What does Great Lakes Institute of Management look for in a Candidate

What does Great Lakes Institute of Management look for in a Candidate

“Do I possess the qualities required to get into a top B-School?”

This is the question that goes through the minds of all professionals a few years into their careers. Great Lakes Institute of Management goes through thousands of applications each year and only a select few get accepted.

So, what differentiates the selected applicants from the rejected ones?

Before answering this question, one must understand the fact that entrance exams like CAT, XAT, GMAT, etc. are just the tools for primary filtration. If a good test score is the only weapon in your arsenal then you’re in for a surprise as the final selection depends on a candidate’s performance in the subsequent stages that include PI, essays, group discussions etc. The basic idea behind such a rigorous admission process is that a candidate must be able to justify his/her test score with something more substantial.

The Great Lakes admissions committee is always on the lookout for that one factor in the applicants which makes them stand out from the crowd and if you possess even one of the following qualities, you’ll gain a significant advantage over rest of the applicants.

Potential to drive Business Impact through Leadership

Leadership potential is the top box to check when you apply to Great Lakes. We want to invest in an applicant who’ll go out and make an actual difference in the real world. Therefore, you will have to demonstrate that you possess what it takes to be a leader either in your work experience, academic life, extracurricular activities or elsewhere.

Demonstrated Track Record of Achievement

We keenly seek applicants who have a demonstrable record of achievement. We truly believe that achievement can manifest in many forms, from academic excellence to college extracurricular activities to professional accomplishments, to personal wins.

We value demonstrated achievement irrespective of its scale and sphere; whether you’ve started up a company, headed a project at work, captained a sports team or organized a relief fund, we consider all these as examples of achievement.

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

As an MBA Grad, you’d be expected to not just be good at what you do but also effectively portray that you are good. You need to be able to market yourself and effective communication and interpersonal skills are the key to do that. If you are a brilliant professional but can’t make a pitch for your ideas and opinions or can’t convince others about your potential, then you probably aren’t ready for the big leagues. The essays and personal interviews are the stages of the admission process where you can showcase your communication skills.

Relevant Work Experience

Work experience of minimum 24 months is a mandatory eligibility criterion for applying to the PGPM program. But more than your career choice, you’ll be assessed on the basis of the progress you made professionally vis-a-vis your earlier self. The factors that make you stand out are the consistent upward movement of our career graph, roles & responsibilities on the job, team-building, managerial tasks and proactive approach.

Thought Clarity & Career Aspirations

When you’re applying to Great Lakes, you must have a few choices to help you lay down a foundation. Whether you wish to achieve a leadership role or switch careers or become an entrepreneur post your graduation, you must be able to clearly communicate it to the Admissions Committee. Remember, it’s not just about securing a place in a B-school, it is more about what difference you want to make in the real world and neither is possible without aspirations and ambitions.

Right Fit with the Program

All MBA programs have a personality. For example, the PGPM at Great Lakes is best suited for professionals who have proved their mettle in the industry and are now looking for an accelerated growth. The PGDM, on the other hand, has a completely different approach as it prepares the individuals to face the real world business challenges for the first time. In order to secure a place in Great Lakes or any other B-School, you’ll have to effectively justify that you’re not just compatible with the program but with the culture of the school as well.

We at Great Lakes are looking forward to meeting you. So, Good Luck and May the odds be ever in your favour.

 

Team Admissions

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XAT 2018 – Last Minute Tips and Strategies

XAT 2018 – Last Minute Tips and Strategies

With less than 72 hours to go for Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT 2018), you must be well prepared for one of the most coveted B-School entrance exams held in the country. In these crucial last few hours, there is no point in cramming up new things. What you need to do now is work towards revising and retaining what you have already studied in the past months.

Now that XAT is just around the corner, here are a few last minute tips that will keep you calm and help you do better on the D-day.

Get Acquainted with the New Test Pattern

XAT 2018 is going online for the first time in the history of XAT and therefore, it will be wise to get acquainted with the new pattern. This will help in saving crucial minutes when you sit for the actual test. You can get familiarised with the new XAT test pattern on www.xatonline.in. The link for the mock test is available on the tickr at the top of the home page.

Revision

This is the time when you need to focus heavily on revisions and treat your short notes as The Bible. Revise all important concepts, facts, dates and formulae. Don’t waste your time in starting new topics at this stage. Instead, devote your time on clearing confusions and strengthening what you have already prepared.

