A Diploma / Degree in Hotel Management from a recognised institution is essential for gaining entry in this profession.
The eligibility criteria for admission to a Hotel Management Institute is, a school leaving certificate in the 10+2 system, with English as a compulsory subject. However, there are some Management Training Schemes also available for graduates in any discipline, from a recognised university.
The selection process for all institutes of Hotel Management includes a written test and an interview. In addition to this, admission to courses run by some private sector hotels and to management training schemes would depend on the candidate's performance in a group discussion and / or personality tests.
Training programmes are of two types. One is the statutory apprenticeship programme for certain categories of trades, like stewards, housekeeping staff, cooks and front office personnel. The other is the formal, structured programme, at craft and diploma levels, set up by the government and some private sector hotel groups for management level professionals in the various departments. Broadly, all programmes cover hotel management as well as catering technology, mixing general education and knowledge of the hospitality industry, managerial and business administration inputs, with specific skills orientation in all aspects of the food service work too.