Features of Tatkal Scheme in Indian Railway

Updated : 11.08.2016

Method to Avoid misuse of Tatkal Scheme

Indian Railway announced through the press release that adequate safeguards have been built in the scheme to avoid misuse of the Tatkal scheme, some of which are as under.

Features of Tatkal Scheme in Railways 

  • One of the passengers booked on the ticket has to show the prescribed proof of identity (in original) during journey failing which all the passengers booked on that ticket are treated as travelling without ticket and charged accordingly. 
  • No refund is granted on cancellation of confirmed Tatkal ticket. 
  • The facility of change of name is not permitted on the booking made under Tatkal Scheme. 
  • The timings of opening of booking under Tatkal scheme on the opening day of reservation have been staggered to 10.00 hours and 11.00 hours on the previous day of journey from train originating station for AC and non-AC classes respectively. 
  • Authorized ticketing agents have been restricted from booking Tatkal tickets during the first thirty minutes of opening of Tatkal booking i.e. from 10.00 hours to 10.30 hours and from 11.00 hours to 11.30 hours. 
  • Web service agents have been permitted to book only one Tatkal ticket per train per day. 
  • Maximum four passengers per PNR for Tatkal Tickets. Individuals are allowed only 2 Tatkal tickets per IP Address from 10.00 hours to 12.00 hours permissible and maximum number of tickets allowed to an individual user is 6 per month. 
  • Automatic log out after completion of one transaction. 

Updated : 24.06.2016

Premium Tatkal Quota Through PRS Booking Counters

South Central Railway announced that Railway Board has now extended the booking facility of premium tatkal quota through Passenger Reservation System (PRS) booking counters across Indian Railways. Earlier, this Premium Tatkal quota booking was available only through online (IRCTC Internet Booking). This facility commences with effect from 25th June, 2016. At present around 25 trains are having the facility of premium tatkal quota on South Central Railway for 2 AC, 3 AC and Sleeper class coaches.

Updated : 12.02.2016

IRCTC Ticket Booking Restrictions For Better User Experience

Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Cooperation ( IRCTC ) changing the online reservation rule in such a way that will give maximum user experience. As you know before 2 year once we book the Train ticket got several errors like IRCTC Service Unavailable Error , when we are login to the system on peak hours. Now these kind of errors or hang of system is not occurring on the IRCTC website because of advanced technology and good server. Railways keep on improving the system to make this success. There are several ways trying to improve this. You can book mark this page to get latest reservation technology wise changes.

Indian Rail Ticket Booking Restriction : Maximum 6 Tickets online reservation per user id only allowed
Max 6 Ticket per Month Only Allowed

Also Read : Counter Train Ticket Cancellation procedure Revised

Updated: 30 - 01 - 2016

Maximum 6 Tickets Online Per User ID Allowed in a Month: Rule Starting Date: 15 February, 2016

IRCTC added another level of filer to avoid fake persons tickets booking and selling on black market. As per new Rule maximum of 6 tickets can be booked online by an individual user in a month on IRCTC website. At present(upto 15 February,2016) the booking limit is 10 ticket in a month. The new checking applicable to both I-Tickets and E-Tickets too.

This rule is not applicable for Counter purchased Train Tickets

Also Read: 35 Sec WAITING Compulsory Waiting Time to Book IRCTC Ticket

Following are important points to notice for the same rule
  • General users are allowed only 2 tickets per user-ID in a day ( for Normal Ticket booking other than Tatkal ) from 08:00 AM to 10.00 AM.
  • General Users are allowed only 2 tickets per user-ID in a day (for Tatkal booking) from 10:00 hours to 12:00 hours.
  • Quick Book Option will not be available from 08:00 AM to 12:00 AM
  • All travel ticketing agents (YTSK, RTSA, IRCTC agents etc.) have been debarred from booking tickets during the first thirty minutes of opening of booking. That is from 08:00 AM to 08:30 AM for general bookings, and from 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM and 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM for Tatkal booking in AC and non-AC classes respectively.
  • Train Ticket Booking is not allowed through e-wallet and cash cards from 08:00 AM to 12:00 AM.
  • There is only one booking in one user login session except for return/onward journey between 08:00 AM to 12:00 AM.
After the implementation of this rule only 6 Tickets can book general users on IRCTC website. existing limit to book the train ticket is 10.

IRCTC introducing this feature for the online users because as per study shows only 90 percentage of the users using upto 6 tickets purchase per month. That means only 10 percentage of the users only purchasing more than 6 train tickets per month. These analysis bring railways direction to provide restriction on booking.

Updated: 06 - 04 - 12


Do you know we can book maximum 2 transaction between 8 am and 10 am per IP Address / User ID. This means we can book only 2 tickets per IP address, this will affect most of the users who try to book the Online Ticket from the Office, College etc. IRCTC introduced restriction of booking ticket from 8 am to 10 am, for avoiding extra rush of    ticket booking during the peak hours. Following screen shot shows the message appear when you try to Book IRCTC Ticket Online for the E-Ticket or I-Ticket

IRCTC Ticket Booking Restriction

What is your opinion this will resolve the peak time Ticket booking errors and waiting time for booking the ticket?

IRCTC Ticket Booking Restrictions For Better User Experience. Max 6 Tickets online purchase allowed per month and 1 or 2 Ticket daily limit. Also blocked the User ID and IP wise restrictions for online reservation session.

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  1. Absolutely nonsesical decision by IRCTC leading to breeding of corruption, and also bringing back long queues at Railway Stations for CK booking in the morning, have to stand/ly down for hours before night !!!!! The intention was to reduce visits to Railway stations for booking.

  2. I dont know who is able to use the services of irctc.co.in within 8.00 AM to 10.00 AM. I have never got success even login to my account in this time. I think this high time to realise that htere is requirement of partial privatisation of railway. Actually, railway is not able to accomodate all the wait listed passengers. It is not fair to take money not giving services.

  3. When i tried to get a ticket from IRCTC side at 08AM ,i am always unsuccessful due to hang of side.Please arrange the side easy to open who want ticket from home.

  4. Thanks for your valuable replays..

  5. INDIA is heading back instead of improving or developing. Worst decision.... Rubbish timings and logic... NON SENSE....

  6. But the thing is if anyone want to book ticket for tatkal. he should take a half day leave for office/college or what ever.because nw its changed to 10 am na it is office and college timing. how they can book a ticket by thier self??

  7. For tatkal ticket at railway counters people use to stand from 4 A.M. Now it is going to change at 10 A.M. I wonder still people wait from 4-10 A.M. for the tickets. But what about the people who need to go office but now they have to take leave for TATKAL bookings, everyone knows IRCTC server won't work properly at 8-10 A.M. so y don't u continue booking tatkal tickets 2 per single a/c ?

  8. it will give more scope for corruption and affects lots to common man.it would be a big problem for employees as they have to reach the office by 10am..its not citizen friendly decision...



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