Everything You Need to Know About IRCTC Tatkal Tickets

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It goes without saying that booking a tatkal train ticket can be quite a taxing task. Particularly because of the insane number of people who wait with bated breath to login to the IRCTC website and book their tickets as soon as the clock strikes 10 in the morning. Now the internet is filled with blogs that talk about tips and tricks on how to beat the crowd and get your hands on those precious tatkal tickets. However, there are not many blogs that talk in detail about the things you need to keep in mind, right from the booking timings to cancellation charges to premium tatkal.

In this blog we will discuss in detail about everything you need to know about tatkal tickets:

1) Booking Timings:

Ticket booking under the Tatkal scheme opens to public looking to book tickets for AC classes at 10 am on the day before the journey while tickets for non-AC classes opens to public for booking at 11 am on the day before the journey. You can either book the tickets online or from the station where the train begins its journey at. One of the primary must-haves in order to succeed at tatkal ticket booking is fast internet.

With Google’s high speed Railwire WiFi now available at over 72 railway stations across India, you can easily book your tickets online at the stations too. And to make things more easy, you don’t have to spend time chasing down OTPs and filling out web forms to connect to Railwire WiFi. Just connect to it in one tap at all 72 railway stations in India with the WiFire app (available on both Android and iOS).

2) Ticket charges:

Tatkal ticket charges vary based on the class of your travel and the distance that you will end up covering as a result.

Class of TravelMinimum tatkal charges (in Rs)

Maximum tatkal charges (in Rs)
Second Class10/- 15/-
Sleeper100/-200/-
AC III Tier300/-400/-
AC II Tier400/-500/-

3) No ID proof required for Tatkal ticket bookings:

As of September 2015, passengers are not required to mention or furnish a photocopy of the proof of identity, while booking a Tatkal ticket or enter the ID details while booking tickets online.

However, one of the passengers (in case of a group of passengers who booked tatkal tickets together) is required to produce any one of the following proofs of identity in the original during the journey, to avoid being penalised. They are:

(a) Voter’s Photo Identity Card

(b) Passport

(c) PAN Card

(d) Driving Licence

(e) Aadhar Card

(f) Photo Identity Card with a serial number issued by the Central or State Government

(g) Student identity card with photograph issued by a recognised School or College

(h) Passbook of Nationalised Banks with a photograph

(i) Credit cards issued by banks with a laminated photograph

(j) Photo identity cards having serial number issued by Public Sector Undertakings of the State/Central Government, District Administrations, Municipal bodies and Panchayat Administrations.

4) Ticket cancellation charges:

The cancellation charges for tatkal tickets depend on the status of your ticket (i.e whether it is confirmed or not). As per the regulations of the Indian railways, users cannot avail refund on cancellation of confirmed tatkal tickets. However, tatkal tickets on the waiting list can be refunded on cancellation.

For example, if you cancel your waitlisted tatkal tickets before the final chart preparation (i.e 30 mins before the scheduled train departure time), then remaining amount after the deduction of clerkage charge (Rs.60 per passenger) will be refunded.

Also, if your train is running late by more than three hours at the station where your journey is supposed to begin, then you can cancel your confirmed tatkal tickets, if you no longer wish to undertake the journey. No cancellation charges or clerkage fee will be charged in such cases and the full amount will be refunded to the passenger. In case of e-tickets, the TDR (Ticket Deposit Receipt) should be filed online before the actual departure of the train for availing full refund. In case of i-tickets, the ticket should be surrendered before the actual departure of the train.

5) Premium Tatkal Quota:

Premium Tatkal tickets are charged based on a dynamic pricing which means that ticket prices tend to increase with demand. Such tickets can only be booked online.

In addition to that, neither waiting list tickets nor RAC tickets are issued under the Premium Tatkal quota. You can only book confirmed tickets. The ticket cancellation Other rules for this quota are similar to that of tatkal quota – i.e no refunds can be availed on the  cancellation of premium tatkal tickets.

If you’re looking to stay connected while on-the-go, download WiFire to connect to free RailWire WiFi at 72 railway stations —and over 6000+ public WiFi networks across India — with a single tap.

Announcing FindWiFi.co: Discover 6000+ free public WiFi Hotspots wherever you go

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The Internet is an integral part of our existence now, be it connecting with our family over Skype calls, snapchatting from our favourite pub, or posting pictures on Instagram when on a holiday. With this growing need to be connected at all times and with limited mobile data availability, the need for access to public WiFi is only getting stronger.

Looking at how crucial a role WiFi plays in our daily lives, we are excited to announce FindWiFi.co, an online directory that allows you to discover 6000+ free public WiFi hotspots wherever you live or travel, thus making your mobile data last longer. You can simply type in your location to discover public WiFi hotspots such as cafes, restaurants and malls near you, check the speed of the WiFi offered, filter your search by categories or distance, as well as navigate to the selected location.