Speed & Accuracy

Your performance in the upcoming XAT 2018 is highly dependent on what you have prepared and how good your command is over the topics you consider to be your strengths. Remember the fact that speed and accuracy matter more than anything else. There is a negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer and a penalty of 0.05 marks per question if you skip more than 12 questions. But XAT is a low scoring exam, so focus on accuracy is extremely important to ensure that you don’t lose hard earned marks. If you can’t answer a question, it is better to lose 0.05 marks for not attempting as compared to losing 0.25 marks for a wrong answer.

Formulate an Exam Strategy

Entering the exam centre without a sound strategy is like going to a gunfight with a wooden sword. If you want to score well on the exam, you need to finalise a strategy and then stick to it during the test. It is advisable that you set aside 45 minutes for each section of Part 1 of the exam and use the remaining 35 minutes to revisit tricky questions from each section. While working on Part 2 of XAT, get done with the General Awareness section in the initial 10 minutes and then focus on the essay for the remainder of the time.

Don’t be in a Hurry with RCs

Reading Comprehensions are the trickiest part of the paper and hence, take your time with them. Read the paragraphs carefully and follow an elimination approach while attempting the questions. Do not over attempt the questions and revise topics like Active Passive, Direct Indirect, Jumbled Sentences and Figures of Speech before entering the test centre.

Decision Making

Decision Making is a unique section of XAT. But, if you are weak in Quantitative Ability, then you can make up for that in this section. Questions in DM can be a little mind boggling and you might feel that all the options sound like the right one. Hence, be careful, read the questions wisely, and practice a lot of examples. Also, revise all the tips and tricks religiously to keep them fresh in your head while taking the exam.

Don’t worry too much about General Awareness

General Awareness section’s marks are not a part of your XAT percentile calculation and your performance in this section doesn’t matter if you are aspiring for any B-school other than XLRI. Even for XLRI, scoring 5-6 marks here will be enough to counter any negative perception.

Stay Composed and Determined but most of all, DON’T PANIC

If you have prepared well and have given your 100 per cent till now, then there is no reason to fret. Stay calm and confident during the exam. Don’t panic even if you are unable to answer the first couple of questions. Remember that you’ve got this, you’ve prepared well for it!!

Good Luck!!

Random B-School Musings

Random B-School Musings

Even as term 4 for PGPM 2018 is underway, it seems like yesterday when I entered the campus of Great lakes institute of management, Gurgaon. I think it will be fair for me to say that by now our learning curve has grown exponentially (I was actually looking for an even more superlative word) for having studied twenty two courses in these four and a half months. In the aftermath, however, we have sixteen ‘not so frequently opened’ yet bulky pillow sized books for our perusal (I honestly don’t know when and how these will actually be used.)

But as I recount the seemingly short experience here, I struggle to describe how awesome this journey is panning out to be. I am unable to elucidate that feeling where, on a Friday night – 11:53 PM to be exact – you are still in the Academic block and ceaselessly trying not to miss the midnight deadline for a class group project and at the same time keeping your subconscious mind alert about the pre-reads you have for next day’s schedule that has an early morning lecture on Statistical methods for decision making and Financial accounting.

TGIF? Nah, not for a B-schools student. (Now I know why corporates crave for Fridays)

But all this seems lame and off-centre without the most important ingredient in this recipe for what I call the ‘B-school Khichdi’ – “The almost ready future Manager”.  Yes, the My B-school herd has been the most entertaining and the most Heteroscedastic (Prof. Bharadwaj, please forgive me for the usage) bunch of individuals. Ok, a quick recap – Heteroscedasticity refers to the circumstance in which the variability of a variable is unequal across the range of values of a second variable that predicts it. Thank me later.

