Career in Hotel Management – All you need to know about career in Hotel Management


With the increase in globalization, the world has become smaller reducing the gap between people and different cultures. This has, in turn, created more opportunities for the growth of Touring and Hospitality Industry. Hospitality Industry has its roots in the Hotel business, the food chains, the food industries etc. Hotel Management course is one such course that is blooming by creating opportunities to understand the modalities of Hotels more intricately. Hotel Management courses are those courses which help the students develop skills of managing in different areas with regards to hotels. Here is all you need to know about a career in Hotel Management.

All about a career in Hotel Management

Eligibility For Enrollment in Hotel Management Course

  • Hotel Management courses can be done either after intermediate or can be taken up after graduation. Hotel Management courses fall under three categories – Graduate courses, Diploma courses and Post graduation courses.
  • The time duration of the degree course is 3 years, while time duration of post-graduation degree and diploma course is 2 years. Sometimes the duration of the diploma is 1 year.
  • You can also go with a certification course, which is of 6 months.
  • Candidates have to clear a common entrance test to get admission into government recognized colleges and universities
  • While private universities and colleges conduct their own entrance exams.

Entrance Examinations

If the candidate wishes to attain admission in top universities it is imperative to qualify the entrance tests.


 National Council of Hotel Management and Catering Technology Joint Entrance Examination is a national level Hotel Management entrance exam which offers candidates admission based on their rank and preference of institutes.

It is jointly conducted by National Council of Hotel Management and Catering Technology and Indira Gandhi Open University (IGNOU). All candidates who have passed intermediate with a minimum of 50% are eligible.

This is the entrance test for B.Sc Hospitality and Hotel Administration. The exam is conducted in April every year.

It is a Bilingual Examination. This has negative markings.

For details visit NCHM JEE


It is an undergraduate aptitude test. The basic objective is to grant admission in Hotel Management courses. It is scheduled every year in the month of May. It is a Paper-based test containing 180 multiple choice questions and the duration is 2 hours. For details visit their official website AIMA UGAT


IIHM is the organizing body of this test. The age limit is 22 years. Any candidate who has qualified regular Intermediate through a recognized examination board and English as one of the subjects is eligible for this exam. It is an online platform for common admissions for all IIHM institutes. For further details please visit IIHM – CHAT

AIHMCT Written Admission Test

It is a popular written admission test for the hotel management courses. It is scheduled every April. It is a Paper test and is objective in nature.

For further details with regards to the entrance exam please visit AIHMCT

 Hotel Management Course Fee

The Fee structure of Hotel Management courses varies from institute to institute.

  • The average fee structure of different Hotel Management courses is 2 to 8 lakhs for full-time courses.
  • , Hotel Management institutes and colleges conduct entrance exams to pursue courses like CAT, MAT, GMAT, and AIMS ATMA.
  • The candidate might also need to clear personal interview and group discussion.

 The fee structure for the  International Institute of Hotel Management, Delhi for the course B.Sc in Hotel Management and Catering Technology is 4,05,000/-. The university is affiliated to Bharathiar University. For BHM from Garden City College, Bangalore the candidate will have to pay around Rs. 55,000 per semester. The whole course will cost you around 3.5 Lakhs. There are 6 semesters in the course.

Another very good university is Christ College, Bangalore the semester fee is 48,000 but the BHM course duration is 4 years.
The fees of the colleges of Bangalore is high.

Hotel Management after Intermediate

The candidates are required to have a 10+2 qualification with a minimum of 50%. They should be good at communication and should have a good command of English.

There are four standard courses that the candidate can select after his/her intermediate

Bachelor of Hotel Management-

 It is also known as B.H.M Course. It is a regular undergraduate course of 4 years and is residential. The students will be taught a variety of theoretical subjects and there will also be practical classes for exposure. It helps I the development of skills that are required for a candidate to strive in the Hotel Management sector. A variety of subjects are taught. Some of them are

  • Communication Skills (English)
  • Food Production (Theory as well as Practical)
  • House Keeping
  • Front End Operations
  • Management Skills
  • Accounting
  • Business Law
  • Nutrition and Food Science
  • Business Ethics
  • Human Resource Management
  • Event Management
  • Public Relations
  • Travel Management
  • Entrepreneurial Skills

Candidates who have cleared the intermediate with minimum marks of 45-50 percentage( varies depending on the institute) irrespective of their intermediate electives are eligible to apply for this course.

Diploma in Hotel Management

Diploma in Hotel Management is for a duration of one year. Even though this is not as valuable as the Bachelor’s degree, the candidates will be given theoretical knowledge as well as practical exposure

 Some important topics taught in this Diploma program are-

  • Front Officer Operations
  • Management Skills
  • HR Management
  • Communications Skills
  • Food Production and Nutrition
  • Principles of Hotel and Tourism Management

Students who have completed 12th standard schooling (any stream) are eligible to apply for this program. In case of some Institutes, even 10th standard passed students are eligible to pursue this course.

