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Tips to get tatkal ticket from railway site IRCTC

Updated on June 27, 2012

Getting tatkal tickets from Indian Railways site https://www.irctc.co.in/ is a difficult task. This hub gives all tips that you will need to know to get tatkal tickets through online. You can get tatkal ticket either through railway counters or through IRCTC. Getting tatkal ticket from IRCTC is a tough task for trains with a lot of travelers. But considering the difficulty of standing in queue in railway ticket counter in the morning itself, online booking is easy.

Tatkal Tickets

Tatkal tickets are available only 1 day before the day of travel(earlier it was two days before. According to recent regulations from IRCTC, tatkal tickets are available only one day before the departure of train.). You can book these tickets either through Railway reservation counters or through IRCTC site (Also there are some additional means like using IRCTC mobile app. But the chance to get confirmed tatkal ticket is less in other ways.). This hub gives ideas to book confirmed tatkal ticket through IRCTC site.

Tatkal reservation starts only at 8 o clock in the morning of one day before the day of travel. So there will be a large number of people trying to access IRCTC site in that time (those who couldn't book in advance, and those who are looking for a ticket under emergency travel conditions. ). Hence it is very difficult to get ticket in that time. There will be many replays saying 'service not available' and other error messages because of the large number of people visiting the site at this peak time.

Tips to get Tatkal ticket

Use multiple accounts and time synchronization

Requirements

Use many browsers and accounts(the more you have more better)

I expect you will have 2 or 3 web browsers like internet explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google chrome etc installed in you computer. Create many accounts in IRCTC site (For creating an account you will need a separate mobile number) and log in using these accounts using different browsers.(Remember while creating these IRCTC accounts never use same phone number because it is not allowed to use multiple accounts). If you do not have more than one account, borrow your friends account. It is always better to have the most fast internet connection with you, as a large number of users are trying the more speed you have the more better it is.

Start early and do initial steps

Sync your computer time with IRCTC time

Remember to log in to IRCTC site 4 minutes before 8 o clock and make your system clock time and the time shown in IRCTC site the same this will hep you to track time and know exactly when 8 'o' clock is reached according to IRCTC timing. If you are logging in very early, try to keep your session active by clicking in differently links inside the site,otherwise by 8 o clock your session may expire. By some 7.59 am rest by selecting some link other than Plan My Travel link. Because at exactly 8.00 am in your computer (same as IRCTC time as you have synchronized it) you need to click Plan my Travel link and have to fill in the details.

Collect the required data before

You should have all the data that you need to be filled during the booking process along with you before you are starting. First one is the source and destination station codes. (remember the station codes for source and destination. If you do not know, search and find in advance. You can use Google for this purpose.). Now according to new regulation of IRCTC, they are asking for ID card number of at least one person. So you should enter ID card type and ID card number. Keep this with you. You can use autofilling addons for browsers or remember form field history option of browsers to make this data entry fast.

Booking process

First you have to find available trains, selecting source and destination of travel. After getting the list of trains, you have to select the train you want and click book button available. Then you will get a page to fill in the details of the person who is traveling. Now maximum number of people allowed to travel in one Tatkal ticket is 4 only. For filling in these details you can use auto fill add on in Firefox described in step 3. It will let you fill details of all passengers in one click. Then you have to select a payment option and make the payment through net banking, cards etc. But it is found that net banking is more fast compared to other ways. Also try with different banks on which you have account and find out the fastest one for booking.

Try using Quick book option (Now quick book is disabled between 8am to 9am . But you can use it in any other time.)

There is an option under services Quick book. Select this option. In this you can book ticket quickly provided you know the number of the train in which you want to travel. Fill this form quickly and press quick book button. It will go straightly to banking site without asking for any further verification an confirmation. But now for booking emergency tatkal it is of no use as it is not available between 8am and 9am-the peak time of tatkal booking. But if you are booking tatkal after 9.00am it is useful.

Using Auto fill addon in mozilla firefox

Now you may have found that the only time taking section in this tatkal booking process is the filling of details in form. This can be done in one second using autofill addon in mozilla firefox. So you have to install this addon earlier. You can add this to firefox in the link https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/autofill-forms/. After installing this addon you have to fill the form and save it in the addon. Now during the booking time you have to simply right click in the page and select autofill of that page.

But right click is disabled in IRCTC site to enable that you have to run a javascript . Just type

javascript:void(document.oncontextmenu=null)

in the address bar after coming to details entry page and press enter. Only after that you can right click on the page and select autofill the details that you have stored earlier for booking.