These people have made life interesting and I would be irreverent if I don’t mention the kind of people I have encountered here. So, in no particular order, let me first introduce you to:

  • The Future CEO. No, the batch’s current CEO. PGPM batch of 2018 knows who that is. This person is extremely good at everything without being the best at anything. We all know the phrase – “Jack of all trades and Mas…” (Just kidding. Or am I?) Talking of class participation, this person speaks regularly and intelligently in class without ever saying anything remotely controversial. Diplomacy is the word!
  • Ok sorry. I am getting ahead of myself – In economic theory, and also in lay man’s opinion, there is a notion that whatever goods and services are provided, they must be paid for by someone – that is, you don’t get something for nothing. As Prof. Himadri would say, “There ain’t no such thing as free lunch”. Or as I abbreviate it, Tanstafl.
    But we sure have “Free- wait for it-loaders”. These are the clever ones. They know the knack of delegating responsibility without giving the slightest notion that part of the onus is on them too. But we all sure have a lot of things to learn.
  • Moving on, we have the ‘Friend-setters’ who have continued their trendsetting attitude of being jovial and cordial with everyone. But there are also people from the exact bipolar end.
  • The Solitary Reaper – No, that is too optimistic a phrase for this person who thinks the world is an illusion and human interaction is a mystery. William Wordsworth would never want me to tag such a person with his beautifully written metaphor of a nightingale. The lone wolf would be a suitable phrase, yes. But who knows. Although termed aloof, they are the fiercest of friends and they have their own little world. They are focussed with full intent on one goal. Ok, too much philosophy. Apologies.

By the way, this ‘One goal’ theory brings me to the most important subject of discussion that any B-school has to offer – Placements.

Needless to say, even as I am drafting this, the Pre-Placement preparation scenario is in full swing and it never ceases to give jitters as soon as a JD from a firm that is offering jobs is released. But the most dominant part of this preparation has to be the “Group discussion” prep and it is hilarious at times.

I hope the PlaceComm doesn’t throw me as an outcast when I talk about the observations I have made in these sessions. The observations are actually on the participants. So I think I am safe.

Every group discussion (I’ve observed) has these. And I am one among them (so much for modesty). Here’s a broad categorization of the four typical characters I have encountered in GDs so far:

  • The “Know it all” sort – The genuinely, just, ridiculously smart person of the batch who often brings up unusual and weird (yet relevant) opinions on the table during a discussion. This person sure has a way of getting noticed, for the right reasons. Sadly, all we can do is look up to him/her.
  • The “I agree with you” sort – Always finishes the other person’s sentences and adds the aforementioned phrase. Seldom has unique points but vehemently participates nonetheless.
  • The “Search engine optimist” – This person has gone through that One link on the internet (Invariably the first link that pops up on a basic google search. No matter how remotely irrelevant the current topic of discussion is, this genius will try to bring in some fact or figure from that One link
  • The “Silencer” – The loudest noise this person makes is from his pen when he is scribbling stuff during the initial two minutes that are given to gather ones thoughts. This person has all the right points to discuss, but fails to bring them out in speech. Definitely noticeable when the group discussion is a fish market.

There are innumerable memories that are etched on our minds since the past four and a half months and I am sure a lot more is in store for us as we head on to the placement season with vigour and zeal.

Godspeed!

Author: Samuel Johnson

PGPM, Class of 2018, Great Lakes, Gurgaon

Annual Sports Meet: the fight to win!

It was one helluva of an event that had the perfect mix of enthusiasm, dedication and the fight to win.

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The annual sports day concluded on Sunday, 27th October with much fanfare and fun minus all the mishaps (READ: Injuries, pains, muscle tears) etc. The games had all the teams of Vulcans-PGPM Energy’15, Ojas-PGPM Energy’14 and Titans PGPM’14 along with Alumni and Faculty teams meeting each other for the first time on fun grounds and playing against each other, with ferocious spirit of winning the game and upholding the spirit of being fair… with one and all… So, whether it was football or cricket everyone came out with their set of ploys for the game and played with their full might.

When it comes to sports the common myth of girls not being sporty enough went for a complete toss when even the girls of the three teams came out in the open and played with full enthusiasm and aplomb. On the other hand no game is complete without the perfect audience and our fellow Lakers were very dedicated when it came to a fan base… So be it braving the cold or the harsh sun… the Lakers were all game for the GAME!!!

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As the games ended it was time to savour some hot piping pooris with rice, sabjis et al at our very own Swiss cottage kitchen! Which was a foodie’s delight for those two days of pure fun.

As the curtains closed for the sports day, it was time to announce the winners and the losers; but all in the spirit of game!

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Wish this wouldn’t have ended so soon! Hope to come back again with more fun unlimited!

Happy reading 🙂

Warm Regards,
Events Committee
Great Lakes, Gurgaon