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Great Lakes Institute of Management ,Chennai

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Great Lakes Institute of Management ,Chennai


Great Lakes Chennai has been one of the Youngest Top Ranked Institutes and consistently ranked among the top 10 business schools in India. The institute has also been Ranked 31st by NIRF 2022 Management Ranking. The college has over 9000+ successful Great Lakes alumni spread across over 30 countries. The most popular flagship programs of Great Lakes Chennai are one-year PGPM and a 2 year PGDM Corporate Program. The corporate program includes PGXPM for mid and senior-level professionals, PGPM FLEX, a weekend management program for working individuals along with MBA in Business Analytics. Great Lakes Chennai Admission for 2023 has begun for PGPM program and the last date to apply is 21st November 2022.


Great Lakes Chennai accepts valid scores of CAT/ XAT exams for admission to its prominent courses. Candidates who do not have the test scores need to take the Great Lakes Aptitude Test (GLAT). Further, admissions in the institute are also offered based on the merit obtained in the qualifying academic exams. The B school lays more stress on nurturing freshers with raw management talent at its campus for which as of now candidates with less than 2 years of work experience are only to be considered for its PGDM course. 

Great Lakes Chennai has formed associations with leading global management schools to aid students in gaining much-valued business insights from a global standpoint. The institute has global collaboration with the University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC), HKUST Business School, Université De Bordeaux, BAUER College of Business, University of Houston, BABSON, and IIT Stuart School of Business.

Great Lakes Quick Facts 

  • Ranking: Great Lakes, Chennai has been ranked 5 by the Outlook ICARE Ranking 2021 among Best Private Management Colleges and 3 among Top Standalone Colleges. The institute has also been Ranked 31st for Management category by NIRF 2022.
  • Accreditations: The institute has been benchmarked by International accreditations such as AMBA and SAQS along with national accreditations of NBA & AICTE.
  • Campus: Great Lakes has a lush green Chennai Campus, which has earned a LEED Platinum rating and within the serenity of its green campus lie state-of-the-art facilities. The 27-acre campus provides a serene backdrop for the students to grow both as individuals and as professionals. 
  • Batch Diversity: Great Lakes has witnessed unique Batch Diversity in class with Its PGDM class having 40% of female students in batch 2020 and 3.6 Years of average work experience. The PGDM batch of 2020 has a ratio of 7:3 in terms of gender diversity & 3.6 Years of average work experience.
  • Cutoff: The CAT and CMAT 2021 exam cut-off is expected to be 95 percentile for Great Lakes Admission 2022. 
  • Placements: The institute concluded its 2022 placement drive. 100% placement percentage of the PGDM 2020-22 batch was achieved. The highest salary package stood at INR 33.26 LPA which was received by the PGPM batch. The average salary stood at INR 12.5 LPA for the PGDM students & 17.86 LPA for the PGPM students.
  • Faculty: Great Lakes Chennai has Over 80% of the faculty at the institute holds a doctoral degree from leading institutions across the world. The institute has an exceptional faculty base with 25+ International visiting faculty from Kellogg, Stanford, Yale, etc and 50+ renowned full-time faculty which offer unparalleled learning and global perspectives at Great Lakes Chennai Campus.
  • Learning Methodology: Great Lakes Chennai has been one of the prominent Indian Business Schools with an Industry 4.0-Ready Cutting-Edge Curriculum. The Management College uses a variety of experiential formats including simulations, live projects, empirical studies, and live trading to stimulate problem-solving and integrative thinking skills among its students. 
  • Incubation: Great Lakes Incubator (AGBI) Ranked 1 as India’s best incubator under the ATAL Tunnel Innovation Mission (AMI), supported by NITI Ayog Great Lakes Chennai Admission Dates



CAT 2022 Exam Date

Nov 27, 2022

CAT 2022 Registration Window

Aug 3, 2022 - Sep 21, 2022

XAT Registration

August 10 – December 11, 2022

XAT Admit Card

December 26, 2022

XAT Exam

January 8, 2023

XAT Result

January 31, 2023

Admission PGDM/PGPM

January 5, 2023

Great Lakes Chennai Ranking

The following table represents the Rankings achieved by Great Lakes Chennai:

Ranking Body 


Outlook 2021 ( Private MBA )


NIRF 2022


Business Today 2020 ( MBA/ PGDM)


India Today 2020


Global Accreditations


Analytics India 2021


Great Lakes Chennai Cutoff 2022

As a broad indicator based on past experience, a 90+ percentile in XAT/CAT and 95+ percentile in CMAT would be considered suitable for admission to Great Lakes Management Institute, Chennai.

