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IRCTC Tatkal train ticket booking rules, booking times and more

Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) provides the facility of tatkal train ticket booking. A user can book train tickets under the tatkal quota from the IRCTC e-ticketing website,, or from the Indian Railways ticket counters, booking offices
and reservation centres. According to the prescribed rules by the Indian Railways, tatkal ticket booking is not allowed for First AC and Executive class, as of now.

A person is allowed to book a tatkal train ticket before one day from the actual departure date of the train. The tatkal window opening timing has been fixed at 10 am for AC classes (2A, 3A, CC, 3E), whereas, the tatkal ticket booking window opens at 11 am for non-AC classes (SL, FC, 2S). IRCTC has reduced the advance reservation period (ARP) of tatkal ticket booking from two days to one day excluding the day of journey from the train originating station.

IRCTC tatkal ticket booking charges 2019 

IRCTC has fixed the tatkal train ticket booking charges. The tatkal train ticket booking charges are calculated on a proportionate basis as per the fare of the train ticket. IRCTC levies a minimum of 10 per cent and a maximum of 30 per cent of the basic fare as the tatkal train ticket booking charge for second class and for all other classes, respectively.

Source: IRCTC

IRCTC tatkal ticket booking rules 2019 

1. IRCTC doesn’t grant a refund on the cancellation of tatkal train tickets. However, Indian Railways levies normal cancellation charges on the contingent cancellation and waitlisted tatkal train ticket cancellation. 

2. Under the tatkal train ticket booking, IRCTC doesn’t allow concession, be it ladies concessional quota or senior citizen quota. 

3. The facility of booking train tickets under the tatkal quota may not be available with certain trains. Passengers are required to check the availability of tatkal train ticket booking facility before proceeding with the train ticket booking. 

4. A maximum of four train tickets can be booked under the tatkal train reservation quota per PNR. 

5. For the sleeper class, Indian Railways charges a minimum of Rs 100 and a maximum of Rs 200 for booking a train ticket under the tatkal quota. For an AC Chair Car ticket, the charges levied by the Indian Railways are in the range of Rs 125-225.

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