All About Indian Railway Tatkal Ticket Schemes

To get a Tatkal ticket, any of the following identity proofs has to be produced as mentioned in the Circular No.68 of 2012 issued vide letter No.2011/TG-1/20/P/ID dated 01.11.2012.

  1. Voter identity card
  2. PAN Card
  3. Driving Licence issued by RTO.
  4. Passport
  5. Centre or state government issued photo identity card with the serial number provided.
  6. Student Identity Card issued by the education institutions with a proper photo on it.
  7. Bank Passbook with a photograph on it.
  8. Banks issued Credit card with a laminated photograph on it.
The Tatkal Charges are fixed as a 10%o the basic the total fare for second class and 30% for all other class on the basic fare.

The minimum and maximum charge are as follows:

Class of Travel Minimum Tatkal Charges (in Rs.) Maximum Tatkal Charges (in Rs.)
Second (sitting) 10.00 15.00
Sleeper 90.00 175.00
AC Chair Car 100.00 200.00
AC 3 Tier 250.00 350.00
AC 2 Tier 300.00 400.00
Executive 300.00 400.00


  • You can book Tatkal ticket in Executive Class of Shatabdi Express trains also.
  • At 10 AM, one day in advance of the scheduled date of journey, the Tatkal ticket can be booked.
  • No duplicate Tatkal tickets shall be issued. Only on payment of full fare including Tatkal charges, including exceptional cases, a duplicate ticket can be issued.
  • No Tatkal ticket will be booked between 1000 hours and 1200 hours by any Agents / RTSAs/Web service agents/Web agents of IRCTC. This includes web service agents also.
  • You can book for a maximum of four people per PNR for Tatkal ticket.
  • It is permitted to book only one ticket per day by the web service agent of IRCTC.
  • Ticket Deposit Receipt (TDRs) is not being issued for waiting list tickets.

No refund will be granted on cancellation of confirmed Tatkal tickets/duplicate Tatkal ticket excluding exceptional cases. This has been mentioned in para 2 of instructions contained in Commercial Circular no. 53 of 2006. Only in the in the following circumstances can it be considered:-

    • When the train will travel by a diverted route and passenger is not willing to travel.
    • In case of a delay of more than 3 hours of the train from the originating point of the boarder.
    • If there has been no marked accommodation of attachment of coach and passengers have not been provided accommodation in same class.
    • If you have been accommodated in the lower class and do not want to travel. In such a case, you will you will be provided with a refund of the difference of fare as well as the difference of Tatkal charge if present.
  1. Aadhaar Card.
  • The Advanced Reservation Period has been reduced to one day excluding the day of the departure of the train.

So, whenever you are facing problems in understanding the procedures and schemes of Indian Railways Tatkal Ticket, you can go through the above stated.

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