Hotel 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.
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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 Auranagabad Entrance ExamTop Hotel Management Colleges – State Hotel Management Colleges
DIHM, Lajpat Nagar
Dr.YSR National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality Management
Top Hotel Management Colleges – Private Hotel Management Colleges
K C College of Hotel Management
Munnar Catering College
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:
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
B.Sc. in Hotel Management and Catering Technology
International Institute of Hotel Management Electronic Common Hospitality Admission Test (e-CHAT)
B.Sc. Catering Science and Hotel Management
All India Management Association (AIMA) conducts Under Graduate Aptitude Test (AIMA UGAT BHM)
Dr.YSR NITHM, Hyderabad
Vidya Jyoti Institutions, Raipur
Goa University, Plateau
CII & CITMS, Durgapur
SRM IHM, Chennai
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
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
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
Panjab University Tourism and Hospitality Aptitude Test
B.Sc. in Hospitality & Hotel Administration and B.Sc. in Tourism Management
Hotel-specific Entrance Examinations
Oberoi Group hospitality institute, affiliated to IGNOU
Hotel Operations Programme and Kitchen Operations Programme
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
Ecole Hoteliere Lavasa Entrance Test
Ecole Hoteliere Lavasa hospitality institute, certified by Ecole HÃ´teliÃ¨re de Lausanne (EHL), Switzerland
Hospitality Management programme
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 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
Indian Airlines, IndiGo, Spice Jet
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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