PGDM Admissions Process

Admissions Calendar 2020

Issue of Application starts from 9th September 2020
Last date of submission - Cycle 1 1st December 2020
Last date of submission - Cycle 2 TBD

Eligibility Criteria - Admissions PGDM 2021

  • All applicants are required to appear for GMAT/CAT*/XAT+/CMAT before applying to Great Lakes Institute of Management.
  • For PGDM 2021 Intake, Great Lakes Institute of Management will accept scores of GMAT taken after 1st January 2019, CAT taken in 2019/2020, XAT taken in 2020/2021 or CMAT taken in 2020/2021.
  • All applicants should possess a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized institution.
  • Freshers and candidates with less than 24 months of work experience as on 30th June 2021 ONLY are eligible to apply. (Candidates with greater than 24 months of work-experience are requested to apply for the Great lakes PGPM program).
  • There will be a special preference for College / University rank holders in terms of an extra weightage gained as part of the selection process. The onus of proof of rank is vested in the applicant.

* Great Lakes uses CAT scores only for screening applications for admissions and IIMs have no role in the conduct of Great Lakes academic programs

+ Great Lakes is not an associate institute of XLRI but uses XAT scores only for screening applicants for admission & XLRI has no role to play in the conduct of any of Great Lakes Management programs


Admission Process

  • Candidates meeting the eligibility criteria can apply to Great Lakes Institute of Management by completing an online form.
  • Candidates can choose to apply by any of the following methods:
  • Visit the website and fill in the online application form after making a payment of INR 2,000. 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.
  • Purchase the application form from the Great Lakes Offices in Chennai.
  • The eventual application process is online for all candidates.
  • Candidates have to provide the official email-id of the recommender. The recommendation letter will be collected from the final selected student’s recommenders and it must be submitted online

All your queries regarding admission process can be sent to us at


Evaluation Process

Applicants are evaluated based on GMAT/CAT/XAT/CMAT scores, past academic performance, essays, work experience and performance in the personal interview. The selection process builds in a criterion that facilitates evaluating each applicant on:

a) Academic Abilities: The program at Great Lakes is highly demanding and intense; candidates with consistent academic background and an ability to sustain pressure make the shortlist

b) Standardized Test Scores: To eliminate inconsistencies between colleges and universities at the Undergraduate level, Great Lakes considers GMAT or CAT or XAT or CMAT scores in the overall assessment

c) Rank Holders: The program gives a clear advantage / brownie points to College / University rank holders.

d) Integrity and Ethical Values: Great Lakes emphasize on integrity and values including originality. Plagiarism will be probed thoroughly during the process.

e) Diversity of Background: At Great Lakes, diversity in background facilitates peer learning which transforms ‘uncut stones’ into ‘diamonds’. We will actively try to bring an academic diversity into the PGDM classroom.

The above conditions / clauses / terms can be reviewed by the Institute from time to time. Hence, the prospective candidate is encouraged to visit the Great Lakes website at for regular updates.

All your queries regarding admission process can be sent to us at

Key Dates

Great Lakes is introducing two rounds of interviews for PGDM to enable and optimize early processing of applications and sending out offers to candidates. The details are below:

Eligibility Criteria All GMAT Takers [(GMAT 2019 | GMAT 2020 (taken on or before 1st December 2020)]
All CAT 2019 & 2020 takers
All XAT 2020 takers
All CMAT 2020 takers
Deadline 1st December 2020
Personal Interview (Dates)
City Date Day Duration (Days)
Bangalore TBD TBD TBD
Hyderabad TBD TBD TBD
Eligibility Criteria All GMAT Takers [(GMAT 2019 | GMAT 2020 & GMAT 2021 (taken on or before 25th February 2021)]
All CAT 2019 & 2020 takers
All XAT 2020 & 2021 takers
All CMAT 2020 & 2021 takers
Deadline 28th February, 2020
Personal Interview(Dates)
City Date Day Duration (Days)
Mumbai 13th March - 16th March, 2020 Fri, Sat, Sun and Mon 4
Bangalore 14th March - 15th March, 2020 Sat and Sun 2
Kolkata 14th March - 15th March, 2020 Sat and Sun 2
Delhi 19th March - 24th March, 2020 Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon and Tue 6
Chennai 21st March - 22nd March, 2020 Sat and Sun 2
Hyderabad 21st March - 22nd March, 2020 Sat and Sun 2


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  • Hkust
  • UMKC
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