After following all these steps, everything is at your luck. Also remember to synchronize your system clock with IRCTC site time, and start booking exactly after 8.00 am. Because in the first minute itself traffic will raise tremendously. So the ones who try in the first seconds after 8.00am have good chance. Indian railway is one of the largest railway networks in the world. So the number of users using online ticket booking feature is also very high. As the number of users is very high always remember that each second that you are wasting, may put you in waiting list

Miscellaneous tips

Use non BSNL net connection and servers

1. Consider some more things about the internet connection that you are using. Most of the internet users in India are using BSNL net connection. So the traffic to IRCTC from BSNL servers will be very high. Hence try for other internet connections. If you have any friends outside India, tell them to book ticket for you from there, as they are accessing from different servers with less traffic to this particular site, they will face less problems like Service Unavailable reply.

2. Enable the low speed internet connection option in your browser (some browsers like opera have it) even though you are using high speed internet, during the booking time. This helps to load the page as data is receiving. This will help you to enter data even when page is loading.

New Restrictions from IRCTC

1. Between 8am and 9am you can book only 2 tickets per IP address -- IRCTC came with this rule to avoid tatkal agents. But rarely in some cases, common people also will need to book more than two tickets in this time, especially if same net connection is shared by many people.

In order to overcome this you can try switching off the modem and turning it on again. Usually all internet service providers are using dynamic ip addresses only. If you restart modem, IP will be changed to a new one.


2. You cannot login from different browsers with same login ID. If you are logging in, it will be automatically logged out -- This is something that we cannot override. If you want to try from different browsers, you need to have more than one login IDs. If you do not have, borrow IDs of your friends.

If you are finding any new ways to book tatkal, please share below

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      vinner 6 years ago from India

      Now IRCTC has disabled the quick book feature in the first one hour of tatkal ticket booking. Now the tatkal booking process is a bit more time taking in this one hour. But you can still use the quick book feature in the page of filling your personal details.

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      wakil786 6 years ago

      Sorry! Bro Quick Book Option Disabled By IRCTC during 8:00 am to 9:00 am just became a victim of it and not got Reservation.....

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      vinner 6 years ago from India

      Sorry dude. I am sad this happened to you. Now you can use quick book only after 9.00am. But before that you can use the autofill addon in the ticket booking process making it a bit more faster.

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      irctcstatus 5 years ago from Ghaziabad, India

      thanks for this information and while you get reservation confirmation or not to check you irctc pnr status - you can go to this site http://www.irctcpnrstatusinfo.com/

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      vinner 5 years ago from India

      You can also know PNR status, by sending a message containing only PNR number to Google's Number +919773300000

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      vinner 5 years ago from India

      RECENTLY IRCTC MADE A MAJOR CHANGE IN TATKAL BOOKING . NOW YOU CAN BOOK TATKAL TICKET ONLY ONE DAY BEFORE DAY OF TRAVEL. EARLIER IT WAS 2 DAYS.

      Please read this article considering that

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      irctcpnr 5 years ago

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      vinner 5 years ago from India

      Thanks @irctcpnr: That is a very good information. It will be very useful if you are a frequent traveler using a lot of tickets from IRCTC. If not a bookmark to simply some pnr status information site will be enough. Also if you do not have access to internet, you can use the SMS method specified above. It also do not have any additional charge than a national SMS

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      CRN.RAMAN 5 years ago

      Is there any new tips for booking tatkal tickets as per new rules.

      RAMAN.CRN.

      CHENNAI.

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      Augustine 5 years ago

      today i booked a ticket by tatkal which is supposed to open up only tomorrow at 8 a.m. I am boarding the train only on Saturday evening and I have a confirmed tatkal ticket today Thursday. How is it? Any comments.

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      pavan 5 years ago

      @Auggustine: your train starts from friday and will reach to your station on saturday.

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      vinner 5 years ago from India

      @Augustine and Pavan

      Pavan is correct friend. Tatkal booking opens one day before the time when the train starts from starting location. So you can get days before your travel.

      But the problem in such cases is that you cannot cancel the ticket once the train has started or chart is prepared for the train

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      SRIKANT 5 years ago

      YOU ARE VERY CORRECT MY FRIEND

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      Naveen Singh 5 years ago

      is there any trick to get the confirmed ticket. i have tried lot and never get the success

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      Sibi 5 years ago

      Very useful information. But i do not have high speed internet connectivity. Is there any other way to get confirmed tatkal ticket for me?.

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      sunil 5 years ago

      worst information !