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Not only that, we make connecting to these public WiFi hotspots a lot easier with the WiFire app. For example, WiFire allows you to connect to secure, free public WiFi in one tap by removing the need for filling up webforms and chasing down OTPs.

FindWiFi helps you discover public WiFi at:

– Airports: Easily connect to free WiFi provided at 30+ airports such as Kempegowda International Airport (Bengaluru), Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (Mumbai), Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (Hyderabad) and more – you name it and we have it!

– Railway & bus stations: We ensure that you stay connected on-the-go at places such as Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai Central Local Station, Delhi Junction railway station, Pune Railway Station, Lucknow Junction Railway Station. WiFire also connects you to free public WiFi at Metro/MRT stations and bus stations such as Kempegowda Bus Station (Bengaluru), Public Gardens Bus Station and more than 40 others.

– Starbucks, KFC, McDonald’s locations: Connect to free WiFi at Starbucks, KFC, and McDonald’s outlets.

– Malls & other public areas:  Access WiFi easily while waiting for your friends or sipping coffee at malls such as Infiniti in Mumbai, Orion in Bangalore, Pacific in New Delhi and many more.

– Restaurants & coffee shops: From high-end restaurants to small coffee shops, you can now use free WiFi with one single tap.

FindWiFi allows you to simply discover the best public WiFi hotspots around you and WiFire connects you to them with a single tap. No need to enter passwords or fill out web forms. Now connecting to public WiFi is as easy as it can get!

WiFire Featured in the Economic Times Panache

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WiFire recently got featured in the Economic Times Panache as “an app that is a boon for anyone constantly searching for wi-fi hotspots”. The article starts off by taking note of the issues faced by users in general with respect to mobile data.

“For a lot of users, running into the monthly data limit is quite common. Then there are the travellers who might end up paying even more for data, thanks to roaming costs” notes the article. It then goes on to talk about how WiFire helps users deal with this by addressing the root cause behind this – lack of access to free public WiFi hotspots around them.

The blog recommends both the iOS and Android app and talks about how simple it is to connect to free WiFi in India, using the app – users can simply scroll around on the map to find more WiFi hotspots around them. The blog also talks about how “each hotspot is marked with a flag, showing you a distance from your current location and name”.

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The article then tops it up with one of experiences that has never failed to put a smile of the face of our users – the auto login feature that connects users to hotspots operated by RailWire, Tata Docomo, Ozone, BSNL and Reliance Jio in one tap.

WiFire currently helps users discover and connect to 6000+ free public WiFi hotspots across India – including airports, all railway stations that offer RailTel’s Railwire WiFi, Starbucks, Mc Donald’s and loads of cafes and restaurants.

What are you waiting for? Download the app now. Trust us, you will love it!

WiFire Featured in Gadgets360

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WiFire was recently featured in NDTV’s Gadgets360 for its work in connecting users to free public WiFi hotspots across India. The article talks about how cellular networks in India can be quite unreliable at times and in such cases, a great solution could be connecting to free public WiFi hotspots,while on the go. This is not an easy task in itself. And while there are a few apps that do the same thing, this is what the article has to say: “There are plenty of apps that do the same thing but some are spammy, some are scammy, and many of them don’t have a great database of Wi-Fi networks in India. WiFire is not like those apps.”

The blog reviews both the Android and the iOS app and talks about how simple it is to connect to free WiFi in India, using the app. “We also tested the app at the airport – the Wi-Fi network there needs you to log in with an OTP, and WiFire actually lets you automate this whole process. That part was pretty great” is what it had to say about connecting to WiFi at airports. In the end, the article also mentions who could benefit most from the app: “This app could be very useful for people visiting India from other countries, particularly those who don’t have a local SIM.”

WiFire app

WiFire currently helps to discover and connect to 6000+ free public WiFi hotspots across India – including airports, all railway stations that offer RailTel’s Railwire WiFi, Starbucks, Mc Donald’s and loads of cafes and restaurants. What are you waiting for? Download the app now. Trust us, you will love it!

Stations Where Google’s Free RailWire WiFi is Available

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Back in January, Google launched its first free WiFi network at Mumbai Central Station as part of an ambitious collaboration with the RailTel Corporation.

The two companies announced that they planned to eventually roll out free WiFi to 400 railway stations across India using the extensive RailWire broadband infrastructure, with a goal of hitting over 100 stations by the end of 2016.

