General FAQs for PGDM Program


PGDM refers to the Great Lakes' fulltime two year residential Post Graduate Diploma in Management for candidates with 0-24 months of work experience.

Specializations are offered in 5 areas

Yes. The course is approved by AICTE.

As per AICTE norms,the 2 year management program is classified as Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM).

MOUs with various other institutes are mainly for sharing resources, which help students in getting better exposure. It is a platform for both the institutes involved to formally share knowledge, for mutual benefit .

Great Lakes has an excellent mix of Indian and International faculty. Our visiting professors are acclaimed academicians, researchers and experts from Industry. The list can be viewed here.

Details of the fee structure are available at here.

Yes, students can avail loans at competitive terms from leading Education loan providers such as Axis Bank, HDFC Credila & Avanse. The preferential terms offered for Great Lakes, Chennai are the same as offered for other leading business schools.

Yes. Applicants are encouraged to get themselves sponsored by their employers if sponsorship is provided by the company.

Yes. We provide twin sharing accommodation for students. Residence on campus is compulsory.

We do not provide scholarships. We have tie-ups with banks and financial institutions for loans whose details are provided.

Eligibility Criteria

Freshers and candidates with less than 24 months of work-experience by 30th June 2022 ONLY are eligible to apply. (Candidates with greater than 24 months of work-experience can apply for the Great Lakes PGPM program).

Yes. You can reapply provided your CAT/GMAT/XAT/CMAT score is still valid.

We would encourage you to re-apply ONLY IF you have not received an offer after appearing for the interview and have managed to achieve a significant value-adding change in your profile after that. As long as you are not shortlisted for your PI, you can communicate changes to your profiles over email ([email protected]) and we will consider your application for the current/upcoming cycle. Improved entrance scores can also be communicated via email for future consideration even if you have appeared for the interview already.

Candidates in the final year of Graduation can apply provided they have the proof of graduation and marksheet by 30th June.

Internship or part time work experience is not considered. Only full time work experience is considered.

Yes, provided the experience is full-time experience.

Entrance Test

The GMAT is the Graduate Management Admission Test conducted by Graduate Management Admission Council and is a globally recognized test for admission to business schools. For more information on GMAT please visit their official web site

CAT is the Common Admissions Test conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management for admissions to their Post Graduate Program. For More information please visit -

GMAT scores taken on or after 1st Jan 2020 will be considered for admission. Candidates have to report their GMAT scores officially to the institute through GMAC in case an admission offer is made. The official score must reach Great Lakes before the candidate joins the program. Candidates applying on the basis of their CAT score must note that only the scores for CAT-2020 and CAT-2021 will be accepted.
Candidates applying on the basis of their XAT score must note that only the scores for XAT-2021 and XAT 2022 will be accepted.
Candidates applying on the basis of their CMAT score must note that only the scores for CMAT-2021 and CMAT-2022 will be accepted.

Our GMAT-ETS code number is V49-FX-40. You have to report your GMAT score officially to the institute through GMAC, if you are applying with GMAT score.

We do not have sectional cut offs for CAT/GMAT/XAT/CMAT

At Great Lakes, we do not have fixed cutoffs and any minimum scores (or 'Safe Scores') are decided on after the completion of the application process and review of the overall applicant pool. Since the applicant pool varies in number and quality every year, the Safe Scores may vary as well. As a broad indicator based on the past experience, a 90+ percentile in XAT/CAT, 600+ score in GMAT, and 95+ percentile in CMAT would be considered suitable subject to meeting other criteria. This is however an indicative score and if we find candidates with an exceptionally strong profile with a slightly lower score, we may still consider the application. On the other hand we may reject a candidate with a high aptitude test score but with a poor track record in other areas. So while the test scores are important, we emphasize more on selecting well-rounded candidates with a strong overall track record.

Yes, you can. However, the official score report should be produced to Great Lakes during the interview sessions.

No. The CAT/GMAT/XAT/CMAT score cannot be waived under any circumstances.

A TOEFL/IELTS score is required only for non-Indian students who did not have ENGLISH as the primary language of instruction during their undergraduate studies.

Admission Procedure

Great Lakes gives importance to the overall performance of an individual rather than excellence in a single field. We look at the candidate's past academic records, work experience, recommendations and essays (collected at the interview location). In addition, performance in GMAT/CAT/XAT/CMAT and during the Analytical Writing Test and Personal Interview are considered while evaluating applicants.

