Very rare people know about 'What is consider for auto upgradation' option available on the IRCTC website when you book a ticket.
Today we will explain in detail what exactly it is and why you should check this option at the time of booking an e-Ticket.
'Consider For Auto Upgradation' Option in IRCTC
Consider For Auto Upgradation means allocating a BERTH in higher class if seat is vacant there.
For example, If you have booked an e-ticket in SL class and you selected the option Consider For Auto Upgradation but after making a successful payment you got the Waiting ticket then at the time of departure date of the selected train you might get the berth in higher class 3AC class if available.
When and Why 'Consider For Auto Upgradation' Feature Introduced?
When this scheme was introduced? On 25th Jan 2006 the Ministry of Railways decided to introduce this scheme. In the beginning, this scheme was implemented only in a few selected trains but after seeing the successful result the Ministry of Railways decided to implement this scheme in all the trains in the 2007 fiscal year.
Why this scheme was introduced? This scheme was introduced to get full utilization of the vacant seat in a train. Previously when this scheme was not there that time many seats were available even people were having Waiting List ticket with no seat allocated at all.
For example, if 3 people have booked waiting for a ticket in SL class and 3 seats are available in 3AC class then all 3 passengers will move to 3AC class even they have SL class waiting for a ticket. Now the question is coming in your mind is "Is there any extra charges passenger will have to pay for this UpGradation of the birth in higher class ?" read at last point.
Should you really check the "Consider For Auto Upgradation Check box" while booking an IRCTC ticket?
Yes always. Whenever people book an e ticket online they always get confused about whether they should check the Consider For Auto Upgradation checkbox or not. You should always check this checkbox at the time of booking an e-ticket because there will be additional chances to get the seats in a higher class with no extra charges.
Consider For Auto Upgradation is available only for E-ticket?
No, it is available in both Online and Offline ticket means for Window/Counter ticket also. There is an option in reservation form you just need to check this Consider For Auto Up-gradation option.
The below image gives a clear view of this option while booking an e-ticket.
How Consider For Auto Upgradation works?
Auto Upgradation executes at the time of chart preparation of the selected train. There is a software that executes at the time of Chart Preparation which Considers the passengers for Auto Upgradation.
- There should be at least one seat available in the higher class at the time chart preparation.
- At least one passenger should have a waiting list ticket in just one level down class.
- The waiting list ticket should be of fully paid in fare (No concessions like Senior Citizen, etc).
Are there any other charges you will have to pay if you select Consider For Auto Upgradation option?
No, you don't have to pay any extra charges for this. It's free of cost service provided by Indian Railways.
Who will be eligible first to get the benefit of this service?
This scheme works on FCFS logic means First Come First Serve. If you have booked a waiting ticket and you got waiting number 3 then your chances to get a seat in the higher class will be in the 3rd position, first waiting number 1,2 will occupy the seat in higher class first.
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