Flue-cured tobacco grown in the light soils of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka is graded according to the plant positions along the lines of the International grading system.


All other types of tobacco are generally graded according to the colour, length, blemish and texture of the leaf.


Traditional flue-cured tobacco is primarily graded into 10 farm grades based on colour, texture, body and blemish of the leaf. They are broadly categorished into brights, semi-brights, browns and greens adopted at export level.


Burely tobacco (monsoon crop) is graded according to plant positions.