Yes. You can apply online by making a payment through any credit/debit card. Alternatively you can purchase the key (required to unlock the online application) from IMS centers, Great Lakes City office and the Campus.

Applicants have to provide the details/official e-mail id’s of the recommenders while filling the application form. The recommendation letters will be collected from the final selected candidates’ recommenders in an online format at a later date.

Students from other streams can also apply for the course. The candidate should hold a Bachelor's degree or equivalent from a recognized university (Minimum of 15 years of study).

No. You can complete the online application in multiple sessions. The changes will have to be saved every time the application is updated.

No it is not required.

We consider CAT 2020/2021, XAT 2021/2022, CMAT 2021/2022 and GMAT Scores taken after Jan 1st, 2020.

It is at your discretion - However, if more than one score is reported, we will consider your best score for the admissions process.


Details of the interviews and final admissions are available at "Key Dates" section of the admissions page.

Details of the interviews and final admissions are available at "Key Dates" section of the admissions page. The venue in each center will be intimated to you through e-mail.

For each cycle, results would be announced within (tentatively) 3 weeks from the last date of PI's for that cycle. .

Course Commencement, Refund policy and post admissions queries

NO. Our waiting list movement will be severely impaired if we give individual flexibility to students, irrespective of the genuineness of their demand. Please ensure to stick to the payment deadlines. Please keep a scanned copy of your demand draft with you (or screen shot of payment details in the case of online transactions) such that in the case of non-receipt due to postal delays or for any other reasons beyond your control, you have the backup document supporting you.

You have to pay the installment amounts by the due dates. On receipt of the bank loan, the excess amount paid will be refunded. Please approach M/s HDFC CREDiLA for your bank loan. They offer an immediate sanction.

Our refund policy is as per AICTE norms. All refund requests will be processed only after commencement of the program.

Great Lakes does not have a policy of deferred admissions. If, for some reason, you are not able to make it this year, then you have to go through the process of applying and qualifying next year. If you are called for PI for the next year, then an e-mail mentioning that you were an admit in the previous year will fetch some brownie points.


No. We do not. Great Lakes encourages applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds.



Great Lakes has an excellent placement record and placements have been 100% since inception. However, we do not guarantee a job at the end of the program. The onus of converting the opportunity into an offer lies on the student.

Average CTC for PGDM 2019-21 was INR 11 Lakhs/annum. For more details, you can access placement report here.

For the internship report, please visit here


We prefer professional recommendations because they are more relevant in terms of judging your professional capabilities. However, we also accept academic recommendations if it is from very senior faculty from your college.

No. The recommendation can be by any professor who has taught or guided you in your graduate program.

Yes. The admission form will not accept public domain email addresses such as gmail, yahoo etc.

The recommenders will be emailed a username and password that they can use to login to our website in order to complete the recommendation process.



Campus and Facilities

There is an Indian Bank ATM within the campus. There are a few ATMs in Anupuram (2 kms) and Mahabalipuram (9 kms).

A doctor from Chettinad Hospitals visits regularly. The college provides transportation facilities to Chettinad Hospitals in case of an emergency.

There is a full-fledged general store inside the campus, where you can get all the daily necessities.

There are washing machines available in every bathroom. Optionally, an external agency which washes and irons clothes at a nominal charge is available.

The campus is located on the East Coast Road, 9 kms from Mahabalipuram en route to Pondicherry.

From Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus (Koyambedu) / Thiruvanmiyur / Guindy:
1. Board Route Number 118 which runs to Kalpakkam and get down at Kunnathur Bus Stop. The bus stop is 200 meters from the campus. Frequency: Every 30 minutes.
2. Board any bus which runs to Pondicherry via ECR and get down at Mahabalipuram. Hire an autorickshaw to Kunnathur.
From Chennai Central Railway Station: Board any Route Number 1 series, Get down at Thiruvanmiyur. From there follow the above directions.
From Chennai Airport:
Board any Route Number 70 series, Get down at Guindy. From there follow the above directions.
P.S.: Call Taxis are available at any part of the city which charge approximately Rs 1000/- to the campus. The numbers of some of the Call Taxi's are as follows.
Fast Track: 044 - 27432255\044 - 27432255
Bharathi: 044 - 28142233\044 - 28142233

Campus Visits

You can visit the campus every weekend during the admission period. To register, please mail [email protected]


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