CMAT Cutoff 2019

Cut-off 2020

Cutoff 2021




Great Lakes Cut off will be based on aggregate percentile score although candidates should also have scored well across the sections of the entrance exams. The cut-offs may remain as mentioned under:

Entrance Exam

1 Year PGPM Expected cut off

2 Years PGDM Expected Cut off

CAT 2020/2021*

80 Percentile

80 percentile

XAT 2021/2022*

80 Percentile

80 Percentile

Great Lakes Chennai Courses 

Course Program



A Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized institution with at least 50% in graduation
Minimum Experience: 2 Years
Duration: 12 months
Admission Criteria: CAT/XAT/CMAT scores
Intake: 420


Applicants should possess a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized institution.
Minimum Exp. : 0-2 years
Duration: 2 Years
Admission Criteria: CAT/XAT/CMAT scores
Intake: 180


Completed a minimum of 10+2+3 years of education with an academic track record of 50% throughout.
minimum exp.- 8 years
Duration 2 years
Selection Criteria: CAT, EA by GMAC, and XAT / Great Lakes Aptitude test


Completed a minimum of 10+2+3 years of education with a minimum of 50 % marks in qualifying exams.
Minimum Exp.-- 2 years
Duration: 2 years /
Selection Criteria: CAT, XAT, MAT, or CMAT score will have to appear for GREAT (Great Lakes Aptitude Test).

Great Lakes Chennai Admission Stories



Work Experience

Graduation score


Vikram Rathore

CAT - 85.91



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Shivam Agrawal

CAT - 93



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Ashish Raika

GMAT - 670

Axis Bank - 7yrs


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Ajinkya Dhankre

CAT – 90.78

1 Year


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Great Lakes Chennai Class Profile

The Great Lakes PGPM batch 2020-21 is rich in diversity with 30% female students in class as compared to 25 % in batch 2019-20 and participants coming from various industries including IT/ITES, BFSI, Manufacturing, FMCG, Consulting, and Telecom.


Great Lakes Chennai Placements 2022

Great Lakes Chennai PGPM Placements 2022 report has been released. According to the report, the average salary increased by 31% fpr the PGPM students & 13% for the PGDM students compared to the previous year. The highest number of job roles were offered in Business & Strategy Consultancy followed by Technology Consultancy. Reputed recruiters like Accenture, EY, Deloitte, HCL, Infosys, ZS Associates, Optum etc visited the campus. Here are the highlights of the placement drive:


PGPM (2021-22)

PGDM (2021-22)

Highest CTC


INR 25.8 LPA

Average CTC

INR 17.86 LPA

INR 12.5 LPA

Increase in Average CTC



Average CTC of top 10% students

INR 31.1 LPA


Average CTC of top 25% students

INR 26.4 LPA

INR 16.1 LPA

Average CTC of top 50% students

INR 21.7 LPA

INR 14.3 LPA

Average CTC of top 75% students

INR 19.6 LPA

INR 13.3 LPA


Great Lakes Chennai Summer Placements

During the 2022 summer internship placement drive, 160 students participated. More than 50 recruiters across various sectors like Sales & Marketing, Finance, Analytics, Operations etc visited the campus. Students received the highest number of placement offers in Sales & Marketing followed by Finance. BFSI industry made the most number of internship offers. The highest stipend of INR 3.36 Lakhs per month was received. An average stipend of INR 85.97 K per month was offered to the students. The median stipend stood at INR 75 K per month.​

Great Lakes Chennai Alumni & Startups 

The Great Lakes Chennai has an Alumni Association with a participation of more than 9800 alumni members from 30+ countries. Out of 9800 alumni members, more than 250 alumni are in CXO or Senior Management Roles at different companies and organizations. Some of the notable alumni of Great Lakes Chennai are as follows. 

  • Aparna Sharma: Director at Bain & Co.
  • Allen Titto: Head-Business Consulting Group at ZS India
  • Siddharth Asokan: Director-Global Marketing and Communications at Futurice
  • Nivedita Krishnan: Digital Platform Manager at Deem Finance
  • Ajay Anand: Lead Product Manager at Walmart Global

Popular Startups by the Great Lakes Chennai Alumni:

A number of startups have been incubated by the prestigious alumni of Great Lakes Chennai and the list of the popular startups is mentioned below.

