Do you often travel in train? Are you getting upset while booking the train tickets on Tatkal scheme? Then this post is for you!
Booking a ticket under IRCTC Tatkal system is like winning a lump sum amount in the lottery. As this scheme has only few tickets, most of them get booked in few seconds. You need to be very quick to book your confirmed Tatkal ticket.
Through this post I wanna discuss some useful tips on “how to book IRCTC Tatkal tickets online in few seconds?” Let me begin with the basics!
Most of the trains have some tickets which cannot be reserved before a particular time period. You can book those tickets only after 24 hours in advance of train departure. i.e. Say if the train is schedule to start at 11AM on Wednesday, you can book tickets online for that train under Tatkal scheme after 10 AM on Tuesday.
Limitations of booking Train tickets under Tatkal scheme
Booking tickets under Tatkal scheme has the following limits.
- Excessive rush to get train tickets and thus the server of the IRCTC website runs too slow.
- Limited number of seats (Only 2 seats can be booked with same IP)
- Filling passenger information is time-consuming.
- Sometimes, CAPTCHA verification would annoy a lot.
- Cancellation of confirmed Tatkal tickets will not get refund.
If you want to book the train tickets under Tatkal method, you have to face the above restrictions. But, I can give you some handy tips to book the IRCTC Tatkal tickets in a fast manner.
Book IRCTC Tatkal Tickets online quickly
If you want to book the Tatkal train tickets online through IRCTC website, you have to fill the forms in a quick way. Using Auto-fill plug-ins is one of the best ways to carry out the fast Tatkal ticket booking. One of my favorite plugin is MyRailinFo.
MyRailInfo is an excellent extension available for both Google Chrome and Firefox to save your journey details. You may use these gathered travel details to fill the Tatkal forms automatically.
This amazing auto fill extension is completely free & easy to use and you may book your Tatkal ticket in just 19 sec. This plugin is developed by Deepak Yadav from myRailinfo.in.
Here is the video on how to use the MyRailInfo plug-in:
Best Practices to get confirmed Tatkal Tickets
Below are some of the good routines to obtain the train tickets online through Tatkal method.
- Log-in to IRCTC website at 9.45 AM IST (15 minutes earlier)
- Search your train to travel through station names and keep doing some tasks.
- Note down the essential information needed to book the tickets and keep on refreshing the page.
- To avoid getting “Session Expired” page, try to click on the Find button at 10 AM sharply.
- Opening the “Terms & Conditions” page which is under the General section of IRCTC website in other browser and refreshing it for every 2 minutes will help you to keep the session alive for long time.
- If you’re not using the IRCTC account for more than 3 minutes, you’ll get “Session Expire Error”. Thus, you may install the “Auto Refresh” add-on for your Chrome/Firefox browser and set time in seconds to refresh the page automatically.
- Close all the other applications and websites during the Tatkal hours. Just keep IRCTC website and Auto-fill plug-in open in your system.
- Deleting the unwanted/temporary applications and deactivation of Anti-virus software on your PC would help you a little when booking the Tatkal train tickets.
- Select the best payment method which has less page redirection and a reduced amount of time to process your transaction.
IRCTC Tatkal method was specifically launched for the people who are planning their journey at the last moment or unavoidable emergency travel. Most of the times it is so difficult to book the train tickets under Tatkal scheme due to the load on the server.
So, I recommend you to use the high-speed internet connection and the above discussed latest tricks to get the confirmed Tatkal tickets with ease. Do you know any other trick to book the Tatkal train tickets rapidly? Share your views and experience in comment section.
Informative post Atish!
This is the first time I’m hearing about a chrome extension to fill the passenger details in prior which can be used at the time of booking train tickets under Tatkal scheme. Its really an useful data for those who often book the train seats at last minute.
I’ll share this helpful info to my family members. Thanks for letting us to know the details of Myrailinfo.
Have a pleasant weekend 🙂
This is just cool Nirmala. Tatkal ticket became necessary nowadays because getting a confirmed train ticket is challenge. I remember once I waited for 6 hours to get a confirm ticket at the railway ticket counter. It was worst experience I had.
What a beautiful post Atish. Really now a days it’s really a very tough task to get to the long tail of people and get your ticket from the ticket windows. Really the online IRCTC system have really provided us a lot of ease in getting our ticket reserved. Actually i would like to thank you for such a fast way of booking ticket.
Really appreciate your post….thanks once again.
Online way is better for sure because standing in queue for long hours is tough. Thanks for coming by.
Hi Atish bro,
Informative post indeed. We all have come across the embarassing sessions in which we fail to book a tatkal due to delay.
Thanks for your post which is a detailed guide to get tatkal bookmarked within seconds.
I am happy that you liked the post.
I would say most challenging task in the world is booking a tatkal ticket. You have shared an awesome guide. Just installed the extension and loving to use it..
You just said the word of my mouth. Its too tough to get confirmed railway tickets in India when you have to in emergency.
This is really a useful information,
We all depend on IRCTC most of the time on the Tatkal option!
But Alas! we miss the bus very often, especially if we try thru online booking,
This is indeed an easy option, i will try this next time
Thanks for this informative piece
Thank you for stopping by Philip.
I have never been able to book a ‘Tatkal’ ticket online! Never!
Booking a ‘Tatkal’ ticket is no less than winning a lottery as you have pointed out 🙂
This plugin looks really promising. Will try it out and share the word. Thanks for sharing this resourceful post.
Just try this and share your experience Arpit.
Hey Atish Ranjan this is really very helpfull info…
We are mostly depended on IRCTC specially in case of tatkal tickets.. The tips that you have shared is quite usefull.. Most of us usually face this issue while booking tatkal tickets and some times we have to pay brokers to get our tatkal tickets but after reading this it’s seems so easy now to book tatkal ticket without facing any problem…
Thank you once again for this info…
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“You can use 1 Payment ID for 2 continues Days, unlimited times.No refund after making payment
This Autofill will only help you in filling your data.
This Autofill may not work due to changes, or some functional issue, read terms & condition before use.
Wait time on passenger page is 25 sec.
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So if the payment is made and I want to cancell the ticket or payment is failed, so no refund will be provided???
Seems it is a new update on that site. When I have written the review there was nothing like that. But, as far as I know this tool only helps out to fill the form so I am not sure about the payment thing. It boosts up your ticket booking when you need to book the ticket instantly. Ticket cancellation thing is handled by IRCTC.