IIFT Placement 2019: Average Salary Up at Rs.20.07 Lakhs; Highest Salary Rs.1 Crore – First B-school to Conclude Final Placement

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December 26, 2018
The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade has emerged as the first and the fastest premier B-School in the country to complete final Placements 2019 for the graduating batch 2017-19 of its flagship MBA (International Business) programme keeping intact the 100% placement record. Average salary for the large batch of 279 students has gone upto Rs.20.07 lakhs in Placement 2019 from Rs. 19.23 lakhs last year. International salary is up at Rs. 1 Crore
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The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) with its campuses at Delhi, Kolkata and Kakinada has emerged as the first and the fastest premier B-School in the country to complete final Placements 2019 for the graduating batch 2017-19 of its flagship MBA (International Business) programme keeping intact the 100% placement record.

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) has concluded Placement 2019 for a large batch of 279 students with higher average salary, more international offers carving a new position in the global scenario. Average salary in IIFT Placement 2019 has gone up at Rs.20.07 lakhs

Speaking on the fastest and successful placement season 2019, Prof. Manoj Pant, Director, IIFT said “The quality of our students, the academic rigour and the premium we place on cultivating relationships with our recruiters are the reasons behind this continued success.”

The Placement 2019 has concluded even before the IIFT entrance exam 2018 result declaration for admission to MBA (IB) 2019-21 batch.

The large batch size of 279 participating students in placement was quickly absorbed by 98 leading recruiters from India and abroad. 

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IIFT Breaks its Own Record in Final Placements 
One of the key features in the Placement 2019 at IIFT is that earlier the final placements at this coveted institute used to be completed in the months of February/March and this is probably the first time that the final placements 2019 are over in December 2018.

Final Placements 2019: Over Before Entrance Exam Result
Going by the past trends IIFT entrance exam result was announced in the last week of December and the placements were concluded one or two months later. However, for Placement 2019, the pattern is changed and the placements are over before the IIFT result declaration. It is expected that the result for IIFT 2018 entrance exam which was held on December 2, 2018 is to be declared on December 28 or 29.

Placement 2019 Highlights

  • Large batch size of 279 Students
  • 98 Companies including 32 new recruiters made placement offers
  • Average Compensation up at Rs.20.07 lakhs from Rs.19.23 lakhs last year
  • Highest salary offered crossed Rs.1 Crore
  • Many students received package of Rs.75 Lakhs Per Annum
  • 93 PPOs were offered
  • More International Offers were received

Key Trends in Placement 2019
Below are shared the key placement trends of last 3 years

Placement Year
Average Salary (Overall) (Rs. in lakhs)
Average Salary (Domestic) (Rs.in lakhs)
Highest Salary (Overall) (Rs. in lakhs)
Highest Salary Domestic (Rs. In Lakhs)
Placement 2019
1 Crore +
Placement 2018
1 Crore
Placement 2017
1 Crore
Placement 2016
1 Crore

The median compensation for the placement 2019 also rose to 18 LPA from 17LPA. The highest salary offered overall crossed Rs. 1 crore with several students receiving compensations of over Rs. 75 LPA.

The batch size for placement 2017-19 constituted 279 students as against 288 students in placement 2018. The batch size had 258 students in 2017; 254 students in 2016 and 219 in 2015. The Final Placement Process for the batch of 2017-19 witnessed active participation from the recruiters across sectors and industries in all domains

93 PPOs from Major Recruiters
The placement season was buoyed by 93 PPOs offered by major recruiters such as ABFRL, Airtel, Amazon, Axis Bank, Bajaj Auto, Bain Capability Network, Britannia, Citibank, GE, GEP, Godrej, Goldman Sachs, HP, HT Media, IVP, ICICI, Infoedge, ITC, JPMC, KPMG, Louis Dreyfus, Maersk Line, Marico, OfBusiness, Piramal, PPG Asian Paints, Royal Enfield, RPG, Shell, Synergy Consulting, Tata Metalliks, Tata Steel, Tata Motors, Wipro Technologies and Yes Bank.

32 First Time Recruiters
IIFT Placement 2019 witnessed 32 first time recruiters. They included Aegis Resources, Axtria, Bata, DE Shaw Group, Epik InDiFi, Enhance Group, Export Trading Group, Fermenta Biotech, Field Fresh Foods, Go-MMT, HomeCredit, Lenskart, United Health Group, Paytm, Polycab, Rivigo, Roland Berger, Samunnati Finance, Tata Global Beverages, Tresvista Financial Services and Zomato. GE Healthcare opened its coveted Commercial Leadership Program for the first time.

