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Latest updates: Tatkal Rules on IRCTC Timings and Cancellation Charges

Ritam Dutta
24 Jul 2017
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Latest updates: Tatkal Rules on IRCTC Timings and Cancellation Charges

Tatkal facility helps passengers plan their journey at the last moment. Under the Tatkal online booking facility, customers can go to IRCTC website and book tickets on ‘first come first served’ basis by paying Tatkal charges. IRCTC through its website offers online Tatkal reservation facility for the benefit of passengers.

In this context, the Railways also reiterated the existing Tatkal reservation and cancellation rules.

The booking timings for Tatkal tickets were changed in 2015 with booking for AC classes opening at 10:00 AM and for Non-AC classes at 11:00 AM (one day in advance of actual date of journey excluding date of journey). There has no change in these timings and the same arrangement is continuing, the Railways said.

Again, there is no change in the refund rules of Tatkal tickets, the Railways said. Under the existing rule, no refund is granted on cancellation of confirmed Tatkal tickets/duplicate Tatkal tickets. This rule continues to be in operation.

Here are other things to know about the Tatkal reservation rules:

1. A maximum of four passengers per PNR can be booked on Tatkal e-tickets.
2. Tatkal charges per passenger are in addition to normal tickets.
3. Premium Tatkal Facility: From October 2014, in select trains, a premium tatkal facility was introduced and tickets are sold on dynamic pricing. Fares go up depending on percentage of berths sold subject to a maximum cap.
4. No concession is allowed in Tatkal booking.
5. Modification of ticket in any form is not permitted in Tatkal ticket.
6. The Tatkal charges have been fixed as a percentage of fare at the rate of 10 per cent of basic fare for second class and 30 per cent of basic fare for all other classes subject to minimum and maximum as given here below, according to the IRCTC website.

Class of travel Min Tatkal charges (in Rs.) Max Tatkal charges (in Rs.) Min distance for charge (in km)
Second (sitting) 10 15 100
Sleeper 100 200 500
AC Chair Car 125 225 250
AC 3 Tier 300 400 500
AC 2 Tier 400 500 500
Executive 400 500 250

Source: NDTV