PGPM

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General

PGPM refers to the Great Lakes full-time one-year fast-track residential Post Graduate Program in Management for candidates with atleast 24 months of work experience.

The 1 year PGPM is designed for professionals with a minimum of 2 years full time work experience and looking to gain general management competencies for accelerating their career growth. It leverages the fact that the candidates already have certain expertise, maturity level and exposure to professional work environments. It is quite attractive for professionals who do not want to take a 2 year break from work for various personal and professional reasons.

The one year format is very common in Europe and other parts of the world. One-year programs are more rigorous than two year programs. In terms of the number of classroom hours, there won't be a significant difference between a two year course and a one year course. Generally, there are no holidays between terms. Working executives would rather be away from work just for a year instead of 2 years. Also the one-year program enables students to start working a year earlier.

1 year PGPM is more suited for aspirants with quality pre-MBA work experience. A 1 year program lets you get back to work within a year and in the second year you work, earn and gain valuable post-MBA experience.

As a very simplistic example, we can consider the case of a candidate with expected post-MBA salary of INR 12 lakhs and fees of INR 16 lakhs. The total adjusted outgo of the 1 year MBA candidate (at the end of the second year) is 16-12= 4 lakhs while that of the 2 year candidate (again at the end of the second year) is 16 lakhs (Ignoring smaller variables like summer internship stipend, increment at the end of the second year for the 1 year candidate, taxes, etc.). So when the end result may be similar, a one year program typically has significantly higher ROI due to the lower total opportunity cost. Apart from purely financial benefits, saving valuable time is a very important benefit of the 1 year program. Further one is likely to find a more experienced and mature peer group in a 1 year program.

Great Lakes' core faculty consists of academicians and industry experts of with experience in teaching at top business schools in India and abroad. Many of them have their academic qualification from IITs and other leading Institutions. Further Faculty in the Great Lakes, Gurgaon and Great Lakes, Chennai are shared Great Lakes resources, many of whom teach in both locations. The details can be found in the faculty section

Given that the duration of the program is compressed in one year, the PGPM is demanding and intense with limited off days and no significant breaks through the year. Having said this, the program is specifically designed for professionals leveraging their experience and one can cope up with the rigor of PGPM with some discipline and hard work. In fact, many Alumni have stated that the need to manage classes, projects, assignments, work-outs, sports and other personal recreation activities have helped them master the skill of time management and prioritization.

Great Lakes PGPM is a full-time one-year fast-track Post Graduate Program in Management for candidates with at least 24 months of full time work experience. The one year Great Lakes PGPM is uniquely designed to deliver a complete general management education incorporating customer-centricity, meritocracy and corporate ethics in an accelerated one year format. With mentoring from world class faculty, cutting edge curriculum, perspectives form thought leaders and rich peer learning, the PGPM prepares students to be Business Ready from Day 1.

The PGPM at Great Lakes, Gurgaon, is similar to the PGPM at Chennai and has the same course structure. It is a 1 year fast track General Management program for candidates with a minimum of two years of work experience. The faculty for the PGPM at Gurgaon is drawn from the same faculty pool as that for Chennai and the program also has a similar curriculum, maintaining world class academic standards.

While the PGPM at Gurgaon offers the same high quality academic experience that Great Lakes has built a reputation for, a unique advantage of pursuing the program at the Gurgaon campus is the excellent opportunity to interact with companies and network with senior industry professionals constantly throughout the year. The Gurgaon campus already has a fantastic industry lecture series that enriches learning with perspectives from industry thought leaders and also helps develop valuable professional relationships.

The PGPM offered by Great Lakes, Chennai and Great Lakes, Gurgaon has similar structure, faculty, class profile, other core program elements, and career services team. However, students may have preferences based on geographical location, cultural environment, class size, access to specific industries, facilities, expenses, etc. For instance, the Gurgaon campus has a significant interface with a large number of rapidly growing E-Commerce companies based in the NCR region and may be ideally suited for students seeking to explore opportunities in this area over and above the other areas common to both Great Lakes, Gurgaon and Great Lakes, Chennai.

