New Tatkal Ticket Booking Time In IRCTC 2016/2017

Last updated on 5th Oct 2016

Tatkal Ticket Booking Time in 2017

What is Tatkal?

Tatkal, literally means ‘Immediate’. Tatkal booking facility is the savior for millions of travelers. The comfortable last minute travel is made possible with Tatkal system.

Tatkal ticket booking time starts a day in advance. For instance, if you want to travel tomorrow, you can book the tickets today. Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd constantly update the system of tatkal booking to ease the process of booking tickets online. Tatkal ticket booking opened at 10 am every day.

Do you know about the new tatkal ticket booking time updated by Indian Railways this year before Jan 2016?

Booking an e-ticket using tatkal scheme during the rush hour is like rushing in an ambulance during peak traffic. Due to heavy traffic and a huge load on servers during the tatkal hours, between 10 am to 12 pm, users find it too hard to book their tickets. In order to eliminate the problems faced by the users, IRCTC modified their tatkal ticket booking time system in 2016.

Earlier in 2012-2013, the tatkal ticket booking time was scheduled at 8 am every day, which was then altered to 10 am. Updating the system of tatkal booking is a continuous process in order to meet the demands from the public.

Tatkal Ticket Booking Time in 2016

What is IRCTC Tatkal Ticket Booking Time Today?

New tatkal ticket booking time is now divided into two slots now 10 AM and 11 AM with a new system called IRCTC Lite. This is a promising facility offered by IRCTC to enhance the user experience.

Slot1 10AM

For AC Classes:

In all the trains tatkal reservation for AC Classes will be opened at 10 am sharp, just before 1 days from train’s origin station.

Slot2  11AM

For Non-AC Classes (Sleeper/2Sleeper):

In all the trains tatkal reservation for Non-AC Classes will be opened at 11 am sharp, just before 1 days from train’s origin station.

Why tatkal ticket booking time changes has been done by Indian Railway?

Indian Railway has decided to divide the tatkal into two slots  in order to reduce the load on the website during the tatkal hour that is 10AM. However, IRCTC website portal has been improved a lot of loading and response time now by implementing the IRCTC Lite Verison concept (explained below) but still the website gets down at 10 AM sometimes.

After this separation of slot1 and slot2, Railway is making sure that the UP-Time for the website will be 100%.

What About IRCTC Agents Timing?

Railway says IRCTC agents will now be stopped from booking the tickets for 30 minutes:

  • From the opening of bookings – from 8 a.m. to 8.30 a.m. for general bookings,
  • From 10 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. for Tatkal AC classes and
  • From 11 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. for Tatkal non-AC classes

Some other changes are also done by Indian Railway:

Railway senior official says that “Currently there is no refund amount if passenger cancels there Confirmed tatkal ticket but now Railway is planning to provide 50% of total fare of Tatkal ticket on cancellation”

What is IRCTC Lite:

IRCTC Lite Version is very similar to the existing IRCTC tatkal scheme, except the fact that all unwanted and irrelevant elements are eliminated during this peak hour of booking. Elimination of additional services cut downs the load and enhances the speed of booking a transaction.

Also Read: What is IRCTC Lite Version ?

For instance, IRCTC Lite facility doesn’t allow any ads, images, features, etc which are irrelevant to tatkal booking.

The ‘Plan My Travel’ section is automated with a list of stations. In addition, in the ‘My Transactions’ section, the services like cancellation history, refund status, etc are not available under new scheme only during the peak hours.

The new IRCTC service received a promising welcome! Soon after the launch of this facility IRCTC Lite, the average bookings has been increased, claims the GM, IRCTC.

The positive and element of IRCTC Lite are the timing! The no-frill Lite system with a bonus of half an hour makes the tatkal booking a hassle-free process.

What are the problems all Indian face during tatkal ticket booking time

1. Login Problem: This had been the biggest problem in Indian Railway’s website we have been facing. In order to book tatkal ticket we will have to log in 3-5 minutes before in the IRCTC portal but at this time the traffic is huge so 90% people are unable to log in. By the way, Indian Railways has overcome to this problem by bringing IRCTC Lite Concept on same website After this change, one can easily login into the portal at any time without any hassle.

