Irctc Tatkal : How To Make IRCTC Tatkal Reservation
Railways have always come up with some innovative ways to stay in the game of profit making and one of the trump cards was the Tatkal scheme.
To give some information about the scheme, the scheme was launched in Indian railways for the all the classes. This scheme has undergone quiet a lot of changes but at present, the number of days prior to which a Tatkal can be booked has been reduced from 5 days to 2 days. A master stroke as people who had some urgent requirements, plus all those folks who missed getting their tickets through normal reservation would queue up for this and get the tickets booked. Of course the cost of the same would be higher than the average travel cost. The way it is done is, there are already seats reserved for VIP and army men before the booking starts 90 days prior to the date of travel. These seats if not filled are then opened up to the general populace. The Tatkal seats which are still left vacant goes to the normal public who are waitlisted with original cost.
To book Tatkal via IRCTC.
Ticket booking in India for railways has gone through a massive change. People are making rampant use of technology for booking up the tickets. The same applies to the Tatkal scheme as well. For getting tickets booked online through Tatkal tickets, one needs to log on to IRCTC. If this is your first time on IRCTC, then would suggest you to create a login ID and password a day prior to the day of Tatkal booking. The Tatkal booking starts exactly at 8:00 am, two days prior to the day of the travelling. So if you have travel plans on 16th, then the Tatkal window for this date opens on 14th. After logging on the site, click on plan my travel. Put in the details of the station code for both source as well as end destination. If you are not aware of the station codes, you can get the same from the Indian railways site or double click on the station icon next to the place where the name is to be entered. Once done select the date and the type as Tatkal. Once the details are filled in a list of trains appear on the screen, select the train and the class options and click on book.
After you click on the book icon, the page will be directed to booking options. In this particular page you need to write in the name, age and berth preferences. Once that is done click on make payment. On clicking on make payment, you will be directed to a list of banks. You can select on your bank of convenience and make payment online. If this process is done within 15 minutes of logging in, the chances are high that you will get a confirmed ticket else it could be waiting list. Tatkal tickets get booked very fast, and hence you need to be on your system at 8:00 am to get a confirmed ticket.