Tatkal railway tickets are inevitable for very last minute or instant plans. It is the most preferred method of booking tickets for travelling via train. Tatkal Booking begins one day before (reduced from 2 days) exclusive of the day of journey, e.g., for a journey on third of any month, bookings would open at 10 am on second; though the day of journey is definite as the day of chart preparation. For that reason, if the train begins on the 3rd day of any month, and reaches the preferred boarding station on fourth, the Tatkal booking will begin on second and not on third. Also learn about IRCTC Registration procedure here.
The Tatkal Ticket Booking Charges has been fixed as a ratio of fare at the rate of 10% of indispensable fare for second class and 30% of indispensable fare for all other classes subject to minimum and maximum charges.
Tatkal railways tickets are booked by using the government website IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation), or through an agent. Indeed, as per the recent research done by a reputed organization, IRCTC is the top travel e-commerce site in India with the maximum transaction share in the travel group. Presently, it is supposed to sell approximately 40-45,000 Tatkal train tickets between 10 am and 11 am (its 10 and 11, as all tickets are traded in one hour – actually, 45 mins), which it plans to increase up to 60-65,000 by using its new Rs. 10 crore drive for improved and upgraded servers to 64GB RAM.
There are definite things that must be remembered when booking a Tatkal ticket like as there will be a large number of people attempting to book the tickets very last minute. Thus, one must keep their browsers open before the Tatkal ticket timing begins (10 am) in order to get access to the IRCTC website. The IRCTC will be the most slothful and slowest at this time and persistence is key. Other than this, some other specific pointers are – there will be an additional charge on the tickets, an identity evidence is must when booking Tatkal tickets (like voter photo ID card/PAN card released by the Income Tax Department/student ID card released by the college or institution/UID Number or Aadhar card, etc.). One must keep in mind that only limited number of seats can be booked by this process.
Overall, Tatkal ticket booking for travelling via train is the most suitable method to book tickets for the very last minute travelers.