NCHMCT JEE 2018: Guide to Crack Hotel Management Entrance Exams[Updated]

NCHMCT JEE 2018: Guide to Crack Hotel Management Entrance Exams[Updated]

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The Hospitality, Hotel Management and Catering industry is one of the fastest growing industries in India. As per the report of Cumulative Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) it is second to IT sector.

The Hospitality industry in India offers huge employment opportunity to skilled as well as unskilled work force. This industry in India is said to be the second largest employment generating industry.

Hotel management is a broad field and has applications in hotel & restaurant management, cruise ship management, hospital administration & catering, hotel & tourism associations, club management, lodges and forest resorts, etc. Expansion in aviation and global travel industry will further boost the opportunity in hotel management industry.

To enroll for the Hotel Management course, the minimum qualification required is 12th board exams pass in any stream. Candidates should have studied english as one of their subjects. Candidates awaiting their HSC result can also apply for the hotel management entrance exam.

The maximum age limit for the unreserved category candidate is 22 years and that of the SC/ST category students is 25 years.

Here we will discuss about the overview of hotel management entrance exam

The Common entrance exam for hotel management conducted by National Council of Hotel Management and Catering Technology (NCHMCT) will be held tentatively in the  28.04.2018 from 10.00 am to 1.00 p.m.

The exam is conducted in offline mode. Candidates will have the option of writing the exam in English or in Hindi language. The NCHMCT exam consists of 200 objective types multiple choice questions, each carrying one mark that have to be answered in three hours i.e. 180 minutes.

There are negative markings for wrong answer, 0.25 marks will be deducted for each wrong attempt.  Fully right answer will be awarded one mark and 0.75 marks to the next most appropriate answer than 0.50 to the less appropriate answers. There will be no negative marking for questions on service sector aptitude.

The exam paper contains questions, which mainly tests the service aptitude of the candidate in hotel management and catering technology. Questions on english language, reasoning and logical assumption, common awareness and current affairs are part of the paper.

Tips and guidelines to prepare for hotel management entrance exam

The significant of this exam has to be kept in mind. Candidate should be well informed about the paper pattern, syllabus and exam date. A focused plan is required to get through with excellent marks. A time table in place is required to get maximum result in a short period of time.

Candidate should divide schedule in several steps and complete them one by one. A small step can help them to achieve a lot.

Set up a full proof Study Plan

In order to achieve the goal, the candidates need to have a comprehensive study. Their study plan should be practical and convenient to follow, it should give them time to learn, revise and relax.

The exam will include questions from the following topics;

Aptitude for Service Sector

English Language:

  • Synonyms and antonyms
  • Adjective and adverbs
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Completion of the sentences with correct use of pronouns, verbs, adverbs
  • Reading comprehension
  • Idioms and phrases

Numerical Ability and Scientific Aptitude:

  • Basics of physics, chemistry and mathematics
  • Calculations of profit & loss, interest.
  • Health & nutrition
  • Arithmetical questions up to SSC level
  • Analysis of pie chart, graph and bar diagrams
  • Calculation of square roots, percentage, fractions, etc.

Reasoning and Logical Deduction:

  • Questions on logic to find the correct conclusion.
  • Striking out the odd one
  • Identification of the geometric designs
  • Completion of numerical series based on the pattern / logic

General Knowledge & Current Affairs:

  • Sports field
  • Latest and current events
  • Past and historical events
  • Demography tourist places / spots
  • Economics, political, social & cultural events
  • Countries & currencies

Ladders in preparing for the Exam

According to the above mentioned units and exam topics candidates are recommended to plan their study time accordingly.  Careful attention and sufficient time must be given to each subject. Dividing the syllabus into small fragment will give candidates a chance to get themselves familiar with different topics.  Over exertion on any topics or subject is a strict no. If they do they will find it hard to cope with other subjects and topics. It will adversely affect their concentration as well.

