XAT officials have admitted to at least one wrong question in the test held on January 3, 2016, even as more than half of the answers in the recently released official XAT 2016 Answer Key differed from the answers already announced by different MBA coaching institutes.

As per XAT officials, question number 77 of ‘Set A’ and its corresponding questions in different sets has been withdrawn as none of the answer options were correct. “Question 77 is withdrawn since the options did not have the right answer,” read a notification on XAT website.

Further, the official answer key also differed from that of coaching institutes on more than half of the questions of paper 1 which carried a total of 78 questions.


According to the coaching institutes, answers to as many as 40 questions are doubtful. Careers360 brings you a detailed analysis that highlights varying answer keys of Paper 1 and Paper 2 of XAT.

The XAT 2016 answer key was released by officials on January 19, 2016, for all the Sets (A, B, C, D) of Paper 1 and 2. Many leading coaching institutes like IMS, TIME, Test Funda and Bull’s Eye had released their answers keys a day after the test.  Apparently, students matched their answers to calculate their estimated XAT 2016 scores. But with the release of the official XAT 2016 answer key, test takers are flummoxed as more than half of the answers by experts do not match with the official answers and vice-versa. Below is a pdf having XAT 2016 answers by officials and coaching institutes for Paper 1 Set A.

Careers360 had already published the XAT answer key by different coaching institutes and coaching experts. This was for the first time that the XAT officials released their answer key for the General Knowledge section.  


However, a scrutiny of the answer keys in GK section reveals that coaching institutes had misinterpreted a question and accordingly published a wrong answer to it.


The first question of the paper was about highest forest covered Indian state in terms of percentage. Wherein, the XAT official responded to option D (Arunachal Pradesh) as a correct answer, experts from IMS and Test Funda mentions option A (Madhya Pradesh) as a correct answer. In terms of percentage, Arunachal Pradesh is the highest forest covered state of India; whereas, if the question would have been about highest forest covered state in terms of area, Madhya Pradesh would have been the correct answer.

SET B- General Knowledge

XAT 2016 Question

Answers By Officials



Bulls Eyes

Test Funda

Q 1.






Q. 12






It seems that such difference in judgment for the correct answers, among the officials and experts, might have caused varying answers in the answer keys announced by different coaching institutes.

The result of XAT 2016 is expected to be declared in the last week of January most likely on January 25, 2016. The result will be declared in the form of score-cards where the test takers will get section wise and composite scores out of the total marks along with the percentile. As per the marking scheme, each question carries 1 mark and for each wrong answer, there is negative marking of ¼ of the allotted marks. However, the officials have not yet stated anything regarding the marks of the one question which has been scrapped by the authorities.

The exam was conducted on Sunday, January 3, 2016, in paper-pencil based format with major changes in its test pattern. 

On the basis of the XAT 2016 Result, candidates will be shortlisted by XLRI Jamshedpur and other XAT participating institutes on the basis of the cutoff for the next round of selection process, Group Discussion (GD), Personal Interview (PI) and or Essay Writing/Written Ability Test (WAT) rounds.


First published on January 20, 2016

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