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      vinner 5 years ago from India

      @sibi --Thanks a lot my friend. Even if you do not have high speed internet connectivity, you can try with the mobile version of the site which loads much faster

      @Sunit --I believe it is useful information. Please let me know at which point you are facing problem

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      raj 5 years ago

      i am very sorry to say the above the process couldn't work because i have taken 10mbps speed connection but it is no use, actually the travelling agencies are hawking the site and even though money is deducting from the bank u are not able to get the seat,so the simplest way is approach the travelling agent,

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      vinner 5 years ago from India

      @Raj : my friend, surely it depends on your luck. but using the tips that I have described above you can increase the chances. Also there are some new tips using mobile version of the site. Most of the agencies are using people to stand in the queue in the railway reservation points. But they will be charging you a lot more than the regular charge. And some agencies are using different quotas available. But by using these tips you can get tickets at normal rate

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      Devendra Medikurthi 5 years ago

      This post helped me a lot while booking the tatkal ticket.

      Thank you so much.

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      sharvan 5 years ago

      frnds can u explain for me that how can i save foram by addon decoz i have been installed addon

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      vinner 5 years ago from India

      @Sharavn : Once after filling the form there is option in tools--auto fill--save profile

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      SANDEEP SOLANKI 5 years ago

      by this script

      javascript:void(document.oncontextmenu=null)

      if right click does not work than u can use another addon

      "ROBOFORM" this is also very good

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      Bharat 5 years ago

      Folks, IRCTC Mobile reservation is disabled from 8-9AM. What nonsense!

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      mks 5 years ago

      nice info

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      vinner 5 years ago from India

      @cablemanagements- Now the rules has changed little bit. Two day before limit become one day. But still, you can book tatkal, if you are trying with the tricks.

      @Bharat- That is desperate. Are you sure, it is disabled or because of heavy traffic it is down?

      @mks - Thanks

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      Chauhan 5 years ago

      i want software for tatkal ticket

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      Manish 5 years ago

      Guys! Please share with me that which one browser is the best for IRCTC.

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      vinner 5 years ago from India

      @Chauhan:- It is illegal to use software to book tatkal ticket. Recently there was a news that some fellows were arrested for using some software to book tatkal tickets.

      @Manish- It depends on many other factors than the browser you are using. Actually the site is designed for internet explorer. But it will work more good in Mozilla firefox and Google chrome.

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      Robin 5 years ago

      hi pls suggest,can any one alter railway tickets (Not from net)if one get acess to PNR no.

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      Me 5 years ago

      @Robin- No my friend. No one can alter railway ticket even if they get PNR number. It is handled by servers only.

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      dhannyya 5 years ago

      this is a great hub..very much elaborated ..voted up..

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      wassan 5 years ago

      does anyone know any new trick to book tatkal tricks..tired of reading typical old tricks. i often get confirm tickets bcoz of my fast broadband connection and experience that i have in booking tatkal tickets..but still sometimes i get error as service unavailable..

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      wassani 5 years ago

      when will u guys reply..i am new to this forum...how much time does it take to reply the question i ask.??plz help

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      wassani 5 years ago

      ????? plz reply i have to book 1 ticket to sasaram (ssm) from cstm to ssm..tomorrow on 23 june for 24june

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      vinner 5 years ago from India

      @Wassani- you can try my new tips to get confirmed tatkal ticket from IRCTC article. here I have explained, how to book tatkal ticket using mobile version of the site. But use this after practicing not tomorrow.

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      wassan 5 years ago

      u cannot do multiple log in these days...send me d latest tricks to book tickets..service unavailable is d common thing..help yaar u wasn't helpful at all..time has changed okk..old tricks i already know

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      vinner 5 years ago from India

      @wassan - You can right in case of multiple logins. There are some new rules came into effect recently.

      #Between 8am and 9am you can book only 2 tickets per IP address.

      #You cannot login from different browsers with same login ID. If you are logging in, it will be automatically logged out.

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      wassan 5 years ago

      noo no u dint get me, i logged in with two different log in id and browsers..i made d paymnt and everthing suddenly got an error saying that "you have been logged out due to multiple log in"...its okk forget it now but still i manage to book tickets even without multiple log in...but its lil risky..u hav to depend only on 1 browser..and BTW u did not ans my question what is the new update on latest trick to book tatkal tickets, i tried mb version as well not usefull between 7.30am till 8.30am...plz reply quickly u take lot of time to repy...

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      vinner 5 years ago from India

      @Wassan - There is a chance for the scenario you specified. Because I also felt such a situation one day. But make sure none of your friends were using the ID before generalizing it. Also the mobile version does not load some days, You cannot depend on it always. It is better to try in normal method itself.

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      Akash 5 years ago

      Hi Friend...... Abe yaar ye to batao ki 4 minutes k andar make payment tak kaise pahunchenge.....??????

