAT scores from 2023/2024, NMAT scores from 2022 onwards, CMAT scores from 2023; CMAT 2024 Scores are accepted if declared before the final admission deadline.
  • Candidates with 2 to 10 years of work experience are considered for admission. However, exceptional students with 21+ months of experience by April 30th, 2024, may also be considered.
  • Candidates with 2-3 years of work experience by April 30th, 2024, are encouraged to apply for the One Year Flagship PGPM program. They are also eligible to apply for the Two-year PGDM program.

PGDM 2 Year Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized institution with minimum 60% score across 10th/12th/Under graduation is required.
  • Applicants must appear for GMAT/CAT/CMAT/XAT before applying to Great Lakes Institute of Management. For PGDM 2024 Intake, Great Lakes accepts: GMAT scores taken after January 1, 2021, CAT scores from 2022/2023, XAT scores from 2023/2024, CMAT scores from 2023, CMAT 2024 Scores are accepted if declared before the final admission deadline.
  • Freshers or candidates with less than 36 months of work experience by June 30th, 2024, are eligible to apply.
  • Candidates with 2-3 years of work experience by April 30th, 2024, are encouraged to apply for the One Year Flagship PGPM.

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Great Lakes Admission Criteria 2024

Great Lakes offers admission to their PGPM & PGDM program through various admission cycles. Refer to the following table to know more about the admission dates for 2024 batch of Great Lakes:

Commencement of Application1st Aug, 2023
Cycle 1 Deadline1st Dec, 2023
AWT - Cycle 120th Dec, 2023
PI - Cycle 126th-29th Dec, 2023
Cycle 2 Deadline10th Jan, 2024
AWT - Cycle 21st & 2nd Feb, 2024
PI - Cycle 26th Feb - 16th Feb, 2024
Cycle 3 Deadline10th Feb, 2024
AWT - Cycle 36th Mar, 2024
PI - Cycle 311th Mar - 16th Mar, 2024
Cycle 4 Deadline10th Mar, 2024

Application Guidelines

  • Candidates who meet the eligibility requirements can apply to Great Lakes Institute of Management by filling out an online form on the official website and paying a fee of INR 2,000.
  • Applicants have the choice of applying to either the Great Lakes, Chennai campus or the Great Lakes, Gurgaon campus individually, or they can apply to both campuses using the common application form by selecting the appropriate option in the registration form.
  • Candidates must provide the official email address of their recommender. The recommendation letter will be obtained from the recommenders of the final selected students and must be submitted online.

Profile Based Calls at Great Lakes

Great Lakes holds early interviews for PGPM Admission Process where applicants can appear for the interview process before the official announcement of the exam (GMAT/CAT/XAT/CMAT/NMAT) results. This early interview process allows students with strong track records to apply early and receive their results sooner. They are interviewed based on the strength of their profiles. These early interview candidates are considered for the final offer after they submit their scores once declared. The final offer made also considers candidate’s interview performance, essays, diversity, and merit among the interviewed applicants.

Factors Considered for Profile-based calls:

  • Academics
  • Work Experience
  • Awards & Achievements

Admission Process

  • The admission process at Great Lakes begins with candidates filling out an online application form, providing details such as valid test scores, academic history, work experience, awards, and recognitions etc. Additionally, candidates are required to write an essay for the PGPM admission process, addressing aspects like their identity, motivations, career aspirations, and fit within the Great Lakes community.
  • Following the initial application screening, eligible candidates are invited for an Academic Writing Test (AWT) and Personal Interview (PI) session. Upon qualification for AWT and PI, candidates are notified by the institute regarding the dates of their sessions. The AWT session will be conducted online and will require candidates to complete a writing ability test on one of the two topics provided. Subsequently, candidates will have to attend the personal interview at the designated location on the scheduled date.
  • Final shortlisting for admission into Great Lakes' PGPM and PGDM programs is based on the evaluation of GMAT/CAT/XAT/CMAT scores, past academic performance, essays, work experience, diversity and performance in the personal interview.
  • Shortlisted candidates are then contacted by the college to offer them admission to the PGPM and PGDM programs across both campuses in Chennai and Gurgaon.
ParametersWeightage (PGDM)
Test Scores (CAT/XAT/GMAT/CMAT)35%
Academic Performance:
10th Standard Marks(5%)
12th Standard Marks(10%)
Under Graduation Marks(10%)
AWT & PI35%

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Scholarships for Great Lakes

Great Lakes offers a variety of scholarship for PGPM program to deserving candidates to help them achieve quality education such as:

Diversity & Merit Scholarships: Great Lakes is offering diversity and merit scholarships to one-year PGPM students to promote diverse perspectives and excellence. There will be a total of 40 scholarships worth Rs.5 lakhs each for the Class of 2023-24, with a minimum of 30% reserved for female students. Candidates will be chosen based on their application, essays, and interview assessment, and no separate application is required.

The Dr. Bala V Balachandran Merit Scholarship: This scholarship aims to recognize candidates with outstanding potential and a proven track record. Recipients of this scholarship will receive a full tuition fee waiver (Rs. 10.9 lakhs for PGPM 2022-23) and access to mentorship from CXOs and high-achieving alumni, providing them with valuable learning experiences and networking opportunities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which exam is required for Great Lakes?

Great Lakes accepts valid test scores of GMAT/CAT/CMAT/XAT/NMAT for admissions.

Can a fresher get into Great Lakes?

Yes, freshers can apply for Great Lakes PGDM program which is for candidates with 0-3 years of experience.

Does Great Lakes provide scholarship?

Great Lakes provides scholarships based on diversity and merit to one-year PGPM students to promote a wide range of viewpoints and a dedication to excellence.

Do I have to write an Essay for Great Lakes application?
Yes, applicants have to write a mandatory essay during the application process. The topic of essay is- 'What are your personal qualities which you think make you suitable to be a part of the Class of 2024?'

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