Indian railways were first established to India in 1853 from Bombay to Thane, now it becomes fourth largest railway network across the world. It has 119,630 km of total track and 92,081 km of running track with more than 7,216 stations. Indian railway is an unflinching part of Indian economy which plays an important role in the growth of a country. Every day thousands of people used to travel in a train because of it best for a long journey. For traveling by train, a passenger must book their ticket before their scheduled journey otherwise they are not allowed to sit on the train. It is very simple to book your ticket in IRCTC by online, offline or through travel agencies.
Online reservations are carried out at the official website of IRCTC i.e irctc.co.in. Here you can book your ticket easily without wasting your time to visit railway station. Here we will mention easy process about the IRCTC reservation, IRCTC reservation timings, and status.
Both online reservation and offline reservation process in IRCTC are very easy, only you need to fill all the required information. Here we describe both process step by step so that you will not face any discomfort during IRCTC reservation.
For online IRCTC reservation follow following steps:
If you are booking your railway ticket from the counter then you have to follow following steps:
Tatkal ticket reservation feature is specially introduced for the emergency purpose, Tatkal is meant to be Immediate booking. For booking train ticket in Tatkal quota, you have to book your ticket within 10 AM to 11 AM for AC class and from 11 AM to 12 AM for sleeper class. Getting confirmed Tatkal ticket is just like winning the lottery because it totally depends on your luck. Tatkal tickets are limited and thousands of people booking their ticket at the same time because of this chances of getting confirmed Tatkal ticket is slow.
Recently railway minister announced that now Indian citizen can cancel their confirmed Tatkal ticket and can get 50 % refund of the ticket price. Previously this facility was not available, people get a refund only after the cancellation on waiting for a ticket. The charges of Tatkal ticket is high as compared to normal tickets. It is good to take a printout of a ticket and carry it with you during your journey to avoid and problem.
IRCTC reservations are assigned with 10 digit PNR number, with the help of this PNR number you can check a irctc reservation status of your ticket if it is not confirmed. PNR number is passenger record which is stored in the IRCTC database. Now you can also know your ticket status via SMS or call on 139. It is a irctc reservation enquiry number, some changes are applicable to check PNR status via SMS or call.
You can book IRCTC ticket from everywhere at every time via online or at a counter. But you can book Tatkal ticket only from 10:00 am to 11:00 for AC seats and from 11:00 am and 12:00 pm for non-AC seats. Other than this timing you cannot book Tatkal ticket. You can book Tatkal ticket only one day before your scheduled journey.
It is very easy to cancel your confirmed reservation ticket in IRCTC. Previously IRCTC not refunded any amount after a cancellation of a ticket but now it refunds full amount after deducting some charges. These charges will depend upon the timing of your ticket cancellation. You can cancel your ticket online as well as offline. But you can only cancel your E-ticket through online IRCTC account. Online process of ticket cancellation is easy as compared to offline process.
For online ticket cancellation, your need to do following steps:
For cancellation of a ticket at the counter, first, you have to fill ticket cancellation form. Fill Passenger name, gender, DOB, phone number, bank accounted number etc in the form and submit it into ticket counter. Enter all correct information in the form. You will soon receive your refund in your bank account.
All the information that we mentioned above will surely help you for IRCTC reservation. If still, you have any query related to IRCTC ticket then comment below, we will resolve your problem as soon as possible.