TatKal Railway Reservation Scheme is a facility for emergency reservation in addition to the ordinary reservation. It can be made five days before the date of journey for those trains where it is admissible. These Tatkal reserved tickets cannot be cancelled or changed and additional fees need to be paid for it.
Tatkal Reservation bookings are permissible in all the classes excluding First AC and Executive class. However one cannot opt for Ladies and general quota along with Tatkal quota. One can book the Tatkal reservation ticket over the internet.
In order to book online Tatkal reservation, one needs to select the Tatkal check box on the ‘Plan my travel’ page in addition to other details for reserving the Tatkal ticket. However one need to ensure that Tatkal booking facility is available for the train one intends to use because the Tatkal quota is not available for certain tarins, class or locations.
There is no concession is permissible in Tatkal Booking. Extra charges for the Tatkal booking depend on the class of accommodation as well as the non peak and peak season. In case of trains and classes with mean utilization of 80% and more from April to September will be considered for uniform Tatkal charges as applied for the peak period.
Non peak season comprises of journey between 1st Feb. and 31st Mar and journey between 1st Aug. and 31st Aug. Charges for 2 AC and 3 AC are Rs 200 and charges for AC CC and SL are Rs 75.
Peak season comprises of journey between 1st Apr. and 31st July as well as journey between 1st Sept. and 31st Jan. Charges for 2 AC and 3 AC are Rs 300 and charges for AC CC and SL are Rs 150.
In case of cancellation of Tatkal reservation tickets, a flat refund of 25% of total fare charged is granted and it excludes the Tatkal Charges. Time limit for cancelling the Tatkal tickets is 24 hrs prior to the schedule departure of train.
In case, cancellation is done within 24 hours of scheduled departure of train, no refund is provided. For waitlisted Tatkal ticket and contingent cancellation, the cancellations charges are applicable as per the existing Railway rules.
As per the Commercial Circular No. 27 of 2009, issued by Ministry of Railways, Government of India; the time limit has been reduced for Advance Resevation Period as applicable under Tatkal Scheme. It has been decided to decrease the Advance Reservation Period (ARP) from 05(five) days to 02 (two) days excluding the journey date under Tatkal Scheme w.e.f. 01.08.2009.
Tatkal reservation booking begins at 8 am on two days prior to actual date of journey and it excludes date of journey w.e.f. of 01-08-2009. For example in case a train leaving on 6th of any month, Tatkal Booking will open at 8 AM on 4th of that month.
In case of Tatkal Scheme, Identity proof is not a requisite to be produced by the passenger at the time of booking or during the travel. Time needed for the delivery of Tatkal tickets is the same as normal tickets and passengers seeking reservation needs to book their tickets two/three days in advance of journey date as to consider the time required for delivery.
Booking of Tatkal tickets can be done only from source station to destination station. It can also be booked from remote station that possesses Tatkal quota to destination station having the facility of boarding from intermediate station.
In case of one needs to change the name on ticket, it is not permitted for bookings done under Tatkal scheme. The facility of Tatkal booking is available only till the time of preparation of charts. The time limit for the reason of yielding refunds & issuing TDRs for waitlisted tickets is same as applied for the refund of normal tickets.
Zonal railways have the rights of imposing restrictions on Tatkal booking considering the overall utilization of the available accommodation in the train. It may define the train as end-to-end or keep it free or impose distance restrictions etc