Choosing a place conducive for study is also very important; it should be free of all disturbance and hindrance. While studying or preparing for the entrance test candidates attention and concentration should not divert to any other things. Group study if done can be of great help. It gives a chance of brain storming and clearing doubts.

Along with the above methods and techniques, candidates should also monitor each others progress and keep a time frame for each topic. This activity will make them familiar with their strength and weaknesses, which they can improve.

Colleges accepting NCHMCT JEE 2018 scores

How to Apply for the NCHMCT exam?

Joint entrance examination is conducted by NCHM for admissions to 8124 seats of bachelor programmes at 55 participating institutes and colleges. Out of these there are 21 centrally funded institutes, 19 state government funded colleges and 15 private institutions participating in the joint entrance exam.

The application for NCHMCT exam will be available online from  24.12.2017  to  11.04.2018. The last date for filling the online application will be in the 2nd week of April 2018. Admission card will be made available online from 3rd week of April 2018.  No dispatch of the admit card will be made; it will be available only through online medium. The result of the exam will be published in May 2018. Seat allotment and counseling procedure will be held from 22nd May to 5 July 2018 (tentatively).

If any questions please leave in the comment box below, we will be happy to assist you.

Important dates related to NCHMCT JEE 2018:

  • Online application from 24.12.2017  to  11.04.2018
  • Download admit card from 20.04.2018  to  28.04.2018
  • JEE will be held on 28.04.2018 from 10.00 am to 1.00 p.m.
  • Result declaration (tentatively) 21st / 22nd May 2018
  • Counselling process (three rounds) from 22nd May to 5 July 2018 (tentatively)
  • Hostel allotment on 23rd July 2018 (tentatively)
  • Commencement of Class from 25th July 2018 (tentatively)

About The Author


Director of CEDP Skill Insitute and an alumni of Institute of Hotel Management (IHM-Goa) having wide experience in Training and Development.


  1. Harshmeet Singh Gurudatta says:

    Sir i am appeared 12 boards just now 2017 and i have practise of NCHMCT exams .
    what should i do?

    1. Vasim_Shaikh says:

      Hi Harshmeet,

      Well done on appearing for HSC and practicing for NCHMCT, next ideal step should be applying online for the JEE, submit fees and appear for JEE on 29th of April 2017.

      All the best

    2. Vasim_Shaikh says:

      Hi Buddy
      Well give your best shot and hope for the Best..

    3. Munir khan says:

      Hallo sir 2nd April have finished 25 years old I want admission IIhm pusa I am graduate how to Will admission please suggest me toomuch worry

    4. Saif says:

      Dear Munir,
      Thanks for writing to us, it’s our pleasure to have you as our student on board sooner,our team will contact you and, if you could drop your contact details it would be great.
      Looking forward to see you in our International Hotel management classroom.

  2. santosh m says:

    i want to get seat in ihm chennai and i think i can score 140 so can i get seat in ihm chennai

    1. Vasim_Shaikh says:

      Hi Santosh,

      Kindly check the last year cut off marks for admission required by IHM Chennai.
      Also keep options open for other IHM across the country.

      Wish you all the best for JEE


  3. tarun sharma says:

    sir,can you please tell me main topics that i can cover for good rank…lyk below 1500

    1. Vasim_Shaikh says:

      That’s a tough one.. if you’re looking to aim for 1500 and above give ur best shot for all the questions..All d best..

  4. Ankita says:

    Sir i am appearing 12th exam 2017 in commerce scheme. I wish to join hotel management course . kindly advise me, is it a good course, for girl students for better carrier in future.

    Anxiously Awaiting your reply

    1. Vasim_Shaikh says:

      Hi Ankita ,
      The best part about hotel management is that students from all streams can pursue the career in hospitality as long as they are passionate about it.
      We live in a time where no profession or career is male or female dominated , hospitality industry gives equal opportunity to both FE(males), Like i said as long as you are passionate about hospitality you can expect to reach the peaks. all the best . Vasim

  5. muskan says:

    sir I want ihm Delhi but my category is general what should I do coz last year my rank is very bad and now again I am giving plz help me to get good score

    1. Vasim_Shaikh says:

      Hi , you can check with IHM Pusa for the last years cut off marks for enrollments , based on that give your best shot for the entrance exams & subsequent interview. Incase you do not qualify for IHM Pusa , all other IHM across india are also on the same level of academics
      All the best .

