Hotel Management in India: Courses, Eligibility, Exams, Syllabus, Careers and Colleges

Hotel Management is a very popular stream students follow after their class 12 studies. In itself Hotel management industry is huge and growing at a very fast pace and thus an upcoming global industry in itself. There is a constant need for skilled professionals in the field of hotel management. So various kind of courses are available for studies in this stream both at the under-graduate as well as post graduate level. It prepares students to work at the hotels, restaurants, cafeterias, resorts, cruise liners, aviation including allied industry.

Top Ten Hotel Management colleges in India (India Today Survey, 2019)

Undergraduate Studies in Hotel Management in India

Minimum qualification necessary for a hotel management course is 10+2. Depending on the cost and duration of the course, one can opt for a certificate ,diploma or degree course. Certificate courses can be of six months to one year duration, a diploma of two years and a degree course of three to four year duration. Degree is the most acceptable at most of the job interviews and candidates get better salaries. The fees for this course is higher. Diploma in hotel management is of one or two year course. Certificate courses are usually of one year duration.

Top Courses for Undergraduate Studies in Hotel Management in India

CourseDetails

BHM or

Bachelor of Hotel Management
It is a regular fully residential 4 years long Undergraduate program. The 4 years course is divided into 8 semesters.The course will help develop skills that will help graduates thrive in the hotel as well as tourism Management sector. Entrepreneurial skills are also honed during this course.
Diploma in Hotel ManagementDiploma in Hotel Management program is of one year duration! In this span of 1 year, students will be given theoretical as well as practical knowledge. But a Diploma in Hotel Management will not be as valuable as a Bachelor’s Degree for career prospects.
BBA in Hotel ManagementB.B.A. or Bachelor of Business Administration is an Undergraduate program that lasts for 3 years. Many BBA  programs are available that allows students to specialise in Hotel Management in the last year of the program and thus teach management skills that are required for the Hotel and Tourism Industry!
B.Sc in Hotel Management and CateringThis is a 3 years course and thus a little shorter than the BHM.This too lays importance on theoretical as well as practical knowledge in all subjects required for hotel management.
Bachelor in Hotel Management and Catering Technology (BHMCT)

Offered at the undergraduate level, BHMCT course is of four years duration. In majority of the colleges it is divided into eight semesters. In this course aspirants are taught theory as well as practical subjects. As part of this course students are offered industrial training in spheres such as food and beverage service, food production, front desk operations and housekeeping. Many colleges that offer BHMCT course make it mandatory for students to undergo industrial training of 20 weeks.

 

BA in Hotel Management

BA in Hotel or Hospitality Management is also known as Hotel Administration or Hotel and Tourism Management. This course offers students a broad perspective of the subject in specialty areas such as lodging and facilities management, food and beverage industry, IT and communications, event management and tourism industry.

BA (Hons) in Hotel ManagementThis is the most advanced version of the BA in Hotel management. Studies are more comprehensive and it is usually of four years duration. Fourth year is usually the internship year. It offers better job prospects than BA in hotel management.
BA (Hons) in Culinary Arts

If one just wants to become a Chef, then this is the course for them. This course focus on food related technologies and management issues.Culinary arts study specific cooking methods and techniques in order to present healthy, tasty, unique and aesthetic dishes worthy of restaurant quality. The culinary arts teaches knowledge of business and management with skills in cooking, art and presentation.

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Eligibility Criteria for Various Undergraduate Courses for Hotel Management

CourseEligibility Criteria

BHM or

Bachelor of Hotel Management
Students who have cleared 12th standard examinations, from all streams, are eligible to apply for this course. Minimum marks criteria exists in case of many Institutes. It may vary between 45-50% marks, in 12th Board examinations.

DHM or

Diploma in Hotel Management
Students who have completed 12th standard schooling (any stream) are eligible to apply for this program. 10th standard passed students are eligible to pursue this course in some colleges.
BBA in Hotel Management

Students who have passed 12th standard (any stream) are eligible to pursue this course.