Over the following months, free hotspots appeared in several other stations across the country as part of the project. Today, Google’s free RailWire WiFi is available at around 74 locations, as seen below:

Allahabad Junction

Bhopal Junction

Bhubaneswar

Chennai Central

Ernakulam Junction South (Kochi)

Gorakhpur Junction

Guwahati

Jaipur Junction

Kacheguda

Lucknow Junction

Patna Junction

Pune Junction

Raipur Junction

Ranchi

Sealdah Railway Station

Ujjain Junction

Vijayawada Junction

Visakhapatnam

Mughalsarai Junction

Chandigarh Junction

Mumbai Central

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

Kalyan Junction (Thane district)

Lokmanya Tilak Terminus

Dadar Central Railway station

Bandra

Bandra Terminus

Khar Road

Dadar Western Railway Station

Churchgate

Ajmer Junction

Hajipur Junction

Kanpur Central

Dehradun

Kozhikode (Calicut)

Hazrat Nizamuddin

Tambaram

Jhansi Junction

Jodhpur Junction

Thrissur

Cuttack

Andheri

Borivali

Kurla

Chennai Egmore

Madurai Junction

Panvel

Thane

Byculla

Tirupati

Tiruchirappalli Junction

Puri 

Gaya Junction

Mathura Junction

Indore Junction

Gwalior

Thiruvananthapuram Central

Udaipur City Railway Station

Jabalpur Junction

Kharagpur Junction

Kota Junction

Secunderabad Junction

Nampally (Hyderabad Deccan)

Surat

Mangalore Central

Amritsar Junction

Arasur

Coimbatore Junction

Solapur

Arakkonam Junction

Lucknow Charbagh

Belapur

Vashi

Jalandhar City

Nagpur Junction

At all of these locations, travelers can access the free service by completing a multi-step verification process involving a One-Time-Password (OTP) and sign in form. If you have the WiFire app installed on your phone, though, you can save time connecting by letting WiFire automatically enter the OTP and fill out the sign in form for you.

Free WiFi at Mumbai Central

If you’re looking to stay connected while on-the-go, download WiFire to connect to these RailWire networks—and over 4500+ public WiFi networks across India—with a single tap. Enjoy the free connection on your next rail journey!  

Your Wait Ends Here! WiFire Now on iOS

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Over the past few months, the WiFire office has been bustling with energy as we spend many a days and nights (and occasionally a couple of weekends too) crafting a better and faster version of WiFire for iOS. And looking at the great response that our Android app has received, today we are proud to announce that the newest member of the WiFire family, WiFire for iOS, has finally hit the App Store.

All those struggles that you had to go through chasing down OTPs and filling out web forms to connect to public WiFi, end here. You can now discover and connect to secure, public WiFi networks around you in one tap (that’s right, you will be online in a flash!).

Already excited? Well, this is just the beginning. WiFire is the only app in India to be integrated with the latest iOS 9 Network Extension APIs that provide a seamless one touch experience while connecting to any public WiFi hotspot near you!

Already in a rush to head to the App Store? Hold on, there is more.

WiFire on iOS comes with all the exciting new features that we recently rolled out to Android. Here’s a sneak peek into some of them:

1) Easily & quickly connect to 3500+ reliable public hotspots

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Connecting to WiFi networks has never been so easy. WiFire provides you a 1 step access to over 3500 free public WiFi hotspots across India and this number is rapidly growing. So be it work or leisure, WiFire is surely your WiFi savior.

2) Share your WiFi without sharing your password

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Are you someone who thinks twice before sharing your WiFi password with another person? Have you been secretly wishing for a way that allows you to share your WiFi without spelling out your password loudly? Your wait ends here. With WiFire, you can now share your WiFi with anyone who drops by your home by texting her the link.

3) Check WiFi speed and rate your favourite networks

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With WiFire you can now avoid all that googling and typing to get a WiFi speed test done. Not only that, you can even check out a nearby network’s rating to decide if you should try connecting to it in the first place.

4) Autofill web forms at free, public WiFi networks

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While there are several WiFi hotspots in the city, entering page long web forms and OTPs really gets us irritated! Which is why we built in a little elf inside WiFire to do the boring work for you.

So, what are you waiting for? Head right away to the App Store, and download the WiFire app today! You are sure to be delighted when you see those web forms fill themselves up in a flash! Trust us, you will love it!

WiFire Feature: Check WiFi speed in a Flash

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Every once in a while when month end is around the corner, you are bound to get suspicious (rather frustrated with the telecom provider) about the real bad WiFi speed at home.

Such is life.

Now, in most such cases you would head right away to the browser on your mobile and google for speedtest.net. But if your WiFi speed is pretty bad, then good luck with loading that website, for it might seem like an eternity before you get the results for the speed test.

Well, once again WiFire comes to the rescue.

