Hotel Management Courses

Hotel Management Courses

 Hotel Management

Hotel Management is one of the most popular career fields in India. Several reputed colleges and universities offer graduate and postgraduate courses in different domains of hotel management. In order to take admission in these courses, students have to clear a specific entrance exam of national, state, or university-level. A great number of students appear for hotel management entrance exams every year. If you are planning to pursue a profession in hotel management, glance through the complete information regarding the requisite courses:
Hotel Management Courses
There are a variety of courses available for hotel/hospitality management aspirants in India. While some institutes provide degree courses in hotel management, some others certificate and diploma courses as well. Listed below are the common programs in the sphere of hotel/hospitality management:
UG Courses:
·       Bachelor of Hotel Management (BHM)
·       Bachelor of Hotel Management & Catering Technology (BHMCT)
·       BSc in Hospitality/Catering/Hotel Management
·       BBA in Hotel Management
·       BA in Hotel Management
PG Courses:
·       Master of Hotel Management (MHM)
·       Master in Tourism & Hotel Management (MTHM)
·       MBA in Hotel/Hospitality Management
·       M.Sc. in Tourism & Hospitality Management
·       M.Sc. in Hotel & Catering Management
Diploma/Certification Courses:
·       Diploma in Hotel/Hospitality Management (with specialization)
·       Certificate in Hotel & Hospitality Management (CHHM)
·       Certificate/Diploma in Hotel & Catering Management
·       Postgraduate Diploma in Hotel Management (with specialization)
The duration of the bachelor degree courses is generally 3-4 years, and that of the master degree is 2 years. Further, the diploma and certification courses can be completed in 6 months to 3 years.


Hotel Management Entrance Exams 2021
Hotel Management entrance exams are conducted both for UG and PG courses. The associated colleges accept one/more entrance test scores as a basic criterion for admission. Most of these exams are held in the months of May and June. The following table displays essential details about major entrance exams for hotel management in India:
National-level Entrance Exams

Exam Name Conducting Authority Exam Date*
NCHM JEE National Testing Agency 4th week of April 2021
AIMA UGAT All India Management Association 19th June, 2021
IIHM eCHAT International Institute of Hotel Management 30th January, 2021

State-level Entrance Exams

Exam Name Conducting Authority Exam Date*
MAH HM CET Directorate of Technical Education, Maharashtra 2nd week of May 2021
UPSEE BHMCT Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technical University, UP 2nd week of May 2021
WB JEHOM West Bengal Joint Entrance Examinations Board 2nd week of May 2021

Institute-level Entrance Exams

Exam Name Conducting Authority Exam Date*
AIHMCT WAT Army Institute of Hotel Management & Catering Technology, Bengaluru 1st week of May 2021
BVP HM Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune June 2021
IPU CET BHMCT Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi 4th week of April 2021
PUTHAT Panjab University, Chandigarh 2nd week of May 2021

*The given dates are tentative in nature.
NCHM JEE is the most renowned entrance exam conducted for both UG and PG courses in hotel management. It is organized on the behalf of the National Council for Hotel Management and Catering Technology. Rest of the above-mentioned exams are meant for UG courses only.


Hotel Management Courses: Eligibility Criteria 2021
Candidates need to fulfil specific eligibility conditions before applying for hotel management courses. Although the exact criteria differ from course to course, the general criteria for hotel management programs are as follows:
For UG Courses:
·       The candidate must have cleared class 12th or equivalent exam from a recognized board, with English as one of the subjects.
·       Certain institutes also require the candidate to have attained at least 50% marks in class 12th. The minimum percentage criteria may also vary from institute to institute or entrance exam.
·       Most UG courses entail passing a particular entrance test. However, it is not a mandatory requirement for diploma/certificate courses. Further, some diploma programs can be opted by class 10th pass students also.
For PG Courses:
·       The candidate must have completed graduation (any stream) from a recognized university with at least 50% aggregate marks. The criteria applies both for PG diploma as well as degree courses.
·       Some institutes carry out merit-based admissions, while some others admit on the basis of a particular entrance exam.
Hotel Management Exams: Exam Pattern & Syllabus 2021
All the hotel management entrance tests are devised to check the general attitude of the candidates. Yet they may differ in the number of questions/sections, mode, and time limit. Given below are the standard features of hotel management entrance exams:
Exam Pattern

No. of Questions 100-200
No. of Sections 4-5
Types of Questions Multiple-Choice
Marks per Question 1-4
Negative Marking 0-0.25 per mark
Total Time Limit 1.5-3 hours
Sectional Time Limit None
Mode of Exam Online/Offline


Syllabus for Entrance Exams:
Questions in hotel management entrance exams are mainly fetched from the following areas:
·       Numerical and Quantitative Ability
·       Reasoning and Logical Deduction
·       English Language
·       General Knowledge and Current Affairs
Some exams also have questions from the basics of scientific concepts and service sectors.
Top Colleges & Hotels for Hotel Management Courses
In India, there are more than 1000 institutes that offer hotel management courses. While a majority of these are private, almost 200 of them are government-owned. In addition, a few reputed hotels also provide similar courses.
Top Colleges for Hotel Management:

Institute Name Entrance Test
Institute of Hotel Management, Catering & Nutrition, Delhi NCHM JEE
Institute of Hotel Management (IHM), Mumbai NCHM JEE, Merit-based*
International Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM), Kolkata IIHM eCHAT
Army Institute of Hotel Management & Catering Technology (AIHMCT), Bengaluru AIHMCT WAT
Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU), Delhi IPU CET BHMCT

*Admission to diploma/certificate courses is merit-based only.


Top Hotels for Hotel Management:
·       Oberoi Group
·       Ecole Hoteliere, Lavasa
·       ITC Group
·       Institute of Hotel Management, Aurangabad (combined initiative of Taj Group and Maulana Azad Educational Trust and)
·       Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration, Manipal (combined initiative of Manipal University and ITC Group)
The admission process in most institutes begins with shortlisting of candidates based on their entrance/class 12th score, followed by counselling. However, there may be additional screening stages like group discussion and interview as in case of IIHM.
Career Scope in Hotel Management
After completing the suitable course, the hotel management graduates can avail of an enormous scope in various fields of the industry. Owing to the thriving nature of the sector, the aspirants earn a lucrative salary of Rs. 4-10 lpa at the very start of their career. Hotel management professionals usually work at the profiles of general manager, event manager, housekeeping manager, executive chef, restaurant manager, etc.
Lastly, you can choose your course specialization as per your interests, skills, and other preferences.