2. Session Expire: As you need to log in 3 to 5 minutes before in the Portal, sometimes it happens session get expired. This is because IRCTC website has Session Expiration feature based on Minutes (5 minutes) now to throughout the Agents who make a log in 30 minutes before the tatkal ticket booking time and keep clicking on any link to keep the session alive.

tatkal ticket booking time


3. Number of Queries: Again new concept introduced :-/ Indian railways brought new concept called “Limitation in a number of queries per session“. If you log in 5 minutes before tatkal ticket booking time and clicks more than 25 times on any link in portal then session will get expired and you will get one error message as “Number of queries exceeded”. This concept is introduced to eliminate spam from the website. However, irctc is ‘https://’ means SSL secured (Secured socket Layer) but I mean of Spam is visitors who uses any script to automate the tatkal ticket booking process.

4. Captcha Filing: Did you ever notice the captcha during Normal ticket booking and Tatkal ticket booking time is  totally different. During tatkal ticket booking time, the captcha is very hard to read so many times you struggle to enter a correct captcha and go ahead. To overcome this problem you can refer the article Tatkal Booking Tricks 2016.


Que1. Can I book tatkal ticket anytime in online?

Ans. No, you can’t. Tatkal ticket can not be booked at any time. there are specific hours to book tatkal tickets online that ie. 10am for AC coaches and 11am for SL coaches on the daily basis.

The time is same for both Online e-ticket and counter ticket.

Que2. How many tickets can be booked at a time in TATKAL?

As per the IRCTC new guidelines, one user is permitted to book only  2(two) tatkal tickets from one IP address between 10 am to 12 noon. So the user might get a limit exceeded warning while booking tickets more than two.


If still you face any problem rather than mentioned above, feel free to comment below we will look into that.


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  1. Do senior citizens get concessions on Tatkal tickets

  2. can i book 3 tatkal ticket at once ?

  3. Train starts at 00:05 midnight on 13/03 (say) from its opening station which is my boarding station as well….When tatkal booking can be done…I read somewhere that 24hrs before counts from time of chart preparation….

  4. While clicking on tatkal option it shows please check general quota status, what is it?
    In my train general quota was in waiting in all classes and tatkal showing not available ”
    I checked 1 day before my journey at 10am
    But coz of heavy waiting in general quota tatkal is not available ,some new rule for tatkal?

  5. sukhmanpreet says:

    Sir if i have to travel on date 6/4/17 from ludhiana to shahjahanpur.which date i can book ticket in tatkal .

  6. sandeep kumar says:

    sir I want to book tatkal ticket 3 passenger but 2 passengers are same train and another passengers are another train can I book tatkal ticket for both

  7. Naman Sharma says:

    How many seats available in tatkal scheme for sleeper and can one booked tickets for any no. Of passengers in one time ticket during tatkal

  8. Mohan Saya says:

    If train time is 17:30, 13/03/2017, when I have to book tatkal ticket…?

  9. What is the timings of tatkal non AC tickets booking through irctc

  10. The Irctc Lite concept seems to be good, however if IRCTC tatkal timings can be changed based on the train depature time the server congestions can be reduced considerably. For instance, now the timings for A/C and Non A/C tatkal has been changed, however a person who want to travel from Ahmedabad to Delhi will also try to login for tatkal and a person from chennai to mumbai will also login at the same time. So there will again be congestion. If the tatkal opening is based on 24 hrs before the depature time of each train it will reduce considerably. People booking from mobile phones using 2g can also book tatkal easily.

  11. Mangalore Vivek express , train no :- 22851

    Starting point is Santraganji on 15/12/2016 departure 15:50

    Boarding point is vijayawada on 16/12/2016 departure 11:00 a.m

    Reaches Mangalore on 17th dec

    When should I book tatkal ticket my journey is on 16th December(vijayawada to Mangalore )

    Example :-
    If I need to travel on 16th Dec 2016. Do I need to buk tatkal ticket on 15th Dec. But the train starts on 15th Dec from Santraganji at 15:50 . .. when should I book tatkal ticket …? my boarding station is vijayawada 16th Dec at 11:00 a.m.. please clarify. ….

    Thank you

  12. koushik paul says:

    My train departure date and time is 14/12/2016 1:55 am. Pune to Bengaluru city. So when I can purchase tatkal ticket? By date it’s Wednesday. Please help me. I am facing this problem.

