MBA aspirants who took the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2018 found Quantitative Ability to be the most difficult section in the exam conducted on Sunday.

“The difficulty level of the question in quantitative ability section was very high compared to what I saw in previous year exams. There was no straight application of the formulas and questions were lengthy so it took lot of time in reading them. Arithmetic was the toughest in the section,” said Bhargav Desai, who took the exam for the first time. He added that data interpretation was easier than last year; however, the questions in the English section were a bit tricky.

“The QA section was similar to that of 2016 and a fall of 20 marks is expected in cut-off mainly due to this section,” said Gautam Bawa, Group Product Head, Career Launcher. The exam was divided into three sections — verbal ability and reading comprehension, logical reasoning and data interpretation, and quantitative ability.

“There was not much change in the pattern of the exam, it was almost similar to that of CAT 2017. Of all the sections, quantitative ability was the toughest followed by logical reasoning. English was comparatively easy,” said a faculty member at TIME, a coaching institute.

This year, the exam was conducted by IIM-Calcutta and around 2.41 lakh candidates registered for it. The results are likely to be declared in the second week of January.

Experts say, the candidates who are able to score between 150 and 160 marks out of 300 will have a fair chance of getting a call from the most sought after IIMs.