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      wassan 5 years ago

      Guys what's the new Trick to get confirm tickets after 10/july from 10am...like will get verification calls..what is it..what questions do they ask over the phone..Reply ASAP have to book tickets tomorrow...

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      vinner 5 years ago from India

      @akash - you can reach within 4 minutes to payment page only if you have a very fast internet connection and irctc server is not down.

      @wassan - I booked tatkal ticket yesterday also. Nobody called me and asked any question. So no doubt, you can proceed, Even if u answer wrongly for their question how can they cancel you ticket. You can file complaint in that case.

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      wassan 5 years ago

      Vinner one last question, can i book 4 tatkal 3ac ticket with 1 ip address and 1 id..plz reply i have to book 4 tickets frm adi to fdk tomorrow..why u take so much time to reply..

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      vinner 5 years ago from India

      @Wassan - Surely you can book 4 tickets provided these are from one starting location to ending location. In single ticket you can book upto 4 persons in tatkal. That will be counted as single ticket only. Similarly you can book one more ticket also from the same IP. It is not the number of travellars , which is the limiting condition. But the number of tickets that you are booking.

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      AMIT 4 years ago

      Guys! Please share with me that which one browser is the best for IRCTC.

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      wassan 4 years ago

      vinner when ever there is a new update plz notify me..

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      wassan_i 4 years ago

      Guys any new update to book tatkal tickets..bored old silly tricks

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      Ramesh 4 years ago

      DEAR YOUR SCRIPT IS CORRECT but forget one thing, where can you insert the id no of tatkal booking

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      aguptarp 4 years ago

      Will i be caught, if I bypass the ip with the help of some software, and book tickets? because with the new restriction, it says, u have already booked 2 tkts from my ip address.

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      mayank 4 years ago

      its useless to book from IRCTC as within 5 minutes, all the tickets are booked. railway is not concerned about the common man, they are making money...be it common man or touts.

      i used to book tickets from irctc, but i will try luck from rail booking counters.

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      wassan 4 years ago

      Vinnner I have a question related to travelling within Europe. Can a European person travel within Europe without visa. Can you brief me on European union, shengen states and outside EU shengen states. I know the countries listed under EU, shengen, and outside EU shegen..Please help!!

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      sooraj 4 years ago

      what ever tricks we try,it is useless if IRCTC server is slow,only existing way to get better service is upgrading the irctc server and that is not happening.

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      sam 4 years ago

      i cant still understand the ways you guys are saying.its not working for me at all.always there is service unavailable page displaying while logging irctc.co.in for tatkal booking.can anybody help.

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      AGE 4 years ago

      KUMAR MANGALAM

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      BRIJBHANDARI 4 years ago

      Get immigrated man ...this population explosion is the major cause of all this

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      amol 4 years ago

      pathetic service i have ever seen

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      jack 4 years ago

      irctc is not a useful site for tatkal booking. As its all agent bulling in this.making it unuseful for logger like us to suffer.And no tricks is useful.irctc should change its way of service providing.

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      Santosh 4 years ago

      IRCTC- official page - service not available... 0/5

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      sourav prasad 4 years ago

      IRCTC is useless site for booking tatkal tkt, the all new rules are helping local agent to take comfortably tkt on railway booking counter.

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      Hyder Shah 4 years ago

      its useless to book from IRCTC as within 5 minutes, all the tickets are booked. railway is not concerned about the common man, they are making money...be it common man or touts.

      i used to book tickets from irctc, but i will try luck from rail booking counters. Pls I reqst u irctc Departmnt Kindly take necessary Action to delope ur irctc web

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      saipratapbec@gmail.com 4 years ago

      Any add on for Chrome plz?

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      webber 4 years ago

      "javascript:void(document.oncontextmenu=null)"

      does not work :( any other options in place of this?

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      John Deere 3 years ago from San Francisco

      You can also your pnr status through http://www.irctc-pnrstatus.in/

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      Jagan 3 years ago

      The chance of getting confirmed tatkal tickets depends on how quick you fill up the information and make a payment.

      IrctcEasyBook.com presents a simple way to fill tatkal forms. Most of the agents use such type of software to book and that's why the tatkal seats magically fills up in minutes.

      Such software is first time available to free to use to all through IrctcEasyBook.com

      Make use of the site

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      Ryan 2 years ago

      Book you tatkal ticket more faster with new technique http://www.pnrstatusbuzz.in/irctc-magic-autofill.p...

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      Mohit Dedhia 21 months ago

      Thanks for the information!! It really worked.. You can become an IRCTC agent by visiting - http://paypointindia.com/

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      tapas dey 10 months ago

      one static ip multy user can possible tatkal ticket booking

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