Concession Rules : Indian Railway : 2019

Concession Rules for Indian Railway

Various Concession Rules by Indian Railway

Railway is providing travel concession to various categories of travellers like Students, Sports Persons, Scouts and Guides, Farmers, Youths and Children, Senior Citizens, Women, Widows, Handicapped Person, Patients, National Awardee Teachers, Shram Awardee Industrial Workers, Widows of Policemen, Allopathic Doctors, Parents accompanying the National Bravery Awardee child, Unemployed Youths etc.

General Rule for Railway Concession

  • All concessional fares shall be calculated on the basis of fares for Mail / Express trains irrespective of the type of train, i.e. Mail or Express or Passenger, by which the passenger travels. Concession shall be admissible only in respect of basic fares. No concession is admissible in respect of other charges, viz. super fast surcharge, reservation fee, etc. However, in cases where concession has been allowed in Rajdhani / Shatabdi / Jan Shatabdi trains, the concession shall be admissible in the total charges (including catering) of these trains.
  • Concession shall not be granted for any journey the cost of which is borne by the Central or State Government or a local authority or a Statutory body or a Corporation or a Government Undertaking or a University. However, the students participating in the tournaments held or recognized by the schools or universities will be eligible to the concession.
  • All types of concession can be availed only when tickets are purchased across the counter at stations and Reservation / Booking offices etc. No one is granted concession on the train.
  • Only one type of concession is admissible at a time at the choice of passenger and no person is allowed two or more concessions simultaneously.
  • The concession ticket cannot be changed to a higher class even if you are willing to pay the difference in fare. In certain cases where concession is admissible in First class but not in AC 2 tier, concession tickets for AC 2 tier can be purchased on payment of concession fare for First Class plus the difference of actual fare of First class and AC 2 tier.
  • Concession is applicable on journeys with a minimum distance of 300 km. The distance restriction is waived off for students, patients, war widows, national awardees, senior citizens, allopathic doctors, parents accompanying national awardees, sportsperson, unemployed youths going for job interviews.
  • Break of journey en-route shall not be allowed on a concession ticket for a journey for a specific purpose viz. a student travelling to/from an examination Centre, a Cancer patient travelling to/from a hospital, a professor travelling to/from a Conference, etc. It is allowed only where a break of journey is a natural event.
  • Passengers breaking their journey are required to have their ticket endorsed from the Station Master where journey is broken. Passengers terminating journey en route, must surrender their ticket at the station where the journey is terminated. Refund for the untravelled portion on such tickets will not be allowed.
  • Concession is not admissible in season tickets, circular journey tickets and prestigious trains like Rajdhani Express, Shatabdi Express, etc. which have separate all inclusive fare structure. Concession is admissible to any one in Garib Rath Express trains. In case where concessional Single/Return Journey Tickets or Season tickets or Circular journey tickets are to be issued for two or more persons, the concessional fare shall be calculated separately for each person.
  • Except Senior Citizens, concession on Indian Railway will be admissible on production of the requisite certificate from the concerned Person/Organization in India and the documents issued by persons/organizations in other countries shall not be valid for the purpose of concession.
  • All the concessions are to be granted across the counters at Stations/ Reservation Offices/Booking Offices only. If some person enters the train without ticket or without proper ticket or extends journey on concession ticket or changes the concession to higher class, etc., he shall not be granted any concession in train, even if he is otherwise eligible for it under the rules.
Photo ID Cards for Concession Tickets
Photo ID Cards for Concession Tickets

Railway is providing concession in two ways :-

  • Directly at station and booking / reservation offices by producing the necessary documents.
  • Second one is the concession where the persons should approach the designated Commercial officers of the Railway the Area, Division or Zonal Railway Headquarters.

After verifying the eligibility, the Officers issues necessary authorization letter on the basis of which, the Station Managers and Booking/Reservation offices issue concession tickers.


Rail Concession to Various Categories of Passengers

Rail Travel Concession available to various Categories of Passengers

Details are following…..


