Hotel Management Admission 2020- Process, Dates, Eligibility, Documents & Top Colleges

Abhinav Chamoli
Abhinav ChamoliPublished On: October 03, 2020

The application forms for the top Hotel Management entrance exams in India are released in the month of January and February every year. This article provides an in-depth Hotel Management admission process and other important details regarding Hotel Management admissions in India.

Hotel Management Admission Process in India

Hotel Management is one of the most lucrative streams of higher education in India. A large number of students in India seek admission to Hotel Management courses after class 12th in a bid to pursue a career that promises unlimited growth and fame. For many, these courses are a pathway to a career that is as demanding as it is considered to be glamorous while for many others, the field offers prospects of high salaries, posh standard-of-living, a chance to travel to new places and have new experiences every day at work.

Why study Hotel Management?

India is a place with one of the Wonders of the World, more than 30 World Heritage Sites and a wide scope for tourism in almost every sector. From the sunkissed beaches and lavish hotels of Goa to a host of challenging adventure sports such as mountain climbing in the Himalayas to one of the world's biggest film industries, India has a long list of offerings that attract millions of foreign tourists to its shores every year.

According to the India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF) the number of foreign tourists that visit India is expected to grow to 30.1 million by the year 2028. And the total contribution of travel and tourism in India's GDP has been forecasted to almost double, from USD 251 bn to approximately USD 500 bn by 2028. With such a wide scope for growth and schemes such as Swadesh Darshan working to attract foreign tourists to India, the requirements of trained professionals in the field of Hotel Management is expected to only increase every year.

This has further increased the value of Hotel Management courses and the demand for admission to Hotel Management colleges in India.

Hotel Management Courses in India 2020

There is a wide range of hotel management courses available in India. There are Certificate, Diploma, Degree (Bachelor's and Master's) courses in Hotel Management, which can be pursued by students in India. Some of the popular Hotel Management courses available in India can be found in the table given below.

Undergraduate Certificate / Diploma Courses
Certificate Course in Hotel and Hospitality Management6 months - 1 year
Certificate Course in Hotel Management and Catering Management6 months - 1 year
Diploma in Hotel / Hospitality Management (Specializations Available)1.5 years - 3 years
Undergraduate Degree Courses
Bachelor of Hotel Management (BHM)3 years
Bachelor of Hotel Management and Catering Technology (BHMCT)4 years
BBA in Hotel Management3 years
BSc in Hotel / Hospitality / Catering Management (Specializations Available)3 years
Postgraduate Courses
Postgraduate Diploma in Hotel Management (Specializations Available)1 year
Master of Hotel Management (MHM)2 years
Master of Tourism Administration (MTA)2 years
MSc in Hotel Management / Hospitality Administration2 years
MBA in Hotel Management2 years
MBA in Hospitality Management2 years

Also Read:Hotels Offering the Best Packages to Hotel Management Graduates in India

Hotel Management Eligibility Criteria 2020

Candidates who wish to take admission to HM courses in India must meet the Hotel Management eligibility criteria. The eligibility criteria for Hotel Management courses may vary by the programme.

While Class 12th (Standard XII / Intermediate / 10 + 2) is the minimum eligibility criteria for most of the hotel management courses in India, some colleges and programmes also accept students after completing Class 10th.

Hotel Management Required Skills

Even though the field of Hotel Management offers some of the best prospects at career and salary growth, the course and the Hospitality industry is considered to be one of the most demanding jobs. Hotel Management professionals have to cope with long working hours and rough working conditions before they can expect to make it big in the field.

A candidate must possess the following skills required to excel in the field of Hotel Management and Hospitality industry.

