Careers360 Live Chat: Q&A session with Shalu Dua, Manager – Admissions, Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai
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Shalu Dua, Manager- Admissions at Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai resolves queries from prospective students of the institute on different aspects related to admissions and course structure of Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai. Careers360 brings to you all the Q&A from the live chat with the Admissions Manager at Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai.

 

Excerpts from the Live Chat with Great Lakes Institute of Management.

 

Karuna: I am a fresher and want to pursue MBA in Sales and Marketing. What are the admission criteria? Do you ask for any specific CAT cut off percentile? What is the last date for filling up the application form?

Shalu Dua: All applicants are evaluated based on GMAT/CAT/XAT/CMAT scores, past academic performance, essays, work experience (if any) and performance in the personal interview (PI). The selection process builds in a criterion that facilitates evaluating each applicant on their Academic Abilities, Standardized Test Scores, Rank Holders, Integrity & Ethical Values and Diversity of Background.

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At Great Lakes, we do not have fixed cut-offs, as we try to evaluate candidates in a holistic manner. We consider the complete profile, so while the test scores are important, we emphasize more on selecting well-rounded candidates with a strong overall track record.

 

The last date for filling the admission form is 25th February, 2018.

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Amit: For two years PGDM (Post Graduate Diploma in Management) course, which are the entrance examinations you consider for admission?

Shalu Dua: For PGDM 2018, Great Lakes Institute of Management will accept CAT scores of years 2016/ 2017 or XAT scores of years 2017/ 2018 or GMAT scores taken after Jan 1, 2016 or CMAT scores of the year 2017/ 2018. Applicants will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis including the GMAT/CAT/XAT/CMAT scores, past academic records, essays, work experience (if any) and performance in the personal interview.

 

Tushar Gambhir: I scored 86.27 percentile in MAT September 2017. Am I eligible for Great Lakes?

Shalu Dua: I am sorry to mention that we do not accept MAT score.

 

For PGPM 2018, Great Lakes Institute of Management will accept CAT scores of the year 2016/2017, XAT scores of the year 2017/2018 or GMAT scores taken after Jan 1, 2015 or CMAT scores of the year 2017.

 

For PGDM 2018, Great Lakes Institute of Management will accept CAT scores of years 2016/ 2017 or XAT scores of years 2017/ 2018 or GMAT scores taken after Jan 1, 2016 or CMAT scores of the year 2017/ 2018.

 

Prashant Gupta: I am a fresher and recently completed my graduation with Commerce. How do I apply for MBA at your institute?

Shalu Dua: Freshers and candidates with less than 24 months of work experience as on 30th June 2018 are eligible to apply for MBA study programme. You need to appear for XAT/CMAT/GMAT/CAT entrance examinations and then follow the admission procedure.

 

Sandhya: I'm working in TCS and it's been 3 years. Is your college a good option for students with work experience?

Shalu Dua: With more than 2 years of experience, you can apply for PGPM which is a one year programme. Also, we have a lot of students coming every year from TCS. Your current company, TCS also renders sabbatical to students joining Great Lakes. Good luck!

 

Dhruv Bansal: Do you accept NMAT score? Is it possible to get admissions to regular MBA or Diploma with NMAT?

Shalu Dua: Sorry, Dhruv. We do not accept NMAT score. If you are interested to pursue MBA at our institute, you need to sit for either of the mentioned tests-XAT/CMAT/GMAT/CAT.

 

Tapshika: I scored 78 percent in 10th, 82 percent in 12th, 80 percent in Graduation but my CMAT score is 76. Would I be considered for admission at your college? Is there any management quota?

Shalu Dua: Your academic score is fine but CMAT score seems quite low. Given your interest, suggest you to plan for CMAT/ XAT/ CAT/GMAT. I am sure you would fare well.

 

We do not have any management quota, the admission is purely based on merit.

 

Aakanksha: I am interested in pursuing MBA Marketing at Great Lakes. I have scored 60 percentile in CAT. Am I eligible? What are the programmes you offer? 

Shalu Dua: We have 2 Programs- 2 Year PGDM & 1 Year PGPM. Your CAT percentile is quite low. I would suggest you to re-appear in CAT for better percentile or try any other entrance exams like CMAT/XAT/GMAT.

 

Shanky: Are weekends off in your campus for MBA students?

Shalu Dua: Generally its off, but many a times, there are guest lectures conducted over weekends. Students are expected to join the same.

 

Tarun: Do you guarantee 100 percent placement in PGPM and PGDM at your institute? What has been your current placement statistics? Throw some light on the average package that was offered to students.

Shalu Dua: The PGPM Class of 2017 witnessed an excellent placement ratio with 100 percent of the students getting placed across diverse sectors and functional areas. The placement process saw participation from various leading recruiters like Daimler, Dell, Deloitte, EY, Grant Thronton, HCL, INautix, Infosys, ITC Infotech, JSW Group, L&T Hydrocarbon, McKinsey, Musigma, Scope International, Shell, Tata Consultancy Services, Vatech Wabag, Virtusa Polaris, Wipro, ZS Associates, etc., to name a few. The average CTC offered to the Class of 2017 was Rs. 12.33 LPA.

 

The placement process of PGDM Class of 2017, attracted leading corporates like ITC, HUL, Deloitte, EY, Shell, Ford, GSK, Accenture, Cognizant, Dell, HCL, Axis bank, ICICI, HDFC Life, Infosys, JP Morgan, etc. The average CTC offered for the Class of 2017 was INR 9.30 LPA.

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