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B.A. in Tourism Studies is a 3-year undergraduate course, divided into 6 semesters, of 6 months each. Essentially, the course is an advanced study of tourism and skills involved in establishing, organizing, and managing successful tourism industries.

The basic eligibility for pursuance of the course is to have successfully qualified the Higher Secondary Examination (10+2) from a recognized educational Board. The average annual fee charged for the course in India ranges between INR 1.5 and 5 Lacs, varying across institutes.

Bachelor of Arts in Tamil NaduBachelor of Arts in KeralaBachelor of Arts in KarnatakaBachelor of Arts in Uttar Pradesh

Admission to the course is generally offered on the basis of the candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance test, and a following round of counseling.

Successful postgraduates of the course are hired across both government and private sectors, in industries such as:

  • Airlines
  • Food Industry
  • Hospitality Industry
  • Ticketing Agencies
  • Tour Operators
  • Transport
  • Cargo Companies
  • Government Tourism Departments
  • Immigration and Custom Services
  • Travel Agencies
  • Transport Corporations, etc.

Such graduates in India can expect an average annual starting salary ranging between INR 2 and 8 Lacs, increasing with the candidate’s expertise and experience in the field.

Top Colleges for Bachelor of Arts [BA] (Tourism Studies)

  • BA in Delhi-NCR
  • BA in Maharashtra
  • BA in Chennai
  • BA in Uttar Pradesh
  • BA in Telangana

B.A. in Tourism Studies: Course Highlights

Some of the major highlights of the course are tabulated below.

Course LevelUndergraduate
Duration3 Years
Minimum Eligibility Criteria10+2 qualification from a recognized educational Board.
Admission ProcedureMerit-based/ Counseling after qualification of entrance test.
Examination TypeSemester System
Total Course FeeINR 1.5 to 5 Lacs
Top Recruiting Areas/ FieldsAirlines, Food Industry, Forts/Resorts, Government Tourism Departments, Hospitality Industry, Immigration and Customs Services, Ticketing Agencies, Hotels & Allied Service Industries, Tour operators, Transport and Cargo Companies, Travel Agencies, Transport Corporations, etc.
Job PositionsAirline Staff, Cabin Crew, Immigration Consultant, Counter Clerk, Lobby Manager, Tour Operator, Tour Management Executive, Visa Executive, Ticketing Assistant, Travel Agent, Transport Officer, and suchlike.
Average Initial SalaryINR 2 to 8 Lacs

B.A. in Tourism Studies: Who should opt?

Ideal candidates for the course would possess:

  • strong interpersonal and communication skills, with there being much direct client interface involved in the industry.
  • awareness of the constantly changing news, socio-economic trends, and geography.

Top Institutes offering B.A. in Tourism Studies

Listed below are the names and corresponding details of some of the top institutes in India that offer the course.

Indraprastha College for Women (IP)New DelhiINR 6,000 (course)
Loyola CollegeChennaiINR 4,614 (course)
Lady Shri Ram College for Women (LSR)New DelhiINR 16,390 (course)
ST. Xavier’s CollegeMumbaiINR 5,400 (course)
Christ UniversityBangaloreINR 56,667 (course)
Miranda CollegeNew DelhiINR 12,160 (course)
Presidency CollegeChennaiINR 1,245 (course)
Madras Christian College (MMC)ChennaiINR 18,719 (course)
Hindu CollegeNew DelhiINR 14,333 (course)
Hans Raj College (HRC)New DelhiINR 14,333 (course)
Fergusson CollegePuneINR 2,687 (course)
Ramjas CollegeNew DelhiINR 9,712 (course)
Jesus and Mary College (JMC)New DelhiINR 12,997 (course)
Presidency UniversityKolkataINR 3,700 (course)
Jai Hind CollegeMumbaiINR 4,262 (course)
Gargi CollegeNew DelhiINR 8,055 (course)
Sri Venkateswara CollegeNew DelhiINR 9,590 (course)
Delhi College of Arts and Commerce (DCAC)New DelhiINR 9,120 (course)
ST. Xavier’s CollegeAhmadabadINR 4,720 (course)
ST. Xavier’s CollegeKolkataINR 25,700 (course)

Eligibility for B.A. in Tourism Studies

Candidates aspiring for admission to the course are required to fulfill the following minimum eligibility criteria.