  • Professionalism

  • Eye-For-Detail

  • Cultural Awareness

  • Good Communication Skills

  • Good Customer-Service Skills

  • Team-Work and Management

  • Quick Problem Solving and Thinking Out of The Box

  • Patience and Perseverance

  • Flexibility

Candidates who possess or can develop these skills are sure to do well in a career in the hospitality industry in India. But having good skills is not the only thing that is required. It is also very important to have formal training in the field and there are many courses which can help you climb the ladder of the Hotel Management industry in India. These courses are designed to provide theoretical and practical knowledge about the field, which helps a candidate sharpen and develop the necessary skills and abilities to become a good Hospitality professional.

Hotel Management Entrance Exams 2020

Candidates who meet the eligibility criteria are required to take an entrance exam for Hotel Management admission in India before they can take admission to a college or an institute. Entrance exams are most conducted for admission to Diploma, Bachelor's and Master's courses. Admission to Certificate courses in Hotel Management is generally done on the basis of merit or any other criteria without any entrance exam.

Entrance exams for admission to Hotel Management courses in India are conducted at the National-level, State-level by various agencies as well as by individual colleges and universities. An overview of some of the most popular Hotel Management entrance exams in India has been provided in the table below.

ExamConducting BodyApplication Start DateExam Date
National-Level Hotel Management Entrance Exams in India
NCHMCT JEENational Testing Agency (NTA)1 January 2020August 29, 2020
AIMA UGATAll India Management Association (AIMA)15 July 202019 July 2020
IIHM eCHATInternational Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM)23 November 2019

14, 15, 16 April 2020 (Online Exam)

15 May 2020 (Centre-Based)

State-Level Hotel Management Entrance Exams in India
UPSEE BHMCTDr. APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University (AKTU)27 January 20202 August 2020
MAH-B.HMCT CETMaharashtra State Common Entrance Test Cell2 March 202010 October 2020
UKSEE BHMCTUttarakhand Technical University (UTU)15 April 202010, 11 May 2020
WB JEHOMWest Bengal Joint Entrance Exam Board (WBJEEB)13 February 202010 May 2020
College / Institute-Level Hotel Management Entrance Exams in India
AIHMCT WATArmy Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology (AIHMCT)1 February 202019 August 2020
BVP HMBharatiya Vidyapeeth University (BVP)July 202017 August 2020
IPU CET BHMCTGGS Indraprastha University (GGSIPU)3 March 202012 September 2020
PUTHATPunjab UniversityCancelled(for 2020)Cancelled(for 2020)
GNIHM JETGurunanak Institute of Hotel Management (GNIHM)(Released)11 September 2020
Other Hotel Management Entrance Exams in India
Oberoi STEPOberoi GroupApril 2020April - May

Which Hotel Management Entrance Exam should you take?

There are numerous entrance exams conducted for admission to Hotel Management colleges in India. To find out the best entrance exam for you, you should first decide which Hotel Management college or university you want to get admission to. Some institutes may set specific entrance exam requirements and some may have their own exams for admission. Candidates must also ensure that they satisfy the eligibility criteria for admission to the particular college or exam that they are applying for.

It is important to note that when it comes to Diploma and Certificate courses, common entrance exams for admissions are very rare. This is especially true for Certificate courses. Since these are short-term courses designed to prepare candidates for working in certain niches of the Hospitality industry, these programmes often vary in terms of their curriculum and teaching methodology. Admission to Certificate courses offered in hotels and small HM institutes in India are often done on the basis of interviews.

Most of the candidates who wish to apply to multiple colleges through a single entrance exam should appear for the national-level or state-level hotel management entrance examinations. More details about the NCHMCT JEE exam has been in this article.


The National Council for Hotel Management and Catering Technology Joint Entrance Exam (NCHMCT JEE) is a national-level examination conducted for admission to a number of Hotel Management / Hospitality courses in Central, State and some of the top private Hotel Management colleges across India. It is the most important exam for Hotel Management aspirants in India.

The National Testing Agency (NTA) is the body responsible for conducting the NCHMCT JEE in India. NCHMTCT JEE is conducted in the month of April every year. The number of registrations for NCHMCT JEE is increasing every year. In 2018, more than 40,000 candidates appeared for the NCHMCT JEE exam.