Specializations are offered in the following 4 areas and students can opt for a Major and Minor specialization from the same.

  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Operations and IT
  • Analytics, Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning

The first 3 terms have the same core courses for all students and the specialization electives start from the 4th term. Students are required to choose their specialization area before the end of the 3rd term.Please refer to our Program Information page for more information.

MOUs with various other institutes are mainly for sharing resources, which helps students in getting better exposure. It is a platform for both the institutes involved to formally share knowledge, for mutual benefit.

Great Lakes has an excellent mix of Indian and International faculty. Our visiting professors are acclaimed academicians, researchers and experts from Industry. The faculty for the 1-year PGPM include faculty from Great Lakes, Gurgaon, and Great Lakes, Chennai, as well as a number of visiting faculty from leading business schools in India and abroad. This is the same faculty pool that teaches at the Great Lakes, Chennai campus. Faculty in the Great Lakes, Gurgaon, and Great Lakes, Chennai, are shared Great Lakes resources, many of whom teach in both locations. The details can be found in the faculty section

Details of the fee structure for 1 Year PGPM are available here

The fee payment schedule is given along with the admission offer letter. The fee is payable over a few installments after the acceptance of the offer and before the commencement of the program. Given the short duration, one is advised to plan their financial resources in advance. Those planning on Applying for Loans can check about the typical requirements and keep the necessary documents ready. This would make it hassle free for the candidates once they get the offer letter.

Yes, students can avail loans at competitive terms from leading Education loan providers such as Bank of Baroda, Axis Bank, HDFC Credila & Avanse. The preferential terms are the same as offered for Great Lakes, Chennai and other leading business schools.

Yes. Applicants are encouraged to get themselves sponsored by their employers. One Year MBA program is ideally suited for candidates seeking sabbatical/ sponsorship from their companies as it allows them to join work back in a shorter duration of one year compared to the two year programs.

While Great Lakes has some merit awards for high performing students at the end of the program, we do not offer scholarships at the time of admission. The same uniform fees apply to all students irrespective of the background. Given that all students manage to get reasonably high paying jobs at the end of the program, they can finance the cost of education through easily available loans.

Yes, the course is approved by AICTE.

As per AICTE norms, the 1 year program PGPM is classified as Post Graduate Certificate in Management (PGCM)

Eligibility Criteria

The minimum full time work experience to apply for the course is 24 months by 31 March 2019.

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 full time work experience is considered.

Yes, provided the experience is full-time experience.

Entrance Test

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(only for Cycle 3) 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.

Admission Procedure

The PGPM caters to candidates with professional experience (minimum 24 months) 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 1 Jan. 2017. Applicants who have CAT 2019, XAT 2020 and GMAT (taken after 1 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.

No

Details of the interviews and final admissions are available on the "Key Dates" section of Admissions page.

Details of the PI are available at "Key Dates" section of the Admissions 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.

Course Commencement, Refund policy and post admissions queries

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. All refund requests will be processed only after commencement of the program.

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.

Reservations

No. We do not. Great Lakes encourages applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds.

Yes

Placements

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 11.21 lakhs per annum (2019)

Click here to access placement report of PGPM Gurgaon 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.

Recommendation

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.

Yes

Yes

Campus and Facilities

Great Lakes, Gurgaon is a fully residential campus. It’s a 7.2-acre campus which is located just off NH8, close to Manesar, and is easily accessible from the corporate hubs of Gurgaon and the Delhi IGI Airport.

Yes, Great Lakes is a fully residential campus and hostel accommodation is mandatory.

There is no separate accommodation for married students. A married student can either opt for Great Lakes Hostel or can look for a nearby accommodation if he/she wishes to live with the spouse.

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You can visit the campus with a prior appointment with the admissions team. To register, please send an email to admissions.gurgaon@greatlakes.edu.in

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