  13. ABHISHEK NIGAM says:


  14. Rakhee Gajaria says:

    How do i get refund for a cancelled e ticket? I had cancelled a ticket prior to 18 hrs of journey, but still refunds are not credited. Please guide

  15. I am in total confusion. How come tatkal tickets for 27-10-2016 KRBA TVC Express be opened before 10 A.M on 25/10/2016?

  16. can I get tatkal reservation on wait listed tickets?

  17. Sivananthan B says:

    Sir, when I have to book the ticket under tatkal scheme, for a scenario, if the train starts on Thursday evening, but I boarding into the train on second day only that means on Friday .. in this situation when I have to book the ticket ? On Wednesday or Thursday

  18. Rajesh Mahindru says:

    Sir i want to understand
    Can i mention 4 passanger names on one tatkal ticket and get reservation because it is confusing to know we can book only 2 tatkal tickets
    Rajesh Mahindru

  19. Girish Purohit says:

    Can I book more than 4 passengers ticket from railway ticket window ??

  20. mukul bhardwaj says:

    dear sir mam i booked two tatkaal tickets in last month and train has been late more then 15 hours and i filled tdr form nd gett a ticket number but i dont recive my amount still yet so when i will recive my refund amount

  21. Hi There,
    How to update my first name for existing is showing disable mode.Please help me on this.

  22. Tatkal booking starts at 10 am. I want to book the ticket through irctc website. But in the website, we are not allowed to book any ticket between 8 am to 12 noon. So, what are the possible ways to book tatkal tickets, sir i am not an agents.

  23. Sir i want to book tatkal ticket but in your IRCTC application shows book a ticket after 8-12 and you says that the time is 10 am how is this possible??????? Please reply me because i want to book a tatkal ticket shortly for emergency.

  24. Travel News India says:

    Despite of tatkal scheme most of the time we fail to book tickets due to server overload and slow internet connection. Very informative. thanks..

  25. shankar kotekar says:

    Though I am not an agent,but i gets the same reply during Tatkal reservation timings , you are not allowed to do transaction during 0800 hrs to 1200 hrs.WHY?

  26. Kanika Chakrabarti says:

    How can I book 5 tickets for the same destination at a time ? Please let me know.

  27. I have booked ticket two days before and after it is possible

  28. What is the taktal booking time for Guruvayur Chennai Express.

  29. Please tell me the process to book tatkal ticket confirm..

  30. sir,
    can I book my tatkal tickets online from my mobile phones

  31. Raveendranath says:

    Can I book more than 2 tickets under tatkal from same IP address after 12 noon
    If I want 8 tickets under tatkal as a student group what should I do …to get it how it can be booked online

  32. Oinam Manoranjan says:

    Tatkal booking starts at 10 am. I want to book the ticket through irctc website. But in the website, we are not allowed to book any ticket between 8 am to 12 noon. So, what are the possible ways to book tatkal e- ticket at the earliest?

  33. Sir can i booked 4 tatkal ticket at a time.

  34. My login I’d and password are kindly request irctc you to sir..send my I’d and password mobile no.9401476562

  35. Hello Sir,
    Thank you for sparing your valuable time for clarifying booking related doubts.

    I have booked 2+2 total 4 e-tickets through irctc website. unfortunately all e-tickets are not at all confirmed, but they are WL tickets.

    So the query is.. What are the cancellation charges, in case i cancel the e-tickets ( if they are still WL ticktets)…?

  36. My login details are deactivated.Please inform me by mail how to activate afresh. My mob 9820529957

    • Hello Poojary,
      Firstly you need to know that why it got deactivated. Please do contact IRCTC at

      Tell the issue through an email and wait for reply. Paste here the reply you got from IRCTC and we will assist you further.


  37. Can tatkal booking be done any time after 11 am for Non-AC and after 10 am for AC.

  38. Tatkal booking timing has been 10AM since few years. And i guess it will be same for next few years also.

    The IRCTC Lite version is really helpful to book the tickets at good speed as i know. Railway has improved a lot there website in terms of speed, previously visitors were not able to login itself but now its very easy to login during peak time also ei 10AM.

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