PGDM Admissions Process

Admission Process

Admissions 2023 Calendar

Issue of Application starts from 23rd Aug, 2022
Last date of submission - Cycle 2 12th Jan, 2023
AWT - Cycle 2 23rd to 25th Jan, 2023
PI - Cycle 2 28th Jan to 3rd Feb, 2023 & 6th Feb to 8th Feb, 2023
Last date of submission - Cycle 3 12th Feb, 2023

Eligibility Criteria - Admissions PGDM 2023 Intake

  • All applicants are required to appear for GMAT/CAT*/XAT+/CMAT before applying to Great Lakes Institute of Management.
  • For PGDM 2023 Intake, Great Lakes Institute of Management will accept scores of GMAT taken after 1st January 2020, CAT taken in 2021/2022, XAT taken in 2022/2023 or CMAT taken in 2022/2023.
  • All applicants should possess a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized institution and minimum 60% score across 10th/12th/Undergraduation.
  • Freshers and candidates with strictly less than 36 months of work experience as on 30th June 2023 ONLY are eligible to apply.
  • Candidates with 2-3 years of work experience by 30th April 2023 are encouraged to apply for the One Year Flagship PGPM, although are also eligible to apply for the Two year PGDM. 
  • In case an eligible candidate would like to apply for both the programs, they may do so by filling the application forms for both PGPM and PGDM separately. Candidates will be evaluated based on the respective program’s admission criteria. The admissions panel may also recommend the candidates for a specific program based on the assessment and program fit.
  • 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

Admissions to Great Lakes programs are carried out only through the online application available on Great Lakes Institute of Management has not authorized any third party to initiate applications on its behalf.

Great Lakes Institute of Management does not admit students under Management Quota or any other form of reservation. Any third party organization or individual offering management quota seats for Great Lakes programs would be fraudulent and applicants are requested not to approach such organizations or individuals.


Admission Process

  • Candidates meeting the eligibility criteria can apply to Great Lakes Institute of Management by completing an online form.
  • To apply, candidates must fill in the online application form on after making a payment of INR 2,000 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.
  • 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 [email protected].


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 [email protected].

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Profile-based Early Interview Process:

Great Lakes will conduct Early interviews for PGDM Admissions 2023 wherein applicants who have registered for eligible GMAT/CAT/XAT/CMAT exams but are yet to get the results would be shortlisted and interviewed along with candidates with scores basis the strength of their profiles. These profile based early interview candidates would be considered for final offer post submissions of scores once the test results are declared.

The Profile Based Early Interview process has been introduced to enable students with a strong demonstrated track record to apply early and subsequently get their result early. The Early Interview process aims to give students additional time to prepare for the start of the program.

Following factors would be evaluated for the Profile-based Early Interviews:

  • Academics
  • Extracurricular Participation
  • Awards & Achievements

The final offer would consider other inputs as well, including Interview evaluation, Diversity and merit within the interviewed candidates.

For any queries regarding the Profile-based early interview, write to [email protected]

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 2020 | GMAT 2021 | GMAT 2021 (taken on or before 1st December 2022)]
All CAT 2021 & 2022 takers
All XAT 2022 takers
All CMAT 2022 takers
Candidates appearing for CAT 2022 | XAT 2023 or GMAT (taken on or before 31st Jan, 2023)  can also apply in Cycle 1 and submit their forms pending the availability of their scores. Selected candidates will be interviewed basis their profiles in Cycle 1.  Learn more about Profile Based Early Interviews in Cycle 1.
Deadline 1st December, 2022
Analytical Writing Test (AWT) 14th & 15th December, 2022
Personal Interview (PI) 17th to 23rd December, 2022
Eligibility Criteria All GMAT Takers [GMAT 2020 | GMAT 2021 | GMAT 2022 | GMAT 2023 (taken on or before 31st January 2023)]
All CAT 2021 & 2022 takers
All XAT 2022 and XAT 2023 takers
All CMAT 2022 takers
Deadline 12th January, 2023
Analytical Writing Test (AWT) 23rd to 25th Jan, 2023
Personal Interview (PI)
28th Jan to 3rd Feb, 2023 and 6th Feb to 8th Feb, 2023
Eligibility Criteria All GMAT Takers [GMAT 2020 | GMAT 2021 | GMAT 2022 & GMAT 2023 (taken on or before 10th Feb, 2023)]
All CAT 2021 & CAT 2022 takers
All XAT 2022 & XAT 2023 takers
All CMAT 2022 and CMAT 2023 takers
Deadline 12th February, 2023
Analytical Writing Test (AWT) TBD
Personal Interview (PI) TBD
Eligibility Criteria All GMAT Takers [GMAT 2020, GMAT 2021, GMAT 2022 & GMAT 2022 (taken on or before 10th March, 2023)]
All CAT 2021 & CAT 2022 takers
All XAT 2022 & XAT 2023 takers
All CMAT 2022 and CMAT 2023 takers
Deadline TBD
Analytical Writing Test (AWT) TBD
Personal Interview (PI) TBD


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