Here’s a list of entrance exams that you can crack to enter the hospitality sector. The NCHMCT JEE can get you into some of India’s top-notch public institutions…




Fact fact

Name of the exam: MAH HM CET

Type of exam: State level exam

Eligibility: 10+2 pass (45%for GEN; 40% for backward class)

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Mode of examination: Online

Application fee: Rs.800 (General), Rs. 600 (of Backward Class & PwD belonging to Maharashtra)

Mode to fill application form: Online

Negative Marking: No
How to apply: Apply online by filling the form and paying the requisite fee


MAH HM CET is an online exam that is conducted by the Directorate of Technical Education. The exam is the key to get admission in all the colleges offering HMCT programmes which are approved and recognised by the Government of Maharashtra. For undergraduate courses, there are 100 questions that are to be answered within 90 minutes. Every right answer fetches one mark and there is no negative marking. By clearing MAH HM CET, candidates can pursue four-year full-time graduate degree course in Hotel Management and Catering Technology. The entrance test comprises three sections – English Language, Reasoning and General Knowledge.



Fast fact

Admission: Direct Admission

Eligibility: 10+2 pass with at least 45 percent marks

Age limit: No minimum age

Application mode: Online and offline

Application Fee: Rs. 600

Application window: Application for the bachelor courses closes by the third week of May and for postgraduate course by the last week of June

How to apply: Register online by filling all details and paying the fee of Rs.600 or write to Director, Admissions, Manipal Academy of Higher Education


WGSHA is a constituent college of Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE). It is recognised by the International Hotel Association, Paris. The college offers undergraduate programmes (BA Culinary Arts and Bachelor of Hotel Management), postgraduate programmes (M.Sc Dietetics and Applied Nutrition, M.Sc in Hospitality and Tourism Management) and Certificate PG Diploma in Culinary Arts. The admission is direct and based on the marks obtained in 10+2, a merit list is declared by MAHE. The institute is well-equipped with all the facilities. Students are also given on-the-job exposure to hotel operation and trained to get employment in all the areas of hospitality.


IIHM eChat

Fact fact

Name of the exam: IIHM eChat

Eligibility: 10+2 pass/studying with English as a core subject 

Age limit: 22 Years

Application Fee: Rs.600

Mode of the exam: Online

Selection process: Entrance test followed by GD & PI

Application Window: Application closes in the last week of June

How to apply: Apply online or can take application form and submit it in the respective IHMs by paying cash/Net banking/DD


Conducted by IIHM, Electronic Hotel Admission Test is a national-level exam which acts as a gateway to get an entry into one of the eight IIHMs that provide a globally recognised international degree in Hospitality Management in collaboration with ENU, UK and UWL, London. eChat is an objective test with 50 questions that are to be answered in 60 minutes. A merit list is released on the basis of the performance in the entrance test, group discussion and interview.  Students are allotted admission in the following colleges: IIHM, Kolkata; IIHM, Pune; IIHM, Hyderabad; IIHM, Ahmedabad; IIHM, Bangkok; IIHM, Jaipur; IIHM, Delhi and IIHM, Bengaluru where they can pursue courses such as  Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Administration, Advanced Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Administration, BSc in Hospitality and Tourism Studies from YCMOU (Pune Campus). 



Fast Facts

Name of the exam: NCHMCT JEE 

Eligibility: 10+2 pass/appearing with English as a core subject 

Age Limit: 22 Years (General/OBC), 25 Years (SC/ST)

Language: English and Hindi
Application Fee: Rs.800 (General/OBC), Rs. 400 (SC/ST/Physically Handicapped)

Exam Type: National Level 

Negative Marking: Yes
Application Window: Opens in the last week of December
How to apply: By filling the application online & paying the requisite fee


National Council of Hotel Management and Catering Technology conducts Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) each year to offer admission in hospitality and hotel administration programmes. The test includes 200 questions which are to be completed in three hours. Each correct answer will fetch one mark and for every wrong answer, there will be a deduction of 0.25 marks. By clearing JEE, candidates can secure admission in 21 Central Government sponsored Institutes of Hotel Management, 19 State Government sponsored IHMs; three State Government sponsored IHMs offering diploma Certificate programmes, one PSU-owned institute, 13 private institutes and nine Food Craft Institutes. This test provides an opportunity to the candidates to study B.Sc & M.Sc in Hospitality Administration and various other diploma courses. Studying in these institutions prepares the students to pursue a career in the field of hospitality. These institutes offer them enough industry exposure and adequate knowledge which help them in getting hired in top hotels.



Fast Facts

Name of the Course: Systemic Training and Education Programme (STEP)

Eligibility: 10+2 pass from a board recognized by IGNOU

Programme specific eligibility:

For Hotel Operation Programme (Front Office/Food and Beverage Service Focus) and Kitchen Programme: The candidate should have obtained 61% marks or above, in English in Class X

For Hotel Operation Programme (Housekeeping Focus): The candidate should have obtained 51% marks or above, in English in class X

Age limit: 18 years to 20 Years
Application Mode: Online
Application Window: Application process takes place between October to April

How to apply: Online process


Systematic Training and Education Programme is a three-year programme that trains students and provides practical exposure in the core areas of operational departments of hotels. STEP offers two programmes: The Kitchen Operation Programme and The Hotel Operation Programme. Under these programmes, students are also enrolled for a Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism Studies (BTS) from the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). The application process starts in October each year and the programme commences in August. Written and practical assessments are done to keep track of the progress of the students. A significant benefit of joining STEP is the possibility of a future career with The Oberoi Group.


Ecole Hoteliere

Fast Facts

Admission: Direct

Eligibility: 10+2 appearing or passed with English as one of the subjects

Application fee: Rs. 1,500

Mode to fill application form: Online and offline

Application Window: You can fill application at any point of time

How to apply: Register online or send a printed application form to Ecole Hoteliere at Lavasa


Ecole Hôtelière at Lavasa is one of the finest hospitality management institutes in India. It provides academic certification from Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne of Switzerland. Being an autonomous institute, it provides admission to candidates directly, without conducting any entrance examination. Those who are interested in pursuing a course from Ecole Hoteliere, Lavasa have to register by creating their user id at the institute’s application page. The institute offers two programmes in the field of hospitality: a four-year Hospitality Management Programme and Advanced Culinary Programme. The four-year Hospitality Management Programme is a unique course with 2+2 option; two years at Lavasa and two years at ICHM Adelaide. The Advance Course in Culinary is one it’s kind programme which is exclusively for those who are interested in becoming chefs.  Students have access to various hospitality formats which make them an expert in their domain. And this is why students who pass out from Ecole Hôtelière are considered to be some of the best in India and find placement in the top companies and hotels.

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