Once you decide to pursue a course in hospitality, there are different options available to pursue your dream career. The admission to most of the Hotel management institute, however, is conducted through different entrance exams. Careers360 brings here the list of top hotel management entrance exams.
While admission to 21 central and 15 state affiliated IHMs are granted through the all India level National Council of Hotel Management and Catering Technology Joint Entrance Examination (NCHM JEE), applying for a few other national, state, university level hotel management entrance examination is a safe bet for candidates in terms of increasing their admission options.
There are also some industry run programmes like Oberoi-STEP exam conducted by the Oberoi Group which offers Hotel Management programme free of cost. Thus, deciding to appear for hotel-run-examinations has its own advantage.
Such advantages only count when you are well informed on different available options. Aimed at helping students with different admission options, Careers360 here brings details of top hotel management entrance exams that include national, state and university level hotel management entrance examinations.
Top Hotel Management Entrance Examination: national, state, university level
Nature of entrance exam
Name of entrance exam
Exam for UG/PG
MAH CET HM
IPU CET BHMCT
Hotel run exams
Ecole Hoteliere Lavasa
For both UG and PG
The following paragraphs offer information on exam conducting authority and number of participating colleges/institutes.
National-level entrance examinations
National Council of Hotel Management and Catering Technology Joint Entrance Examination (NCHMCT JEE)
National Council of Hotel Management and Catering Technology Joint Entrance Examination (NCHMCT JEE) is a national level hotel management entrance exam which offers admission to qualifying candidates on basis of their rank and preference of institute to 51 hotel management institutes located at different states. NCHMCT JEE scores are valid for 21 Central Institutes, 14 State Government Institutes and 15 private institutes of Hotel Management.
NCHMCT JEE is conducted jointly with National Council of Hotel Management and Catering Technology and Indira Gandhi National Open University.
Course offered: B.Sc in Bachelor of Hotel Management and Catering Technology
Duration of the course: 3 years
International Institute of Hotel Management Electronic Common Hospitality Admision Test (e-CHAT)
IIHM e-CHAT is conducted to offer admission to qualifying candidates on basis of their performance in online test, personal interview, group discussion, and candidates’ preference to any one of IIHM campus from its seven sister campuses located in different states. Seven IIHMs are listed below-
Course offered: BSc. Catering Science and Hotel Management
AIMA UGAT BHM: All India Management Association (AIMA) conducts Under Graduate Aptitude Test (UGAT) at national/ international level to offer admission to qualifying candidates at one of the participating institutes.
Below presented is list of AIMA UGA BHM Participating Institutes. for the last year, with their code and city location-
Name of Institutes
Dr YSR National Institute of Tourism & Hospitality Management
Vidya Jyoti Institutions
V M Salgaocar Institute of International HospitalityEducation
Goa College of Hospitality & Culinary Education
Culinary Institute of India & CITMS
SRM Institute of Hotel Management
State level hotel management entrance examinations
Uttar Pradesh State Entrance Examination Bachelor of Hotel Management and Catering Technology (UPSEE BHMCT)
State Entrance Examination Bachelor of Hotel Management and Catering Technology, also commonly called as UPSEE BHMCT, is a state level examination to admit successful candidates to undergraduate hotel management course at 13 participating institutes located in Uttar Pradesh state. Uttar Pradesh Technical University (UPTU), Lucknow conducts the exam.
Course offered: Bachelor of Hotel Management and Catering Technology
Maharashtra Hotel Management Common Entrance Test (MAH HM CET)
State level competitive hotel management entrance examination Maharashtra Hotel Management Common Entrance Test or MAH HM CET is conducted to offer admissions to qualifying candidates for four years duration of full time undergraduate Hotel Management & Catering Technology course. The offered course is approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and will be offered by government institutes, government aided or unaided, and University Departments of institutes located in Maharashtra State.
Course offered: Hotel Management & Catering Technology
Duration of the course: 4 years
University level hotel management entrance examinations
Guru Gobind Singh Inderprastha University Common Entrance Test Bachelor of Hotel Management and Catering Technology: The exam is conducted by Guru Gobind Singh Inderprastha University once in a year to offer admission at its affiliated colleges/institutes.
Panjab University Tourism and Hospitality Aptitude Test: PUTHAT is conducted by the Panjab University to offer admissions for B.Sc program in Hospitality and Hotel Administration (H&HA) and Tourism Management.
Course offered: B.Sc. in Hospitality & Hotel Administration and B.Sc. in Tourism Management
Hotel specific entrance exam/test
A few renowned hotels offer their own hotel-specific course/program. For example:The Oberoi Group offers Systematic Training and Education Programme (STEP) programme. The best part is that selected candidates have to pay no course fee for the programme. Institute of Hotel management, Aurangabad (affiliated to Taj Hotels and Resorts Limited) offers a B.A. (Hons) in Hotel management and B.A (Hons.) in Culinary.
Names of the programmes/courses and hotel groups offering such courses are listed below-
Oberoi- STEP: exam is conducted by the Oberoi Group to offer admissions for two programmes namely “The Hotel Operations Programme” and “The Kitchen Operations Programme”. The course aims at training candidates in core operational departments of a hotel and offers practical training to qualifying candidates at their assigned hotels of The Oberoi Group. On successful completion of the programme, candidates will be awarded a Bachelor of Tourism Studies (BTS) degree from IGNOU and will also receive a “Certificate of Proficiency” from The Oberoi Group.
Course offered: Hotel Operations Programme and Kitchen Operations Programme
IHM Auranagabad Entrance Exam: The Institute of Hotel Management, Aurangabad was set up with the joint efforts of Dr. Rafiq Zakaria’s - Maulana Azad Educational Trust and Taj Group with aim to create high quality centre in hospitality education. The Indian hotel chain Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces provides technical assistance for the course. Selected candidates are offered with training/internship at Vivanta by Taj - Aurangabad.
Courses offered: BA (Hons) Hotel Management
BA (Hons) Culinary Arts
BA (Hons) Hotel Management
Ecole Hoteliere Lavasa Entrance Test: The hospitality institute Ecole Hoteliere Lavasa is certified by Ecole HÃ´teliÃ¨re de Lausanne (EHL), Switzerland. The institute is located in Maharastra and provides two business internships to candidates at hotels in India or abroad.
Courses offered: hospitality management programme
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