A scuffle erupted in front of the office of District Educational Officer here on Thursday as thousands of aspirants for the post of BT teachers scrambled to get applications for Teacher Eligibility Test to be conducted by the Teachers' Recruitment Board (TRB).

The 5,000 available applications for the posts of teachers at middle and secondary levels were sold out within two hours, and the non-availability of applications caused consternation among an equal number of aspirants who stood in a serpentine queue.

The scuffle took place when some broke the queue in their attempt to get the tokens distributed in lieu of applications. Through each of the DEO offices in Musiri and Lalgudi, 2,500 applications were sold.

Applications will be sold to token-holders on a priority basis on Monday, Chief Educational Officer K. Selvakumar said. There was a similar situation at the CEO's office when the applications were sold for PG teacher aspirants. There was no cause for anxiety as applications will be made available to every applicant till April 4. So far, 8,500 applications have been sold for PG teacher aspirants and over 1,000 more applications are likely to be sold, the CEO said, adding that the TRB has scheduled the teacher eligibility tests for BT and PG teachers on June 3 and May 27 respectively.

After the passage of Right to Education Act, qualifying in TET has become a mandatory requirement for aspiring teachers. The National Council of Teacher Education has published the guidelines for conduct of TET. Candidates with D.T.Ed. and B.Ed, are eligible to appear for the TET. The qualifying test is meant to improve the quality of test right from the recruitment stage.