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What is PGDM?

PGDM refers to the Great Lakes' fulltime two year residential Post Graduate Diploma in Management for candidates with 0-24 months of work experience.

What are the specializations being offered in the PGDM?

Specializations are offered in 6 areas
IT andEconomics
OB and Strategy
Business Analytics

Is the course officially recognized by AICTE?

Yes. The course is approved by AICTE.

As per AICTE norms,the 2 year program PGDM is classified as Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM).

How will the MOUs with various other institutes help Great Lakes?

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 .

Who are the faculties teaching at Great Lakes?

Great Lakes has an excellent mix of Indian and International faculty. Our visiting professors are acclaimed academicians, researchers and experts from Industry. The list can be viewed here.

What is the fee structure for the course?

Details of the fee structure are available at here.

Do you have tie up with banks for education loans?

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

Can I get a sponsorship from the company where I am working?

Yes. Applicants are encouraged to get themselves sponsored by their employers.

Is it a residential course? Is hostel facility available?

Yes. We provide twin sharing accommodation for students. Residence on campus is compulsory.

Does the college provide any scholarships?

We do not provide scholarships. We have tie ups with banks and financial institutions for loans whose details are provided.

Eligibility Criteria

What is the minimum work experience required in order to apply for the course? Can freshers apply?

Freshers and candidates with less than 24 months of work-experience by 30th June 2019 are ONLY eligible to apply. (Candidates with greater than 24 months of work-experience can apply for the Great Lakes PGPM program).

I had applied for the PGDM program in the past but did not get selected .Can I reapply?

Yes. You can reapply provided your CAT/GMAT/XAT/CMAT score is still valid.

My application did not get shortlisted in Cycle 1. Can I reapply in Cycle 2?

In case you do not have a better score to apply with or if there is no significant change in your application form, you are advised not to reapply in Cycle 2.

I have not completed my graduation yet. Can I still apply?

Candidates in the final year of Graduation can apply provided they have the proof of graduation and marksheet by 30th June.

Will part-time work experience or internship be considered?

Internship or part time work experience is not considered. Only full time work experience is considered.

I have been an entrepreneur or have worked in my family owned business - will this experience be considered?

Yes, provided the experience is full-time experience.

Entrance Test

What is GMAT?

The 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

What is CAT?

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 -

I appeared for the GMAT/ CAT/ XAT/CMAT 3 years ago. Are the scores still valid or do I need to re-take the exam?

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-2017 and CAT-2018 will be accepted.
Candidates applying on the basis of their XAT score must note that only the scores for XAT-2018 and XAT 2019 will be accepted.
Candidates applying on the basis of their CMAT score must note that only the scores for CMAT-2018 and CMAT-2018 will be accepted.

Can I have your ETS code so that I can forward my GMAT score to you?

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.

Are there sectional cut offs for CAT/GMAT/XAT/CMAT?

We do not have sectional cut offs for CAT/GMAT/XAT/CMAT

What are the minimum CAT/ GMAT/XAT/CMAT score required in order to apply for the course?

There is no minimum score to apply. We consider the complete profile including academic performance and relevant work experience.

Can I apply with a Test Centre/Unofficial GMAT/ CAT/ XAT/CMAT Score Report?

Yes, you can. However, the official score report should be produced to Great Lakes during the interview sessions.

Can the GMAT/ CAT/ XAT/CMAT requirement be waived under exceptional circumstances?

No. The CAT/GMAT/XAT/CMAT score cannot be waived under any circumstances.

Does Great Lakes require a test to prove proficiency in English?

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

What are the factors considered for admission?

Great Lakes gives importance to the overall performance of an individual rather than excellence in a single field. We look at the candidate's past academic records, work experience, recommendations and essays (collected at the interview location). In addition, performance in GMAT/CAT/XAT/CMAT Personal Interview are considered while evaluating applicants.

Can I apply online?

Yes. You can apply online by making a payment through any credit/debit card. Alternatively you can purchase the key (required to unlock the online application) from IMS centers, Great Lakes City office and the Campus.

How do I submit the recommendation letter?

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.

Can students from other streams apply (apart from Engineering / Science / Commerce background?)

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).

Does the entire application need to be completed within one session?