Railway Concession Rules for Senior Citizens

Railway Concession rules for Indian Senior Citizens : Men – 60 years and above, Women – 58 years and above, Recipients of – (i) Presidents’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service, and (ii) Indian Police Medal for Meritorious service:- who have attained 60 years of age are here:-

Railway Concession Rule for Indian Senior Citizens
Category of PersonsElement of Concession Purpose of TravelAuthority Required for availing Concession
Class IClass II/SL
Indian Senior Citizens : Men - 60 years and above, Women - 58 years and above40% for Men & 50% for women in all classes and in fares of Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Jan Shatabdi Duronto trains, (Concession on demand)Any PurposeShould carry documentary proof of age during travel, otherwise the difference of fare will be collected.
Recipients of - (i) Presidents’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service, and (ii) Indian Police Medal for Meritorious service:- who have attained 60 years of age50% for Men & 60% for women in all classes and in fares of Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Jan ShatabdiAny PurposePhoto copy of identity card issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Railways Modifies Senior Citizens Concession Rules : 03.10.2016

Ministry of Railways announced through the press release that Railway has decided to grant concession only to senior citizens of Indian Nationality, permanently residing in India.

It has been clarified that Senior Citizen concession shall not be admissible to the senior citizen of foreign nationals and NRIs. The rule has been come into effect from 29th September 2016.

In the case of Senior citizens, no proof of age is required at the time of purchasing tickets. Concession tickets are issued on demand made through the option in reservation form.

However, they are required to carry some documentary proof showing their age or date of birth and produce it if demanded by some Railway Official during the journey. Any document issued by any Government Institution/ Agency/Local Body, like Identity Card, Ration Card, Driving Licence, Pass Port, Educational certificate, certificate from Panchayat/Corporation/ Municipality, or any other authentic and recognised document, is acceptable for this purpose. The Pass Port issued by foreign countries is also valid. Railway ID Proof List

The revised rule for concession to Senior Citizen is under

  • Categories : Senior Citizen 
  • Existing Rule : Male Senior Citizen of the age of 60 years and above and 58 years and above in case for women senior citizen.
  • Revised Rule : A Senior Citizen of Indian Nationality, permanently residing in India of the age of 60 years and above for Men Senior citizen and 58 years and above in case of Women Senior Citizen shall only be eligible for concession in passenger fare.
Railway Concession Rules for Senior Citizens
Railway Concession Rules for Senior Citizens

Railway Concession Rules for Differently Abled

Railway are offering various concession to various categories of differently abled peoples. Following are the details.

Further details are attached here:- Railway Concession for Handicapped Person


Railway Concession Rules for Patients

Railway Concession rules for Cancer patients travelling alone or with escort, Thalassemia patients travelling alone or with an escort, Heart patients travelling alone or with an escort, Kidney patients travelling alone or with and escort, T.B/Lupus Vulgaris patients travelling alone or with and escort, Non – infectious Leprosy Patients, Haemophilia Patients – Severe and Moderate form, AIDS Patients, Sickle cell Anaemia and Aplastic Anaemia are here:-

