Everything You Need to Know About IRCTC Tatkal Tickets


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.

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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/-
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.

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