Tatkal is a type of reservation quota provided by Indian Railway for those Passengers who have emergency and found there is waiting in every class. This is also known as Advance Reservation Period(ARP).
In tatkal quota there are some reserve seat based on Class. Seats are also reserve on the basis of Division and Zones of Indian Railway.
Tatkal booking window has now been reduced to 24 hours from 48 hours excluding the day of journey. Tatkal bookings solely depends upon the seat availability at IRCTC .
Opening Tatkal from 10:00-12:00 hrs. Bookings for Tatkal tickets for AC classes open at 10:00 am and for non-AC classes at 11:00 am, a day in advance of actual date of journey.
There is one more type of advance reservation booking system is “Premium Tatkal”.
In premium tatkal dynamic fare shall be charged for confirm passengers. Dynamic fare is the fare component which may be increased with the successive booking.
Tickets under the Tatkal quota can be booked at railway counters. Tatkal tickets can also be booked online through IRCTC site
It is adviseed passengers to check ticket availability first under the general quota before proceeding with Tatkal/Premium Tatkal quota.
Bookings for Tatkal tickets for AC classes open at 10:00 am and for non-AC classes at 11:00 am, a day in advance of actual date of journey. For example, if the train leaves on 6th, Tatkal booking will commence at 10 am for AC classes on 5th and at 11 am for non-AC classes.
A maximum of only four passengers per PNR can be booked for Tatkal tickets.
Tatkal ticket booking charges are fixed as a percentage of fare at the rate of 10 per cent of basic fare for second class and 30 per cent of basic fare for all other classes subject to minimum and maximum as given here below, according to the Railways website.
Class of travel Minimum Tatkal charges (in Rs.) Maximum Tatkal charges (in Rs.) Minimum distance for charge (in km)
Second (sitting) 10 15 100
Sleeper 100 200 500
AC Chair Car 125 225 250
AC 3 Tier 300 400 500
AC 2 Tier 400 500 500
Executive 400 500 250
Cancellation of Tatkal tickets
No refund is granted on cancellation of confirmed Tatkal tickets.
Full refund of fare and tatkal charges will be granted on the tickets booked under Tatkal scheme if the train is delayed by more than three hours at the journey originating point of the passenger and if the train is to run on a diverted route and passenger is not willing to travel.
If the person is not willing to travel, then he/she has to file Ticket Deposit Receipt (TDR) with a proper reason for claiming refund, according to the IRCTC website.
In case a Tatkal ticket is issued for travel for more than one passenger, with some passengers having confirmed Tatkal reservation and others on the waiting list, a full refund of fare less clerkage will be admissible for confirmed passengers, subject to the condition that entire Tatkal ticket is surrendered for cancellation up to thirty minutes before the scheduled departure of the train, according to the IRCTC website.
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.