Sectoral & Domain wise Placements
IIFT students received offers from across all the sectors and domain at higher compensation packages as is evident with the conclusion of the Placement 2019 season so early at IIFT.

Trade & International Business
True to its education domain of MBA (IB), IIFT achieved new milestones in International Placements. Not only this, IIFT outdid itself in its niche of Trade and International Business with recruiters like African Industries Group, ADM, Aegis Resources, Export Trading Group, Olam International, Tolaram, Trafigura,  participating in the recruitment process and offering positions across Africa, Middle East and South-East Asia.

In the Consulting domain, top-tier strategy consulting firm Roland Berger visited campus for the first time and made multiple offers for front-end roles.

Bain Capability Center, Cognizant Business Consulting, Deloitte, Infosys Management Consulting, i3 Consulting and KPMG were among the major recruiters that offered consulting roles

General Management & Strategy
Companies like Airtel, Murugappa Group and Fermenta Biotech offered positions in General Management and Strategy.

In the Finance domain, Citi Bank, CRISIL, DE Shaw Group, Epik InDiFi, HomeCredit, HSBC, ICICI Bank, Indus Valley Partners, JPMC, L&T, Rivigo, Samunnati Finance, Syngenta AG, Tata Motors, Tresvista Financial Services and Yes Bank offered roles across Financial Operations, Investment Banking, Credit Risk Analysis, Corporate Finance, FinTech.

Sales & Marketing
For Sales and Marketing, the institute had a varied mix of recruiters like ABFRL, Airtel, Bajaj Auto, Bata, Dell, Enhance Group, Field Fresh Foods, GAIL, Games 24*7, GE, HP, HT Media, Infoedge, Jain Irrigation, Lenskart, Mother Dairy, OYO, Polycab, Raymond, Rivigo, Swiggy, Tata Sky, Tetrapak, TGBL, Value Labs, Zomato.

Axtria, Capgemini, Hexaware, IBM, Genpact, Google, Info Edge, Value Labs, Wipro Technologies, etc, offered roles in the IT domain. Several companies such as Go-MMT, EXL Services, OYO, Paytm, United Health Group, etc. offered coveted roles such as product manager, revenue manager, analytics manager.

Operations & Logistics
Operations and logistics saw an increase in intake with companies like Amazon, Maersk Line, Freight Tiger, Rivigo making offers.

IIFT Placements: Past Trends

Placement 2018
Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) has concluded Placement 2018 with 55% more international offers. Carving a new position in the global scenario, four IIFT students received a package of USD 150,000 (Rs 1 crore) per annum along with another layer of compensation of USD 80,000 (Rs.53 lakhs) being offered to 7 IIFT students. Average salary in IIFT Placement 2018 has gone upto Rs.19.23 lakhs

While 110 companies had confirmed their participation, the placements were wrapped up with 94 recruiters, as such 16 recruiters could not get the opportunity to participate in placements.

35 companies were the first time recruiters at IIFT. These recruiters included prominent brands like Arcesium, Avendus Capital, BMW, CP group, Deloitte USI (S&O) EXL, PepsiCo, Tech Mahindra, YES Bank amongst others.

55% Jump in International offers
A total of 31 students are placed in 2018 in International Business roles in South America, Thailand, Africa and South-East countries with top notch recruiters recording a splendid 55% jump from the preceding year as 20 students were offered international roles in 2017.

Placement 2018: International Trends
International placements have always been IIFT’s strength and there has been a remarkable increase in the same over the years.

Placement year (International placements)
Highest package & Number of students
Next layer of compensation and number of students
Placement 2018
USD 150000 (4 students at Rs.1 Crore)
USD 80000 (7 students at Rs.53 lakhs)
Placement 2017
USD 150000 (3 students at Rs.1 crore plus)
Rs. 75 lakhs (6 students)

The difference after conversion to Indian Rupees is due to exchange rate fluctuations. U S Dollar in terms of Indian Rupee stands at less than Rs.66 in 2018. It was at Rs.67 in 2017.

Top International Recruiters
IIFT continued to witness impressive international offers. While Olam, TGI, AluZinc, ADM and Phoenix Commodities visited IIFT for their coveted Trade roles under their esteemed Management Trainee programs, placing students across various parts of Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia; the CP Group based out of Thailand recruited for its Future Leaders Program (FLP) for their various business verticals across all domains.