NCHMCT JEE Eligibility Criteria 2020

Candidates who wish to register for the exam must meet following eligibility criteria for the NCHMCT JEE exam.

  • Candidates must have cleared class 12th (Standard XII / Intermediate / 10 + 2 ) from a recognized board of secondary education.

  • Candidates who are appearing in class 12th exams can also apply for the exam. However, they will be required to clear the exam before they can be granted admission to a college.

  • Candidates from any stream can apply for the NCHMCT JEE exam. However, candidates must have studied and passed in English in the qualifying examination.

  • Maximum / Upper Age Limit for NCHMCT JEE: Candidates appearing for the NCHMCT JEE exam must not be older than 25 years (calculated according to the specific date in the year of exam conduction). A 3-year relaxation in the upper age limit is provided to candidates belonging to the SC / ST categories.

Hotel Management Admission Process 2020

The process for admission to various Hotel Management colleges in India is pretty straightforward. Candidates seeking admission to HM colleges can refer to the admission process for HM admissions in India given below.

  1. Read about the Hotel Management courses and decide which course would be the best for you. Consider which type of hospitality industry you wish to join and in which sector of the hotel industry you would like to work (for eg. as a Chef, as a customer-service professional, in the Aviation industry etc.)

  2. Check CollegeDekho for the list of colleges offering Hotel Management courses in India. Shortlist the college(s) offering your choice of course.

  3. Carefully go through the eligibility criteria and admission requirements of your choice of college and ensure that you meet all the requirements. Contact the college if any clarification is required.

  4. Check the list of Hotel Management entrance exams in India and select the entrance exam that is accepted by your college of choice.
    Note that some colleges or courses may not require you to appear for an entrance exam and admissions may be based upon an interview.

  5. Check the dates, eligibility criteria for the selected entrance exam and college. Register for the entrance exam if you meet the eligibility criteria.

  6. Appear for the exam and wait for the results.

  7. Once the results are out, register for the counselling by following the due process.

  8. Select the college and course choices in the counselling, as per the counselling process and rules of the particular entrance exam.

  9. Register and complete the admission requirements (Document Verification, Form-Filling, etc.) of the college allocated to you. Pay the required fees.

Please note that the steps mentioned above are tentative and offer a general admission process that can be used as a reference for Hotel Management admissions in India. The exact process may vary by the college and course you are applying for.

Check the college and exam details for a comprehensive admission process to Hotel Management colleges in India.

Hotel Management Top Colleges 2020

India has a large number of hotel management colleges and the course is offered in a large number of its cities in a number of states in India. Here are some of the top hotel management colleges in India.

Sl. No.CollegeType
1Institute of Hotel Management, Catering and Nutrition (IHM PUSA), DelhiGovt.
2Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration (WGSHA), ManipalPvt.
3Army Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology (AIHMCT), BangalorePvt.
4Institute of Hotel Management (IHM), MumbaiGovt.
5NSHM School of Hotel Management, DurgapurPvt.
6T. John Group of Institutions (TJGI), BangalorePvt.
7International Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM), KolkataPvt.
8Amity School of Hospitality (ASH), NoidaPvt.
9Banarsidas Chandiwala Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology (BCIHMCT), DelhiPvt.
10Chitkara School of Hospitality (CSH), ChandigarhPvt.

These are some of the top and most reputed hotel management colleges in India. Please note that the colleges in the table above have been provided in no particular order.

Indian hotel management colleges are reputed for offering some of the best quality of education in the world. Hotel management colleges in India have produced hospitality professionals that have made a name for themselves in the hospitality industry not only in India but also across the world.

If a candidate requires admissions-related help, he/she can contact CollegeDekho by filling our Common Application Form or calling our toll-free student helpline number 1800-572-9877.

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