Tatkal Ticket Booking

IRCTC Tatkal ticket booking is a facility introduced by Indian Railways in 1997 for travellers who want to travel on an urgent basis or on short notice. It is available on payment of an extra charge on a first-come-first-served basis for all but first AC seats. Tatkal tickets can be booked one day in advance excluding the date of journey from the train originating station. Tatkal booking is available for all class like 3A, 2A, 1A, sleeper and chair car. Tickets are issued for actual distance of travel, subject to the distance restriction applicable to the train.

How to book Tatkal Tickets?

Tatkal booking timings is 10am for AC class (1A/2A/3A/CC/EC/3E) and at 11am for Non- AC class (SL/FC/2S), one day before the schedule departure of your train. Tatkal Tickets could booked both ways, online and offline. You can book a maximum of only 4 passengers per PNR. You can book tickets from PRS counter of Indian Railways or through an IRCTC account online. Check tatkal ticket availability for your train and also the ticket confirmation probability/prediction.

  • Login to your IRCTC account at ixigo.com
  • Select your travel source station and destination
  • Choose your date of journey
  • Now select quota as ‘TATKAL’ and search for trains
  • Click on ‘BOOK NOW’ for the preferred train from the list
  • Fill in the passengers detail carefully like Name, Age, Gender, Seat Preference, etc.
  • Select your Payment mode like internet banking, payment wallet, credit or debit card and pay for the ticket
  • Print your e-ticket

Tatkal Ticket Booking Charges:

Tatkal ticket charges are fixed at the rate of 10% of the basic fare for second class and 30% of the basic fare for all other classes, subject to a minimum and maximum fee.

Class of Travel Minimum Tatkal
(in Rs.)
Maximum Tatkal
(in Rs.)
Reserve Second sitting (2S) 10 15
Sleeper 100 200
AC Chair Car 125 225
AC 3 Tier 300 400
AC 2 Tier 400 500
Executive 400 500

Tatkal ticket cancellation

For confirmed tatkal tickets there is no refund on cancellation of tickets. Waitlisted Tatkal ticket cancellation do have some deductions as per IRCTC rules. You can cancel your waiting list or RAC Tatkal tickets, up to 30 minutes before the departure of the train. If wait listed Tatkal tickets do not get confirmed or RAC, they automatically get cancelled and the passenger gets refund. If your train is running late by 3 hours or is cancelled by Indian Railways, you are entitled to file Ticket Deposit Receipt (TDR) for claiming a refund.

Tatkal Ticket FAQ

Q. How can I Book Tatkal Tickets Online?

A: You can book tatkal tickets online one day before to the scheduled departure of your train easily. Follow the below mentioned steps for ticket booking;
  • Login to your IRCTC account at ixigo.com
  • Select your source and destination stations.
  • Choose your date of journey.
  • Select quota as "TATKAL" and search for trains.
  • Click BOOK NOW for your preferred train.
  • Enter passengers detail carefully like Name, Age, Gender, Seat Preference, etc.
  • Verify your travel details carfully.
  • Select a suitable Payment Method (internet banking, payment wallet, credit or debit card, upi) and proceed to pay for the ticket.
  • Print your e-ticket

Q. What are the Tatkal booking timings?

A: The Tatkal booking timings are as follows:
  • For AC Classes: 10am
  • For NON-AC Classes: 11am
Introduced in the year 1997, Tatkal tickets can be either booked at the railway station counter or at IRCTC website.

Q. How do I cancel Tatkal Tickets

A: Confirmed tickets do not get refund upon cancellation. In case of RAC or waitlisted tickets refund is available if the same are cancelled up to 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure. If wait listed Tatkal tickets do not get confirmed or RAC, they automatically get cancelled and the passenger gets refund.

Q. Can TDR be filed for Tatkal tickets?

A: You could claim a refund by filing a Ticket Deposit Receipt (TDR) with the reason stated, in case the train for which you have booked a Tatkal ticket is either cancelled or is more than three hours late.

Q. What is Tatkal Reservation?

A: Tatkal ticket booking is providing reservation to a passenger who has to undertake a train journey at short notice. Tatkal ticket booking is meant for immediate plans. Tatkal tickets can be booked with ixigo Train App & the government website IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation) or at the IRCTC ticket reservation counter. Tatkal timing starts one day in advance, excluding the date of journey from the originating station. For Example: For a journey on the 4th of any month, Tatkal bookings would open for passengers at 10:00 hrs on 3rd.

Q. What are the rules for Tatkal tickets?

A: The rules for Tatkal ticket booking are as follows:
  • Confirmed Tatkal tickets can be cancelled, but no refunds are provided.
  • Unsold Tatkal tickets are released to passengers who are on a waiting list.
  • TQWL: It stands for Tatkal Quota Waiting List, when ticket booking goes beyond the tatkal ticket availability.
  • General and ladies quota cannot be opted for along with Tatkal.
  • Tatkal reservation is also available in Executive Class of Shatabdi Express trains
  • No duplicate Tatkal tickets are issued. Duplicate Tatkal tickets can only be issued in exceptional cases on payment of full fare including the Tatkal charges.
  • Change of name is not permitted on the bookings made under the IRCTC Tatkal booking scheme.

Q. What is the difference between Tatkal and Premium Tatkal?

A: The difference between Tatkal and premium Tatkal are as follows:
Tatkal Premium Tatkal
IRCTC Tatkal booking charges are fixed Premium Tatkal tickets have dynamic fare pricing for classes
Agents can book tickets under this quota Agents are not allowed to book tickets under this quota
RAC/ Waitlist ticket booking is allowed Only confirmed ticket gets booked
Passengers are waitlisted No waitlisting in Premium Tatkal
Tickets can be cancelled Tickets cannot be cancelled
Preferential allowances are given to senior citizens and children No preferential allowances are given to any passengers
Tatkal ticket availability: Available at the counters and online platforms Only available at online platforms

Q. Can we book a Tatkal ticket on the same day as the journey?

A: The Tatkal ticket booking starts one day in advance of the date of journey from the originating station of the train. This means that if you are travelling on the 3rd, Tatkal ticket booking time would be 10:00 hrs on the 2nd. However, the date of journey means the date on which the chart of the train is prepared. Therefore, if the train starts from its origin on the 3rd, and reaches the station from which you are boarding on the 4th, then the IRCTC Tatkal booking will begin on the 2nd and not on the 3rd. Another thing to keep in mind is that the Tatkal reservation begins at 10:00 hrs for AC classes and 11:00 hrs for non-ac classes.

Q. What is the cost of the Tatkal ticket?

A: The cost of the Tatkal ticket varies from ticket to ticket and is different for all the classes. Usually, the Tatkal ticket prices are 10% of the basic fare for second class and 30% for all other classes. Passengers should note that under the Tatkal ticket scheme, passengers must pay the entire fare. Additionally, passengers having concessional tickets are not allowed to avail the IRCTC Tatkal scheme.

Q. Is senior citizen Quota available for Tatkal?

A: No. There is no Senior Citizen Quota available for Tatkal Booking in any train. Tatkal ticket booking does not provide any concession for senior citizens.

Q. Can we book Tatkal tickets online?

A: Yes. Tatkal Tickets can be booked online one day in advance excluding the date of journey from the train originating station. Tatkal tickets for all mail/express/Rajdhani/Duranto/Shatabdi/Jan-Shatabdi trains can be booked on ixigo.com or by using ixigo trains app. Tatkal tickets are booked by paying extra charges over the base fare. Travellers can do it by themselves or can go to an agent for Tatkal reservation.