i-Ticket and e-Ticket Booking Updates Details


Indian Railway is offering the facility of booking the ticket through online in order to save time and energy of passengers and for using less paper cash, and through this aims for a digital society. Here we are giving the types of online train tickets available, major difference between those tickets,  how to book  the tickets ,how we can cancel those tickets, and special rules related to those ticketing systems.

Also Read : Card Payments : Special Discounts by Indian Railway


Indian Railway initiative towards cashless transaction, Waiver of Service Charge on booking of all Railway Tickets Online for some periods.

Updated : 31.01.2017

Indian Railway Train tickets booked through the IRCTC website will become cheaper from 23rd November to 31st March 2017 (first it was upto December 31st, 2016) as the government has waived service tax to encourage cashless transactions in the wake of the demonetization exercise.
Rs 20 is levied as service tax on Sleeper and Rs 40 on AC classes for booking tickets through IRCTC. Service tax has been waived to incentivise cashless transactions through online booking, the official added.
The decision has been taken to encourage electronic method payment among the buyers. With the evident cash crunch in the market due to demonetization step taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Indian Railways attempts to lure customers to book tickets online rather than withdrawing cash and lining up in queues at Railway counters.
IRCTC charges Rs 20 as service charge on booking tickets for second and sleeper class tickets, while Rs 40 is charged on booking E-tickets and I-tickets on for AC-First, AC-Second and AC-Third class tickets.
Encouraging cashless transaction IRCTC has also opened an e-Wallet Scheme for e-ticketing to reduce transaction failure and to make the payment process fast.
After demonetization move by the Modi government, the amount of cash in circulation has been drastically reduced. Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, which formed 86 per cent of the currency in market, lost their legal tender.
Lines outside ATMs and bank counters have not reduced, despite two weeks have passed since demonetisation was announced. The recalibration of ATMs is expected to be completed by end of the month. The new notes of Rs 500 and Rs 2000 would only get ejected after the recalibration process gets completed.
It will be a difficult decision for IRCTC to make because almost 33% of its revenue comes from the service charge collected on online bookings. About Rs 540 crore of revenue of IRCTC , over Rs 1,500 crore in the last financial year came from ticket bookings, which also contribute to the dividend it pays to the railways.
Almost 12 lakh train tickets are purchased on the IRCTC website every day, i.e 55% of all the railway bookings in the country. If a higher proportion of bookings shifts to IRCTC, it would help the national transporter cut costs by reducing the number of ticket booking counters. IRCTC asked to expand catering and set up premium lounges, “Railways doing away with service charge would be a big step towards fulfilling PM’s agenda,” the official said.


Indian railways online ticket booking process mainly divided in to 2 types.
  • E – Ticket
  • I – Ticket
Different types of Online Trian Tickets
i-Ticket and e-Ticket 

Every body confusing about these options and keep on thinking which option to choose for IRCTC Online ticket booking. Here you will get each of these to you on simple definition.

Difference Between E -Ticket and I -Ticket

Both the E Ticket and I Ticket booking via IRCTC only but there is some common difference.
E – Ticket :-
E – Tickets are default booking option on the IRCTC website. E – Ticket other wise known as Electronic Ticket. This you can purchase online and travel. Remember there is no need to take printout of the E – Ticket. You just need to show the SMS received on your mobile to TTE ( Travel Ticket Examiner ).
I – Ticket : -   
I – Ticket also known as Internet Ticket. This also booking via IRCTC website by selecting the I – Ticket option while searching trains after the IRCTC Login happens. Main difference on  I – Ticket option is that it do not require ID proof except Tatkal facility.  Also I -ticket is delivering directly to your home. But I – Ticket must book 3 Days prior to the travel. This can cancel any ticket reservation counter after the departure of the train too. But remember no Cash Refund allowed will refund on the same online payment  account only.

E-Ticket I-Ticket
Ticket Delivered on E-Mail and SMS only Ticket Delivered on Shipment Address Given
If lost the E – Ticket then directly re-print possible If forgot the PNR number too will attract ticket re-issuing charges
Ticket Cancellation not allowed after the Train Departure Ticket Cancellation can be done after the Train Departure
Ticket Cancellation done via IRCTC Website Only Ticket Cancellation done on the nearest Computer reservation Center too


Both i-Ticket and E-Ticket are the Internet Online Booking tickets via www.irctc.co.in but these 2 tickets having some difference that difference is explained as follows

In the case of i-Ticket service charge of Rs.40 per ticket in lower class and Rs. 60 per ticket in upper class (maximum 6 passengers per ticket) is leviable in addition to the train fare.
IRCTC Website Train Ticket Booking
IRCTC Website
But this type of service will delivered the ticket without any extra cost. And maximum 10 tickets booked in an individual account.
Will get the e-mail to the mail id you are provided in the IRCTC  says the total fare taken for the ticket and the beth position of your ticket. 
If the ticket is not booked then that information you will get from the menu "Booked Ticket History" in the www.irctc.co.in site home page.
Indian Railways started E - ticket facility since 24.02.2006 to provide fast and secure online ticketing for the passengers. 
But in this case the passengers not provided any physical tickets. You can take the print out from the internet anytime after your ticket booked successfully.
In the journey time you have to carry any of the following identity details that is the main difference in the case of E-ticket. 
  1. Voter Identity Card
  2. Passport
  3. PAN Card
  4. Driving Licence
  5. Photo identity card issued b the Central / State government
If you are forgot to take any of these you will be treated as traveling without ticket. And if you are not carrying the ticket with you then you have to charge Rs. 50.
In the case of E-Ticket service charge of only Rs.10 to 25 per ticket in lower class and Rs. 20 to 40 per ticket in upper class (maximum 6 passengers per ticket) is leviable in addition to the train fare.
As part of the my concern better you go for E-tickets.