Railway Concession Rule for Patients
Category of PersonsElement of Concession Purpose of TravelAuthority Required for availing Concession
Class IClass II/SL
Cancer patients travelling alone or with escortFor Cancer Patients - 100% Concession in 3 AC & SL, 75% Concession in II, I, AC-CC & 50% concession in 2AC & 1 AC classes. For escortes - 75% concession in II, SL, I, AC-CC & 3 AC & 50% in AC & 2 AC.On being called by some recorganised hospital for treatment/periodical check - up and returnCertificate in prescribed form issued by Officer - in - charge of the concerned recognised hospital.
Thalassemia patients travelling alone or with an escort.75% concession in II, SL, First, 3 AC, CC & 50% in 1AC & 2 AC.Same as aboveSame as above
Heart patients travelling alone or with an escort75% concession in II, SL, First, 3 AC, CC & 50% in 1AC & 2 AC.On being called by some recorganised hospital for Heart Surgery and returnSame as above
Kidney patients travelling alone or with and escort75% concession in II, SL, First, 3 AC, CC & 50% in 1AC & 2 AC.On being called by some recognised hospital for Dialysis/Kidney transplant operation and returnSame as above
T.B/Lupus Vulgaris patients travelling alone or with and escort75% 75% (for Both)On being called by some recognised hospital for treatment /Periodical check-up and returnSame as above
Non - infectious Leprosy Patients75% 75% Same as aboveSame as above
Haemophilia Patients - Severe and Moderate form75% concession in II, SL, ACCC, First and AC 3 tier.Same as aboveCertificate in prescribed pro forma issued by Officer - in - charge of the concerned recognised hospital.
AIDS Patients50% in second classOn being called for treatment in nominated ART centersCertificate in prescribed form from Officer - in - charge of the concerned ART Centre
Sickle cell Anaemia50% in SL, CC, 3 AC & 2 ACOn being called by some recognised hospital for treatment /Periodical check-up and returnCertificate in prescribed pro forma issued by Officer in charge of the concerned government recognised hospital.
Aplastic Anaemia50% in SL, CC, 3 AC & 2 ACOn being called by some recognised hospital for treatment /Periodical check-up and returnCertificate in prescribed proforma issued by Officer - in - charge of the concerned government recognised hospital.
100% Concession to Cancer Patients in Ac 3-Tier And Sleeper Class

Southern Railways announced that, on behalf of the Honourable Union Minister of Railways in the Budget Speech for 2010-11, with immediate effect, 100% concession in Sleeper Class/ AC 3-tier is admissible to Cancer patients for going for and returning from recognized hospitals for treatment and periodical check up.

However, the element of concession to their escort in AC 3-tier and Sleeper Class will remain unchanged, i.e., 75%. The 100% concession to the cancer patient is admissible only in the basic fares of Mail/Express trains and all other charges will be realised in full.

The element of concession for cancer patients and their escort in other classes, i.e., Second/First Class/AC Chair Car remains unchanged at 75% and for AC 2-tier/First AC, the concession remains unchanged at 50%.

Travel Concession Extended to Jan Shatabdi Express Trains

Western Railway announced that Ministry of Railways have decided to grant concession in Second class and AC Chair Car of Jan Shatabdi trains to the Patients who are already eligible to travel in second class and AC chair car of Mail/Express trains, w.e.f.15.05.2017

A patient who is at present eligible to travel in second class of Mail/Express trains shall now be eligible in Second class of Jan Shatabdi trains and the same shall apply for AC Chair car class too.

According to a Western Railway Press Release, if a patient who is not eligible for concession at present to travel in either Second class or AC Chair Car of Mail/Express trains, in that case, such patient shall not be eligible for concession in Jan Shatabdi trains also.


Railway Concession Rules for Students and Youths

Railway Concession rules for Either of parents accompanying the child Recipients of National Bravery Award, Girl Students of Govt Schools situated in rural areas, Concession to students appearing in written examination, Research scholars upto the age of 35 yrs, Youth attending National Integration Camps , Students and non students,Cadets and Marine Engineers apprentices undergoing Navigational/Engineering training for Mercantile Mfirine, Bharat Scouts and Guides, Unemployed Youth etc are here:-

Railway Concession Rules for Students & Youths


Railway Concession Rules for Widows

Railway Concession rules for War Widows, Widows of I.P.K.F Personnel killed in action in Sri Lanka, Widows of Policemen and Paramilitary personnel killed in action against Terrorists and Extremists, Widows of Martyrs of Operation Vijay in Kargil in 1999, Widows 6f defence personnel killed in action against terrorists and extremists are here:-