No. You can complete the online application in multiple sessions .The changes will have to be saved every time the application is updated.

Do I also need to submit a printed copy of the application form once I have submitted it online?

No it is not required.

Which test scores will be considered for admission to PGDM 2019-2021?

We consider CAT 2017/2018, XAT 2018/2019, CMAT 2018/2019 and GMAT Scores taken after Jan 1st, 2017.

Which score will you consider for the admissions process?

It is at your discretion - However, if more than one score is reported, we will consider your best score for the admissions process.

Will Great Lakes conduct its own admission test this year?


When will the interviews and final admissions take place?

Details of the interviews and final admissions are available at "Key Dates" page.

What are the centers for PI?

Details of the PI are available at "Key Dates" page. The venue in each center will be intimated to you through e-mail.

When will the result for PI be announced?

For first Cycle, Ist week of April(Tentative), For second Cycle, Ist week of May(Tentative) .

Course Commencement, Refund policy and post admissions queries

Can the payment deadlines be extended?

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 back up document supporting you.

As the bank loan sanction is getting delayed and my loan amount includes the installment amount also, can I pay once the loan is sanctioned?

You have to pay the installment amounts by the due dates. On receipt of the bank loan, the excess amount paid will be refunded. Please approach M/s HDFC CREDiLA for your bank loan. They offer an immediate sanction.

What is the refund policy?

Our refund policy is as per AICTE norms. All refund requests will be processed only after commencement of the program.

Deferred Admissions

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.


Do you have any quotas for NRI'S/SC/ST/BC?

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

Will Indian and foreign applicants be evaluated on the same basis?



Do you offer placement help to all your students?

Great Lakes has an excellent placement record and placements have been 100% since inception. However, we do not guarantee a job at the end of the program.

What was the average salary offered to a Great Lakes student last year?

Average CTC for PGDM 2016-18 was INR 9.30 Lakhs/annum. For more details, you can access placement report here.

Internship details for PGDM batch

For the internship report, please visit here


From whom should I get recommendations?

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.

Does the academic recommendation have to be by the head of department/Dean?

No. The recommendation can be by any professor who has taught or guided you in your graduate program.

Is it mandatory to provide the official email-address of my recommenders?

Yes. The admission form will not accept public domain email addresses such as gmail, yahoo etc.

How will the recommenders be contacted for reference?

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.

Can I give the email address of my previous employer for recommendation?


Can I give the email address of my earlier supervisor who has left the company and joined elsewhere?


Campus and Facilities

Is there a ATM facility available near the campus?

There is an Indian Bank ATM within the campus. There are a few ATMs in Anupuram (2 kms) and Mahabalipuram (9 kms).

Is medical care available in campus?

A doctor from Chettinad Hospitals visits regularly. The college provides transportation facilities to Chettinad Hospitals in case of an emergency.

Is there any utility store available in campus?

There is a full-fledged general store inside the campus, where you can get all the daily necessities.

Is there a facility to wash my clothes?

There are washing machines available in every bathroom. Optionally, an external agency which washes and irons clothes at a nominal charge is available.

Where is the campus located?

The campus is located on the East Coast Road, 9 kms from Mahabalipuram en route to Pondicherry.

How to reach the campus?

From Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus (Koyambedu) / Thiruvanmiyur / Guindy:
1. Board Route Number 118 which runs to Kalpakkam and get down at Kunnathur Bus Stop. The bus stop is 200 meters from the campus. Frequency: Every 30 minutes.
2. Board any bus which runs to Pondicherry via ECR and get down at Mahabalipuram. Hire an autorickshaw to Kunnathur.
From Chennai Central Railway Station: Board any Route Number 1 series, Get down at Thiruvanmiyur. From there follow the above directions.
From Chennai Airport:
Board any Route Number 70 series, Get down at Guindy. From there follow the above directions.
P.S: Call Taxi's are available at any part of the city which charge approximately Rs 1000/- to the campus. The numbers of some of the Call Taxi's are as follows.
Fast Track: 044 - 27432255\044 - 27432255
Bharathi: 044 - 28142233\044 - 28142233

Campus Visits

I am interested in a Campus tour. How and when can I visit the campus?

You can visit the campus every weekend during the admission period. To register, please mail

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