For the thousands who took the Common Admission Test (CAT) exam on Sunday seeking admission to the prestigious management schools, it was either a day of jubilation or dejection. Most, however, agreed that the mathematics section of the paper was a googly.
Wasil Rahman, who works with Microsoft in Hyderabad, was one of the nearly 240,000 CAT aspirants who took the exam, held across 23 cities.
According to Rahman, the quantitative or maths section of the paper was far more difficult than he had imagined.
"It was a tough paper. I didn't expect the quantitative section to be so difficult. In fact, I was pinning my hopes on maths and was really worried about English since I had not fared well in English in the mock tests earlier."
"That's why I started with English, thinking that the most difficult section should be dealt with first. But when I came to the quantitative section, I was stumped. I didn't think it would be this difficult," Rahman told IANS.
Similarly Bhargava Verma of Delhi said that the quantitative section was tougher than the rest.
"The pattern of the exam was the same as last year. So there were no surprises. But I found the quantitative section difficult," Verma said.
While a handful of aspirants did say that the quantitative section was manageable, the verdict of the majority was that it was the toughest of all.
There has been a change in the pattern of the test as each question now has more options while the total number of questions for each of the three sections --verbal, data interpretation and quantitative aptitude -- has gone down.
The process of reducing the questions was started in 2004.
The number of questions, which was 90 in 2005, was reduced to 75 in 2006. In 2004, it was 123, while in 2003 there were 150 questions.
The results of the exams will be out in December.
Those who pass the test will qualify for a seat in one of the six Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) -- Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Indore, Kozhikode and Lucknow.
About 35,000 students from Delhi appeared for the exam this year.