is Tatkal Ticket Booking Scheme?
Tatkal is an Indian Railways scheme to provide
ticket for journey at very short notice. Tatkal Scheme was
introduced in all form of reserved class in almost all Mail/Express
trains in India. Tatkal Ticket can be booked either on Railway
Counter or online through IRCTC website.
are the features of Tatkal Ticket Booking Scheme?
Tatkal Booking starts one day in advance
excluding the day of journey e.g. for a journey on 3rd, bookings
would open at 10 am on 2nd. However, the day of journey is defined
as the day of chart preparation. So if the train starts e.g. on 3rd,
and reaches the desired boarding station on 4th, the Tatkal booking
will start on 2nd and not 3rd. No duplicate Tatkal tickets shall be
issued. Duplicate Tatkal tickets shall be issued only in exceptional
cases on payment of full fare including Tatkal charges.
is the timing for Tatkal Ticket Booking?
Tatkal booking starts at 10 AM on One days in
advance actual date of journey excluding date of journey e.g. for
train leaving on 10th, Tatkal Booking will Commence at 10 AM on 9th.
What is the charges for Tatkal
The Tatkal Charges have been fixed as a
percentage of fare at the rate of 10% of basic fare for second class
and 30% of basic fare for all other classes subject to minimum and
maximum as given in the following table.
Tatkal Ticket Charges - Minimum Rs.
Maximum Tatkal Ticket Charges Rs.
AC Chair Car
AC 3 Tier
AC 2 Tier
are the accepted Identity Proof documents to book Tatkal Tickets?
Tatkal tickets shall be issued only on
production of one of the ten prescribed proofs of identity shown
1.Voter Photo identity card issued by Election
Commission of India.
3.PAN Card issued by Income Tax Department.
4.Driving Licence issued by RTO.
5.Photo identity card having serial number issued by Central/State
6.Student Identity Card with photograph issued by recognized
School/College for their students.
7.Nationalized Bank Passbok with photograph.
8.Credit cards issued by banks with laminated photograph.
9.Unique Identification Card "Aadhaar".
10.Photo identity cards having serial number issued by Public Sector
Undertaking of State/Central Government, District Administration,
Municipal bodies and Penchant Administration.
a. For this purpose, a self attested photo copy of the proof of
identity of anyone passenger shall be attached to the requisition
b. The details of the identity proof shall be captured by the system
and indicated on the reserved tickets as well on the reservation
c. It will not be mandatory for the passenger(s) to go to the
counter to book the Tatkal ticket, however, the proof will have to
be sent in the aforementioned manner.
d. During the journey, the passenger, whose identity card number has
been indicated on the ticket, will have to produce original proof of
identity indicated on the ticket, failing which all the passengers
booked on the ticket shall be treated as traveling without ticket
and charged accordingly. Indication will come on the ticket
regarding carrying the same original proof of identity during the
journey, as indicated on the ticket.
e. If the passenger whose identity card number is indicated on the
ticket is not traveling, all other passengers booked on that ticket,
traveling in train, will be treated as traveling without ticket and
Is it possible
to get refund against book Tatkal Ticket?
No refund will be granted on cancellation of
confirmed Tatkal tickets/duplicate tatkal ticket except in case of
specific circumstances. However, full refund of fare and tatkal
charges will be granted on the tickets booked under Tatkal scheme in
the following circumstances :-
If the train is delayed by more than 3 hours at the journey
originating point of the passenger & not the boarding point if the
passenger's journey originating point and boarding point are
If the train is to run on a diverted route and passenger is not
willing to travel.
If the train is to run on diverted route and boarding station or the
destination or both the stations are not on the diverted route.
In case of non attachment of coach in which Tatkal accommodation has
been earmarked and the passenger has not been provided accommodation
in the same class.
If the party has been accommodated in lower class and does not want
to travel. In case the party travels in lower class, the passenger
will be given refund of difference of fare and also the difference
of Tatkal charges, if any.
From where the
Tatkal Ticket can be booked?
Tatkal Rail Ticket can be booked either from
Railway Reservation Counter or from the website of Indian Railways.
Link below can be used to book tatkal ticket