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IRCTC E-Ticket Booking: 10 Things To Know About 'Auto Upgradation Scheme'

The passengers for upgradation are selected automatically on random basis by the system at the time of preparation of reservation charts.

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IRCTC E-Ticket Booking: 10 Things To Know About 'Auto Upgradation Scheme'
Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation or IRCTC offers the option of 'auto class upgradation' on online ticket booking. Under this offering, Indian Railways upgrades full fare paying 'waiting list passengers' to the next higher class against the available vacant accommodation, according to IRCTC's official website- irctc.co.in. However, concession ticket/free passes holders including senior citizens traveling on concession are not upgraded under this scheme.
Here are key things to know about IRCTC auto upgradation scheme:
  1. The passengers are required to give the option for being considered for upgradation at the time of ticket booking. If no option is given at the time of filling up of requisition form, the same is treated as "yes" and passenger(s) are considered for upgradation.
  2. The passengers for upgradation are selected automatically on random basis by the system at the time of preparation of reservation charts, according to Indian Railways.
  3. Upgradation of passengers are done in one class above only e.g. from sleeper to 3AC, 3AC to 2AC and 2AC to 1AC.
  4. Only waitlisted passengers are provided confirmed seats under this scheme. The remaining vacant berths are transferred for booking on the current counters as per the existing practice. Thus, if there is no waiting list on a train, no upgradation takes place, according to IRCTC.
  5. All passengers in one PNR (Passenger Name Record) are upgraded together. None of them will be upgraded in case of non-availability of enough berths for upgradation. 
  6. Original PNR of upgraded passengers remain unchanged and all information from PRS are provided when an enquiry is made with the original PNR. 
  7. The berths of confirmed passengers, who have been upgraded to the higher class, are allotted to the RAC (Reservation Against Cancellation)/WL (Waitlisted) passengers of that class. If there are still some berths vacant, the vacant berths are allotted to confirmed passengers of the next lower class, according to IRCTC's website.
  8. If a passenger, who has been upgraded, cancels his ticket, cancellation charges of the original class is only payable.
  9. Indian Railways' upgradation scheme is not available in trains that has only sitting accommodation e.g. 2S, CC and EC classes. 
  10. The final charts of the upgraded class include the names of upgraded passengers against their allotted upgraded coach and berth number and have an indication denoting their upgraded status.




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