B.Sc in Hotel Management and Catering

Students who have passed 12th standard (any stream) are eligible to apply for this course. The admission is based a merit list prepared on the basis of class 12 marks.

Bachelor in Hotel Management and Catering Technology (BHMCT)

One can pursue BHMCT course right after completing their 10+2. Students from any stream, can apply for Bachelor of Hotel Management and Catering Technology course. Some colleges might have additional eligibility criteria that aspirants need to fulfil. A candidate should have secured at least 50% aggregate marks in their Class 12 exams. English language proficiency is a must. 10+2 level.  

BA in Hotel ManagementQualifying 10+2 with 50% aggregate and above in any relevant stream from a recognised university/ Passing entrance examination. Some colleges conduct an entrance exam for the same.
BA (Hons) in Hotel ManagementQualifying 10+2 with 50% aggregate and above in any relevant stream from a recognised university/ Passing entrance examination. Almost all colleges conduct an entrance exam for the same or use the national entrance exam for the same.
BA (Hons) in Culinary ArtsStudents who have passed 12th standard (any stream) are eligible to apply for this course. The admission is based a merit list prepared on the basis of class 12 marks. Some institutes might have admissions after entrance exams.
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Subjects Taught in various Courses

Name of the CourseSubjects

BHM or

Bachelor of Hotel Management

Communication Skills (English)

Food Production (Theory as well as Practical)

House Keeping

Front End Operations

Management Skills

Accounting

Business Law

Nutrition and Food Science

Business Ethics

Human Resource Management

Event Management

Public Relations

Travel Management

Entrepreneurial Skills

Diploma in Hotel Management

Front Officer Operations

Management Skills

HR Management

Communications Skills

Food Production and Nutrition

Principles of Hotel and Tourism Management
BBA in Hotel Management

Tourism Management

Hotel and Hospitality Management

Human Resource Management

Travel Management

Public Relations

Advertising and Promotion

Communication Skills

 

B.Sc in Hotel Management and Catering

Communications Skills

Hotel Management and Administration

Front Office Management

Event Management

Food Production

Travel Management

Housekeeping

Accounts

Tourism and Travel Management

Marketing Management

Bachelor in Hotel Management and Catering Technology (BHMCT)

Food and Beverages Services

Food Production and Patisserie

Front Office Management

Hospitality Accounts

Hospitality Sales & Marketing and Public Relations

Management of Ticketing and Fare

House Keeping Management and Room Maintenance
BA in Hotel Management

General operations

Sales and marketing

Front office

Food and beverage

Service keeping and catering

BA (Hons) in Hotel Management

Tourism & Hospitality Management Foundation

Food and Beverage Operations

Food Production Operations

Property Management Systems

Accommodation Management

Personal Development Planning (PDP)

Hotel Interface / Hotel Exposure

Management of Hospitality Organisations

Business Finance

Marketing Management

Human Resource Management

Meetings, Incentives, Conferences & Exhibition Management (Open)

Food & Beverage Enterprise Management (Open)

Facilities Management (Open)

Strategic Management

Hotel Operations Management

Corporate Governance

Managing Innovation & Change (Open)

Digital & Marketing Communication (Open)

BA (Hons) in Culinary Arts

Culinary Management Foundation

Food and Beverage Operations

Food Production Operations

Property Management Systems

Nutrition, Health & Safety Management

Personal Development Planning (PDP)

Hotel Interface / Hotel Exposure

Management of Hospitality Organisations

Business Finance

Marketing Management

Human Resource Management

Meetings, Incentives, Conferences & Exhibition Management Contemporary Gastronomy

Facilities Management

Culinary Operations Management

Global Cuisine Management

Digital & Marketing Communication

Culinary Innovation Management

Global Events & Festivals

Corporate Governance

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Postgraduate Courses in Hotel Management

There are plenty of courses available to pursue after under graduation in hotel management and allied industry. Higher studies ensures more lucrative jobs, usually leading to leadership roles and higher salary packages, especially if one has taken a break after graduation and worked in the related industry for a year or too.

