PGDM Admissions Process

ANNOUNCEMENT: Since CMAT 2021 has been conducted and results are expected soon, we are accepting applications for PGDM 2021-23 from 1st to 14th April 2021, so that candidates can apply or submit their test scores in case they have already applied.

Admissions Calendar 2021

Issue of Application starts from 9th September 2020
Last date of submission - Cycle 1 1st December 2020
Last date of submission - Cycle 2 10th January 2021
Last date of submission - Cycle 3 10th Feb 2021
Last date of submission - Cycle 4 14th April 2021

Eligibility Criteria - Admissions PGDM 2021 Intake

  • All applicants are required to appear for GMAT/CAT*/XAT + /CMAT before applying to Great Lakes Institute of Management.
  • For PGDM 2021 Intake, Great Lakes Institute of Management will accept scores of GMAT taken after 1st January 2019, CAT taken in 2019/2020, XAT taken in 2020/2021 or CMAT taken in 2020/2021.
  • Candidate appearing for CMAT 2021 and planning to apply for Cycle 4. While submitting your application, please mention your CMAT registration number and choose “Planning to Take” next to CMAT 2021 on the Entrance Test tab of your application. You can update your score once the CMAT result is declared.
  • 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 2021 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 [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.

Profile-based Early Interview Process (Cycle 1):

Great Lakes is introducing Early interviews for PGDM Admissions 2021 wherein candidates applying to Cycle 1 (App. Deadline: 1 Dec 2020) & Cycle 2 (10th Jan 2021) who have registered for GMAT/CAT/XAT/CMAT exams but are yet to get the results would be shortlisted and interviewed along with candidates with scores basis 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 2019 | GMAT 2020 (taken on or before 1st December 2020)]
All CAT 2019 & 2020 takers
All XAT 2020 takers
All CMAT 2020 takers
Deadline 1st December, 2020; PI Calls by 10th December
Analytical Writing Test (AWT) 15th and 16th December, 2020
Personal Interview (PI) 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, and 24th December, 2020
Eligibility Criteria All GMAT Takers [GMAT 2019 | GMAT 2020 (taken on or before 1st December 2020)]
All CAT 2019 & 2020 takers
All XAT 2020 takers
All CMAT 2020 takers
Deadline 10th January, 2021
Analytical Writing Test (AWT) 28th & 29th January, 2021
Personal Interview (PI) 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th February, 2021
Eligibility Criteria All GMAT Takers [GMAT 2019 & GMAT 2020 (taken on or before 10th Feb, 2021)]
All CAT 2019 & CAT 2020 takers
All XAT 2020 & XAT 2021 takers
All CMAT 2020 and CMAT 2021 takers
Deadline 10th Feb, 2021
Analytical Writing Test (AWT) 1st & 3rd March 2021
Personal Interview (PI) 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th & 9th March 2021
Eligibility Criteria All GMAT Takers [GMAT 2019 & GMAT 2020 (taken on or before 10th March, 2021)]
All CAT 2019 & CAT 2020 takers
All XAT 2020 & XAT 2021 takers
All CMAT 2020 & CMAT 2021 takers
Deadline 14th April, 2021
Analytical Writing Test (AWT) To Be Announced
Personal Interview (PI) To Be Announced


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