Tatkal Reservation Rules

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The tatkal reservation rules are set to know the booking, reservation, cancellation and refunds procedures that are applicable to avoid any inconvenience.

The tatkal reservation rules for trains made by the Indian government are as follows-

  • The booking of tatkal tickets are allowed for all classes of trains except for First AC and Executive classes.
  • Tatkal tickets booked online through E-ticketing can also be done two days in advance which excludes the date of journey.
  • Tatkal tickets are offered only for selected trains and the tatkal reservation booking begins from 8 AM, two days before the actual date of journey.
  • Cancellation of tickets is possible only before 24 hours from journey to avail any refund.
  • Tickets can also be cancelled within 24 hours of scheduled departure of the train but only in case of unconfirmed tickets.

The irctc tatkal reservation rules were announced in the 2009-10 Railway budget in order to reduce the tatkal charges.  Under the irctc tatkal reservation rules, the tatkal charges are fixed as a percentage of fare either 10% or 30% subject to the minimum and maximum of Tatkal charges.  Some irctc tatkal reservation rules are-

  • The tatkal reservation rules for trains are applicable uniformly in case of online and offline booking of tickets.
  • The tatkal charges are the same during peak and non-peak periods.
  • The tatkal tickets are issued from the source station to the destination station only and the uncovered portion is released to the waiting passenger list.
  • Amount can be refunded in case of cancellation of tickets; train diverted its route and accommodation in lower class subject to some circumstances.
  • In case of cancellation of tickets upto 24 hours before the departure of train a sum of 25% is charged of the total fare excluding tatkal charges.
  • In case the train runs on diverted route and the boarding and destination station does not fall under the diverted route full refund will be granted.
  • In case of travelling in lower class against the passengers will a refund of difference of fare will be granted.