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Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai

Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai

Chennai, Tamil Nadu AICTE Estd 2004 Private

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Updated On - October 19th 2019 by PRATYASHA

Great Lakes Institute of Management has consistently been ranked among the most innovative B-schools in responding to the business needs of the future. Being approved by AICTE, the Institute offers 2 full-time and  4 corporate programs in the field of management. Great Lakes has 50+ full-time faculty and 130+ visiting faculty hailing from top schools like Yale, Kellogg, and Stanford ensuring global perspectives. Great Lakes admissions take place on the basis of score in exams like CAT/XAT/GMAT and on merit basis as well.

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Great Lakes Institute of Management Highlights

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Type of InstitutionPrivate – Self Financed
AccreditationsAMBA, SAQS, NBA, and AICTE
Type of ProgramsPostgraduate Degree and Diploma
Total Students 240
Full-time | Visiting Faculty50+ | 130+ International
Entrance ExamCAT/ GMAT/ XAT/ CMAT
Application modeOnline
Boys | Girls Hostel372 | 144
LocationManamai Village Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Great Lakes Institute of Management Rankings

Since its inception, the Institute has aimed to provide the best education to its students. Given below are some of the achievements of the B-School: 

  • 1st ​among top Indian B-schools in Analytics by Analytics India Magazine
  • Ranked 16th Overall and 4th among non-IIM/IITs and 2nd among private B-schools in NIRF 2018 Rankings
  • Ranked 3rd  by Outlook India for the 1-year program
  • Ranked 4th by Businessworld for MBA program
  • Ranked 6th in 2017-18 NIRF Rankings for teaching and learning
  • 9th by Business India & 14th by Business Today among top Indian B-Schools 

Great Lakes Institute of Management Courses

Given below is a brief of the courses offered by the Institute:

Course 1: Post Graduate Program in Management (PGPM)

  • Duration: 1-year | Full-time
  • Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree in any discipline with 2 years of work experience
  • Total Fee: INR 19,25,000 for Indian Students and USD 38900 for International Students
  • Specializations offered: Marketing, IT & Operations, Finance, Analytics, AI & Machine Learning, and Organizational Behaviour & Strategy

Course 2: Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM)

  • Duration: 2-year | Full-time
  • Total fee: INR 17,15,000
  • Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree in any discipline with 2 years of work experience
  • Specializations offered: Marketing, IT & Operations, Finance, Analytics, and Organizational Behaviour & Strategy

Course 3: Post Graduate Executive Program in Management (PGXPM)

  • Duration: 2-year
  • Eligibility: Completed 10+2+3 years of education with 50% marks with a work experience of 8 years

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Course wise Intake

Following graph shows the number of students studying in the courses offered at the Institute: 

Great Lakes Institute Of Management Gender Ratio

Great Lakes Institute of Management Admission 

The Institute has a comprehensive selection process that considers multiple parameters beyond just competitive exam scores. It has 2 admission cycles; first in November and other in January. The admission will be based on the marks secured in the Great Lakes Aptitude Test (GLAT) and interview conducted by the Institution. The shortlisting of students takes place on the basis of academic track record; work profile; professional as well as personal achievement and performance in the entrance test.

The admissions to Great Lakes are based on the scores secured in the following entrance exams:

  • CAT (Common Admission Test) – Read more
  • MAT (Management Aptitude Test) – Read more
  • CMAT (Common Management Admission Test) – Read more
  • XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test ) – Read more

Note: Candidates having a valid score in the above-mentioned exams are exempted from the entrance test conducted by the Institute. 

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    Great Lakes Institute of Management Placements

    At the Institute, the students are exposed to an appropriate mix of knowledge and experience of the real-world. In terms of placements, the Institute has an excellent placement record with over 97% of students placed in 2019.  

    Placement Highlights PGPM 2019

    • Average CTC – INR 13.1 LPA  
    • Highest domestic CTC – INR 29 LPA 
    • Job Profiles offered –  Analytics, BFSI, IT/ITES, Consulting, E-commerce, Technology Consulting, FMCG and Product
    • Maximum Offers made by – TCS, Deloitte US & India, Accenture, and HCL 

    Placement Highlights PGDM 2019

    • Average CTC – INR 10.14 LPA
    • Median CTC – INR 10.25 LPA
    • Job Profiles offered – BFSI, Consulting, FMCG, Healthcare, IT/ITES, Manufacturing, Analytics, Pharma and Real Estate
    Great Lakes Institute of Management Salary Range

    Major recruiters for the PGPM program include Accenture, Aditya Birla Capital, ADP, Amazon, Barclays, Cognizant, Capgemini, Deloitte, EY, Gartner, HCL, Honeywell, HSBC, Infosys, ITC Infotech, L&T Infotech, Mentis, etc. The PGDM batch witnessed participation from Bristlezone, HDFC Bank, Societe Generale, Virtusa, Kotak Mahindra, ICRA, ICICI Bank, Chola MS, Crisil, etc.  

