Great Lakes Institute of Management (GLIM), Chennai Admission Process

  Chennai   AICTE, NBA   ESTD 2004
  Chennai   AICTE, NBA   ESTD 2004


The Great Lakes Institute of management is the brainchild of Padmashri Awardee, Shri Bala V Balachandran. The pioneer was a professor of accounting information and management, at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

The Great Lakes Chennai was founded in the year 2004 and was only operational in Chennai. From 2010 the institute has added another campus in Gurgaon and is serving both southern and northern parts of India.

Great Lakes Institute of Management offers two courses in management, namely

  1. Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM)
  2. Post Graduate Program in Management (PGPM)

The above two courses are entirely different concerning the intake of students, eligibility criteria, curriculum and pedagogy.

The PGDM is a two-year course and is for the candidates with less than two years of work experience. The PGPM is a much fast track course and is more suitable for candidates with at least two years of work experience. The candidates after the PGPM course are expected to get mid managerial roles in the industry. To note, both of these courses are full-time programs.

The following table describes well about the features of Great Lakes MBA – PGDM and PGPM courses

Attributes PGPM 2020 -21 PGDM 2020 – 2022
Course Duration One year full-time program Two-year full-time program
Specialisation offered Marketing, Finance, Operations, Human Resources, Analytics, Artificial intelligence  (AI)and Machine Learning (ML) Marketing, Finance, Operations, Human Resources, Analytics, Artificial intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML)
Work Experience needed? Yes – Minimum of two years and average work experience of the batch is usually 3.2 Not necessary
Internships Live Projects and Empirical Studies Summer internships of 3 months
GLIM Chennai – Placements – 2019 Average CTC  – 13.1 LPA Average CTC  – 10.14 LPA
GLIM Gurgaon – Placements – 2019 Average CTC  – 11.21 LPA Average CTC  – 9.10 LPA
Most Suited for
  • Candidates with work experience and are looking for promotions and change of sector for work
  • For people who do not have time and are seeking a fast track course
  • Candidates with or without experience and are wishing to start their careers in the management  as a profession
  • Candidates who are willing to take up the two-year full-time course

Great Lakes Chennai PGPM and PGDM Eligibility Criteria

Apart from the criteria of work experience, there a difference in the eligibility criteria for the PGPM and PGDM courses.

The following table considers all the aspects of the eligibility for both the courses listed above and will help the aspirants understand their eligibility for the right course:

Eligibility Criteria PGPM 2020 -21 PGDM 2020 – 2022
Age No age restriction No age restriction
Educational Qualification 10 + 2 + 3/4 year courses. Final year students of graduation cannot apply 10 + 2 + 3/4 year courses. Final year students of graduation can apply. Need to submit degree completion certificate on the joining day at the Campus
Work Experience Yes – Minimum of two years needed Not necessary
Valid Score in GMAT/CAT/XAT Yes, needed Yes, needed

Great Lakes Chennai Important Dates 2020:

The admission process at GLIM Chennai and GLIM Gurgaon campuses, start very early, around late August every year.

There are two cycles of applications for GLIM PGPM, and therefore the aspirants can choose either the November 2019 or January 2020 cycle. The detail of both the periods is here.

One can collect the physical application forms at Great lakes Chennai campus or can be applied online. The brochures are available both at the centres, and the soft copy of the same can be downloaded from their official websites.

GLIM Chennai PGDM Admission 2020 – 2022

The admission process is underway, and the applications for the admission are being accepted. The application forms are being issued from 26th August 2019, and the deadline for submission will be February 2020.

GLIM Chennai PGPM 2020 – 2021

The applications for the first cycle and the second cycle of admissions are available online and as well as in the Great lakes Chennai campus. The eligible and interested aspirants need to submit the filled application by 30th November 2019, to be able to apply in the first cycle of the admission.

The second cycle of the submissions will be closed on 31st January 2020. Students applying the second cycle might not be left with enough options to choose on subjects of interest. Only if the first cycle does not help the institute to get the right candidates in the required number, second cycle applicants will be considered.

The application form should be complete in all respects, and the eligibility should be checked in detail by downloading the appropriate brochures. Applicants without proper qualification will be barred from further process straight away. 

Great Lakes Admission process 2020

The admission process for the PGPM and The PGDM course are different. The difference in the process arises as the aspirants for both of these courses are entirely different. Therefore let us understand the admission processes of both these courses:

Great Lakes Admission PGPM 2020

  1. The online application is to be submitted before the deadlines mentioned above. The eligible candidate has to buy the application form online or offline and need to complete the application process on
  2. Candidate can opt to apply for either of the Chennai or Gurgaon Campus. They can also choose Chennai and Gurgaon campuses. For specific college, the application will be separate. The fees for the application process to Great lakes PGPM course is INR 2000/- only.
  3. Based on the candidature and the application forms, the candidates will be invited, and the invite for the personal interview (PI) will be sent.
  4. On the day of the interview, a written ability test before face to face interview will be conducted. The procedure is to know the candidate better.
  5. An offer letter will be sent to the final shortlisted students, and the process is called an admission roll out
  6. The candidate is expected to accept the offer within a stipulated time
  7. The initial payment to secure one’s seat is to be paid, the details of which will be provided in the mail sent by the institute
  8. Based on the interview, counselling and the interest of the candidate the right course will be registered for the student
  9. The orientation and the class commencement are the final steps of the admission process

How is the candidate Gauged?

The candidate is shortlisted based on the following four attributes:

  1. Academic abilities – School, College and University grades and scores are CAT, XAT, CMAT or GMAT
  2. Leadership Potential – Instances where the candidate took up leadership roles at School, College and at work
  3. Integrity and Ethical values – Virtues that define the foundation of the leadership. Instances of the same from School, college or at work
  4. Diversity of experience: How can the candidate be a valuable addition to the present batch of the students? What special is that the candidate can offer to the learning environment?

On similar lines, let us try to understand the admission process for the PGDM course.

Great Lakes Chennai PGDM 2020 – 22

The admission process for the course remains the same as of the PGPM, described above here. However, since most of the candidates who apply for this course are less than 24 months experience at work, the attributes on which the candidates are gauged are slightly different. Here are the considerations based on which the candidates are shortlisted:

  1. Academic abilities – School, College and University grades and scores are CAT, XAT, CMAT or GMAT
  2. Rank holders – The course gives preferences to the rank holders over others. The rank can be at the school level or university level
  3. Integrity and Ethical values – The course believes in developing future leaders for the real-time industry across the world. Therefore, candidates with the slightest sense of unethical behaviour will be barred from further process of admission. Plagiarism during the essays is considered an explicit rejection.
  4. Diversity Background: The candidate should be a valuable addition to the batch and should be able to impart his/her knowledge with their fellow mates. At the same, the candidate must be ready to take suggestions and learn from peers.

For any queries apart from the one stated above, the candidates can always mail their questions to