  • Senior Secondary qualification (10+2) completed in any discipline, from a recognized educational Board.
  • A minimum aggregate score of 50% (45% for SC/ST/OBC candidates) at the 10+2 level.
  • Candidates appearing for their 10+2 examinations are also eligible to apply for the course on provisional basis.
Bachelor of Arts in West BengalBachelor of Arts in HaryanaBachelor of Arts in TelanganaBachelor of Arts in Madhya Pradesh

B.A. in Tourism Studies: Admission Procedure

Some colleges also offer admission on the basis of obtained merit at the 10+2 level. However, generally, in most of the colleges and institutes offering the course, admission is provided based on the candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance test, conducted at any of State and national levels, followed by a subsequent round of counselling.

The round of counselling involves two additional rounds of Group Discussion and Personal Interview, wherein candidate’s general aptitude for the course is examined. A merit list is subsequently released issued by the institute allocating available seats to the qualifying candidates.

Some of the popular such examinations held in the country for admission to the course are:

  • BHU (Banaras Hindu University) UET Entrance Exam
  • JMI (Jamia Milia Islamia University) BA Entrance Exam
  • Delhi University (DU) Entrance Exam
  • JNU Entrance Exam
  • Allahabad University Entrance Exam.

B.A. in Tourism Studies: Syllabus and Course Description

A semester-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is classified below.

Semester ISemester II
A Brief Course on History in IndiaEnvironmental Studies
Ecology and EnvironmentFeature Writing
TourismFoundation Course in English
Semester IIISemester IV
Foundation Course in any one of the Modern Indian Languages like Hindi, Bengali, Punjabi, etc.Human Environment
Foundation Course in Science and TechnologyIndian Culture: A Perspective for Tourism
Foundation Course in TourismManagement in Tourism
Semester VSemester VI
Foundation Course in Humanities and Social ScienceTourism Development: Case Studies
Tourism Development: Products and OperationsTourism Management
Personality DevelopmentTourism Marketing

B.A. in Tourism Studies: Career Prospects

Some of the popular professional avenues open to successful graduates of the course are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.

Tourist GuideTourist Guides are responsible for helping people (tourists) navigate through unfamiliar areas. They inform tourists about the history and specialty of that place. They make special trips with groups of tourists in order to show them important and historical places belonging to a city.INR 2 to 6 Lacs
Cabin CrewEssentially, an Air Cabin Crew Member is responsible for providing excellent customer service to passengers travelling, while taking care of their comfort and safety throughout the flight. They are also trained to deal with security and emergency situations which may arise in the air, and are capable of giving first aid to passengers, if needed.INR 3 to 7 Lacs
Immigration ConsultantImmigration Consultants are responsible for helping individuals who are internationally relocating (moving to other place) and to ensure that the client does not face any legal issues or complications that may occur during the relocation. They guide and assist them in obtaining visas and other related immigration documentation.INR 3 to 6.5 Lacs
Travel AgentTravel Agents make all travelling arrangements for business and vacation customers. They book reservations for travel, hotels, rental cars, and special events, such as tours and excursions, and guide their clients with respect to what the trip would be like, including giving details on required documents, such as passports or visas.INR 2 to 5 Lacs
Visa ExecutiveVisa Executives make sure that the legal and personal information provided by the client is accurate and correct. They prepare and check all legal documents. They help their clients obtain Visas, Green cards, and other such documentation required.INR 3.5 to 7 Lacs
Tour Management ExecutiveTour Managers organize, plan, and conduct long distance expeditions, travel, and tours for group of individuals or individuals. They ensure that the travel runs smoothly from venue to venue without any issue.INR 3 to 8 Lacs

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