PG Courses available to pursue in Hospitality are given below:

CourseDetails
Master of Hotel Management (MHM)

Master of Hotel Management (MHM) is a 2-year postgraduate course. The minimum eligibility required for MHM course is graduation in any discipline preferably Bachelor of Hotel Management with 55% marks.

Master in Tourism and Hotel Management (MTHM)

MTHM is a 2-year post-graduate course and the  eligibility for the course is a bachelor’s degree in Tourism and Hotel Management or any equivalent degree with minimum 50% marks. The course has 4 semesters. Different colleges and universities conduct different entrance examinations for the admission to the course.

MSc in Tourism and Hospitality Management/Hotel and Catering ManagementM.Sc. is a 2 year postgraduate course in hospitality management. The eligibility for this course is bachelors degree in hotel management, catering management or any other equivalent field of study.
MBA Hospitality Management

The basic eligibility required to study this course is graduation from any stream, preferably BBA in Hospitality Management.

MBA Hotel Management

Graduation from any stream, preferably BBA in Hospitality Management.

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Top Colleges for Post-graduation in Hotel Management Courses in India:

NameCityFees/Year
NIMS University, JaipurJaipur75,000
Mahatma Gandhi UniversityRi-Bhoi20,000
Oriental School of Hotel ManagementCalicut80,000
Imperial Institute of Management and TechnologyNainital 45,000
University of TechnologyJaipur50,000
Shikhsa O Anusandhan UniversityBhubaneshwar80,000
Subhas Bose Institute of Hotel ManagementKolkata65,000
Uttarakhand Open UniversityNainital15,000
Bhagat Phool Singh Mahila VishwavidyalayaSonepat20,000
Bundelkhand UniversityJhansi60,000
Graphic Era UniversityDehradun74,000
Arihant College of Hotel and Tourism ManagementPune55,000
Chandigarh UniversityChandigarh1,30,000
Dr. YSR National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality ManagementHyderabad1,40,000
Himalayan UniversityPapum Pare25,000
Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel ManagementGwalior

1,60,000

Rai UniversityAhmedabad80K
Shivalik Institute of Paramedical TechnologyChandigarh1.2L
Sun International Institute for Technology and ManagementHyderabad1.55L
Swami Vivekananda Institute of Engineering and TechnologyPatiala1.63L
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Entrance Exams for Hotel Management

Entrance Exams for Hotel Management courses are conducted at national, state, college and organisation level by various associations, universities and colleges. Depending upon which college and course student wishes to pursue the course in, relevant entrance test has to be taken

Here are details of Hotel Management Entrance Tests like NCHMCT JEE, AIHMCT and Common Entrance Tests (CETs) organised by individual institutions. The following table gives details for the top entrance exams held each year.

Top National Level Entrance Exams for Hotel Management in India

NameLevelDetails
NCHM JEEUG

National Council of Hotel Management and Catering Technology Joint Entrance Examination (NCHMCT JEE) offers admission to qualifying candidates on basis of their rank and preference of institutes to 51 hotel management institutes. NCHMCT JEE scores are valid for 21 Central Institutes, 14 State Government Institutes and 15 private institutes of Hotel Management.

It is conducted jointly with National Council of Hotel Management and Catering Technology and Indira Gandhi National Open University.

This test is for B.Sc in Bachelor of Hotel Management and Catering Technology

IIHM eCHATUG

International Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM) conducts Electronic Common Hotel Admission Test (eCHAT) for  admission in hotel management programmes on offer by the institute. This test is also called Combined Hospitality Aptitude Test.

After clearing IIHM eCHAT 2020, candidates are further shortlisted for admission on the basis of their performance in the group discussion and personal interview round.

