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 (1st Dec. 2020 for Cycle 1, 10th Jan. 2021 for Cycle 2, 10th Feb. 2021 for Cycle 3 & 10th March. 2021 for Cycle 4) to be considered in the specific cycle.
One needs to submit the application in Cycle 1 if s/he has last year’s scores i.e. CAT 2019, XAT 2020, CMAT 2020, and GMAT taken after 1st Jan. 2019. Applicants who have CAT 2020, XAT 2021, CMAT 2021 and GMAT (taken after 1st Dec. 2020) scores need to submit the scores through the dashboard as soon as the results are declared or apply for the respective cycle running at the time the results are declared.
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.