For admission to the hotel Management institutes which conduct GD/PI as part of their admission process, candidates often find this round more difficult than written examinations. This is also because lack of preparedness on part of candidates as they do not need to appear for GD/PI in most of the top hotel management exams like NCHM JEE.  However, hotel management institutes like IHM Aurangabad have integrated GD-PI in their selection process for admission to their hotel management programmes.

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Careers360 here brings in-depth insight on GD-PI from Mr. Sourabh Krishna, Assistant Professor for Tourism and Hospitality at IHM-A Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces. Mr. Krishna shares key components of GD-PI preparation and also reflects on GDPI round of IHM Aurangabad Selection Procedure.  In this article, Sourabh Krishna also offers tips to aspirants on how to ace the group discussion and personal interview, which are important stages of IHM Aurangabad Selection Procedure.


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Prof Krishna suggests that a candidate needs to have deep understanding for open or closed ended replies during interview.  This, according to him, is essential for making communication impactful.


The admission panel basically looks into candidate's integrity of character, communication skills and passion towards learning the programme. He advises candidate to be thorough with their basic introduction. In introduction, some basic details should be communicated like candidate’s family background, hobbies and passions of a candidate, marks and percentage of a candidate in class 10 and 10+2, and other achievements.

saurabh-krishnaCandidate with positive attitude are hard to be rejected. So, enter the interview hall with confidence, greet the interview panel with a sweet tone, and respond to the questions with an element of optimism.

Key elements for Introduction:

Family background of a candidate


Educational background

Other achievements

A candidate must avoid lying during interviews as it can hamper their chance if they are caught or lose confidence during cross-questioning.  So, the information conveyed in the introduction part of candidate has to be well thought as ancillary questions are framed from it.

The panel members generally ask the below listed questions to gauge candidate’s rationales for choosing their career in hospitality sector and their bend of mind for the sector. A logical and honest reply from candidate always helps in the selection.


5 questions you must prepare for Interview:

  • Reasons for choosing a career in hospitality domain
  • Why not other field?
  • What do you expect to gain from the course?
  • How do you plan to utilize the course as a foundation for your dream career?
  • What do you aspire to become after 10 years?

There is always a possibility that a candidate will be asked about his/her Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, and Threat (SWOT). Prof Sourabh Krishna advises candidate to avoid highlighting his/her weakness. It should be mentioned in a positive way, by stressing efforts taken into practice to overcome and win the weakness. Besides, this candidate can intelligently reflect how his/her weakness acts as a stimulator to perform better from others.


The interview round is not solely for evaluating candidate’s communication skill. The secondary importance attached with the round is to ascertain the knowledge base of a candidate in current affairs and other socio-economic topics.


Sourabh Krishna suggests candidates to stay updated with at least 6 months old national and international news. Gain knowledge on the causes, advantages/disadvantage, and consequences of political news and events.


A candidate being asked with a topic with which he/she not equipped with latest updates, in such case a general summary of the asked topic by candidate will fetch decent marks.  The interview can be lenient if holistic information is not presented as they also understand that a person cannot be an expert on every topic.


For Group Discussion

The second stage evaluates candidate’s overall personality like how better a candidate’s communication skill is over other. It also evaluates candidates thought process about a particular issue and their overall thinking pattern, and pro-activeness.


 Expected Topics for GD?

Candidates are advised to be updated with current affairs and latest happening of India and outside the country. In Group Discussions, Sourabh Krishna shares, generally preference is given to the topics related to current happenings. He suggests a sample list of topics below for GD rounds:

  • Effectiveness of Narendar Modi’s social media campaign for his political success
  • Political turmoil between Israel and Gaza
  • Terrorism
  • MH17 Plane Crash
  • Challenges and growth opportunities in hospitality sector

Tips for Last Moment

Candidate with positive attitude are hard to be rejected. So, enter the interview hall with confidence, greet the interview panel with a sweet tone, and respond to the questions with an element of optimism.


HM Aurangabad 2014 Important Date



Application Form Deadline

July 31, 2014


July 24-26, 2014

Result declaration

August first week

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how are date for IHM application exam?

Yastika Kumar 16th Feb, 2020

Hi Azarul,

The application form for NCHMT 2020 has released by the national testing agency on January 1 and the last date has now been extended till 20 March 2020.

For more information please refer the following link:


Application form for hotel management

Vishnu Madhav Tadepalli 28th Jan, 2019

Hello, Adithya Vikram

The hotel management varies from college to college. Some of the hotel management courses offered in UG are:

Bsc in Hospitality and Hotel Administration: It has the syllabus which consists of, Introduction to cookery, Culinary terms Aims & Objects Of cooking food, Basic Principles Of food Production, Methods of cooking food.

Bachelor of Hotel Management: Food & Beverage Service, Kitchen Operations Management, Fundamentals of Management, Marketing and Human Resource Management.

Bachelor in Hotel Management and Catering Technology: Office Management Hospitality, Accounts Management, Sales & Marketing and Public Relations Management of ticketing and fare house Management and Room Maintenance.

BBA in Hospitality, travel & tourism: fundamentals of travel and tourism, travel agency and tour operations, Human Resource Management, Food & Beverage Management.

There are some other courses offered in hotel managament, I'm providing you the link of our careers360 website of hotel management where u can get clarity about application forms and all other queries .

All the Best.. 

Thank You..


What is the fee structure and duration of the course

Nazneen Tabish 21st Jan, 2019

B.Sc. in Hotel Management is a 3-year full-time undergraduate course, the minimum eligibility for which is a Higher Secondary Certificate (10+2 qualification) with a minimum aggregate score of 50% in best four relevant subjects.

The program is spread over 6 semesters, with the final 2 semesters being based on the candidate’s chosen stream of study. Admission to the course is based on the candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance test conducted by institutes such as the IHMs located in different parts of the country, and subsequent rounds of Personal Interview.

The average tuition fee charged for the course in India ranges between INR 1 and 3.5 Lacs for a span of 3 years, and the average annual salary offered in the country to such professionals ranges between INR 3 and 7 Lacs, increasing with experience and expertise.

Hope this helps you.


what is the date for applying to IHM-Aurangabad? when will they issue the application forms

ÑÍthesh 4th Jan, 2019

Hi padharthi

The application are now open please apply by feb 28th



I want information about Hotel Management entrance exam

Faizan Salim 4th Dec, 2018


Admission to 21 central and 15 state affiliated IHMs is done through the all India level National Council of Hotel Management and Catering Technology Joint Entrance Examination (NCHM JEE). Also there are some other state and  university level entrance exams for hotel management. these include 


For complete details about hotel management entrance exams refer to following link

Hope this helps.


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