IIHM eCHAT is conducted online and the aptitude report of the aspirants is emailed to them within 24 hours.

This test is for Seven IIHMs are listed below-

1.       IIHM Delhi

2.       IIHM Kolkata

3.       IIHM Bangalore

4.       IIHM Pune

5.       IIHM Jaipur

6.       IIHM Ahmedabad

7.       IIHM Hyderabad

 

This test is conducted for admission to

1.       BA in Hospitality

2.       ManagementAdvanced Diploma in International Hospitality Administration

3.       BSc in Hotel Management, Catering & Tourism

AIMA UGATUG

Under Graduate Aptitude Test (UGAT) is a standardised test being administered by AIMA annually to screen the candidates for various under graduate programs such as Integrated MBA (IMBA), BBA, BCA, BHM, B.Com, etc.
Its a paper based test and usually held in May of each year. This test is held for the following colleges. It comprises of multiple choice questions.

For IMBA, BBA, BCA etc, duration of exam is 2 hours and for BHM, it is 3 hours. 
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Top State Level Entrance Exams for Hotel Management in India

NameLevelDetails
UPSEE BHMCTUG

UPSEE BHMCT entrance exam provides admission to Undergraduate courses in Hospitality and Management for he state of UP. This is for Bachelor of Hotel Management and Catering Technology and is conducted by Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam Technical University, Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow.

UPSEE BHMCT 2018 is a State Level Entrance examination, forms of which are usually available from February 2020 and conducted in the month of April 2018. It is carried out in the online mode and minimum requirement to appear for the entrance exam is 10+2 with at least 45% of marks.

UKSEE BHMCTUGUttarakhand State Entrance Examination is conducted for Bachelor of Hotel Management course. The UKSEE BHMCT exam is a computer-based test and qualifying candidates will seek admission at any one of the five participating institutes, out which 3 are private remaining two are government institutes- Govt. Institute of Hotel Management, Almora and Govt. Institute of Hotel Management & Catering Technology, Dehradun.
MAH CET HMUG & PG

Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), Maharashtra conducts MAH HM CET for admission in Hotel Management and Catering Technology (HMCT) programmes offered at bachelors and masters levels. MAH HM CET is for all admissions in colleges/ universities offering BHMCT and MHMCT programmes which are approved and recognised by Government of Maharashtra.

Maharashtra Hotel Management Common Entrance Test (MAH HM CET) is an online entrance exam conducted at different cities across India. All candidates who are Indian nationals are eligible to apply for MAH HM CET entrance exam.
WBJEE HMUG

The West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination Board (WBJEE) conducts WB JEOM or WBHEE HM. It is a yearly entrance examination conducted for admission to the undergraduate course of Hotel Management and Catering Technology (HMCT) in West Bengal.

The application form of WB JEHOM id available in April and exam is held in July in offline mode.  This exam is held for 220 seats in the various institutions combined. The colleges accepting admissions include NSHM School of Hotel Management, Siliguri Institute of Technology and Guru Nanak Institute of Hotel Management. 
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Top University Level Entrance Exams for Hotel Management in India

NameLevelDescription
IPU CET BHMCTUG

Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, popularly known as Indraprastha University conducts entrance exam for Banarsidas Chandiwala Institute of Hotel Management & Catering Technology (BCIHMCT), which runs four year BHMCT program, as per the curriculum designed by Indraprastha University.

The BHMCT program is divided into eight semesters each of five months duration. Admission to this course is through IPUCET (BHMCT).
PUTHATUG

Panjab University conducts Panjab University Tourism and Hospitality Aptitude Test (PUTHAT) in offline mode each year in the month of May. PUTHAT is a yearly entrance examination conducted for admission to graduate courses of Hotel Management and Catering Technology and Tourism and Travel Management. courses under the University Institute of Hotel and Tourism Management (UIHTM).

