IRCTC | New Rules for Online Ticket Booking – Time Limits & Tatkal Booking Changes

Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has implemented new changes for the online ticket booking for making it better for the passengers. From the timing to the refund policy, tatkal booking to bulk tickets, IRCTC has changed a lot of things as per the new rules of online ticket booking. To avoid the misuse of the Tatkal Booking system, Indian Railways has taken a step to make it more passenger friendly.

Check out all the new changes & rules implemented by the Indian Railways for the passengers who use to book tickets online below.

Here are the New rules of IRCTC Online Ticket Booking

If you are a frequent traveler of Indian Railway & use to book a ticket in tatkal or online, then here are some new rules that you have to follow while booking your IRCTC tickets-

  • Opening timing of the tatkal ticket scheme via IRCTC will starts from 10 Am to 12 noon.
  • Only 2 tatkal tickets can be booked for 1 user ID & IP address.
  • Along with return ticket, one person can book one more tatkal ticket in a single session.
  • Whereas the authorized agents will not be allowed to book the tickets in the first half an hour of the tatkal reservation.
  • Looking forward to the major taking away of the number of seats in tatkal quota by the agents, Indian Railway has barred agents to book tickets in time between 8 am to 8:30 am, 10 to 10:30 am & 11 to 11:30 Am.
  • To keep a check on frauds booking of the tickets, IRCTC has applied a captcha for the login process.
  • Whereas the passengers willing to pay online for the tickets using internet banking, IRCTC has made OTP a compulsory.
  • While booking tickets online by IRCTC, a minimum time limit application will be there before & after proceeding to the payment gateway.

Booking for AC tatkal tickets will start on 10 Am, whereas the booking of Non-AC (Sleeper) class tickets will open by 11 Am. Also as per the new return policy, Indian Railway will not be giving away any return on the confirmed tickets. Even the passengers can book tatkal tickets from the IRCC website or 10,300 different counters of Indian Railways in various cities of India.


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