Indian Railways are the most overcrowded trains in the whole world. They carry passengers twice the numbers of seats available. So, when you want to travel by train, it’s hard to get a reservation as the trains are full like a month before the date of journey. And if you have a last minute journey then Premium Tatkal ticket is your only option to secure a seat on the train you want. Tatkal has limited seats and all of them are booked in a matter of minutes or even seconds if I dare say so.
Anyone who has booked a Tatkal ticket knows that it is a race against time. You need to be very fast with the process of booking the Tatkal ticket or you would end up with no seat. Here are some ways using which you can minimize your time needed to book the ticket and, therefore, increase your chances of getting a reservation.
Ways to book a Tatkal ticket or a Premium Tatkal ticket on IRCTC
1. Book A Tatkal Ticket Online Using A Browser
As I said before, it is a race against time, therefore, go to IRCTC website and log into your account before 9:55 am, in case you are booking an AC class ticket, or at 10:55 am if you are booking a Non-AC class ticket. Keep your session alive until only 2 minutes are left then quickly proceed to “Plan My Travel” page and fill all your journey details and select quota as Tatkal. The moment the clock ticks at 10 am or 11 am, click “Submit”.
2. Use Apps/Websites That Are Specially Made For Tatkal Ticket Booking
There are apps like Super Tatkal, Quick Book Tatkal which are specially built for the purpose of Tatkal ticket booking. You can fill your form in advance and be ready. When its time, you can simply launch the app and it will do the rest. You just have to get the payment process done. Other than that, these apps do everything and, hence, saves a lot of valuable time.
I myself use Super Tatkal as it not only fills up the form but also clicks on the “Submit” button and gets onto the next page and fills up that too. So once you launch this app, just in a matter of seconds all your details are being filled up and you are directed to the “Make Payment” page. So what takes about 2 minutes can now be done in like 30 secs flat. So this is the best app I’ve used so far.
There are different plugin’s for your browser like Magic Autofill, My Rail Info etc for IRCTC Tatkal ticket booking that let you fill your form in advance and when its time, just click on that plugin (in case you are using Chrome, then it’s on top right-hand side corner beside the address bar) and they will do the rest and get you directly to the “Make Payment” page. So this is also a faster way to fill up form and secure a seat on the train you want.
Internet connection seems to be the major hurdle in these processes. As soon as the Tatkal tickets become available, thousands of people go online. This creates tremendous pressure on the IRCTC servers which slows down the process. This, according to me, is a major reason why people aren’t able to secure a reservation on the train they want using these apps or websites.
This is also an important feature that people normally ignore. It is a good habit by adding your preferred banks beforehand. You can do this by going to the “My Profile” section and then to “Preferred Banks” and add your banks. Therefore, when you are booking an online Tatkal ticket, you won’t have to juggle through all the banks and then finally select your bank. This saves a lot of valuable time.
Things To Remember
Lots of people think that you cannot refresh the page or go back to the previous page while going through the reservation process. Partly, it is true. You can use these functions normally while filling a form or etc, but NEVER do this when you get into the payment process.
In the end, I think, it is just a train ticket. So no need to kill or die for it. It may be very important for you to be somewhere, but I can guarantee that it is not more important than your life. So don’t make a big fuzz if you get the ticket or vice versa. There are always other modes of travel available.
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What is Premium Tatkal Ticket?
A premium tatkal ticket is a tatkal ticket which can be booked online only. Which means that you cannot book a premium tatkal ticket at the reservation counter on a railway station. Premium tatkal tickets are sold by the Indian Railways on the same format of airline fares. Which means, more the demand for the tickets, higher is the fare.
These Premium Tatkal tickets fare is dynamic like the tickets priced by airlines. The premium fare that is charged is the basic train fare in addition to the Tatkal charges. These Tatkal charges can vary from 10% to 30% which is dependent on the class which you choose to travel on. The maximum fare for booking of a premium Tatkal ticket is 30% of the basic fare or Rs 400 (whichever is higher).
The quota of Premium Tatkal is different from the quota of Tatkal. The Premium Tatkal quota as introduced by the Indian Railways is given below along with ticket cancellation charges:
- Premium Tatkal ticket booking timing starts at 10 am a day prior to the scheduled departure of the train.
- Premium Tatkal ticket booking has the same Advance Reservation Period (ARP) as that of the Tatkal Ticket booking.
- No agent will be allowed for Premium Tatkal Ticket booking.
- All the confirmed passengers will have to pay the dynamic fare.
- The dynamic fare may increase as the number of premium Tatkal ticket bookings increase.
- In the Premium Tatkal Ticket quota, no waitlist or RAC ticket booking is allowed.
- As stated earlier, only e-tickets will be permitted for Premium Tatkal ticket.
- I-ticket booking is not allowed for premium Tatkal ticket.
- To book a premium Tatkal ticket for children, the full fare has to be paid.
- At the time of booking of a premium Tatkal ticket, an Identity card number will be required and you will have to show the same original ID card when the authorities demand.
- In an event of cancellation of a confirmed Premium Tatkal ticket, no refund will be given by the railways.
- The rules applied for booking of a Tatkal ticket are also applicable for booking of a Premium Tatkal ticket.
Hope this article helps you when you will be booking a Tatkal ticket or a Premium Tatkal ticket next time. If you have any suggestions or questions related to the same, then do leave a comment.