I took the postgraduate admission exam earlier this year. Like most students, I had to scramble for a seat. In my university, however, we usually put bags or stacks of books on the tables to claim them. It was tense, but we never physically fought!
These students must have been really stressed and not very mature. However, I do think universities need to improve access to seating. Most Chinese universities do not have enough seats in their libraries or classrooms, especially in lower-tier universities like Shandong. [For most Chinese students, studying in their dormitories is not a viable option, as these tend to be extremely cramped]. Lower-tier universities, though, have difficulty obtaining funds from the government.
There is a huge pressure to find employment in China, and many think going to graduate school is the only way they’ll ever get a job. More students from lower-tier universities apply to graduate schools because their undergraduate degree is simply not enough to get them good jobs. Besides, some of the big state-run companies and foreign companies write in their recruitment ads that master’s degrees, which generally take three years to complete, are a must.