British Telecom, DBS, Godrej, Hero MotoCorp, Mother Dairy, Shapoorji Pallonji, TetraPak and TVS Motors recruited students for various domains in their International Business streams.

Placement Trends: Domestic
The average compensation offered to the IIFT students is INR 19.23 LPA per annum, with the domestic average standing at INR 18.27 LPA. The highest domestic compensation offered witnessed a rise from INR 26 LPA last year to INR 29 LPA.

Placement Year (Domestic Placements)
Average Salary (Rs. in lakhs)
Highest Salary (Rs. in lakhs)
Placement 2018
19.23 (Domestic average 18.27)
Placement 2017
Placement 2016

Pre Placement offers
Of the total batch strength of 288, IIFT saw an increase of 29.10% in the number of Pre-Placement Offers. Total of 93 PPOs were made in comparison to 74 last year reaffirming the recruiters’ faith in the talent and hard work of the candidates at IIFT.

Top Recruiters in Placement 2018
IIFT is globally recognized for its leadership in Trade and has shown spectacular skills across all domains. Campus visit by top recruiters is a testimony to the same. Airtel, AkzoNobel, Bajaj Auto, Britannia, Dell, Flipkart, Godrej, Google, GSK, Hewlett-Packard, ITC, LAVA, MSIL, Raymond, Sterlite Power, TATA Group, Tetrapak and Vodafone are some of the regular recruiters in the Sales & Marketing Domain whereas, stalwarts in the Finance sector such as Axis Bank, Citi Bank, CRISIL, DBS, Edelweiss, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, ICICI Bank, JP Morgan Chase & Co., Nomura, YES Bank etc. recruited IIFT students in large numbers.

IIFT Placement 2017
With a jump of 33% in international placement offers, 3 of the IIFT students have grabbed above Rs.1 crore package and 6 above Rs.75 lakh per annum salary in the international placements in recently concluded Placement 2017 at IIFT campus. The average compensation for the batch of 2015-17 grew to INR 18.41 LPA as compared to INR 18.01 LPA

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) with its campuses at Delhi and Kolkata has concluded Placement 2017 for the largest ever batch of 258 students as compared to 254 students in 2016 and 219 in 2015. The Final Placement Process for the batch of 2015-17 witnessed participation from a large number of companies across sectors and industries in all domains.

Placement 2017 Highlights

  • 3 IIFT students have bagged a package of USD 150000 (more than Rs. 1 crore per annum) and 6 students have got more than 75 lakhs p.a.in International Placements
  • 94 companies visited the campus to recruit IIFT students
  • The average salary offered to IIFT students is Rs.18.41 lakh per annum as compared to Rs.18.01 lakh per annum last year.
  • The highest domestic salary is Rs.26 lakh p.a.
  • The number of International Roles offered to IIFT students this year is 20 as compared to 15 last year marking an increase of 33%
  • 74 Pre-Placement Offers (PPOs) were offered to IIFT students as compared to 64 last year. 
  • There has been significant increase in the number of PPOs offered by corporates.
  • he Placements for the batch 2015-17 has seen a good mix of diverse sectors and industry leaders from every domain participated in the placement process. 
  • A few of the top recruiters at IIFT Placement 2017 are Goldman Sachs, ITC, JP Morgan, Marico, Godrej, Amazon, ICICI Bank, HDFC, Citibank, HSBC, Axis Bank, Cognizant Business Consulting, HP, Infosys Consulting Management, Tata Steel, Wipro, L&T, HPCL, IOCL, SBI, GAIL Citibank
  • Top new recruiters at IIFT include GlaxoSmithKline, Shell, Tetrapak, Trafigura, Eli Lilly, RPG, GE, CRISIL, Aditya Birla Group (LEAP Program), Dell, DHFL Pramerica among others
  • Trade roles were offered by leading recruiters such as Olam International, TGI, DSPL, Mount Meru, HPCL, ITC 

The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) was set up in 1963 by the Government of India as an autonomous organisation to help professionalize the country's foreign trade management and increase exports by developing human resources; generating, analysing and disseminating data; and conducting research. IIFT offers a diverse portfolio of long term management programmes in International Business namely 2 years full time MBA (International Business) at New Delhi, Kolkata, Dar-es-Salaam and now has launched a new campus at Kakinada (Andhra Pradesh). Apart from MBA (IB), IIFT offers 3 year MBA (International Business) (Part-Time) at New Delhi and Kolkata campuses; Executive Masters in International Business, New Delhi; Certificate Programme in Export Management, New Delhi.

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