  • Smart iDeas
  • Bril
  • Tuscany Pizzas
  • Jade Magnet
  • e21 Group
  • BlazeClan Technologies Pvt. Ltd. 
  • Akaruilabs
  • CropIn Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
  • HeeraCars
  • Spearhead EduOnline Pvt. Ltd. 
  • Ad Documentum
  • HugsBerry
  • high5store
  • Nyurals
  • Prodigitz
  • EasyCups
  • BlackNGreen
  • Ela Green Buildings & Infrastructure Consultants Pvt. Ltd. 

Great Lake Chennai FAQs

Ques. How is MBA program at Great Lakes Chennai?

Ans. The MBA course is very demanding and intense these days with limited off days. It is specifically designed for experienced individuals who can work hard. It will make you master the skill of time management. MBA at Great Lakes Chennai is extremely good with decent placement figures and packages. The education quality and overall exposure for the MBA program are quite impressive. Also, the institute has been ranked at 5th position by Outlook 2021 Rankings (Private MBA). 

Ques. What are the loan facilities offered by the Great Lakes Chennai?

Ans. You can avail of loans from leading Education loan providers such as Bank of Baroda, Axis Bank, HDFC Credila. The terms and conditions are the same as those offered by other leading business schools. 

Ques. Is Great Lakes Chennai a good college? 

Ans.  The Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai holds prestigious rankings by the top-ranking agencies such as India Today, NIRF, OUTLOOK I-Care, etc., for its excellent educational and academic quality and perfect professional exposure and campus placements. The college is counted among the top 100 Management Institutes of India. 

Ques. How is the hostel life at Great Lakes Chennai? 

Ans.  Hostel life at Great Lakes Chennai is extremely joyful and vibrant. The students residing at the Great Lakes Hostels Chennai are offered extensive facilities such as sports, indoor games, rooms with all necessary amenities, a mess by Sodexo, a gymnasium, and other facilities. 

Ques. Is a hostel mandatory at Great Lakes Chennai? 

Ans.  As the Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai offers residential programs, all the students enrolled across the different programs of the institute are required to stay in the hostels. Also, the campus of the institute lies on the outskirts of the city, so hostels are the best option to opt for. 

Ques. Which is the best course of Great Lakes Chennai? 

Ans.  The niche course of Great Lakes Chennai is Analytics, which is considered one of the best programs of the institute to pursue. Also, the specialization provides extensive learning in analytics and their best applications in the industries and corporate world. 

Ques. Does the Great Lakes Chennai have a management quota? 

Ans.  Yes, Great Lakes Chennai has the management quota and gives the preference to the candidates with a work experience of 1 or 2 years. Also, candidates applying through the management quota have the possibility to get direct admission into the programs offered by Great Lakes Chennai. 

Ques. Which is better, PGPM or PGDM at Great Lakes Chennai? 

Ans.  Considering the placement statistics and other academic values of both the programs, PGPM is the better option to go for. The 1 year highly ranked flagship program of Great Lakes Chennai has an excellent record and reputation as compared to the PGDM program.

Ques. How do you get to the Great Lakes Chennai? 

Ans.  To get into the Great Lakes Chennai, the candidates are required to appear for the national level management exams such as CAT/CMAT/XAT on the basis of which they will be selected and granted admission to the programs of their choice

Ques. How tough is it to get an MBA admission at the Great Lakes Chennai?

Ans. It completely depends on your scores and your profile. For some, it’s a piece of cake but for some, it’s not that easy.The entire selection process is framed in such a way that it evaluates an individual’s Leadership and Interpersonal Skills, Diversity, intelligence, test scores, morals, ethics and academic command. On the basis of which final selections are done.

Ques. How are the placements at  Great Lakes Chennai?

Ans. The institute has experienced successful placement drives over the years. The campus placement process for the PGDM Class of 2022 witnessed an excellent season with 100% students placed.  The average CTC of the PGDM students stood at INR 12.5 LPA & for the PGPM students, it stood at INR 17.86 LPA. The highest domestic CTC offered to the PGPM students increased to 35 LPA. Top recruiting companies like Accenture, Deloitte, Cognizant, EY, HCL, LTI, Infosys, TCS etc participated in the placement drive.

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