Know all about Hotel Management in India

Know-all-about-Hotel-Management-in-IndiaHotel Management in India - With hospitality sector in India figuring amongst the best performing sectors, a career in hotel management opens up a plethora of opportunities for young generation today. According to industry experts, Indian hospitality sector, which is growing at Cumulative Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 14%, is just behind booming Information Technology (IT) sector. According to Planning Commission data, Hospitality sector is the second largest employer in the country after Information Technology sector, and is capable of offering employment opportunities to a varied range of unskilled workers to professional executives in the country. From this article, aspirants of this exciting field can know all about hotel management in India.

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No wonder, India’s major luxury hotels like Leela, Oberoi and Taj figure amongst world’s top hospitality groups. Besides this, investments by major foreign players like Starwood, Marriot in collaborations with domestic companies has further added to the career opportunity in hotel management domain in India. The growing volume and business of fast-food chains like Kentucky Fried Chicken, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut and Domino’s are increasingly contributing to the organized food business in the country and thus recruiting professional hotel management graduates to run their outlets. Thus, from luxury hotels to fast-food chains; and tourist hot spots to domestic and international airlines, career opportunities in this high-growth hospitality sector are enormous.


Facts and Figures:

  • Tourism and Hospitality industry in India has been growing at a Cumulative Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 14% every year – As per Overseas Indian Facilitation Centre (OIFC), set up by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs and CII

  • The sector's direct contribution to gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to grow at 7.8 percent per annum during the period 2013-2023 – India Brand Equity Foundation

  • By the year 2020, tourism could add another Rs 850,000 crores to India’s GDP – World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC)

  • The market size of the tourism and hospitality industry in India stood at US$ 117.7 billion in 2011 and is anticipated to touch US$ 418.9 billion by 2022 – Industry Estimates

  • The amount of FDI inflow in Indian hospitality and tourism industry during the last couple of years was more than US$6000 million – Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP)

As per industry estimates, the gap between demand and supply of manpower may get wider in coming future and quality of manpower would be utmost importance to sustain high growth in this sector. In the wake of the apparent shortage of trained manpower in the industry, some corporate groups have also entered into training and started their own Institutes of Hotel Management.


Careers360 presents here a detailed overview of the Hotel Management courses, top colleges, related entrance exams and other important aspects that help you broaden your knowledge towards exploring a career opportunity in hotel management in India.


Top Colleges in Hotel Management:


First of all, we bring you the list of popular Hotel Management Institutes set up by central government, state government and private bodies.


Top Hotel Management Colleges – Central Hotel Management Colleges



IHM, Delhi, Pusa


IHM, Mumbai


IHM, Kolkata


IHM, Chennai


IHM, Thiruvanathapuram


IHM, Hyderabad


IHM, Bangalore


IHM, Goa


IHM, Gandhinagar


IHM, Jaipur


AIHM, Chandigarh


IHM, Guwahati


IHM, Lucknow


IHM, Shimla


IHM, Bhopal


IHM, Hajipur


IHM, Gwalior


IHM, Srinagar


IHM, Gurdaspur


IHM, Bhubaneswar


IHM, Shillong


IHM Auranagabad Entrance ExamTop Hotel Management Colleges – State Hotel Management Colleges



DIHM, Lajpat Nagar


CIHM, Chandigarh


SIHM, Dehradun


SIHM, Rohtak


SIHM, Faridabad


SIHM, Silvassa


SIHM, Kurukshetra


SIHM, Gangtok


Dr.YSR National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality Management


SIHM, Kozhikode


SIHM, Panipat


SIHM, Hamirpur


SIHM, Pondicherry


SIHM, Jodhpur


SIHM, Tiruchirapalli


SIHM, Bathinda


Top Hotel Management Colleges – Private Hotel Management Colleges



K C College of Hotel Management


Munnar Catering College


IHM, Meerut


SRM Institute of Hotel Management


CCHM, Landran, Mohali


Shri Shakti College of Hotel Management


Oriental School of Hotel Management


Gurunanak Institute of Hotel Management


Chitkara School of Hospitality


VELS College of Hotel Management


Desh Bhagat IHMCT


Rayat & Bahra Institute of Hotel Management


C T Institute of Hotel Management


Ranjita Institute of Hotel Management & Catering


St. Soldier Institute of Hotel Management


IHM Auranagabad Entrance Exam


Eligibility for Hotel Management Courses:

Most of the Top Hotel Management institutes accept National Council of Hotel Management Joint Entrance Examination (NCHM JEE) scores for admission to their respective courses. Candidates can find below NCHM JEE eligibility criteria:

  • Applicants must have passed intermediate or its equivalent examination with English as one of the qualifying subjects

  • Applicants, whose intermediate results are awaited, are also eligible to apply for the exam. But such candidates are granted admission on provisional basis

  • Upper age limit of applicants belonging from unreserved and OBC categories is 22 years as on July 1 of the application year

  • Age relaxation is provided to candidates belonging from SC/ST categories. For such candidates, the Upper age limit is 25 years as on July 1 of the application year

Top Entrance Exams and Courses offered

National Council of Hotel Management Joint Entrance Examination (NCHM JEE), a National level examination is the most coveted Hotel Management entrance exam. It is conducted by National Council of Hotel Management and Catering Technology, which is an autonomous body under Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.


