Admission Process

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Admission Process

Admissions 2023 Calendar

Issue of Application starts from 29th Jul, 2022
Last date of submission - Cycle 2 12th Jan, 2023
AWT - Cycle 2 18th Jan, 2023
PI - Cycle 2 20th to 22nd Jan, 2023
Last date of submission - Cycle 3 12th Feb, 2023

At Great Lakes, we seek experienced professionals from diverse backgrounds with demonstrated track record of real world performance in business management and ability to lead as we aim to build a community of empathetic business leaders. As a top ranked business management school we continue to innovate business education to add value, not only to our candidates but also to our corporate stakeholders and society as a whole. This is reflected both in selection process and pedagogy of our One Year MBA Program. The admission process is based on a comprehensive evaluation of the candidates on multiple dimensions encompassing personal and professional track record, academic performance, management aptitude and demonstrated competencies.

  • Valid CAT*/GMAT/XAT+/CMAT scores. For PGPM admission process 2023-24, 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
  • A Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized institution
  • Typically candidates with 2 to 10 years of work experience are considered. However, exceptional students with 21+ months of experience (by April 30th, 2023) may be considered.
  • Candidates with 2-3 years of work experience by 30th April 2023 are encouraged to apply for the One Year Flagship PGPM. They 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.
  • Freshers and candidates with experience lesser than 24 months strictly may apply to the Great Lakes PGDM Program

*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 and uses XAT scores only for screening applicants for admission. XLRI has no role to play in the conduct of any of Great Lakes programs.

Admission Process for 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.

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Profile-based Early Interview Process:

Great Lakes will conduct early interviews for PGPM Admission Process 2023 wherein applicants who have registered for MBA entrance exams - GMAT/CAT/XAT/CMAT 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 and submitted.

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. Given that the one year PGPM program starts early and the results are only available by end of February, the early Interview process aims to give students additional time to prepare for the start of the program.

Eg. Students taking CAT 2022 and shortlisted for the early interview process are likely to get their CAT scores in Jan 1st/2nd week and can get the final result by the end of January. They get the results 3 months before the start of the program as compared to 2 months after Cycle 2 results.

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

  • Academics
  • Work Experience
  • Awards & Achievements

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

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

What we look for?

Academic Abilities

Standardized test scores(GMAT/CAT/CMAT/XAT), School, College and University scores

Leadership Potential

Proven leadership capacity at Work, College or School level

Integrity and Ethical Values

Virtues that form the foundation for any leader

Diversity of Experience

How can you contribute to the Great Lakes community during and after the MBA program


Application Guidelines

  • 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 students' recommenders and it must be submitted online
  • All your queries regarding admission process can be sent to us at [email protected]
Admissions Journey
Admissions Journey
  • Online Application
  • Initial Screening & PI invite
  • AWT & Personal Interview
  • Final Shortlisting
  • Initial Fee Payment
  • Admission Offer Acceptance
  • Admission Offer Roll Out
  • Course Registration
  • Orientation
  • Course Commencement


Essays are an integral part of our PGPM admission process applications and help us understand you better; who you are, what motivates you, what are your career aspirations and how you will fit in to the Great Lakes community.

As a part of the application process we have 2 essays:

  • What are your personal qualities which you think make you suitable to be a part of the Class of 2023? (Required)

The first essay is compulsory and delves into what you would bring to the class as an individual. The PGPM Program at Great Lakes receives large number of applications from promising candidates every year and while selecting the candidates, it is important for us to understand how you will add value to the class and enrich the experience of your peers.

  • Is there anything else about you that is not covered in the application that you would like to share with us? (Optional)

While optional, this question gives you a chance to talk about things you would like the admissions committee to know about you and not captured in the rest of the form. Please avoid repeating information already shared in other parts of the application.



Diversity & Merit Scholarships

Great Lakes is offering diversity and merit scholarships to one year PGPM students to encourage diversity of perspectives and commitment to excellence. A total of 40 diversity and merit based scholarships worth Rs. 5 lakhs each will be awarded for the Class of 2022-23 and minimum of 30% of the scholarships would be for female students. Candidates will be shortlisted based on their application form, essays and interview assessment and there is no separate application process. Selected candidates will be intimated on the award of scholarship through email post confirmation of their admission acceptance and enrolment to the program at least one month before program commencement.

Dr. Bala V Balachandran Merit Scholarship

The Dr. Bala V Balachandran Merit Scholarship has been instituted in memory of Dr. Bala V Balachandran (1937-2021), Founder, Great Lakes Institute of Management. The scholarship seeks to recognize candidates with exceptional potential and demonstrated track record and encourage their pursuit of excellence at Great Lakes. The Dr. Bala V Balachandran Merit Scholarships constitute full Tuition Fee waiver (Rs. 10.9 lakhs for PGPM 2022-23) and access to mentorship from CXOs as well as high achieving alumni giving them an invaluable learning experience and networking opportunities.

CLICK HERE to know more about the Legacy of Dr. Bala V Balachandran.

Key Dates
Eligibility Criteria All GMAT Takers [GMAT 2020 | GMAT 2021 & GMAT 2022 (taken on or before 1st December, 2022)]
All CAT 2021 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) 8th December, 2022
Personal Interview (PI) 10th & 11th 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 & CAT 2022 takers
All XAT 2022 & XAT 2023 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 2 and submit their forms pending the availability of their scores. Selected candidates will be interviewed basis their profiles in Cycle 2. Learn more about Profile Based Early Interviews in Cycle 2.
Deadline 12th January, 2023
Analytical Writing Test (AWT) 18th January, 2023
Personal Interview (PI) 20th to 22nd January, 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 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 2023 (taken on or before 10th March, 2023)]
All CAT 2021 & CAT 2022 takers
All XAT 2022 & XAT 2023 takers
All CMAT 2022 & CMAT 2023 takers
Deadline TBD
Analytical Writing Test (AWT) TBD
Personal Interview (PI) TBD


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