There are 90 seats available (additional 9 seats for NRIs) through PUTHAT 2019. Admission of candidates to both these courses are based on merit rank obtained in the entrance examination of PUTHAT.
AIHMCT WATUGAIHMCT WAT is the Written Admission Test conducted by Army Institute of Hotel Management & Catering Technology for admitting candidates in Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel Management (BHM).
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Top Institute Level Entrance Exams for Hotel Management in India

NameLevelDetails
Ecole Hoteliere LavasaUG & PG

Ecole Hoteliere Lavasa offers Hospitality Management Program at the UG level and Advanced Culinary Program at PG level.

Candidates can apply in the online mode through the college website or through the offline mode by sending in the completed application form to the college and the minimum  eligibility for UG program is 10+2 examination or equivalent to be eligible to apply.

To apply for the Advanced Culinary Program, candidates must have a Diploma or a Degree or sufficient relevant work experience to be considered eligible.

Admission to all the courses will be done on the basis of performance in a personal interview.

Oberoi STEPUG

The Oberoi Group of Hotel’s Systematic Training and Education Programme (STEP) conducts interviews in order to shortlist interested candidates for hospitality management programmes offered by the institute. On the basis of an aspirant’s performance in the admission process of Oberoi STEP, he/she can secure admission in courses on offer at Oberoi STEP 2020 which are Hotel Operations and Kitchen Operations

IHM AurangabadUGInstitute of Hotel Management (IHM), Aurangabad or IHM-A conducts a profiling test, group discussion and interview round to shortlist aspirants for admission in courses offered at the hospitality. Although the admission process is not referred by any specific name but for ease of recollection it is called IHM Aurangabad entrance exam.
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Hotel/ Hospitality Management Career Prospects

There is a very wide array of career prospects after graduation or post graduation in Hotel/Hospitality Management Studies. The type of Jobs will depend upon the level of education.
Various job Profiles available are:

Job Profiles after completing Hotel Management Studies

Hotel ManagerChef
Event Manager

Banquet Manager

Accommodation Manager

Steward

Front Office ManagerAir Cabin Crew
Fast Food Restaurant ManagerCustomer Service Manager
Housekeeping ManagerHospitality Marketing Managers
Conference Centre Manager

Tour Manager

Food and Beverage Manager

Tourism Officer

Restaurant and Food Service Manager

Floor Supervisors

Catering Manager

Bell Boys

State Tourism Corporations

Railway Hospitality and Catering Service

Campus Interviews and Top Recruiters in the Industry

Hyatt CorporationITC Limited Hotel Division
Accor HospitalityIntercontinental Hotels & Resorts Group
The Leela Palaces, Hotels & ResortsMoods Hospitality Pvt. Ltd.
Marriott International, Inc.Vatika Group (Hospitality)
Hilton WorldwideLe Meridien
The Taj Group of HotelsOberoi Group of Hotels
Radhakrishna Hospitality Services Ltd

Various Airlines, Shipping Industry and Event organisers

Amalgamated Bean Coffee Trading Co Ltd. 

Hotel Management Under-graduate Courses Synopsis

Course LevelUndergraduate
Duration3 to 4 years
Examination TypeSemester/Yearly
Eligibility10+2 (English & Mathematics as core subjects)
Admission Process

Merit/Entrance

Course FeeINR 10,000-2,00,000 per year
Average Starting SalaryINR 2-6 Lakhs per annum
Employment IndustriesCatering, Hotels, Culinary, Event Management

Hotel Management Post-graduate Courses Synopsis

Post-graduate CoursesMHM, MTHM, MSc and MBA in Hotel & Catering Management
Duration2 years, full-time or Distance Learning
Examination Type

Semester System

EligibilityGraduation
Admission ProcessEntrance Exam or marks in graduation, and occasionally, personal interview.
Average Course FeeINR 10,000 to 200,000
Average Starting SalaryINR 200,000 to 1,200,000
Top RecruitersHotel Chains, Resorts, Aviation, Catering and Event Management Companies

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