Railway Concession Rule for Widows
Category of PersonsElement of Concession Purpose of TravelAuthority Required for availing Concession
Class IClass II/SL
War Widows-75%Any PurposeCopy of the identity Card issued by District Sainik Boards.
Widows of I.P.K.F Personnel killed in action in Sri Lanka-75%Any PurposeSame as Above
Widows of Policemen and Paramilitary personnel killed in action against Terrorists and Extremists.-75%Any PurposeCopy of the identity card issued by concerned Supdt. Of Police or Dy. Commissioner of Police.
Widows of Martyrs of Operation Vijay in Kargil in 1999-75%Any PurposeCopy of Photo Identity card issued by Ministry of Home Affairs
Widows 6f defence personnel killed in action against terrorists and extremists-75%Any PurposeOn production of photo copy of Identity Card issued by District Sainik Board of Ministry of Defence.

Railway Concession Rules for Farmers/ Kisans, Labourers and Others

Railway Concession rule for Farmers/Kisans & Industrial Labourers, Kisans travelling by Govt sponsored Special Trains, Kisans and Milk Producers in parties of minimum 20, Delegates of (i) Bharat Krishak Samaj and (ii) Sarvodaya Samaj, Wardha, Delegates of certain All India bodies, listed in Coaching Tariff, Members of St.John Ambulance Brigadeand Relief Welfare Ambulance Corps, Calcutta, Bharat Sewa Dal, Bangalore, Volunteers of Service Civil International are here:-

Railway Concession Rule for Farmers/Kisans, Labourers and Others
Category of PersonsElement of Concession Purpose of TravelAuthority Required for availing Concession
Class IClass II/SL
Kisans Kisans & Industrial Labourers-25%Travelling beyond 300 kms to country’s river valley projects, agricultural/Industrial exhibition, agricultural university or Research centresCertificate from DM/D.C/District Agricultural officer/BDO or State/U.T Agricultural Department/Officer of the Employing Ministries of Govt, of India/MD or Personal Officer of Industrial Undertakings or Authorised Officer of the State Govt concerned.
Kisans travelling by Govt sponsored Special Trains-33%Any purposeCertificate from District Magistrate Dy.Commissioner of the District or the concerned Tahsildar.
Kisans & Milk Producers in parties of minimum 2050% in Second/Sleeper Class(i)Kisans for visiting national level agricultural institutes for training/learning better agriculture practices & (ii) Milk producers for visiting national level Dairy Institutes for training/learning better dairy farmingCertificate from District Magistrate Dy.Commissioner or Mamlatdar or District Agricultural Officer or B.D.O
Delegates of (i) Bharat Krishak Samaj and (ii) Sarvodaya Samaj, Wardha-50%For attending Annual ConferencesCertificate in prescribed pro forma from Secretary of the concerned organisation
Delegates of certain All India bodies, listed in Coaching Tariff-25%Travelling beyond 300 kms to attend Annual ConferenceCertificate in prescribed pro forma from Secretary of the concerned organisation
Members of St.John Ambulance Brigade and Relief Welfare Ambulance Corps, Calcutta-25%Travel beyond 300 km for ambulance camps/competitionsCertificate from respective Secretary/Asst. Comm.St.John Ambulance Brigade or Staff Officer Orgn. Relief Welfare Corps. Calcutta
Bharat Sewa Dal, Bangalore-25%Travelling beyond 300 kms to attend camps/rallies/trekking programmesCertificate from the Secretary Bharat Seva Dal, Bangalore
Volunteers of Service Civil International-25%Travelling beyond 300 kms to attend camps or official businessCertificate from the representative Civil Service International or Secretary of their Branch in India

Railway Concession Rules for Medical Professionals, Industrial Workers, Teachers, Workers in Unorganised Sector, Press Correspondents, Artists and Sportsmen

Persons Eligible for Concession – Amateur Artists

  • Element of Concession :- (First Class 50% in Fist Class, AC chair – car, AC 3 Tier and AC 2 Tier and in the Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Jan – Shatabdi Trains in AC – Chair car, AC-3 Tier, AC 2 tier), II/SL Class – 75%
  • Specific Travel Conditions – For participating in specific performance
  • Authority on which this concession will be issued by Station/Booking and Reservation offices –  Certificate from (I) Civil authorities that the performance is exempted from payment of entertainment tax and
  • (II) An undertaking from organizers, that the performance will be either free of any entrance fee of that the net sale proceeds will be donated to a recognized charity. 

