With Effect from 1st November 2019 Train Chart Preparation Time is usually 4 hours prior to train departure time.
What is a Train Chart and Chart Preparation time in Indian Railway?
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 seats details and making a Chart with the final status of all booked seats whether it is in the Waiting list or Confirmed.
Once the chart is prepared with all the details mentioned above, it is hanged at the noticed board in the railway station and when the respective train comes then chart is glued on every coach with all passenger details with their seat number in that coach.
Train Chart Preparation Time 2020 in Indian Railway
Chart preparation time depends on the train departure timing. Railway says Train chart preparation time is usually 2-4 hours before the departure of the train from Source station but in reality, it does not happen.
You might have noticed that when Check PNR Status of your booked ticket then there is a column called Chart Status having value either Chart Prepared or Chart Not Prepared. What does it mean?
There are Two train chart preparation time in 2020
For Morning Trains and Evening Trains.
1. Train chart preparation time for Early Morning Trains
For morning trains depart between 12 AM to 11 AM, Train chart preparation time is the previous day before 8PM. This is the exceptional case of IRCTC rule. But it is required also because passengers who all are traveling during these hours need exact seat confirm availability status.
2. Train chart preparation time for Evening Trains:
For all evening trains chart usually prepares just 3-4 hours prior to train departs from origin station.
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What is the meaning of "Chart Prepared" and "Chart Not Prepared"?
You might have noticed that whenever your ticket is in the Waiting list or in RAC then it gets upgraded time by time. If you have WL 10 waiting list then after some time it may be in WL 9 this is because somebody might have canceled their confirmed ticket, as a result, WL ticket reduced by 1.
Chart Prepared Means:
It means "list of passenger 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:
Chart not prepared means that still there is a chance for few waiting listed tickets to be upgraded to Confirmed ticket.
What is Final Chart and Final Chart Preparation Time?
On 12th Nov 2015 Indian Railway has made some changes in their Chart Preparation system, now the chart will be prepared two times for each train.
Final Chart Preparation Time in Indian Railway:
Final Chart Preparation time is 30 minutes prior to the train departs from source station.
As announced by Indian Railway, the First reservation chart of the train will be prepared 4 hours prior to train departure time from source station and Second/Final reservation chart of train 30 minutes prior to train departure time from source station.
Why Final chart concept came?
Indian Railway brought this concept for passengers to let them 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 got confirmed after chart preparation then you can look out for coach and berth allotted to you.
How does the Indian Railway's Chart look Like?
It is always a huge long paper joined together usually place at left to the Train's main door. Which is 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.
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