  6. Tarushi parmar says:

    Last year i did my 12th nd got 95%.My friend told me that for the students who got above 90% can get direct admisson is it true?

    1. Vasim_Shaikh says:

      Hi Tarushi,
      Marks obtained in HSC and marks obtained in NCHM JEE are two separate achievements.
      The whole point of having NCHM JEE is to ensure all students get equal opportunity for securing seat for a bright career in hospitality.


  7. Ganesh says:

    Is there any idea of marks v’s rank approx in nchmt jee exam

    1. Vasim_Shaikh says:

      Hi Ganesh,

      It varies for all IHM across the nation. Please check for last year’s cut off mark for desired IHM.


  8. Manas P says:

    Hi, I want to appear for Jee in 2018 & I will be 21 years old at that time so can i get admitted to any of the IHM’s?

    1. Vasim_Shaikh says:

      Hi Manas ,

      Yes you may apply for admission with IHMs

  9. Shlok chavan says:

    Hello sir i recently cleared my HSC (commerce) with 78.46% and i wish to pursue hotel management as a career but the thing which is bothering me is JEE especially the physics chemistry and maths section being a commerce student how am i supposed to deal with it

    Please help me out sir !!!

    1. Vasim_Shaikh says:

      Hi Shlok,

      You could refer this book to prepare for NCHMCT JEE , best wishes
      how to prepare for hotel management entrance examination by Showick Thorpe.


  10. Kashish says:

    Sir! Is there is any role of CBSE class 12 marks to get admission in IHM. wheater there is any relation that who scores very good marks in class 12 will be given more preference to them!!

    1. Vasim_Shaikh says:

      Hi Kashish,

      Students from all boards have equal opportunity, prepare well for the entrance exam to score well. All the best.


  11. Rushikesh says:

    Sir ek perfect book recommend kijiye na

    1. Vasim_Shaikh says:

      Hi Rushikesh,

      You can read this book “how to prepare for hotel management entrance examination” by Showick Thorpe.


  12. Mohit khandelwal says:

    Sir i want to ask you that i pass my 10th now what i choose commerce or science to do hotel management and what the next step

    1. Vasim_Shaikh says:

      Hi Mohit,

      Either option would lead you to the NHMCT JEE post HSC. All The Best.


  13. Badrnarayan Laddha says:

    Best coaching classes for jee in


    1. Vasim_Shaikh says:

      Hi Badranarayan,
      Some of the coaching classes for JEE in pune are Bakliwal Tutorials-IIT, M Prakash academy, IITians Prashikshan Kendra etc. Before selecting an institute please do some research like the experience/qualification of teachers, check their reviews online, connect with a current & past student of that institute.

  14. Amish Arora says:

    Sir I want to clear ihm pusa so at least how many hours shld I study each day??

    1. Vasim_Shaikh says:

      Hi Amish,
      There isn’t a measuring device which can accurately tell how many hours one needs to study, best of luck.

  15. simran says:

    hi sir i have passed my 12th and now im planning to do hotel management courses in 2018 so can u plz guide me wheather to join any class or i can only refer the book which u have recommended??

    1. Vasim_Shaikh says:

      Hi Simran,

      If you are confident enough to study on your own then you can try to help your self, if not then you should surely look for suitable classes.

  16. arbind says:

    sir, i want prepare for this entrance exam without coaching, is it possible?

    1. Vasim_Shaikh says:

      Hi Arbind,

      Get the complete knowledge about your Exam, Prepare your study plan and Keep revising along with last year papers.

  17. raj vaish says:

    sir i passed in class 12th and now wanted to take admission in ihm gantok sikkim how to apply for it and what to study..

