PGPM Admissions Process

Admissions Calendar 2020

Issue of Application starts from 22nd August 2020
Last date of submission - Cycle 1 1st December 2020
Last date of submission - Cycle 2 TBD

At Great Lakes, we seek students from diverse backgrounds with demonstrated track record of real world performance and ability to lead as we aim to build a community of empathetic business leaders. As a 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 our selection process and our pedagogy. 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 2022, Great Lakes Institute of Management will accept scores of GMAT taken after 1st January 2018, CAT taken in 2019/2020, XAT taken in 2020/2021 or CMAT taken in 2020/2021
  • A Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized institution with atleast 50% in graduation
  • Typically candidates with more than two years of work experience are considered. However, exceptional students with 18+ months of experience (by April 30th, 2021) may be considered.
  • Freshers and candidates with lesser experience 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.

Application Cycles

Great Lakes PGPM has two cycles for admissions. The following are the applications considered in each of the cycles

Cycle 1:

  • Candidates with existing Test Scores - GMAT scores from 1st Jan 2018, CAT 2019, XAT 2020 and CMAT 2020 - can apply and be evaluated in Cycle 1. Their results will be available by first week of Jan 2021
  • Candidates not having eligible test scores but expecting results post Nov 30, 2020 but before January 31st 2021 can also apply in Cycle 1 and submit their forms pending the availability of their scores. Selected candidates will be interviewed based on their profiles in Cycle 1 Profile Based Early Interview process Learn more. These candidates will have to update their scores within 5 days of receiving their scores and will be considered for final offers post the score submission. 

Cycle 2:

  • All candidates who have not applied in Cycle 1 but have taken eligible exams can apply in Cycle 2. The Cycle 2 deadline is 31st January and the interviews will be conducted in Feb 2021 with the first list results declared by end of the month.
  • Students who have applied in Cycle 1 without scores and not considered for Early Profile based Interview process will be considered for shortlisting for Cycle 2 calls post submission of the scores. 

Candidates who have already planned to pursue their MBA for the next academic year are encourage to apply early as applying in Cycle 1 would allow candidates with scores and those shortlisted for the Profile Based Early Interview Process to get their results earlier than Cycle 2 and allow more time to prepare to join the program including taking care of financial, professional and personal commitments.


Profile-based Early Interview Process (Cycle 1):

Great Lakes is introducing Early interviews for PGPM Admissions 2021 wherein candidates applying to Cycle 1 (App. Deadline: 22 Nov ‘20) who have registered for GMAT/CAT/XAT exams but are yet to get the results would be shortlisted and interviewed along with candidates with scores in Cycle 1 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 strong demonstrated track record to apply early and subsequently get their result early. Given that the PGPM starts in early May and the Cycle 2 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 2020 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 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 the Interview evaluation, Essays, Diversity and relative merit within the interviewed candidates.

For any queries regarding the Profile-based early interview, write to

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 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


Essays are an integral part of our application process 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:

  • Why should you be part of PGPM Class of 2022 and how do you think you can enrich the experience of the Great Lakes Community? (Required)

The first essay is compulsory and delves into what you would bring to the Class as an individual. We receive 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.

Key Dates
Eligibility Criteria All GMAT Takers [(GMAT 2018| GMAT 2019 & GMAT 2020 (taken on or before 1st December, 2020)]
All CAT 2019 takers
All XAT 2020 takers
All CMAT 2020 takers
Candidates appearing for CAT 2020 | XAT 2021 or GMAT (taken on or before 31st Jan, 2021)  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, 2020
Personal Interview(Dates)
City Date Day Duration (Days)
Bangalore TBD TBD TBD
Hyderabad TBD TBD TBD
Eligibility Criteria All GMAT Takers [( GMAT 2018, GMAT 2019, GMAT 2020 and GMAT 2021 (taken on or before 31st of January 2021)]
All CAT 2019 & 2020 takers
All XAT 2020 & 2021 takers
All CMAT 2020 takers
Deadline 31st January, 2021
Personal Interview (Dates)
City Date Day Duration (Days)
Bangalore TBD TBD TBD
Hyderabad TBD TBD TBD
Deadline 28th February, 2020
Personal Interview (Dates)
City Date Day Duration (Days)
Bangalore TBD TBD TBD
Hyderabad TBD TBD TBD


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