Steps to check seat availability in train

Indian Railways Seat Availability: Gone is the era when people used to rush towards the station to know whether their seats are confirmed are not. Earlier when the internet had not come into existence and only counter bookings were allowed (that is offline booking).

No online bookings were allowed and thus people have to stand in long queue to know whether their tickets are confirmed or not. With the evolution of the internet, a lot of the tasks have become easier and now people can check all the things online whether it is the confirmation of the seats or to check the availability status of the seats in the train.

Indian Railway Seat availability
Indian Railway Seat availability

IRCTC has introduced their official websites with the help of which it is much easier to find all the things online. So the procedure is overall much easier and just one click away which is less time to consume and also makes your journey more comfortable.

There are a various number of websites which offer you the chance to check the seat availability in train and also to book your ticket according to your plans.

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How to Cancel Train Ticket

Steps to check Irctc seat availability in train (Indian Railway seat availability details)

  1. First you need to visit the official page of IRCTC where you have to log in with your Id password if you are already a registered user then you need to login if not then you need to create an account and then log in.
  2. You need to enter the train name to check the Indian Railway seat availability between two stations.
  3. Then you have to enter the station code for example INDB for Indore city, this is the station where you will be starting your journey from.
  4. Then you need to enter the station where you want to go so enter the station code which will be your destination.
  5. In the next column enter the date of a journey when you want to begin your travel the format will be like Date/month /year.

    How to check seat availability in train
    How to check seat availability in train
  6. From the next column select the appropriate option of your choice (AC chair car/first AC/Second AC/ Third AC/Third AC economy/First class/ sleeper class/second seating/general) which class you want to select.
  7. The next column will be quota choose the appropriate quota from the list ladies quota/Tatkal quota/ General Quota/ House Quota/Foreign Tourist Quota//Premium Tatkal Quota etc.
  8. After selecting all the options click on check train seat availability options to check railway seat availability.
  9. You will find a number of seats available, remember if the train is occupied you will get options like “Not available”.
  10. IRCTC provides you other options also like seats available on the upcoming dates or before dates available for you when seats are actually available.

IRCTC provides various options for booking tickets. You can book online tickets easily whether you want to book a tatkal ticket which is usually booked a day before the journey or normal tickets.
Which can be booked till one day before the journey? You can book the maximum of six tickets from your website from 8 AM TO 10 AM in one month.

How to Cancel Train Ticket

You planned a journey with your friends at last moment and booked tatkal tickets now no one wants to go to the trip the reason might be you have booked tickets to a religious place and no one is interested in it now. Now the question arises can we cancel tatkal ticket? The answer to your question is ‘YES’ you can cancel ticket. You know that normal tickets can be cancelled and there might be some charges which may apply. Remember that cancellations are allowed only of the tickets that are booked online no face to face tickets booked or tickets booked through counter can be cancelled.

Cancel Train Ticket easily

You can easily cancel normal tickets and these might be easier for you. Normal tickets are usually cancelled before 48 hours of the departure of the train. If you want to know the charges that may apply you can visit where you can visit procedure for cancellation of E-tickets.

How to Cancel Train Ticket
How to Cancel Train Ticket

I think when you cancel normal tickets some deduction from your amount takes place this might be because you have booked a ticket which might be useful for other and at the end moment you are cancelling it so that might be the reason for the deduction or tax might be the reason for the deduction because tax is applied to the respective ticket. If the tickets is cancelled 12 hours before the departure of the train then 25% of the charges will apply, if the tickets are cancelled 4 hours prior to departure then flat 50% of the tickets is charged.

Tatkal tickets can be cancelled but before the chart preparation. Chart is usually prepared for example if the train departs at 7pm then chart is usually prepared by 4 pm of the same day so if chart is not prepared and you want to cancel ticket.

