Tatkal ticket booking is meant for those passengers want to travel at a short notice. Passengers have to pay Tatkal ticket charges for bookings under this facility, in addition to normal fares. Tickets under the Tatkal quota can be booked at railway counters. Tatkal tickets can also be booked online through IRCTC, which provides an e-ticket booking facility for the Indian Railways. Bookings for Tatkal tickets for AC classes open at 10:00 am and for non-AC classes at 11:00 am, a day in advance of actual date of journey.A maximum of only four passengers per PNR can be booked for Tatkal tickets.
Tatkal Ticket Refund/Cancellation Rules
No refund is granted on cancellation of confirmed Tatkal tickets. However, a full refund of fare and Tatkal charges on tickets booked under the Tatkal scheme is granted in specific circumstances, according to the Railways: 1) if the train is delayed by more than three hours at the journey originating point of the passenger and not the boarding point if the passenger's journey originating point and boarding point are different; 2) if the train is to run on a diverted route and passenger is not willing to travel; 3) if the train is to run on diverted route and boarding station or the destination or both the stations are not on the diverted route; 4) in case of non-attachment of coach in which Tatkal accommodation has been earmarked and the passenger has not been provided accommodation in the same class, and 5) if the party has been accommodated in lower class and does not want to travel.
In case the party travels in a lower class, the passenger will be given refund of difference of fare and also the difference of Tatkal charges, if any.
Cancellation of RAC/wait-listed Tatkal tickets
In case a confirmed reservation has been provided to an RAC or wait-listed ticket holder at any time up to final preparation of charts, such a ticket is treated as confirmed, according to the IRCTC website. An RAC or wait-listed ticket is presented for cancellation, the refund of fare is made after deducting the clerkage if the ticket is present for cancellation up to 30 minutes before the scheduled departure of the train, says IRCTC.
Tatkal ticket booking charges
Tatkal ticket booking charges are calculated 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 Railways website.
|Class of travel||Minimum Tatkal charges (in Rs.)||Maximum Tatkal charges (in Rs.)||Minimum distance for charge (in km)|
|AC Chair Car||125||225||250|
|AC 3 Tier||300||400||500|
|AC 2 Tier||400||500||500|
More on Tatkal booking rules
In case of an Tatkal ticket issued for travel for more than one passenger, some passengers have confirmed reservation and others are on the waiting list, a full refund of fare less clerkage is admissible for confirmed passengers also subject to the condition that entire Tatkal ticket is surrendered for cancellation up to 30 minutes before the scheduled departure of the train, according to IRCTC website.
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