How to Get Confirmed Tatkal Ticket on IRCTC

Its very common today that booking an confirmed Tatkal ticket from IRCTC is not less than fighting a war. According to the new rules, the tatkal booking starts at 9AM on the internet and the servers are already hanged up from 8:30 AM.

Here are few short tips which would definitely help you to get the confirmed tickets during tatkal booking.

1. Match your Computer Time with IRCTC Website time

Its quite common that any user keeps the eye on the computer time when he books tatkal tickets, just imagine, what if your system's time is 1 minute late ? your system would show 8:59AM and it would be 9:AM on IRCTC and the tatkal bookings would have been started.

So, Synchronize your computer time to the IRCTC timing.

2. Use Station codes  [Very Important]

This is a very important tip which can definitely save your lot of time. Generally what people do is, Suppose they want to book a ticket from Bangalore, they type 'Bang' and wait for the pop down menu which will display the list of matched stations, out of which you can select one.

This wastes a lot of time and that definitely will lose your chances to book an tatkal ticket.

Best Method :

Indian Railway has alloted station codes to each and every station.
For example :
SBC is for Bangalore
ADI is for Ahmedabad

You just type the station code in the Station name, select date, class and press Search. No need to wait for that pop down list, at all !
You can search for the Station codes here

3. Add Master List of Passengers into your IRCTC account

You can create a master list of all passengers who are likely to travel on the tickets booked by you, so that while booking tickets you can easily input data from this list.
Whenever you are booking a tatkal ticket, no need to type their name, age and other details, as you can select that directly from the list which would definitely save your precious time

4. Keep all the Details ready with you

Its always an good idea to type all the information as 'Name' and 'ID' number into a notepad, so that you can directly copy paste into the irctc booking window and save your time, while booking the ticket.

Even the payment options as Card number, Name of the card holder etc can be typed temporarily into notepad, so that you can copy paste that and the booking can be done faster.
[Note : Don't keep the credit/debit card details saved on pc, it may be harmful]

5. Use the Magic Fill to fill the information

The Magic tool created by Amit Agarwal can really do the wonders to save the precious seconds while booking the ticket. is a tool which can be used to add the passenger information. Just before say 10-15 minutes of booking, open the link, add up the information and click 'I'm feeling lucky'. You will get a Magicfill button on the bottom right corner of the window. Just drag it to bookmarks of your browser.
Now, when its the time to fill the information into the irctc passenger page, just click on the magicfill from the bookmarks and the passenger information would automatically filled and you can proceed to payment.

The Usage of Magic fill is explained in the Video below :

6. Use Multiple Login Ids

If you dont have multiple IRCTC accounts, create one, using the details of any of your family members.
Now, whenever you need to book tatkal tickets, Open the different account in different browser.

If you open one in Google Chrome, open another account in Mozilla firefox, because irctc will detect and terminate the session, if you do from the same browser.

If these tips help you in booking the tatkal tickets, please do Share this with your friends, so that everyone can use them.

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4 Respones to "How to Get Confirmed Tatkal Ticket on IRCTC"

Anonymous said...

Superb tips, I'd never thought about them. Thax ton

December 28, 2012 at 3:00 PM
Unknown said...

Excellent piece of information, I had come to know about your website from my friend kishore, pune,i have read atleast 8 posts of yours by now, and let me tell you, your site gives the best and the most interesting information. This is just the kind of information that i had been looking for, i'm already your rss reader now and i would regularly watch out for the new posts, once again hats off to you! Thanx a lot once again, Regards, About IRCTC

April 25, 2013 at 11:20 PM
Akash Jain said...

Thanks a lot Karan. Such comments really motivate and inspire us to keep people updated with all latest happenings. Cheers.

June 19, 2013 at 11:57 AM
sreedhar said...

check current status of the pnr status of the pnr number IRCTC PNR STATUS

December 16, 2013 at 6:09 PM

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