Cancel Train Ticket through TDR filing

You can also cancel IRCTC Tickets after chart is prepared but for that user needs to file a TDR(ticket deposit receipt) and check the status of refund TDR is provided to the i ticket users for e -ticket users they have to file a TDR online they can do this by following the simple


  1. Go to
  2. Log in through your user name and password.
  3. Go to my transactions.
  4. Select the pnr number for which TDR needs to be filled.
  5. Click on the file TDR button below.
  6. Select the passenger details for which you are claiming TDR refund.
  7. Select from the reasons below as why you want to file a TDR Or if you are selecting others then type the reason for the same.
  8. If you are done then click ok remember no changes can be made once TDR is filled.
  9. Click on submit button.
  10. You will be directed towards TDR filled confirmation page.
  11. You can check TDR history from left hand side.
  12. Your money will be credited to the same account through which you booked your tickets.You can also check your refund status.

Also Read: How to do IRCTC Log in

Tatkal Ticket cancellation through IRCTC Agent

In case you have booked your ticket through an agent and you want to cancel that tatkal ticket after chart preparation the procedure can be a bit hectic because you have to follow the following

  • Inform your agent that you want to cancel tatkal ticket
  • Agent will have to drop a mail to
  • agent needs to provide the following details to the mail
  • Date of journey, Serial number, PNR number, train number, passenger name, From travelling, travelling to, Transaction Id, age, sex, and also reasons for filling TDR
  • No refund will be given to tatkal tickets booked as e- tickets.

In case if train is cancelled

In case if your train is cancelled you can get a refund for this you need to call customer support service of IRCTC.

How to Book Tatkal Ticket

Booking Tatkal Ticket scheme is one of the best schemes launched by Indian Railway Government. Tatkal as the word represents immediate which means booking at last minute.

For example, If you have urgency that you should be present in Mumbai for a meeting just day after tomorrow and you want it to be economic and comfortable and you don’t have time boundations Or may be for those people who have habit of making last minute plans or booking at last minutes tatkal service is also promising when you have a long waiting list so at that time also you can have a chance to book your tickets for your journey travelling through railways is one of the best option as it provides you with catering and other facility also. Remember tatkal option will not give you money back in case you again dropped your plan on the day of your journey. Tickets once booked through IRCTC Tatkal cannot be cancelled or if cancelled their might be some charges which may apply.

IRCTC Tatkal Ticket Booking Process

  1. Go to the official IRCTC website at
  2. Now your need to enter your login User id and password.
  3. Select the quick book option (shown below).

    eTicket Quick Book Option
    eTicket Quick Book Option
  4. Then select the stations from where you want to go from the source station
    For Example: you can select Ahmadabad (ADI) or Indore (INDB) station codes.
  5. Select journey date and class.
  6. Now in Quota select Tatkal option note that there are two tatkal options premium tatkal and general tatkal.
  7. You can select any of the options but tatkal option would be better over premium tatkal.

    Tatkal Ticket
    Tatkal Ticket
  8. In premium tatkal tickets are overpriced according to their demands and it opens only when half of the tatkal tickets are sold so better to try tatkal option over premium option.
  9. Enter the required details and book your train tickets.

Also Read: How to get IRCTC Registration

Tips for booking Tatkal Ticket on IRCTC (Do and Don’t)

  1. Remember while you’re booking ticket it is advisable to carry a pan card or driving license as id proof because it would be required during the booking of your tickets.
  2. Carry the similar ID proof along with you during your journey as it will be a proof of your identification.
  3. Remember while booking tatkal ticket you can borrow your friends registered login id and password and try to book your tickets through that also because chances of booking will increase.
  4. Dont uses the same login id and password from different laptops as you will be logged out of your profile if you try to do this.
  5. Remember that tatkal ticket booking timings open only for one day so you need to be sure which day you need to book your tatkal tickets
    For example: If your journey date is 28th then your tatkal booking date would be 27th.
  6. If train travel time is 28th and 29th you can book tatkal tickets on 27th only.
  7. Remember the time for booking will be 10 am for ac class and 11 am for non ac class.
  8. You can fill all the details required before booking also as it will save your time.
  9. Use debits or credits cards of bank which provides a faster gateway processing option than others which are slower.

Hope these IRCTC Tatkal Booking Tips will help you to book your train tickets easily and quickly with getting more chances of ticket confirmation.