Admissions Process

Admissions Calendar 2019

Issue of Application starts from 26th August, 2019
Last date of submission - cycle 1 10th January, 2020
Last date of submission - cycle 2 25th February, 2020

Eligibility Criteria - Admissions PGDM 2020 Intake

  • All applicants are required to appear for GMAT/CAT*/XAT + /CMAT before applying to Great Lakes Institute of Management.
  • For PGDM 2020 Intake, Great Lakes Institute of Management will accept scores of GMAT taken after 1st January 2018, CAT taken in 2018/2019, XAT taken in 2019/2020 or CMAT taken in 2019/2020.
  • 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 2020 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/-.
  • 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.

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 2018 | GMAT 2019 & GMAT 2020 (taken on or before 10th January 2020)]
All CAT 2018 & 2019 takers
All XAT 2019 takers
All CMAT 2019 takers
Deadline 10th January, 2020
Personal Interview(Dates)
City Date Day Duration (Days)
Delhi 16th Jan - 19th Jan, 2020 Thu, Fri, Sat and Sun 4
Mumbai 16th Jan - 19th Jan, 2020 Thu, Fri, Sat and Sun 4
Bangalore 17th Jan - 18th Jan, 2020 Fri and Sat 2
Chennai 19th Jan - 20th Jan, 2020 Sun and Mon 2
Hyderabad 17th Jan - 18th Jan, 2020 Fri and Sat 2
Kolkata 19th Jan - 20th Jan, 2020 Sun and Mon 2
Eligibility Criteria All GMAT Takers [(GMAT 2018 | GMAT 2019 & GMAT 2020 (taken on or before 25th February 2020)]
All CAT 2018 & 2019 takers
All XAT 2019 & 2020 takers
All CMAT 2019 & 2020 takers
Deadline 25th February, 2020


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