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5 Tips to book Tatkal Tickets within first 15 minutes

Cheat code to get ahead of the rush

In this age of information most travels are planned much ahead, but what if you need to travel really last minute? For such travel emergencies, the Tatkal Booking scheme is a blessing. Tatkal ticket booking scheme is meant for booking tickets 24 hours ahead of the journey. Each train allocates a fixed quota for this much popular scheme. But with thousands of travellers bidding to book tickets within the short span of 1 hour, the result often is the 503 Error message (which means too many people are trying to login to IRCTC site and the website is unable to handle the volume).

At RailYatri, we want to simplify your train travel woes, so here are some tips that will help you beat the rush during Tatkal hours. Read below for a quick guide to booking Tatkal ticket in a flash.

Superfast Tatkal booking

ID Proofs: One of the many norms of Tatkal booking scheme is to fill in the ID proof number. ID proofs can be PAN Card, Passport, Voter ID, Driving Licence, Government issued ID, Bank Passbook and Credit card. Select one ID proof that you intend to carry during the travel. Have this document right beside your computer screen, or better still have it typed on a Notepad.Station Codes for booking

Station Codes: There is a huge rush at the IRCTC website during the Tatkal hours, so searching for station codes (to and from) once you have already logged into the website will minimize your ticket booking chances. Before the Tatkal window opens you should have to and from station codes copied in a notepad, so that you can just copy-paste the same..

Tatkal Passenger Details

Passenger/s Details: Once you have logged into the website, you need to be as fast as Ussain Bolt. So, type in the name and age, of everyone you seek reservation for, in a notepad and keep it saved. As soon as you log in, copy and paste this information in a rapid hurry.

Confirmed Tatkal tickets

Berth Preference: While booking tickets, the website will ask for berth preference. If you select the lower berth, then the chances of getting a ticket become very slim. If lower berth is not available, the website will take you two or three steps backwards. This is why; we would suggest you not to select any berth preference, so that the process is simple.

Bank details for Tatkal booking

Debit or Credit Card: Once you have gone through the process of selecting train, class and seats you will have to purchase the tickets. To complete the transaction you will need the bank details. If you start searching for the Debit or Credit card once you are at the Payment Gateway, there are high chances of the transaction failing because the website will Expire your Session in the meanwhile. You might not get a second chance, if that happens. So, have the cards and mobile phone (for OTP) ready beside you.

So, are you ready to whizz past the labyrinth of Tatkal booking? If you have any other tips, please do share it with us.


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17 thoughts on “5 Tips to book Tatkal Tickets within first 15 minutes

  1. Akash

    1) I don’t think id proof are required any longer for booking tatkal tickets. IRCTC has done away with that requirement
    2) Instead of writing all passengers details in notepad, add all passengers in master list of IRCTC beforehand. So once you are booking, simply select passenger details from master list. That is much faster

  2. Mohammad Parvez Kamal

    But sometimes even after filling the required data quickly the Railways Server doesn’t respond fast and by the time one is thru to make payment, the seats are not available….

  3. Harry

    I think I’ve been cheated by the IRCTC. as I have booked a rail Tkt on 6th Sept 2016 for I n my fmly (4 persons) for 8th sept journey, which was not confirmed till 7th sept 2016 (16:00 hrs) showing WL-4,5,6 & 7. So under circumstances with no other choices left, I decided to book again go for the same (means same train same deprture time etc) but in “Tatkal” & got succeeded at the 1st attempt with no delay. This means the IRCTC is there to grab money of the innocent & first time users who r left hanging with no other choice else then to book it as “Tatkal” with paying extra rs-100/- for each ticket.
    Now my query is -: How it happened when I booked a Tkt on 6th was showing WL till 7th sept 16:00 hrs. n I m able to get the tickets in the same date train in Tatkal. “It’s Rediculous”

    This means looting Indians by the Indians.
    Bravo team IRCTC……….keep it up.

    With respect to modi Ji’ s words “Achhey din kab Aayenge bhaiya”.

    1. Einsteen

      You’re not cheated. That’s how it works. Irctc reserves few seats for total in all trains. These tickets are not general tickets. These are taka tickets. Both re different. So if u book general ticket in waiting list it won’t be confirmed in tatkal quota. It’s misconception. So you’re not cheated. That’s how the system works.

    2. Achintya Sengupta

      Actually when the booking strarts that very time it reserve the Tatkal quota and other so many quota tickets so far my knowledge goes. So it happened and when the quota not fulfilled then the WL tickets upgraded to RAC or RAC to confirmed ticket.

    3. Aab

      Over and above Indian railway now plans to do premium loot from indians by introducing Ola cab type pricing in the form of Spurt pricing as if first tatkal and then premium tickets were not enough. We poor indians what can we do but to just sit and tolerate this looting by our own country.

    4. Mohammed Aslam

      Dear Harry,
      There are limited no. of seats available to general public because of several quotas like Tatkal, senior citizens, armed forces, VIP, MPs, cancer patients, Ministry quota, thus general quota gets full first and we are shown WL.
      Tatkal is the cash cow of railways. It opens just 24 hrs in advance.
      Some quotas gets filled at the time of charting.
      Railway makes money in a discreet manner, it informs you in advance through notifications and you have no choice but to abide by the rules. Common man is always at the receiving end.

      1. RailYatri

        Hello Vinod,

        Let us clarify the point here. RailYatri is an independent organisation not associated with Indian Railways. So, while we think you have a valid point, we cannot be the ones to implement such a change. You have to raise this point at IRCTC or other relevant Railways forums. Thanks for reading our Blog, do return back for more such information.

  4. Srini

    Idproof is not a mandate for tatkal booking nowadays. Also, getting 503 error is no way related to any of the tips that you mentioned above ?

  5. Achintya Sengupta

    In addition to the tips for Tatkal Booking it often happens that the credit/debit cards also creates problem for authorisation. So my suggestion is to use E Wallet of railway for quick payment.

  6. George Wenzel

    The best way for quick booking is to go to ‘MY PROFILE’ and make the ‘MASTER LIST’ of passengers for whom you are likely to do bookings. From this ‘MASTER LIST’ make a ‘TRAVEL LIST’ in advance which contains list of passengers for the specific journey for which the booking is going to be made.
    At the time of booking just choose the travel list and then click on ‘ADD TRAVEL LIST’. In this way you will be able to add the entire relevant details of up to a maximum of 6 passengers permissible per ticket with just one click.

  7. A.s.somayajulu

    Why sr.citizens and aged above 70are not alloting lower berths. The reservation staff are giving upper berths and its difficult for old age people to travel with requests

  8. Chand Ratan Choumal

    When Indian Railways has started Surge Pricing for Premium trains, why are they not refunding money for delayed Premium trains? Most trains including Rajdhani are delayed in NFR.

  9. Andrews

    Why during the tatkal time shows that you are allowed 2 tickets and doesn’t allow to book even 1 while I didn’t book even 1??????


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