4 ways to easily book tatkal IRCTC Ticket

Railways can be considered as the most used mode of transport among the whole population of India. It is a cheap and subsidized mode of transport. Apart from the Air Conditioned 3-tier sleeper class tickets, all other tickets are subsidized.

The rest of the ticket types have more expenses than the price that is paid by the general public. In order to seamlessly enjoy the train travel, it is a basic necessity to book your tickets beforehand, irrespective of whether you are opting for a reserved ticket or an unreserved ticket.
In this particular article, we will brief in on the various methods with which you can book your regular train ticket effectively. Apart from mentioning the various options, we will detail how those can be used to book the tickets as well.

IRCTC Web Portal:

The most common online ticketing method is undoubtedly the IRCTC. Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation is a PPP or a Public Private Partnership. It is primarily owned by the Indian Railways with several private players having their regular shares in the organization.
With the help of IRCTC, people can easily book their tickets. Firstly, you have to log in to the IRCTC web portal. In order to log in, you need to have a couple of details ready:


Using the same, you will have to log in to the portal. Once you have logged in, you will be greeted with three options which you need to fill in:

Date of Journey

As the names suggest, the "From" option is the station from which you are planning to begin your journey. You will have to enter your source station's station code first up. In case if you have no idea what the station code is, you will have to enter the station's name itself.
The website will help you with the code there itself. You will have to click on the option that gets displayed on the page. Similarly, you will have to enter the name of the destination station at the "To" section.
In the same way, enter the station code of your destination station as well. The web portal predicts the station code for you in case if you have no idea what the station code is. Some of the popular Indian station codes are as follows:

  • New Delhi (NDLS)

  • Chennai Central (MAS)

  • Howrah Junction (HWH)

  • Secunderabad Junction (SC) etc.

After entering the details, choose the train in which you want to book your tickets. Once you have selected you desired train, you will have to choose the class of the ticket such as:

  • General Sleeper

  • Air Conditioned 3rd Tier

  • Air Conditioned 2nd Tier

  • Air Conditioned 1st Class

  • Chair Car

  • Executive Chair Car etc.

These are the usual ticket class types used by the general public for travelling. Clicking on each type of class will display the number of tickets available for that particular class. Select the class accordingly and proceed ahead with the ticketing method.
You will have to enter your basic information in order to book the ticket such as:

  • Name

  • Age

  • Gender

  • Berth Preference

  • Food Pre-booking (for Premium trains)

  • Senior Citizen etc.

For the option of children, there is a separate column as well. Enter the details, if any, and proceed ahead with the ticketing process. Finally, you will have to enter the payment details. You can pay your ticket price online with the help of these methods:

  • Credit Card

  • Debit Card

  • Cash Card

  • Net Banking etc. .

Finally, download the ticket in the form of PDF format. Apart from that, you will be sent an SMS confirmation as well. You can show the SMS to the T.T.E. when they come to check your ticket during or after the journey.

IRCTC Magic Autofill:

Time is precious. Time is pretty. Time is something not everyone has while booking tickets on IRCTC. At this very juncture, it is understandable to save time like anything while booking train tickets on IRCTC.
Especially while going ahead with the Tatkal tickets, it is a much-needed thing to save time. Fear not, since IRCTC Magic Autofill is here to help your cause. With the help of IRCTC Magic Autofill, you can easily save your personal information first up.

The basic details that you can save are as follows:

Berth Preference etc.

Right before you go ahead with filling up the details, click on the IRCTC Magic Autofill button that you have previously bookmarked. With a single click itself, your details will be automatically filled up and you can proceed ahead with the payment procedure.


PAYTM, MakeMyTrip, GoIbibo etc. can be considered as the most trustworthy 3rd party websites with which you can proceed ahead with the ticket booking process. The only issue with these parties is that you can't proceed ahead with booking Tatkal tickets straightaway.
A 15-minute window is given for booking Tatkal tickets through these apps. Most likely, you can enter all the details and pay the price as well. The login and password part corresponding to IRCTC comes at the end only.
The benefit of using these websites is that these are well maintained with their own respective servers, so you can save a lot of time.


And finally, the last choice that you have is to take help of another human being. Considered to be one of the most dangerous things to do, people who do not know how to book their own tickets take the help of an Agent.
The agents will usually enter your details and pay for the ticket price. After the end of the process, you will have to pay the amount that has been deducted from the agent's pocket plus the regular commission they charge for booking your ticket.

In order to successfully book the ticket, carry along these documents with you:

  • Proof of Identity

  • Proof of Address

  • Proof of Birth


Author: Umesh08 Oct 2018 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 2

An exhaustive article on how to book tickets at the IRCTC site. The author has explained things in a very simple language and even a person having no idea can learn how to book a ticket. In fact, those who have less awareness with a computer and online way of doing things feel a bit inconvenient while doing it so they most of the times prefer to take help of other people or agents. In this connection, we should remember that we should only go to reputed agents or people known to us. This will avoid any cheating in the matter.

The site of IRCTC is really very user-friendly and very elaborative and a user can get exactly what he wants. There are many options and facilities like discounts etc which we should explore and avail. For example, the senior citizens get a very good discount in Railways.

Another important aspect is giving correct details in the personal data so that there is no mismatch at the time of verification during the journey. It is also important to remember to carry all the necessary documents while travelling.

Author: DR.N.V. Srinivasa Rao27 Oct 2018 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 3

A nice article by the author regarding tatkal booking on irctc website. But these days IRCTC site is not getting opened easily and that too especially between 10 AM and 11 AM when the tatkal booking starts. There is a mobile app for IRCTC. It can be installed on our mobile. You can book your tickets very easily through this app. My personal experience is that booking tickets in tatkal is very fast and very easy on this app.

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