B.Sc in Hotel Management and Catering – It is a 3-year course and covers theoretical as well as practical aspects of Hotel Management. The subjects covered in this course are

  • Communications Skills
  • Hotel Management and Administration
  • Front Office Management
  • Event Management
  • Food Production
  • Travel Management
  • Housekeeping
  • Accounts
  • Tourism and Travel Management
  • Marketing Management in Culinary Arts

It is a 3-year undergraduate degree program, focused to impart in-depth skills required for Chief/Kitchen Management. This course develops skill & knowledge about Kitchen operations, Food production, Hygiene & Food Safety, kitchen management as a chief. This course is divided into 6 semesters; the total fee for the course is approx 3-6 lakhs. After doing this course you can get the job profile of Chief, Kitchen manager, Hygiene manager, Restaurant Manager/ Food & Beverage office.


  • The basic eligibility to get admission in this course is 10+2 within any stream with minimum 50% marks.
  • Students also need to get a good rank in the Joint Entrance Exam, to secure the admission in the top Hotel management college.

B.Sc in Hospitality Studies

This is also a 3-year undergraduate degree program divided into 6-semesters. This course gives you in-depth knowledge & skill of friendly reception & treatment of guest. This course gives you theoretical & practical training in all important areas of hotel management like accommodation, restaurant services, Food quality, front office operation etc. After doing this course students can apply in the tourism industry, Airlines, Ships, Hotel & restaurants etc. The course fee is between 1.5 lakhs- 5 lakhs depending upon colleges to colleges.


  • Candidates pursuing their 12th class can apply for this course.
  • If you want to increase your chances to get the best colleges for this course then you must clear entrance exam with good rank.
  • As most of the college give exams on the basis of the top hotel management entrance exam only.

Apart from the above-mentioned undergraduate courses, there are several other programs too.

Post Graduation Courses

The Post Graduate is a 2-year program. Candidate with a Bachelor’s Degree from recognized universities is qualified for the program. This course enables the candidate to understand more about the key decisions required to be made by the hospitality managers. teaching methods vary from institute to institute. There might be field trips, seminars or web classes.

Some of the Institutes offering various Post Graduates programs along with a tentative fee structure are mentioned below:

Hollywood Institute Of Hotel Management Kolkata  95,000
Institute of Management Studies Shillong 20,000
P.R. Institute Of Catering And Hotel Management Thanjavur 10,000
Xavier College OF Hotel Management Cuttack 1,00,129
Arunachal University of Studies Lohit 45,000
Ann Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology Bardez 50,000
Techno Global University – [TGU] Shillong 10,000
Institute of Hotel Management Catering Technology and Applied Nutrition – [IHM] Delhi 55,400
Acharya Nagarjuna University Centre for Distance Education Guntur 9,365

Scope, Job Opportunities

Due to the growing of the Hospitality industry graduates from the above-mentioned fields will be able to secure jobs easily.

Skilled and meritorious graduates will be able to land Managerial roles in five star as well as popular Hotel and Resort chains. The different job scopes for a candidate are

Hotel Managers

They are the individuals responsible for the efficient working of an organization. They also help in setting up norms and standards of services that are to be provided to the customers and deal with the financial matters.

Assistant Managers

They deal with operations on a daily basis for the departments they are assigned to. They are well equipped to deal with problems 24×7

Front Office Manager

Is responsible for the service provided by receptionists, information clerks and other personnel appointed to provide services to the customers. They also deal with reservations and assigning of rooms.

Executive chefs 

They are responsible for guiding specialized kitchens and are responsible for the kitchen staff.


Stewards are responsible for arrangements with regards to the restaurant. Their duty also includes managing the orders for the food service department.

Food and Beverage Manager

Deals with the controlling and organization of catering department. They are responsible to deal with customers from small informal dining to big conventions.

Restaurant and Foodservice Managers

They deal with maintaining proper stocks of cooking utensils, ingredients, cooking furniture, serving utensils etc. They deal with the management of equipment which also includes taking care of the repairs. Recording hours and wages of the hotel staff, payrolls are also their responsibility.

Floor Supervisors

They are in charge of the room cleaning personnel (maids) and linen maids.

Marketing & Sales Department

 As the name suggests they are responsible for managing and providing services according to the needs of the customers and selling them to the customers.

Top Companies

Hotel management courses offer lucrative jobs in some of the top hotels. It is very important to keep in mind that the main objective of this job is to provide services to customers. Some of the recruiters are

  • Mansingh Group of Hotels
  • Oberoi Group of Hotels
  • Casino Group of Hotels
  • Fortune Park Group of Hotels
  • ITDC Group of Hotels
  • Jaypee Group of Hotels
  • K Raheja Group of Hotels
  • Le Meridien Group of Hotels
  • Taj Group of Hotels
  • Holiday Inn Group of Hotels
  • ITC Group of Hotels

 Providing the best of services to people is a herculean task. One has to understand the needs and should have a lot of patience. These services to other are filled with huge responsibilities and every wrong step weighs heavily. One must be able to adapt to new challenges, help different departments and ensure the hotel maintains a standard of excellence.