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New tips to get confirmed tatkal ticket from IRCTC 2012
Read more to know tips to get confirmed tatkal ticket from IRCTC. Earlier I had published one article on tips to get tatkal ticket from Indian railway ticket booking site. Now IRCTC has again changed some rules and blocked some of such tips. But luckily some new ways have opened. But still some old tips are working. I advise you to read those tips also before starting with new tips
There is a new way opened in confirmed tatkal booking. This is through the release of mobile version of IRCTC site. As the number of smartphones and users accessing from mobile is increasing, it was an unavoidable step. But this has opened new opportunities in tatkal booking.
Actually booking using mobile website is possible only from mobile. If you try to access mobile version of irctc in the url irctc.co.in/mobile, from desktop it will redirect to the desktop version of your site. ie. you can access mobile version of IRCTC from mobile only.
But using our tips you can use IRCTC mobile site (which is really fast) from desktop also.
Advantages of booking from mobile site of IRCTC
It is really simple version of the site, that you can load using GPRS connection in your mobile. It will be a added advantage if you have 3G ro wi-fi connectivity. Also the site does not contain any unnecessary options or advertisements. But the booking from the mobile site is limited to 5 tickets per month per account. But you can book ticket very fast, with in 6 or 7 clicks without much details filling in.
If you observe the booking process from mobile, you can see that the time consuming steps are filling details using the slow input method in mobile. Even though copy paste options are available in smartphones, still this wont be as fast as you copy in your desktop. So you can easily book ticket if you are getting mobile version of the site loaded in your desktop. But without any additional mechanisms you cannot achieve this, as if you try to load mobile version from desktop, it will redirect to the normal IRCTC site.
How to get the mobile version of IRCTC site loaded in Desktop
If you are using Mozilla Firefox or Google chrome, there are many addons to change your browser detection to mobile. ie if you use such addons, websites can detect your browser as loading from mobile only. That is you can get the mobile version of the site loaded in your Desktop.
If you are using Mozilla Firefox, a good example of user agent switching addon is 'User Agent Switcher'. In chrome also there are good User agent switching browser extensions. For example go to chrome store and search user agent switcher, there is an extension named 'User agent switcher for chrome'. Using any of these addons you can load the mobile version of the site in your Desktop.
After installing these addons you have to select the user agent as any mobile OS, for example in Mozilla firefox addon iPhone3 is available by default, you can use it. If you are using chrome there is iPhone4 or Android you can use as you like. See how to select from both in below pictures
Once you have selected user agent as any mobile OS, while loading mobile IRCTC site (https://www.irctc.co.in/mobile) from your desktop, it will not redirect you to desktop version of the site. Now everything for the booking process is ready. You just have to login using your normal IRCTC login ID. But remember that you are allowed to book only 5 tickets per month using mobile site. Booking steps are demonstrated in below pictures, using Google chrome 'User agent switcher for chrome' extension.
There is no hacking or illegal things in doing IRCTC booking in this way. We are simply booking IRCTC ticket using mobile version of IRCTC in your desktop. I agree that this is achieved by tweaking your browser. But still everything will work fine.
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