    1. Vasim_Shaikh says:

      Hi Raj,

      Thanks for writing.
      You can check their How & When to Apply section.


  18. abhay kumar singh says:

    Hlw sir I am abhay what I can do for a chef.

    1. Vasim_Shaikh says:

      Hi Abhay,

      To be a Chef, you will have to do Hotel Management course & get specialization in Food Production.


  19. Siddhartha says:

    Sir I am studying 12th now cen I apply for this exam

    1. Vasim_Shaikh says:

      Hi Siddhartha,

      Candidates who are appearing for their 10+2 or equivalent exam are also eligible to appear for NCHMCT JEE on provisional basis. However, admissions offered on provisional basis will stand cancelled if the candidate fails to submit proof of clearing the qualifying examination (10+2 or its equivalent) at the time of counselling or at the time of admission.


  20. himanshu gaur says:

    Sir, I am in 12th standard(science stream). I want to earn good money. Could this course help me….

    1. Vasim_Shaikh says:

      Hi Himanshu,

      You can go for below options after 12th:

      Bachelor of Hotel Management
      Diploma in Hotel Management
      B.Sc. in Hotel Management and Catering
      B.B.A in Hotel and Management


  21. Vasim_Shaikh says:

    Hi Benjohn,

    You could refer the book mentioned below to prepare for NCHMCT JEE, best wishes.
    “How to prepare for hotel management entrance examination” by Showick Thorpe.


  22. devesh tiwari says:

    sir may i. know how many marks nassesry for admisson in delhi pusa..

    1. Saif says:

      Dear Devesh,
      The cutoff for the last two years is 290, if you score around 300 you may get admittance in delhi Pusa IHM and even if you don’t qualify, you don’t need to worry and travel to MUMBAI we are here to provide you a course in IHM.

  23. Ayush Gupta says:

    Hello sir
    My name is Ayush Gupta
    My question is that how we know that the counselling process had started.
    Thank you sir.

    1. Vasim_Shaikh says:

      Hi Ayush,

      Thanks for writing to us.

      You need to check the schedules and guide lines set by the institutes for various counselling process.


  24. steeven says:

    Sir I’m from Sccommunity age around 27 am I eligible to apply for this pls guide me

    1. Saif says:

      Dear steeven, you can still do it, there is no hurdle in your path and we shall be in contact with you very soon!

  25. Siddharth More says:

    Sir, I will be appearing for NCHMCT JEE 2018. I wanted to know which books should I use to prepare for exam as there are so many books in market. Would you please name one or two books ?

    1. Saif says:

      Dear Siddharth, I would like to suggest you for the exam preparation and helpful books please visit :,
      You can also get previous year papers from site:
      for more help will be in touch with you soon.


  26. Atharva Jog says:

    Sir i am in 12th and i am doing the Cbse board. I have just filled the form on 14 jan .how much time is required to prepare for the exam? can i do it in a month or how should i go about it as i have to give my boards sir….and what books should i refer to ? what are the best ones ? i checked some on the nchmct website but i am unable to understand…sir pls help me..thank you.

    1. Saif says:

      Dear Atharva Jog, calm down and take a sigh of relief. You should concentrate on your board exams and once they are finish you can start with the syllabus of the entrance examinations. There is chasm between doing things right and doing right things.
      We wish you Good Luck, for your Board exams and would definitely explain you more about the entrance exam soon.

  27. arijit dey says:

    Sir,i am Arijit dey i will give my 12th stardard exm in this 2017 session…..but i am not at all good in studies so how can i appear for the jee exm bcoz i am patinate enough for hotel management courses….i want to be a chef …i will be very thankful to you if u guide me how can i prepare nd i want to stay within westbengal….sir plz do reply…thank you

    1. Saif says:

      Dear Arjiit, there are no boundaries to explore your passion. Since you are passionate about being a chef, it should’nt be a hurdle to travel.
      You can travel here to Mumbai and chase your dreams.
      You can pursue International Hotel Management course from our institute, once you appear for an online exams which we will be conducting soon.
      Just be in update with us, will shortly get back to you.