Persons Eligible for Concession – Students Artists of National School of Drama, New Delhi

  • Element of Concession :- (Ist Class – 50% in First Class, AC Chair Car, AC 3 Tier and AC 2 Tier and in the Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Jan Shatabdi Trains in AC Chair Car, AC 3 Tier, AC 2 Tier Classes),  (II/SL Class – 75%)
  • Specific Travel Conditions – Travelling beyond 300 kms for participating in specific performance
  • Authority on which this concession will be issued by Station/Booking and Reservation offices – Certificate from National School of Drama, New Delhi. 

Persons Eligible for Concession – Professional Entertaining Companies 

  • Element of Concession :-  (Ist Class – 50% in Ist Class, 75% in II/SL Class) (II/SL Class – 75%)
  • Specific Travel Conditions – Travelling beyond 300 kms to participate in specific performance sponsored or approved by Central/State Sangeet Natak Academy or Deptt. of Youth Affairs and Sports, Ministry of Human Resource Development.
  • Authority on which this concession will be issued by Station/Booking and Reservation offices – Certificate from Sangeet Natak Academy or Certificate from Department of Youth Affairs and Sports, Ministry of Human Resource Development. 
Railway Concession Rule for Doctors, Industrial Workers, Teachers, Workers in Unorganised Sector, Press Correspondents, Nurses and Midwives, Artists, Sportsmen
Category of PersonsElement of Concession Purpose of TravelAuthority Required for availing Concession
Class IClass II/SL
Doctors - Allopathic10% in all classes and fares of Rajdhani/ Shatabdi / Jan Shatabdi TrainsAny purposeOn submission of an undertaking unprescribed form along with a copy of Registration Certificate issued by Indian Medical Council.
Industrial Workers awarded the PMs Shram Award-75%Any purposeCopy of Identity Card issued by the Ministry of Labour
Teachers
Teachers Honoured with National Award by the President of India-50%Any purposeCopy of Identity Card issued by district Friunation Officers
Teachers of Primary Secondary and Higher Secondary Schools-25%Travelling beyond 300 kms on Educational tourCertificate from the Head Masters/Head Mistress, Principal , Dist. Inspector/Education Officer, Sub divisional Educational Officer.
Press Correspondents accredited to the Headquarters of Govt of India/State Govts/UTs, Spouse/Companions and dependent Children (Upto 18 years of age) are also allowed to accompany with Press Correspondent on Concession.50% in all classes and in fares of Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Jan Shatabdi trainsPress WorkOn production of Photo identity Card.
Working in unorganised sector with monthly income not exceeding Rs.1500/-IZZAT MST of Rs.25 inclusive of all chargesFor traveling upto 150 km from residence to work place and returnOn production of prescribed income certificate etc.
Nurses & Midwives-25%Travelling beyond 300 kms on duty or leaveCertificate from the institution of work or study.
Artists - Theatrical, musical concert, dancing, magician troupes75% concession in II/SL class and 50% concession in AC Chari Car, AC 3 tier and AC 2 tier and in the fares of Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Jan Shatabdi of above AC ClassesFor performanceOn production of the certificate from the concerned authorities.
Sportsmen
All India, State Tournaments50%75%To participate in All India, State tournamentsCertificate from Secretary of the concerned sports Association and their State Units, Secretaries of Olympic Association/State Olympic committees as the case may be.
For National & International Tournaments75%75%For National and International tournaments
Indian Mountaineering Foundation50%75%Mountaineering Expeditions organised by IMF
Railway Concession to sports persons
Railway Concession to Sports Persons
Railway Concession to Sports Persons
Railway Concession Rules for Press Correspondents : Photo ID Cards

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