IRCTC Service Unavailable Error

Service Down / Maintenance Activity

As per latest announcement by IRCTC there will be downtime on service due to due to maintenance activity. Details are given down below.

IRCTC Login Error ~ Reasons

Updated : 11.03.2023

Cancellation for the Delhi Site ~ 12.03.2023

IRCTC announced that Booking and Cancellation for the DELHI site will not be available from 00:20 hrs to 04:45 hrs of 12/03/2023 due to maintenance activity.

Updated : 04.03.2023

Downtime Message By IRCTC ~ 04.03.2023

IRCTC announced that due to maintenance activity E-Ticketing service is not available. For cancellation/File TDR, passengers can call at customer care No.14646,0755-6610661 & 0755-4090600 or Mail at

IRCTC Login Error : Downtime Message by IRCTC
IRCTC Login Error : Downtime Message by IRCTC

IRCTC announced that due to maintenance activity e-ticketing service will not be available from 27.02.2023 11.59 pm to 28.02.2023 01.30 am , details are following.

IRCTC Login Error
IRCTC Login Error

Common Reasons for Login Errors

After the above mentioned time also if you are getting error then, Kindly close all the browser windows, open a new one and delete temporary internet files as mentioned below.

Internet Explorer Clear Cookies Steps

For Internet Explorer, Go to Tools menu » Internet options » delete cookies, delete files, clear history and click ok.

Chrome Clear Cookies Steps

Following are steps for clearing Cookies in Chrome browser

  • open Chrome.
  • At the top right, click More .
  • Click More tools. Clear browsing data.
  • At the top, choose a time range. To delete everything, select All time.
  • Next to “Cookies and other site data” and “Cached images and files,” check the boxes.
  • Click Clear data.

Edge Clear Cookies Steps

Following are steps for clearing cookies in Edge browser

  • Select Settings > Privacy, search, and services
  • Select Choose what to clear under Clear browsing data
  • Clear browsing data now.
Common Reasons for IRCTC Login Errors
Common Reasons for IRCTC Login Errors

Method to avoid IRCTC Service Unavailable Error 

I know most of them seen this error while booking the ticket especially at peak time. Here I am mentioning pre-activities or preparation before planning to book any IRCTC ticket booking for getting the confirmed tickets. Method to avoid IRCTC Service Unavailable error.

1. Compatible browser selection and optimizing

IRCTC Supporting Browsers

  • Internet Explorer v6.0 and above
  • Mozilla Firefox v3.5.5.
  • Google Chrome v3.0
  • Opera 10.10
  • Safari 3.0.2
  • Netscape Navigator v9.0.0.3

Please do following things before ticket booking on these browsers which applicable

  • Enable java script in Microsoft Internet Explorer.
  • Delete cookies in Internet Explorer.
  • Enable java script in Mozilla Firefox 1.5.x
  • Delete cookies in Mozilla.
  • Enable java script in Netscape 8.x
  • Delete cookies in Netscape Navigator.
  • Enable java script in Opera 9.x
  • Delete cookies in Opera.
  • Delete cookies in Google Chrome.

2. Ready before 7.55 A.M to book a tatkal ticket

Always remember lakhs of people are on the queue to book the ticket. So be patiant until you succeed. Indian railways keep on upgrading the server to book the ticket multiple passengers.  

3. Always note the details to book the ticket

Most of the time Service Unavailable Error occured because of the inactivity of the user. So request you to note the travel details like From and Destination of travel, Date of Travel, Train No, ID Proof details etc.  

4.Avoid booking between 8 A.M to 9 A.M

Try to plan the travel date before 3 months and book the ticket. When there is a season ticket try to book the ticket on the starting date of release the ticket.  

5. Keep in touch with Customer Care

When there is any continuous error occurred contact customer care for the support. Following are the details of Customer care Email ID: Phone Number (24X7 Hrs.) : 011-39340000


✅ What is the reservation timing on IRCTC?

Online booking of train tickets are allowed from 00:20 am to 11:45 pm (Indian Standard Time) on all days including Sundays.

✅ Can I book IRCTC ticket at night?

The actual maintains of IRCTC takes at midnight. During this time you are not allowed to book the tickets or check the PNR status of any train.

✅ What is the Tatkal Ticket Booking timing of IRCTC?

For Tatkal booking, opening day means one day in advance from date of departure of train from originating station. For e.g.-if train is to depart from originating station on August 22, Tatkal booking will commence at 10.00 AM on August 21.

✅ Can I check my PNR at night?

Checking PNR at midnight is not possible because of the maintains of IRCTC.


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