  28. Sagar arora says:

    Hello sir,
    I am a graduate in commerce.
    What programmes i can go for in hotel management.

    1. Saif says:

      Dear Sagar we have got your concern,
      you can go for International Hotel Management course since it will give you the steady growth for future and you can explore your skills Globally, our team will shortly connect you for the same.

  29. Shreyas says:

    I’m doing hotel management from a private college. Can i take admission in ihm for second year?

    1. Saif says:

      Hey Shreyas, you still can pursue International hotel management course but for that you have to crack our entrance test and clear the examination to get admittance in second year for International Hotel management.

  30. Sreeja says:

    Hello. and i am going to give my 12th board in 2018.i want to become a chef. Can i apply for hotel management exam? Is there any age limit.?

    1. Saif says:

      Hey sreeja,there is no such age for Hotel management course unless you are 30 and above.

  31. Sushant Rajendra Salunkhe says:

    Hi sir now i am in 12std from science stream ( academic year 17-18 ) how many marks I need to score in boards exam to eligible for IHM entrance exam if I get 50% or less that is can eligible?

    1. Saif says:

      hey dear sushant,it’s mandatory to score 50% to apply for IHM cet exams. That’s the eligibility, and for the same our team will reach to you as soon as possible.

  32. Vimal says:

    Good tips and information on nchcmt jee 2018 exam. It’s good job you are doing!
    Although students can get more information on nchmct jee application form 2018.

    read more:

    1. Vasim_Shaikh says:

      Thanks Vimal,
      quite an informative write up on the link shared by you.. Good Job !!

  33. Anurag Brown says:

    Hi sir can you please tell me that maths of which class comes in it.

    1. Vasim_Shaikh says:

      Hi ANurag ,
      Could you elaborate on what you are trying to ask?

  34. Sarwesh patni says:

    Sir I am an engineering dropout and age is 20 years and I want to do hotel management degree vegetarian cuisine , so for that can you help me with which exam to give and which are the college’s having the same course?

    1. Vasim_Shaikh says:

      HI Sarvesh
      You can visit to enroll for the NCHMT JEE 2018
      All the best

  35. Ruhi Baviskar says:

    What is the difference between doing CULINARY ARTS and HM?
    Which is better?

    1. Vasim_Shaikh says:

      Hi Ruhi
      If Culinary or Kitchen Department is your primary interest , you can pursue culinary craft course from any of the IHM’s
      Culinary craft course are of shorter durations and involve specific studies pertaining to Kitchen . Good Luck

  36. Ruhi Baviskar says:

    What is the difference between CULINARY ARTS and HM?If only interested in kitchen department.
    Which one is better?

    1. Vasim_Shaikh says:

      Hi Ruhi

      If Culinary or Kitchen Department is your primary interest , you can pursue culinary craft course from any of the IHM’s
      Culinary craft course are of shorter durations and involve specific studies pertaining to Kitchen . Good Luck 🙂

  37. Chandan says:

    Hi Sir, my brother applied for NCHMCT 2018 entrance exam He has studied in Hindi medium so far. He wishes to attempt the exam in Hindi but the problem is, he is not getting the books in hindi for his studies. Can you suggest any good book in Hindi for this entrance exam’s preparation.

    1. Vasim_Shaikh says:

      Hi Chandan,

      THE NCHMCT JEE is a common entrance exam, this would be a great opportunity for your brother to brush up basic English as the question papers would be in English, also the industry demands basic communication English to be in order for a bright career, refer to on Amazon for preparation , good luck 🙂

  38. Sarwesh patni says:

    For vegetarian cuisine , there is same exam?? – nchmct jee??

    1. Vasim_Shaikh says:

      The NCHMT JEE is a common entrance test for securing admission for Hospitality Management studies , as of now options for Vegetarian and Non Vegetarian is not offered, Good Luck 🙂

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