Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai

About Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai

Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai, was established in 2004 by the Visionary Management Guru Padma Shri Dr. Bala V Balachandran – JL Kellogg Distinguished Professor of Accounting Information & Management, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, USA. Great Lakes was founded with the objective of creating management professionals equipped to navigate the business challenges of the future. The institute is one of the pioneers in introducing the one-year full-time MBA (PGPM) in India. Great Lakes has also been responsive to changing industry dynamics by being the first to introduce specializations such as Analytics, AI, Machine Learning & Blockchain in management programs. With a global faculty pool, innovative curriculum, application-oriented teaching-learning pedagogy, and strong engagement with corporate leaders, Great Lakes provides a holistic learning experience to its students right from day one.


  • Analytics India Magazine: 1st among Top 10 Analytics B-Schools
  • Outlook: 3rd among Standalone B-Schools, 3rd in One Year Programs & 4th among Private B-Schools
  • Business India: 9th among top B-Schools
  • Business Standard: Among Super League 2 of top Indian B-Schools
  • NIRF: 24th among Indian B-Schools

Great Lakes Chennai Highlights:

  • 32 Acre LEED Platinum Rated Green Campus – one of South Asia’s first Green campuses
  • PGPM & PGDM are AICTE approved and AMBA (UK) & SAQS accredited, PGDM is NBA accredited
  • Globally-Benchmarked curriculum with emphasis on experiential learning, industry exposure and case studies
  • 25+ International visiting faculty from top global schools such as Kellogg, Stanford, Yale, etc.
  • 50+ Full-time faculty including one of the top 10 most Prominent Analytics Academicians in India (Analytics India Magazine)
  • Perspectives from 150+ Thought Leaders from the likes of Harvard, Stanford, Kellogg, etc., and CXOs & industry leaders from the likes of Nestlé, Apollo, PepsiCo, etc.
  • Karma-Yoga Leadership Experiential Action Program (LEAP)
  • Rich peer group with diverse collective industry experience of 1200+ years in PGPM
  • 10,500+ alumni network spread across 30 countries

Full Time Programs Offered:

  1. One Year PGPM – for professionals with 2+ years of work experience
  2. Two Year PGDM – for freshers (0-2 years of work experience)

Specializations: Marketing, Operations & IT, Finance, and Analytics, AI, Machine Learning, and Blockchain

Executive Programs Offered:

  1. PGPM Flex – Flexible mode alternate weekend executive MBA for professionals with 2+ years of work experience
  2. PGXPM – Blended senior management & leadership oriented executive MBA for professionals with 8+ years of work experience


PGPM Class of 2022:

  • The highest Domestic CTC offered was INR 33.3 Lakhs per annum
  • The average CTC offered to the Class of 2021 was INR 17.9 Lakhs
  • Average 3x increase in CTC Post-MBA
  • Participation of companies across Analytics, BFSI, IT/ITES, Business & Technology Consulting, Operations, Product, and others
  • Accenture, Deloitte, ZS Associates, Bristlecone, Cognizant, Tiger Analytics, and HCL made the maximum offers on campus
  • Maximum profiles offered in Technology Consulting (40%) followed by Business & Strategy Consulting (18%), Analytics (15%), Finance (13%), Sales & Marketing (8%), Operations (3%) and Project/Product Management (3%)

PGDM 2021:

  • Highest Domestic CTC offered was INR 21.5 Lakhs per annum by a leading multinational consulting firm
  • Average CTC offered to the Class of 2021 was INR 11 Lakhs
  • Recruitment by marquee companies across BFSI, Consulting, FMCG, IT/ITES, Healthcare, Manufacturing and Pharma.
  • Large number of offers by top Banking and Consulting firms like McKinsey, Deloitte, Barclays, BNY Mellon, HSBC, HDFC Bank, ICICI, JP Morgan, Société Générale
  • Vivriti Capital, VMware, FedEx, Barclays, Photon, Vedanta, IDFC First Bank, BYJU’s were a few prominent first time recruiters
  • 25 Students were offered PPO/PPIs for their outstanding work during the Summer Internship process

Top Recruiters:

McKinsey & Co., Microsoft, Accenture, KPMG, ZS Associates, Cognizant, JP Morgan, Deloitte, EY, BNY Mellon, Decathlon Sports, Bank of America, Hyundai, FedEx, HCL, Infosys, Salesforce, L&T Infotech, Michael Page, Mindtree, TCS, Tiger Analytics, Vedanta, Barclays, HSBC, HDFC Bank, ICICI, Société Générale, Aditya Birla, Gartner, Schneider Electric.

