What is Tatkal Ticket? What is the timing to book Tatkal Rail Ticket on Indian Railway Counters and IRCTC Website? What is the Charges for Tatkal Tickets? How to book a Tatkal Rail Ticket?

What 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.

What 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.

What 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 Tickets?
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 Charges applicable for journey starting from 24.12.2015 onwards


Class of Travel


Minimum Tatkal Charges (Rs.)


Maximum Tatkal Charges (Rs.)


Minimum Distance for Charge (KM)


Reserved 2nd Sitting (2S)
















AC Chair car








AC 3 Tier








AC 2 Tier

















What 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 below:

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 Government.

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 slip.

b. The details of the identity proof shall be captured by the system and indicated on the reserved tickets as well on the reservation chart.

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, if found traveling in train, will be treated as traveling without ticket and charged accordingly.

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 different.

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.




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