With WiFire you can now avoid all that googling and typing to get a speed test done. Not only that, you can even check out a nearby network’s rating to decide if you should try connecting to it in the first place.

Say you are trying to test the speed of a WiFi network named ‘SmokeHouse WiLoop Free’. Here’s all you have got to do:

1. Open the WiFire app and click on the ‘Speed Test’ button below the ‘SmokeHouse WiLoop Free’ network.

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2. And in seconds you will get the speed test results. You could even rate this network based on the speed.

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This way not only will you know if there is a public WiFi hotspot nearby, but also how fast it is and what fellow users think of that network. Isn’t that awesome?

Once again WiFire saves the day.

WiFire Feature: Connect to your Favorite Networks even in Offline Mode

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Every time you walk into a Starbucks or McDonald’s or even a Cafe Coffee Day, you are sure to see a couple of guys stomping away on their MacBook keypad or iPad at some corner of the cafe,  while chugging down mugs of hot coffee.

The number of people who hit the nearby cafe or coffeeshop to get some work done, while they sit back and sip a hot cup of inspirational mocha seems to be at an all time high these days.

Now if you are one of them, you would agree that one of the biggest pains about working out of such cafes is remembering their WiFi password. This could prove to be particularly painful, especially if you are someone who works with 2 or more devices, say an iPad and a mobile device for instance.

Well, once again WiFire comes to the rescue.

With WiFire you can now save all your WiFi networks to your profile and have them available on any device you log into. No need to type WiFi passwords into each device you own!

Already excited? Well, you haven’t heard of the best part yet. You can even favorite your most frequented WiFi networks, and connect to them even if your 3G data or location services is turned off.

Say you walk into one of the outlets you frequent the most, say, the nearby McDonald’s. Here’s all that you got to do to favourite that network:

1. Open the WiFire app after having connected to the WiFi network at McDonald’s.

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2. Click on the heart button below ‘FreeWiFi _Ozone@McDonalds South’ in order to add this network to your favourites.

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3. Next, click on the third tab at the very top end to view your WiFire profile.

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4. In your WiFire profile, you will find the McDonald’s WiFi network – ‘FreeWiFi_Ozone@McDonald’sSouth’ added to your favourites.

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5. Now, next time you open the WiFire app at the same McDonald’s outlet, it will detect and display the WiFi network as a Favourite of yours on the home screen of the app. The best part – all of this is done even if your 3G data or location services is turned off.

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6. Once you click on the network, it will connect to it by automatically switching on your WiFi.

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This way you can easily sync your favourite networks across the various devices you own with WiFire. Isn’t this awesome?

Once again WiFire saves the day.

WiFire Feature: Keep Calm and Save on Your 3G Data Bills

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Ever had that strong feeling that the apps on your mobile are leaving a huge hole in your pocket? You know, the kind of bad feeling that you get when, even the apps that you aren’t actively using are eating their way into your 3G or 4G mobile data.

Of course, one of the most commonly preached solutions to this problem is to restrict background mobile data. But then this will restrict all your mobile apps from accessing your mobile data.

Haven’t you wished for an easier way out of this? One which allowed you to choose the apps that should be blocked or restricted?

Well, your wait ends here.

With WiFire’s DataWall feature, you can selectively block the apps that have access to your mobile data and save up on data bills. Here’s all that you got to do:

1. Open the WiFire app and click on the second tab on the upper left end to open the DataWall feature.

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2. The first step to saving your mobile data involves knowing how you have been using your data. Upon clicking on the second tab on the home screen (i.e opening the DataWall feature), you will see a meter depicting your data usage since you last booted your phone. This meter is broken down by mobile data and Wi-Fi usage.

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3. Below that, you will see a DataWall window. Toggle on the switch that appears below the text ‘Enable DataWall’.

If you are enabling DataWall for the first time, you will be asked to first allow WiFire to set up a VPN connection on your mobile device. This is necessary as only then can WiFire regulate your mobile Internet traffic, based on your app preferences that your are about to provide.

Go ahead and click on ‘OK’ in the window that appears.

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4. Next, you will be taken to a list of apps that are currently using mobile data.

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5. You can individually select/deselect the apps you wish to block from using data by clicking on them.

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6. You can even select/deselect all of them at once by clicking on the hamburger menu icon at the top right corner. Once you are done click on the tick mark at bottom right corner.

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Now, next time you switch on your mobile data, all these apps will be blocked from accessing your data. Easy peasy! Saving on 3G data bills is a piece of cake with WiFire

One important thing to note here is that, DataWall will be inactive while you’re on WiFi. Therefore all apps of your mobile device will be provided access to the Internet then.

Once again WiFire saves the day.