Step-by-Step Guide to Book Indian Railways Online Ticket
The below instructions will help you to book the train ticket via Online. Below explain step-by-step guide to book the IRCTC ticket . You just need to follow instructions to get the ticket online free of Service charges. 

You will get the IRCTC ticket after completing following 2 steps only. Where step 1 is only required perform only once and other required to perform each and every time.

  • IRCTC User Registration
  • IRCTC Book a Train Ticket
We will explain each of these points in detailed on next session IRCTC User Registration Process.
  • User Registration /  Sign-UP:  To book the Indian Railways ticket booking need to login to IRCTC website. This required IRCTC User ID. 
  • Book a Train Ticket: Once you have created the IRCTC User ID and password, can able to log on to the IRCTC website to book the website by entering User ID and Password.
IRCTC Train Ticket booking process having following sub sections involved
  • Log-on to IRCTC Website
  • Search for Availability
  • Confirm Ticket
  • Make Payment
  • Verify Ticket
IRCTC Login : Once you have created the IRCTC User ID and password, can able to log on to the IRCTC website to book the website by entering User ID and Password.
Search for Availability: This is the third step on the IRCTC ticket booking. During this step users searching  for their exact trains required.
Confirm Ticket: Confirm IRCTC train ticket process includes verifying your train after availability check is over. Select a train and choose class for travel.

Make payment: IRCTC Allowed several ways to make payment.  This includes Credit Card, Debit Card, Internet baking, Wallets and New Generation e-Wallet options. Verify Ticket: After booking your train ticket verify the same for further difficulties.

For getting more details about IRCTC Online Ticket Booking, please go through the following links:- 
IRCTC New User Registration


Here are the details about latest E - Ticket Cancellation Rules. This is necessary to under stand how much amount will refund before Cancelling any IRCTC tickets online.

2015 e ticket cancellation rules

  • All the electronic reservation ticket can be Cancelled only through IRCTC website irctc.co.in only.
  • Cancellation of IRCTC e ticket not at allowed via Railway Station counters
  • irctc.co.in website with ticket Cancellation can be done till Chart Preparation of the train. Also note previous night itself chart preparation usually completed fro the train starting up to 12 noon.
  • All refund amount will be credited back to the payment mode you have used at the time of booking e ticket.

Cancel e ticket BEFORE chart Preparation:

  • Confirmed Ticket Cancellation more than 48 hrs before the scheduled departure: In this case flat cancellation charges shall be deducted @ Rs.240/- for AC First Class/Executive Class, Rs.200/- for AC 2 Tier/First Class, Rs. 180 for AC 3 Tier/AC Chair car/ AC 3 Economy, Rs.120/- for Sleeper Class and Rs.60/- for Second Class. Cancellation charges are per passenger.
  • Confirmed Ticket Cancellation within 48 hrs and up to 12 hours before the scheduled departure: In this case cancellation charges shall be 25% of the fare subject to the minimum flat rate mentioned in the above clause.
  • Confirmed IRCTC Ticket Cancellation within 12 hrs and up to 4 hours before the scheduled departure: 50% of the fare paid subject to the minimum cancellation charges.
  • Confirmed IRCTC Ticket Cancellation after 4 hours of scheduled departure: No refund provided

Cancel e ticket AFTER chart Preparation:

  • e Ticket cancellation not allowed after Chart Preparation occur.
  • Users Can file TDR (Ticket Deposit Receipt) instead of Cancellation. Remember for getting the TDR refund you should wait for days and this can be tracked via IRCTC TDR tracker.
  • TDR for Confirmed Tickets: No refund will be received for the Confirmed e ticket when cancel after 2 hours of train departure.
  • TDR for RAC Tickets: No refund will be received for the RAC e ticket when cancel after 3 hours of train departure.
  • IRCTC Ticket Cancellation process for IRCTC Agent Booked Tickets : Agents cannot be cancel directly IRCTC tickets. For cancelling those tickets need to send some info like PNR No., Transaction ID , Train No., From:, To:, date of journey: , S.No. , PASSENGER NAME, AGE,SEX,Reasons for Filing TDR to email id "etickets@irctc.co.in" . After that IRCTC will file the Cancellation request.
Cancel Tatkal e ticket
  • As per new Rule effective from July 2015 Cash back or refund will be allowed for those who booked Tatkal Tickets. Earlier there is no Cancellation allowed for Tatkal tickets.
Train Cancelled : e Ticket Refund
  • Refund is allowed whenever there is any train Cancellation process occurred due to breaches, floods, accidents etc. Full refund is permissible in case the ticket is cancelled within three days of the scheduled departure of the train. As per new rule this refund will provide automatically when you have booked your train ticket via IRCTC website only.
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  2. Do they differ in terms of Cancellation Charges??

    In IRCTC Site, I could only find information regarding the Cancellation of I Ticket but no information for e-ticket.

    @rungss on Twitter

  3. Both are possible.. you will be refunded the money in 3 days but the reservation charge is deducted.

    In one case i got "some" money back even after i missed the train.

  4. why concession is not available on e-ticket?

  5. 22629 is not showing in IRCTC.co.in



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