The reservation under tatkal scheme will open at 10am on the previous day of journey from train originating station for AC classes, whereas that for non-AC classes will start at 11 am on the previous day of journey from train originating station.
General waiting list (GNWL) is favored over tatkal waiting list (CKWL) at the time of chart preparation as per this indian railway circular. Therefore, booking of confirmed tatkal ticket is of utmost importance as waiting list tatkal ticket has very less chances of confirmation and tatkal tickets do not go through RAC. Following tips will help you in booking confirm ticket in tatkal quota through irctc website:
1.Create more than one credentials for logging on to irctc website. If you have only one login details, borrow one from your friend or family. Trying to book ticket parallel using multiple browser/computer always increases chances of getting a tatkal ticket. DO NOT use same irctc login details on multiple browsers simultaneously as irctc can detect it and log out you from all sessions.
2.Make sure tatkal quota for your journey opens one day in advance. It might open two or more days in advance, if the train reaches your boarding station on second or more days of its running. For example, if you want to book tatkal ticket from Nagpur to chennai in Chennai Rajdhani Express (12434), the tatkal booking opens 2 days in advance in this case from your journey date as the train reaches Nagpur on 2nd day of running.
3.Keep Id card details such as PAN card or driving license of one of the passengers handy. This way you do not have to search for it after you have started the booking process.
4.Save some time by entering passenger details beforehand. Fill passenger details before 10am for ac class and before 11am for non-ac class, you need not fill them again and save a couple of minutes this way which increases your probability of getting confirmed tatkal ticket. This is how you should do so:
5.Login into the irctc website 5-10 minutes ago and do these before 10am for ac ticket and 11am for non-ac ticket.
Select origin destination, choose date as today’s date and enter ticket type and click on ‘Find Trains’. Now select quota as TATKAL and click on BOOK NOW for today’s date for any train.
Enter passenger details including id card details and mobile number. Now instead of clicking on ‘Next’ which will take you to payment, click on ‘Replan’ which takes to back to the ‘Plan My Journey’ page.
Exactly at 10am (or at 11am for FC, SL and 2S) put your correct journey date and try booking. When you come on Passenger Details page, you will see that all the details which you entered before are still there. So just enter the captcha and click on ‘Next’ for payment.
6.For AC classes, try booking in 2A (second ac) first. For most of the routes, 2A gets filled less quickly than 3A inspite of lesser berths.
Avoid trying to book ticket on trains for which tatkal tickets have already exhausted. Keep checking parallely current berth availability for tatkal quota on trainman.
7.Make payment using netbanking (preferable by HDFC or ICICI bank) as this is the fastest mode of payment. If you choose to pay by cards you need to enter long card numbers and lot of other details which takes time. Since irctc has made OTP verification mandatory so one should keep their phone nearby to get OTP details from phone.
8.If you are not able to book tatkal ticket for ac classes, you can try your luck for non-ac classes at 11am again.
Tips To Book Confirm Tatkal Ticket:
Auto Fill Extension: Use Auto fill extension, By using this extension you can save your journey detail and your detail will automatically filled during Tatkal hours.
Login Time: Login In IRCTC in between 10:50 to 10:55 AM IST and Make sure that you are visiting Passenger Detail page first time after login. If you have visited passenger detail multiple times with same login session then there are chances you will get long or difficult Captcha to enter.
Captcha Problem: Around 60% fill incorrect captcha and because of this there booking time increase to 20 to 30 sec depend on their internet speed. Please read full article how to resolve captcha error.
Internet Speed: Having only autofill extension is not enough for you it will just fill you data in no time but main criteria to book IRCTC Tatkal in just 20 sec is your internet speed. If you don’t have good internet speed you can’t book in 19 sec. below are my few suggestions:
Always use good Internet services provider like BSNL, MTNL, Airtel etc., using local internet services provider may cause lots of trouble I personally face issue when my internet was down at 10 AM :
Check with your have Internet services provider that your IP address is not share with other customer because IRCTC allow only 2 Tatkal booking with same IP from 8 to 12 PM IST, so make sure you have unique IP address or get one from you ISP.
Try to buy 2 MBPS speed pain if it is out of budget you should have 1MBPS, you can find good tariff plain in market.
Close all application which is using internet service, page like Facebook, Gmail, Skype they use internet while you are not browsing anything, so keep only IRCTC .
Computer Speed: Most people have good internet speed, autofill extension but still not able to get confirm ticket in 20 sec why??
Many don’t know is that apart from you internet speed your computer speed does matter while booking Tatkal ticket.
Use browser carefully, Firefox is good browser but it use more of your computer resources, so If you have running Firefox in low RAM machine then it will cause problem for you.
Google Chrome is best browser, it use low of your machine resources and work faster than any other modern browser in Window machine
If you have Anti-Virus software installed, make sure you disable it in Tatkal hours, because Antivirus software will scan all your inward and outward traffic, time taken is in micro second but it will make different when you are booking IRCTC Tatkal ticket.
Always restart your computer machine before you book tatkal ticket, always clean you temp memory these step help in increase your computer speed.
Close all application which is running on your computer.
Payment Getaway: Choose best payment getaway which take less time to process your transaction. I have observed that most of the public are using SBI debit card or net baking this make SBI payment getaway very slow and sometime not responsive and you get an error message “connection Time out or server not responding”.
Try to avoid SBI payment gateway in festival session.
Use net banking or debit card of private bank like (HDFC, ICICI) or use Credit card which is very fast in festival session when compare to SBI gateway
Avoid payment gateway which have too many page redirection.
Network Latency: This term is not common to general public, I will explain you it in detail: IRCTC web server are located in New Delhi and anyone who is booking Tatkal ticket from Chennai will take more time when compare to person who is booking ticket form New Delhi. I will not recommend you to use proxy server here because they can steal your payment detail, so make some friend form New Delhi who can book your tatkal ticket :. Although Time difference is in micro second so you can ignore it.
Train Selection: Always select a train which have more no of seat compare to train which have less seat.
Always keep some backup plan when booking Tatkal ticket, like take help form you family member or friend and open two sessions for same train in different machine and continue till payment gateway. If one session fails then continue with other one, If you get some error and re-login after 10 AM makes very less probability to book confirm ticket. So second session always help to continue and chances are very good to get confirm Tatkal ticket.
All above point are just suggestion that I have observed form past long time; you are not bound to use these points if you not happy with them.
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