Hotel Management: UG and PG Courses, Eligibility, Entrance Examination, Top Colleges and Job Prospects

Hospitality Industry is the second largest employer in the world as per research studies by the World Travel and Tourism Council. This fact is strong enough to back the growing popularity of courses in the hospitality field. Further, the expansion of hotels, resorts and restaurants promises a bright career option.

 So, for all the hotel industry aspirants, here are all the details you need to know for joining the ever-expanding industry. Before joining any course, make sure that the degree provided by the institute is recognised by Government of India/UGC/AICTE/NCHMCT.

Hotel Management Courses

Graduation

Bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management (BHM) is a 4-year course which imparts conceptual knowledge and practical training to work in hospitality and catering industry. High school level education or any other equivalent qualification from a recognised board is the minimum education qualification for a bachelor’s degree.

Post-graduation

A post-graduation degree in Hospitality (M.Sc. or M.A.) helps to understand the organization and control of various activities in a hotel in order to provide the best services. This degree prepares the student to hold top-level management positions at hotels and resorts. These programs are completed in two years of duration with options to complete your master’s off-campus. MBA in Hospitality is also a trending option for a post-graduate degree.

Eligibility for Hotel Management

  • Candidates must have passed class 12th level or equivalent examination in any stream. The percentage of marks varies among institutes between 40% and 50%.
  • Some institutes provide admission through entrance exams while other select the students on the basis of their qualifying exam marks.

Other Details

Hotel Management Entrance Exams

National Council of Hotel Management and Catering Technology Joint Entrance Exam (NCHMCT JEE)

For: Undergraduate Courses

It is a national level entrance exam through which students are selected for admission into 51 institutes of hotel management across the country. The exam is conducted through offline mode. Admission of qualified candidates is done on the basis of their ranks and preferences in B.Sc. Hospitality & Hotel Management courses. It is a three-year duration course.

Uttar Pradesh State Entrance Examination Bachelor of Hotel Management and Catering Technology (UPSEE BHMCT)

For: Undergraduate Courses

This is a state-level exam organized by the Uttar Pradesh Technical University (UPTU), Lucknow for admission of successful candidates in undergraduate hotel management courses offered by the participating institutes in Uttar Pradesh. The exam offers admission into Bachelor of Hotel Management and Catering Technology.

Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University Common Entrance Test Bachelor of Hotel Management and Catering Technology (IPU CET BHMCT)

For: Undergraduate Courses

IPU CET BHMCT is conducted once a year for admission to Bachelor of Hotel Management and Catering Technology programme offered by IPU affiliated institutions. More than 120 colleges are affiliated to the University in Delhi NCR. The exam is scheduled in the month of May.

Oberoi – STEP

For: Undergraduate and Post-graduate Courses

This exam is organized by the Oberoi Group for selecting candidates for its two programmes namely “The Hotel Operations Programme” and “The Kitchen Operations Programme”. Qualified candidates have to undergo practical training in assigned hotels of The Oberoi Group. On completion of the training, candidates are awarded Bachelor of Tourism Studies (BTS) degree from IGNOU and a “Certificate of Proficiency” from The Oberoi Group. Check out the official website of Oberoi Group for complete details.

Institute of Hotel Management (IHM) Aurangabad Entrance Exam

For: Undergraduate Courses

The Institute of Hotel Management, Aurangabad is a joint effort of Dr. Rafiq Zakaria’s Maulana Azad Educational Trust and the Taj Group for providing high-quality education in the field of hospitality. The selection of candidates is done through the entrance exam for B.A. (Hons.) Hotel Management and B.A. (Hons.) Culinary Arts programmes. The duration for the programme is 4 years.

Hotel Management Top Colleges

  • Institute of Hotel Management, Catering & Nutrition, Pusa, Delhi
  • Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration, Manipal
  • Institute of Hotel Management, Catering Technology & Applied Nutrition, Chennai
  • Institute of Hotel Management, Catering Technology & Applied Nutrition, Mumbai
  • Institute of Hotel Management, Catering Technology & Applied Nutrition, Hyderabad
  • Army Institute of Hotel Management & Catering Technology, Bangalore
  • Department of Hotel Mangement, Christ University, Bangalore
  • Banarsidas Chandiwala Institute Of Hotel Management & Catering Technology, Delhi
  • Institute of Hotel Management, Catering Technology & Applied Nutrition, Gwalior
  • NSHM School of Hotel Management, Durgapur

Job Prospects

Hotels have many departments namely Front Office, Operations, Food and Beverages, Sales and Marketing, Accounting, Engineering/Maintenance, Security and more. Candidates can opt to work in their chosen field. Apart from prospects in Hotel and Restaurants, a degree in Hospitality and Management offers jobs in:

  • Airline Catering and Cabin Services
  • Cruise or Ships
  • Clubs
  • Hospital administration and catering
  • Hospitality services in the Indian Navy
  • Hotel and Tourism Associations (for example; state tourism development corporations)
  • Hospitality services in various MNCs
  • Guest Houses, resorts
  • Forest Lodges
  • Kitchen Management (running canteens in schools, colleges, company guest houses and factories)
  • Hotel and catering institutes (as a management trainee/ marketing or sales executive)
  • Catering departments of banks, railways, shipping companies, armed forces etc.
  • Self-employment (as an entrepreneur)

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

How to become a chef?

Pursue a course in Hotel management (Bachelor degree in Hotel Management). Opt for specialization in:

  • Food and beverages services
  • Food and beverages production (cooking and baking)

What are the career prospects in hospitality industry?

There are lots of opportunities in the hospitality industry. You can aim for building a career as a management trainee, marketing/sales executive, customer relations executive, housekeeping manager, kitchen manager, and catering officer. You can also look forward to work as a chef in hotels, cruises, flight kitchens, fast food chains and other allied industries.

What are the higher study options after bachelor’s degree in hospitality?

You may choose from any of the courses after BHM or B.Sc. in Hotel Management:

  • Masters in Hospitality and Tourism
  • MBA in Hospitality
  • Regular MBA program

What is the duration of a post-graduate course in hospitality?

Two years or less.

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