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IRCTC revamped - Waitlist prediction, check seats without login and more features

IRCTC online portal of Indian Railways, has got an all-new look. The new interface is aimed at making it easier and faster for passengers to book tickets. The new website is in beta right now and the final roll-out will happen in the next few days.

Presently, on opening the IRCTC
website, users see the old page with a red icon named ‘Try New Version of Website’. A click on it redirects users to the beta version of the new website. The trial version will last for 15 days and Indian Railways has asked users for suggestions and feedback to further improve the website. Here are 12 new features of the brand new IRCTC website.

With the new interface of e-ticketing website, user can now enquire or search trains and check availability of seats without login also, thereby saving precious time of the users.

The new website also allows users to change font size throughout the website for comfortable viewing experience.

The new look and feel will have enhanced class-wise, train-wise, destination-wise, departure/arrival time wise and quota-wise filters for facilitating customer while planning their journeys.

Single screen information about the train including the train number, train name, originating and destination station and distances between them, arrival and departure time and journey time has now been arranged.

There are new filters on ‘My Transactions’ where users can also view their booked tickets based on Journey Date, Booking Date, Upcoming Journey and completed journey.

There is a new ‘Waitlist prediction’ feature through which users can get the probability of a Waitlisted or RAC ticket getting confirmed.

The website uses a new algorithm to predict train bookings and hints users accordingly on the availability. This algorithm is based on historical booking trends of the particular train.

There is a new colour scheme for different trains with facility to modify the journey details on the journey planner page itself to make it easy for people to book tickets.

The new website will provide the facility for users to find out the availability up to the entire Advance Reservation Period which is 120 days at present, except a few trains.

In the new system, user can perform multiple activities through booked history with improved interface for cancellation of tickets, printing of tickets, request for additional SMS, selecting alternative train by exercising the option of ‘Vikalp’ and change of boarding point if required.

The website has been optimised for seamless navigation in mobiles, desktops, laptops and tablets.

Indian Railways has invited users to initially switch to the beta version of the website to experience it for a period of 15 days during which Railways will take suggestions from them for further changes and improvement of the site. After this the beta version of the new interface will replace the old interface of IRCTC e-ticketing portal.

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