Entrance Exams Accepted:


Eligibility (2022 Intake):

  • Bachelor’s Degree in any Discipline
  • Minimum 60% across 10th, 12th & Undergraduate
  • Minimum 2 Years of Work Experience for PGPM by 30th April 2022
  • Less than 2 Years of Work Experience for PGDM by 30th June 2022
  • Valid Entrance Score – CAT 2020/21, XAT 2021/22, GMAT (Not taken before 1st Jan 2019 for PGPM, 1st Jan 2020 for PGDM), CMAT 2021/22


Great Lakes follows a profile-based selection process for its PGPM & PGDM Programs. Overall academic & professional performance, achievements, initiatives & aptitude are considered while shortlisting, apart from entrance scores. While there is no specific cut-off, a safe score of 85+ percentile in CAT & XAT, 600+ in GMAT, or 97+ percentile in CMAT is advised.

Admissions Process:

  1. Online Application: Application forms are available only on Interested candidates can register online and begin their application. PGPM candidates are advised to begin early and spare a good amount of time for their Application Essay – SOP, which is one of the important determinants of your candidature. Candidates who are yet to take one of the above entrance tests can still submit their applications before the cycle deadline and be considered for Early Interview calls. Candidates invited for Early Interviews can submit their score immediately after receiving it for the final decision to be taken. Candidates who do not get an Early Interview call can submit their score later and be considered for the current cycle at that time.
  2. AWT: The Analytical Writing Test is a written (online) extempore essay to be written and submitted during a proctored session. Candidates shortlisted for PI will have to appear for the AWT before their PI. This essay will evaluate the candidate’s written communication skills, clarity thought, structured thinking and reasoning skills.
  3. PI: The Personal Interview round is conducted to know the candidate better as a person. This round evaluates a candidate’s general and business awareness, thought process, attitude, ownership of workplace and past academic initiatives, and leadership qualities.
  4. Final Offer: The final offer is rolled out based on overall performance in each of the above 3 stages. Therefore, candidates are advised to be thorough in their application, thoughtful in their AWT and well prepared for the PI.

Early Interview:

Candidates registered for upcoming entrance tests, yet to appear or awaiting results until 10th January 2022 can submit their form in Cycle 1 without a test score. Suitably strong profiles will be shortlisted and interviewed early based on overall merit. However, final offer will be decided on only after a valid entrance score is submitted. Candidates who do not get shortlisted for Early Interviews can still update their entrance score later and be considered for the upcoming cycle at that time. Know more about Early Interviews.

Notable Alumni

Shardha Batra
Vice President – HR, Morgan Stanley, Singapore, Co05

Ajit Narasimhan

Chief Marketing Officer, Sundaram Mutual, India, Co05

Ramya Balakrishnan

Head – Strategic Initiatives, Facebook, San Francisco, Co07

Neha Saraf

Director, VISA, Singapore, Co07

Ankur Khanna

Associate Director – BD, KPMG, India, Co08

Sathya V

Associate Director, Flipkart, India, Co11

Amishaa Arora

Head – E-Commerce H&M India, Co15

Garima Gautam

Head – Talent and Org. Consulting, Abbott, India, Co11

Divyansh Nasa

Director – Strategy and Operations, EY, Delhi, Co10

Kunal Prasad

Co-Founder & COO, CropIn Technology, India, Co11

Mohit Sewak

Principal Data Scientist, Microsoft R&D, India, Co10

Sathish Seshadri

VP – Strategy, Genpact, India, Co06


L’Attitude 13º05 (Chennai)
L’Attitude 13º05′ is Great Lakes Chennai’s annual inter B-School festival. The festival features a host of events and competitions that encompass various spheres of management education in the field of marketing, finance, operations, strategy, consulting, economics, CSR and Human Resources. It provides a platform for the brightest of the minds across the best business schools to showcase their unique talents and compete against each other in various events spread across different functions. The festival centers on a different theme every year on which distinguished guests from diverse industries share their experiences and insights with the students.
NASMEI (North American Society for Marketing Education in India) is the premier annual marketing conference held at Great Lakes Institute of Management organized by the Kotler-Srinivasan Center for Research in Marketing. The Great Lakes-NASMEI Conference is among the finest international conferences in the marketing area in India. During the past, we have had presentations by professors and doctoral students from leading schools in the USA, India, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, France and Hong Kong.

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