The national level entrance exam is conducted to offer admissions for three years B.Sc. in Hospitality and Hotel Administration degree programme at 52 institutes including National, State and Private Hotel Management colleges, comprising around 8000 seats, for which nearly 20000 candidates appear every year. NCHM JEE is conducted jointly with National Council of Hotel Management (NCHM) and Catering Technology and Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).


Candidates, however, can also apply to a few other entrance exams. Careers360 here brings you different Hotel Management entrance exam in India along with the courses offered through the entrance exams and their respective duration. Check details in the table below:


Entrance Examination

Key Institutes

Course Offered

Course Duration

National-level Entrance Examinations


National Council of Hotel Management Joint Entrance Examination (NCHM JEE)

21 National Level, 16 State level and other 15 Private IHMs


(Listed above)

B.Sc. in Hotel Management and Catering Technology

3 years


International Institute of Hotel Management Electronic Common Hospitality Admission Test  (e-CHAT)

  • IIHM Delhi

  • IIHM Kolkata

  • IIHM Bangalore

  • IIHM Pune

  • IIHM Jaipur

  • IIHM Ahmedabad

  • IIHM Hyderabad

B.Sc. Catering Science and Hotel Management

3 years


All India Management Association (AIMA) conducts Under Graduate Aptitude Test (AIMA UGAT BHM)

Dr.YSR NITHM, Hyderabad

Vidya Jyoti Institutions, Raipur

Goa University, Plateau

VMSIIHE, Salcete

GCHCE, Tiswadi

CII & CITMS, Durgapur

SRM IHM, Chennai

Various Courses

3 Years

State-level Entrance Examinations


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

13 participating institutes located in Uttar Pradesh

Bachelor of Hotel Management and Catering Technology

3 years


Maharashtra Hotel Management Common Entrance Test (MAH HM CET)

Government institutes, government aided or unaided, and University Departments of institutes located in Maharashtra

Hotel Management & Catering Technology

4 years

University-level Entrance Examinations


Guru Gobind Singh Inderprastha University Common Entrance Test Bachelor of Hotel Management and Catering Technology

Guru Gobind Singh Inderprastha University

Bachelor of Hotel Management and Catering Technology

3 years


Panjab University Tourism and Hospitality Aptitude Test

Punjab University

B.Sc. in Hospitality & Hotel Administration and B.Sc. in Tourism Management

3 years

Hotel-specific Entrance Examinations


Oberoi- STEP

Oberoi Group hospitality institute, affiliated to IGNOU

Hotel Operations Programme and Kitchen Operations Programme

3 years


IHM Auranagabad Entrance Exam

Institute of Hotel Management, Aurangabad, affiliated to Taj Hotels and Resorts Limited

BA (Hons) Hotel Management

BA (Hons) Culinary Arts

BA (Hons) Hotel Management

4 years



Ecole Hoteliere Lavasa Entrance Test

Ecole Hoteliere Lavasa hospitality institute, certified by Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL), Switzerland

Hospitality Management programme

4 years

What after Hotel Management Course?


According to the industry estimates and official data, there is a growing demand of skilled professionals in the Hospitality and Tourism sector of India. After completing their undergraduate degree course in Hotel Management, can also pursue their further study and make a career in Academics. For a Hotel Management professional, the option of starting own venture or making a career as an entrepreneur is also a good option.


After completing Hotel Management course from a reputed institute, the fresh graduates get job opportunities in hotels, Quick Service Restaurant (QSR), healthcare sector, Airlines and Railway etc.


Top Recruiters:


Top recruiters in a few hospitality segments below:


Quick Service Restaurant (QSR)


Taj Group of Hotels, JW Mariott Group, Leela Group, Hilton Oberoi Group of Hotels, J.P. Hotels

Shangri-La, Imperial Hotel,  ITC Welcome Group,

Hotel Nikko Metropolitian, Ramada, Park Hotels

Asian Hotels [Hyatt Group], Bharat Hotels [The Lalit Group], Ambassador Hotels, Accor Group of Hotels, Le-Meridien Hotels, Orchid


McDonalds, Domino’s Pizza

Pizza Hut, KFC, CCD, Starbucks

Kentucky Fried Chicken, Nirula

Ruby Tuesday

Indian Airlines, IndiGo, Spice Jet


Max Healthcare

Profile and Remuneration:


Fresh hotel management graduates are generally recruited as management trainee. They might be engaged in Front Office operations, F&B production, Meeting & Events Operations Management, Restaurant Operations etc.

The salary packages to the fresher depend on the type of organization and the skill sets of the candidates. In a three- star property, the starting take home salary per month may range between 12000- 20,000 onwards.


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First Published On : 09 Oct 2015 11:05 AM IST

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