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    About Great Lakes Institute of Management

    Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai a top-flight business school and one of the best institutes in southern states. It was founded in 2004 and located on the East Coast Road which is 9 kms from Mahabalipuram. The Chennai campus in a short span of time emerged as a premier business school in India. Established in 2010, Great Lakes Institute of Management, Gurgaon is the second campus of Great Lakes and offers the same high-quality education as the first campus in Chennai.

    Great Lakes Institute of Management Faculty

    Great Lakes has an excellent mix of Indian and International faculty. Our visiting professors are acclaimed academicians, researchers, and experts from the Industry. Given below are the details of the faculty members at the Institute:

    Dr. Bala V. Balachandaran

    • Designation: Founder and Chairman and Dean Emertius 
    • Contributions: Published more than 100 research papers and books on Finance and Accounting
    • Awards: AMBA, AMDISA, Padmshri, AIMA-Kewal Nohria Award for Academic Leadership

    Mr. Vaidyanathan Jayaraman

    • Designation: Chair Professor and Program Director
    • Awards: Excellence in Teaching Award, Faculty Excellence, Louis Brandt Faculty Research award
    • Contributions: Published more than 70 journals and authored 2 books

    Prof. S. Bharadwaj

    • Designation: Professor
    • Contributions: Published more than 10 research papers
    • Awards: Best Reviewer Award, Emerald All India Management Association Award, AMA- Sheth Doctoral Consortium Fellow

    Great Lakes Institute of Management FAQs

    Ques. How challenging is the MBA program at Great lakes if I have been away from academics for a few years? 

    Ans. The PGDM course is very demanding and intense these days with limited off days. It is specifically designed for experienced individuals who can work hard. With discipline, one can easily cope with the difficulties. You need to properly manage classes, projects, assignments, sports, and other activities. It will make you master the skill of time management. 

    Ques. Does the Institute provide any scholarships?

    Ans. No, the institute does not offer any scholarships to the students. But it hs some merit awards for high performing students at the end of the program. Great Lakes ensures students with high paying jobs, therefore, they can easily finance the cost of education through loans. 

    Ques. What are the loan facilities offered by the Insitute?

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

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    Rishabh GuptaPost Graduate Program in Management [PGPM] + Master of Business Administration [MBA]Batch : 2017

    Global Mindset Indian Roots

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    I had enjoyed my journey in great lakes. College management is very helpful and understanding.Great Lakes provided me everything I wanted.

    9/10food & accom
    10/10social life
    Malhar LakdawalaPost Graduate Diploma in Management [PGDM]Batch : 2015

    The Great Lakes Dairy

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    Overall it was nice being at Great Lakes. Atleast for me it was Life Changing. My Before and After life is 180 degrees opposite.

    10/10food & accom
    9/10social life
    Soumya BhattacharyaPost Graduate Programme in Management [PGPM]Batch : 2008

    A great option for fast track MBA.

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    I think one of the best things about the college is that they are always looking to improve. From our formative years, the college worked actively in identifying its areas of improvement and went about it in a professional manner. For example, we lacked a good infrastructure and now the college has one of the best infrastructures in the country. Our placements were skewed towards IT, and now it is evenly distributed across Analytics, Consulting, Finance, Manufacturing sectors. The college has remarkable branded itself, so that in about a decade since inception, its counted as a viable option among the best in the country. Yes, there are still areas of improvement as there will always be, but...

    9/10food & accom
    8/10social life
    Manish JairathMBABatch : 2011

    Great experience at great lakes

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    Overall i had a great time in great lakes. The faculty is good, the people coming there are intelligent and the facilities offered by the college is also good. However it is situated in a remote village near chennai so not so convenient to go out to the c

    9/10food & accom
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    Dhirendra SinhaPGPMBatch : 2015

    Time Management

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    The college management is very strict and treat students as kids which they are not.

    6/10food & accom
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    Dr. Bala V Balachandar Campus, ECR Road, Manamai
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    Hi there, I would like to know whether part time or full time MBA is better?What about the placements for part time MBA students.

    03 Apr, 2017 00:10

    Hi Dinesh, it depends on your preference whether you want to do MBA full time or part time. If you have adequate time then Full-time MBA is a better option otherwise for a working professional, part-time MBA works well.

    03 Apr, 2017 16:13
    Kanika Nuwal

    Hi.. Im working in the Finance Department of ITC Limited for 2 years now. I have achieved admission in Great Lakes will want to know if I should take it up? how good is it for a non engineer??

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