Entrance Exams for Hotel Management

The hospitality industry is one of the fastest growing and popular fields in India and is becoming a preferred career option by the students after +2. Its scope and placement opportunities attract many students to take admissions in the various undergraduate and post graduate programs.
As a large number of institutions offer courses in hotel management, different entrance exams are conducted for admission to the best hotel management colleges and universities; some of the institutes accept scores of a common test whereas there are others that conduct their test.
To get admission in 21 central and 15 other state-affiliated Institutes of Hotel Managements (IHMs), an all India level National Council of Hotel Management and Catering Technology Joint Entrance Examination (NCHM JEE) is conducted every year. However, you should keep an option of applying to few other national, state and university level hotel management entrance examinations to book a seat in other renowned colleges.
Generally, the test is of three hours duration and judges the candidate’s scientific aptitude and the numerical ability, general knowledge, reasoning ability, service sector aptitude and the verbal skills.
List of Entrance Examinations
Given below is the list of top entrance examinations that you need to take before applying for any course in hotel management.
National Council of Hotel Management and Catering Technology Joint Entrance Examination (NCHM JEE)
  • Every year National Council of Hotel Management and Catering Technology conduct a joint entrance examination for the admission of the aspirants to the three-year undergraduate course at IHMs. These IHMs are spread across the country.
  • There are 21 Central Institutes of Hotel Management, 19 State Government Institutes of Hotel Management, 13 Private Hotel Management Colleges and one Public Sector Undertaking.
  • The entrance test is conducted in the month of April- May.
  • To fulfill the eligibility criteria, the candidate must have passed the senior secondary exam and should be 22 years of age. In case of SC/ ST, the age limit has been extends to 25.
  • Also, students awaiting their results can also apply.
International Institute of Hotel Management Electronic Common Hospitality Admission Test (IIHM E- CHAT)
  • IIHM E- Chat is another famous hotel management entrance exams scheduled in the month of May every year.
  • The admissions are offered to the qualifying candidates on the basis of their performance in the online test, group discussion task and the personal interview.
  • IIHM offers B.Sc. in Catering Science and Hotel Management to the qualified candidates in its seven sister campuses located in different states.
  • The Seven IIHMs are:
  1. Institute of Hotel Management (IHM), Delhi 
  2. Institute of Hotel Management (IHM), Mumbai
  3. Institute of Hotel Management (IHM), Chennai 
  4. Institute of Hotel Management, Catering Technology & Applied Nutrition, Hyderabad
  5. Institute of Hotel Management, Gwalior
  6. Institute of Hotel Management (IHM), Bangalore
  7. Institute of Hotel Management, Catering & Nutrition, Lucknow
  • clear the eligibility criteria, you should be between 17- 22 years of age and have passed 12th standard with English as one of the core subjects.
  • If you are awaiting your 12th results, you are eligible to apply.
All India Management Association Under Graduate Aptitude Test (AIMA- UGAT)
  • Every year AIMA- UGAT is conducted in the month of May for admissions to the various undergraduate courses like BHM, BBA, BCA and Integrated MBA.
  • The different institutes that accept UGAT score are:
  1. Goa University, Taleigao Plateau
  2. Culinary Institute of India, Durgapur
  3. SRM Institute of Hotel Management, Chennai
  4. Vidya Jyoti Institutions, Raipur
  5. YSR National Institute of Tourism & Hospitality Management, Hyderabad
  6. V M Salgaocar Institute of International HospitalityEducation, Salcete
  7. Goa College of Hospitality & Culinary Education, Tiswadi
  8. Lourdes Matha Institute Of Hotel Management & Catering Tech,
  9. SAMS of Hotel Management, Varanasi
  10. Dina Institute, Pune
  • To become eligible for this test you should be at least 17 years of age and must pass the 12th examination.
  • Even if you are waiting for your results, you are eligible to apply.
Directorate of Technical Education Hotel Management and Catering Technology (DTE HMCT)
  • Every year DTE invites application from the interested candidates to take this exam for admission to the four-year degree course in Hotel Management and Catering Technology.
  • Some institutes that accept the scores are:
  1. Mahatma Gandhi Vidyamandir’s College of Hotel Management & Catering Technology
  2. AISSMS College of HMCT
  3. Maharashtra State Institute of Hotel Management & Catering Technology
  4. A.J.M.V.P.S. Institute of Hotel Management & Catering Technology College
  • If you are at least 17 years of age and have passed 12th standard, then you are eligible to apply for this exam.
  • If your result is awaiting then also you can apply.
Bharati Vidyapeeth University Hotel Management Test (BVP HM Test)
  • Every year Bharati Vidyapeeth conducts its entrance test for the admission of the students in various undergraduate and certificate courses. The test takes place in the month of June.
  • The different undergraduate courses offered are:
  1. Bachelors of Hotel Management and Catering Technology ( BHMCT)
    Duration: 4 Years
  2. B.Sc in Hospitality and Hotel Administration BSc ( H & HA)
    Duration: 3 years
  3. B. Sc in Hospitality Studies- New Mumbai
    Duration: 3 Years
  4. Bachelor of Arts- ( BA- Culinary Arts)
    Duration: Either Diploma in Arts or Two years Advance Diploma in Arts or a Three years Bachelors degree in Culinary Arts.
  • The list of Certificate Courses you can apply are:
  1. Hotel operation: 1 Year
  2. Certificate Course in Bakery: 1 Year
  3. Hotel Management & Catering Technology: 1 Year
  4. Certificate Course in Cookery: 1 Year
  5. Certificate Course in Food & Beverage Service: 6 Months
To view the details of the courses mentioned above click: bharatividyapeeth.edu
  • To fulfill the eligibility you should be 17 years of age and must have the XIIth standard. Even if result is awaited, you are eligible to apply.
So, what are you waiting for! Give a boost to your career and go ahead. Take the above- mentioned tests and book a seat in your dream institutions.
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