Tips for getting a confirmed tatkal ticket
New Delhi: Often people urgently need to plan a trip and book a train ticket. However, a confirmed ticket depends on the availability of seats on the train and this is where the tatkal facility comes in. Indian Railways launched the tatkal system keeping in mind people who need to travel suddenly.
Create a master list
After setting up your IRCTC account, create a master roster. This is actually a list of passengers that you can pre-save in your profile.
In the My Profile section, you will see the main list in the drop-down menu. Click on it. On this page, you will need to fill in details such as name, age, gender, birth preference, food preference, senior, ID card type and ID card number of the passenger.
After saving these details, click Add Passenger. A person can register up to 20 passengers in the main list.
Make a travel list
After the main list, create a travel list. This can also be found in the My Profile drop-down menu. Users should note that this list can only be established after establishing a master list.
Go to the Trips List page. Here, the name and listing details will be requested. After that, there will be an option to select the passenger name from the main list. Select the names of the passengers you want to add to this list.
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Tatkal ticket booking
To book a tatkal ticket for class 3AC or above, the person must log in before 9:57 am. On the other hand, reservation of tatkal tickets for sleeper class starts at 11:00 a.m. and the traveler must log in to the portal before 10:57 a.m.
Next, enter the names of the stations according to your route in the Plan My Journey box. Select the date and finally click submit.
After submitting the travel information, you will be taken to the train suggestions page. Here is a list of all the trains that will be running on your route from the following day. Above the train list you will see radio buttons for General, Premium Tatkal, Ladies and Tatkal.
Now click Snapshot. After that, choose one of the cars of the train in which you want to travel.
When the tatkal reservation time starts, reserve your seat.
How to use the master list and the travel list
Lists are convenient because they save time. Suppose you have to travel with five people. If you enter details like name, age, gender, berth preference of each passenger, the ticket available in the tatkal quota will be filled.
It is therefore preferable to use the master list, which contains the details of pre-registered travellers. Using the list, you can select the names of passengers for whom the ticket should be reserved and save a lot of time. It can be noted that while selecting passenger names from the master list will prove effective for 1 or 2 passengers, it would be better to use the travel list for more passengers.