General FAQs for PGPM Program
The minimum full time work experience to apply for the course is 24 months by 30 April 2020. Professionals with exceptional track record having 18+ months of experience can also be considered.
Yes. You can reapply provided your CAT/GMAT/XAT/CMAT score is still valid.
No. Only graduates can apply to the PGPM program.
Internship or part time work experience is not considered. Only fill time work experience after graduation is considered.
Yes, provided the experience is full-time experience.
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 http://www.mba.com/india/the-gmat-exam/about-the-gmat-exam.aspx
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 - https://iimcat.ac.in
GMAT scores taken on or after 1st Jan 2017 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 2018 and CAT 2019 will be accepted. Candidates applying on the basis of their XAT score must note that only the scores for XAT 2019 and XAT 2020 will be accepted. Candidates applying on the basis of their CMAT score must note that CMAT 2019 and CMAT 2020 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.
At Great Lakes, we do not have fixed cutoffs and any minimum 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 cutoffs may vary as well. As a broad indicator based on the past experience, a 90+ percentile in XAT/CAT, 600+ score in GMAT would be considered suitable subject to meeting other criteria. This is however an indicative score and if we find an exceptional candidates with a relatively 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.
We do not have any sectional cut offs for CAT/GMAT/XAT/CMAT.
No. The CAT/GMAT/XAT/CMAT score cannot be waived under any circumstances.
We encourage reporting all the scores you have. If more than one score is reported, we will automatically consider your best score for the admissions process.
Yes, you can. However, the official score report should be produced to Great Lakes during the interview sessions.
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.
For PGPM 2020, Chennai campus will accept CMAT 2019 and CMAT 2019 scores. Since the applicant pool varies in number and quality every year, the cutoffs may vary as well. In the past, we have considered India ranks up to top 500 for shortlisting for Great Lakes Chennai campus subject to meeting other assessment criteria.
The PGPM caters to professionals with professional experience and we try to evaluate candidates in a holistic manner and not just rely on aptitude test or academic scores that many schools emphasize on. The aptitude test scores are important at the interview shortlisting stage but have limited weightage as far as the final selection is concerned. We seek to evaluate the quality of work experience, professional and personal achievements, demonstrated leadership and team skills, aptitude and attitude. We also seek candidates who can add value to the class in terms of peer learning and diversity.
In terms of the process, we have eliminated the Group Discussion component since we felt that it was adding incrementally limited value to the whole selection process. Instead our panelists can devote the extra time for a deeper assessment during the personal interview. As part of the Interview process, we also have the analytical writing test which does help in evaluating both the written communication skills and the thought process of the candidates.
Yes. You can apply online by making a payment through any Credit card/ Debit Card. Alternatively you can purchase the key (required to unlock the online application) from IMS centers, Great Lakes City office and the Campus.
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. You need to submit the application once complete. You can’t make any changes after the application is submitted.
No it is not required.
Great Lakes PGPM application is a two-step process consisting of Registration and Submission. While you can start your application anytime you need to submit it before the relevant applicable deadline (30th Nov. 2019 for Cycle 1 and 31st Jan. 2020 for Cycle 2) to be considered in the specific cycle.
Cycles are distinguished based on the scores with which one is applying. One needs to submit the application in Cycle 1 if s/he has last year’s scores i.e. CAT 2018, XAT 2019, CMAT 2019 and GMAT taken after 1st Jan. 2017. Applicants who have CAT 2019, XAT 2020 and GMAT (taken after 1st Dec. 2019) scores need to submit the application in Cycle 2.
In terms of the selection process there is no preference given to applicants in any cycle and there is similar probability of getting selected. However, applicants submitting in Cycle 1 get some extra time to plan their finances, personal commitments and exit from companies better as they get an admit offer by end of December.
You can reapply in Cycle 2 if you have a new and improved score.
We consider CAT 2018/2019, XAT 2019/2020, CMAT 2019, CMAT 2020 (only for Cycle 3) and GMAT Scores taken after Jan 1st, 2017.
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" page.
Details of the PI are available at "Key Dates" page. The venue in each center will be intimated to you through e-mail.
For first Cycle, end of Dec 2019. For second Cycle, end of Feb 2020.
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.
Our refund policy is as per AICTE norms.
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. The objective of Career Services office is to provide high quality opportunities to students and fully leverage access to diverse industries in the country. Placements at both campuses are driven by the combined Great Lakes Career Services Office, with teams based out of Chennai and Gurgaon. Marquee recruiters across IT/ ITES, Consulting, Analytics, E-Commerce, etc. visit the campus. While the Career Services Office helps in bringing ample opportunities on campus, it is the student’s responsibility to convert the interview.
PGPM Avg. CTC offered is 13.1 lakhs per annum (2019)
Click here to access placement report of PGPM Chennai 2018-19.
As per the current placement policy, students on Sabbatical can apply to all companies which are NOT in the same industry as the company from which they have a sabbatical. Eg: If you are on sabbatical from TCS, you cannot apply for any other IT company but are eligible to apply for companies in other industries like Consulting, E-Commerce, etc. This policy respects the trust of the companies offering sabbaticals as well as ensures that students wanting a career shift can do so. Further students always have the option of not taking sabbatical if they do not want to have any constraints.
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.
Recommenders should ideally be superiors in your organization(s) or professionals you have worked with or persons of high standing in society who would be able to provide an objective feedback about your professional achievements. 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.
The campus is located on the East Coast Road, 9 kms from Mahabalipuram en route to Pondicherry.
Yes, Great Lakes is a fully residential campus and hostel accommodation is mandatory.
Married Accommodation Hostel is available inside the campus.
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