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GLIM Chennai: Admission, Fees, Eligibility, Cut off, etc.


Among the top business schools in India, Great Lakes Institute of Management was founded in 2004 by Padmashree recipient Dr. Bala V Balachandran, Professor Emeritus at Kellogg School of Management at Great Lakes Island, Chennai. Under the direction of an extraordinary advisory council, with worldwide partnerships supporting it, and with superb academic leadership, Great Lakes has quickly become one of the top-ranked business schools.

Great Lakes has always strived to offer top-notch management education that is up to date with the most recent developments in the industry. Being at the forefront of advances in management education is something we are proud of. Our constant ranking among the top 10 one-year programmes in the nation is evidence of our dedication to offering top-notch instruction.

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Post-Graduate Program in Management (PGPM)

Great Lakes has been offering its flagship one-year full-time MBA programme, the Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM), since 2004. Its cutting-edge curriculum, unmatched industry interface, and mentorship from top-notch faculty are all designed to turn high-potential professionals into capable, business-ready managers and leaders.

Post-Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM)

A two-year programme called the Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) is intended for emerging executives who have worked for less than three years. The rise of emerging economies is a major focus of the programme. The Great Lakes Academic Advisory Council, which is made up of the top academics in the field of management, simplified the AICTE-approved PGDM programme and added suggestions from the esteemed Business Advisory Council of the institute to keep it current with the demands of a constantly shifting market. Applicants for the one-year flagship Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM) are also eligible if they have two to three years of work experience.

  • Before submitting an application to Great Lakes Institute of Management, all candidates must take the GMATx/CAT*/XAT+/CMAT exam.
  • Great Lakes Institute of Management will accept scores from the GMAT taken after January 1, 2022, the CAT done in 2022–2023, the XAT taken in 2023–2024, or the CMAT taken in 2023 for the PGDM 2024 Intake. Only if CMAT results are released prior to the final admission date will CMAT 2024 scores be accepted.
  • Every candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree in any field from an accredited university and a minimum of 60% in their undergraduate, graduate, and 10th grade exams.
  • Candidates who are fresh out of college or who have worked for less than 36 months as of June 30, 2024, ONLY, may apply.
  • By April 30, 2024, candidates with two to three years of work experience are urged to apply for the One
  • A qualified applicant may apply for both programmes if they so choose by completing the PGPM and PGDM application forms independently. The admission requirements of the specific programme shall be the basis for evaluating candidates. Based on the evaluation and programme fit, the admissions panel may also suggest individuals for a particular programme.
  • College and university rank holders will receive extra weight during the selection process, giving them a special preference. The applicant bears the responsibility of providing proof of rank.
  • Candidates meeting the eligibility criteria can apply to Great Lakes Institute of Management by completing an online form.
  • To apply, candidates must fill in the online application form on after making a payment of INR 2,000 online. 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.
  • 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
  • For notifications regarding admissions 2024, please join this telegram group – ‘Great Lakes Admissions 2024

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The evaluation of applicants is based on their performance in the personal interview, essays, job experience, past academic performance, and GMAT/CAT/XAT/CMAT results. One factor included in the selection process makes it easier to assess each applicant on:

a) Academic Capabilities: Due to the rigorous and demanding nature of the Great Lakes programme, individuals with a strong academic background and the capacity to handle pressure are selected for further consideration.

b) Standardised Test Scores: Great Lakes takes into account GMAT, CAT, XAT, or CMAT scores in the overall evaluation to remove discrepancies between institutions and universities at the undergraduate level.

c) Rank Holders: College and university rank holders receive a distinct benefit and brownie points from the programme.

d) Integrity and Ethical Principles: The Great Lakes place a strong emphasis on principles such as originality and integrity. The process will involve a thorough investigation of plagiarism.

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.

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With 100% of the PGDM Class of 2023 placed by January 2023, the campus placement process had an incredible season. Renowned frequent recruiters such as Bain, McKinsey & Company, JP Morgan Chase, Adobe, Nestlé, EY, PWC, Deloitte, HP, ITC, BNY Mellon, Accenture, Reliance Retail, Crisil, Lowe’s, Société Générale, Dell, Standard Chartered, and Wells Fargo were among those who participated in the season. Offers from more than thirty new recruiters from a variety of industries, including as IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Microsoft, Mahindra & Mahindra, Barclays, Tata Motors, Aditya Birla Capital, Reliance Retail, Berger Paints, and VE Commercial Vehicles, were the season’s high point.

A multinational technology business provided the highest domestic CTC of INR 46 lakhs per annum to the Class of 2023, while the average CTC offered to the class grew by 15% to INR 14.5 lakhs per annum. Numerous positions across a range of industries, including BFSI, consulting, FMCG, technology, automotive, pharmaceutical, retail, supply chain & logistics, and healthcare, were made available to students. Product manager, project manager, business analyst, knowledge analyst, financial analyst, process control analyst, consultant, marketing MT, customer success manager, and supply chain consultant are a few of the top positions that were provided.

“The 2023 placement season for PGDM was special in every sense as it saw the introduction of some of the top marque brands along with the retention of the exceptional brands that visit us regularly,” stated Dr. M. Balaji, Group Director, Corporate & Career Services, Great Lakes Institute of Management. Our group might serve as a liaison between these gifted students and the elite institutions with their particular needs. We were able to place every student in the batch while also improving the calibre and variety of roles, despite the increased number of pupils. We really appreciate each and every recruiter’s enthusiastic involvement in the placement process.

“I congratulate all our PGDM students for making the best use of their learnings and the mentorship that they have received, and leveraging them to get a great jumpstart in their management careers,” stated Dr. Suresh Ramanathan, dean of the wonderful Lakes Institute of Management. We are grateful to all of our business partners who have extended offers to our students and selected Great Lakes, Chennai as one of their top campuses for management talent needs. In addition, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to CCS, the Placement Committee, our faculty, staff, alumni, and administration for their tireless efforts and dedication, which have led to the institute’s growth in every aspect.

Key Highlights:

  • JP Morgan Chase, Société Générale, EY, HSBC, BNY Mellon, Deloitte, Jean Martin, and Axtria made the highest number of offers
  • Over 30 new recruiters made offersincluding Microsoft, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Mahindra & Mahindra, Axtria, Aon, Reliance Retail, Barclays, Tata Motors, Aditya Birla Capital, IBM, HSBC, Berger Paints, VE Commercial Vehicles and Zydex
  • Average CTC offered to the Class of 2023 was INR 14.5 Lakhs
  • 41 outstanding students were offered PPO/PPIs post their summer internships
  • Highest Domestic CTC offered was INR 46 Lakhs per annum by a leading multinational consulting firm

Students were placed across diverse sectors such as BFSI, Consulting, Technology, Product, Automotive, FMCG & Retail, Investment Banking, Manufacturing, Analytics, Defence, Telecom, Logistics, Healthcare, and Real Estate.

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