Train Chart Preparation Time. Railway announced the new chart preparation time for trains today check below:
With Effect from 1st August 2023 First Train Chart Preparation Time is usually 4 hours prior to train departure time and Final Chart Preparation Time is 30 Minutes before the Departure Time of the train.
When Train Chart is Prepared? Train Chart Preparation Time?
The train chart is the list of passengers with all the details like passenger Name, Age, Gender allotted coach number, Seat number in the coach, and Source station.
Collecting the entire booked train seat details and making a Chart with the final status of all booked seats whether it is on the Waiting list or Confirmed.
Once the chart is prepared with all the details mentioned above, it is hung on the notice board in the railway station and when the respective train comes then the chart is glued on every coach with all passenger details with their seat number in that coach.
New Final Train Chart Preparation Time 2023 in Indian Railway
- As recently announced by Indian Railway, the new Train Chart Preparation Time is 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time of the particular train. Till this time all the reservation tickets can be booked.
- You might have noticed that when Check PNR Status of your booked ticket then there is a column called Chart Status having values of either Chart Prepared or Chart Not Prepared. What does it mean?
There are Two train chart preparation times in 2023
For Morning Trains and Evening Trains.
1. Train chart preparation time for Early Morning Trains
For morning trains that depart between 12 AM to 11 AM, the Train chart preparation time is the previous day before 8 PM. This is an exceptional case of the IRCTC rule. But it is required also because passengers who are travelling during these hours need the exact seat to confirm availability status.
2. Train chart preparation time for Evening Trains:
For all evening trains chart usually prepares just 3-4 hours prior to the train departing from the origin station.
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What is the meaning of Chart Prepared and Chart Not Prepared?
You may have noticed that whenever your ticket is on the Waiting list or in RAC then it gets upgraded frequently. If you have WL 10 waiting list then after some time it may be in WL 9 this is because somebody might have cancelled their confirmed ticket, as a result, the WL ticket was reduced by 1.
Chart Prepared Means
It means “list of passengers has been prepared by Railway for specific trains in Chart” and no more status as explained above will be updated for any PNR Number.
Chart Not Prepared Means:
A chart not prepared means that still there is a chance for a few waiting-listed tickets to be upgraded to Confirmed tickets.
What is Final Chart and Final Chart Preparation Time?
On 1st Aug 2023, Indian Railway made some changes in their Chart Preparation system, now the chart will be prepared two times for each train.
What is Final Chart Preparation Time in Indian Railway:
Final Railway Chart Preparation time is 30 minutes prior to the train departing from the source station.
As announced by Indian Railway, the First reservation chart of the train will be prepared 4 hours prior to the train departure time from the source station and the Second/Final reservation chart of the train 30 minutes prior to the train departure time from the source station.
Why Final chart concept came?
Indian Railway brought this concept for passengers to let them be aware of the status/chances of the ticket to be confirmed 4 hours before the train departs through First Chart Preparation so that they can plan their journey well.
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Will booking be allowed after the first Chart Preparation?
Yes, Booking is allowed after the first chart preparation also. And you can book E-ticket online too after the first chart preparation.
What are Hidden Quotas in Chart Preparation?
Internally at the time of chart preparation usually following two things happen:
In many of the trains, there are “hidden quotas” available which do not allot until chart is prepared, once the chart is prepared those available seats in hidden quotas are given to the passengers who have tickets on the waiting list.
After chart preparation, No more tickets can be booked for the concerned train. If your waiting list ticket gets confirmed after chart preparation then you can look out for a coach and a berth will be a lot to you.
How does the Indian Railways Chart Look Like?
A very long paper is always seen at the entry door. Which mainly contains the Passenger Name, Old PNR Status, Newly allotted seat, and couch number.
Below is the sample image of the Indian Railway Chart please have a look.
For any queries write in a comment box we will try our best to solve your query.
Note: Now a days IRCTC stopped to put this chart on entry door because of passengers privacy issue occurred in 2023.
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