Tatkal ticket booking rules 2018: everything you wanted to know

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Photo by:  Belur Ashok, Creative Commons Attribution Licence

The new rules for booking IRCTC’s Tatkal tickets are here again and many travellers must be getting confused.. With the arrival of festive season, people make some last moment travel bookings and, to help them, the Indian Railways has made provision online booking for Tatkal tickets.

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Because of the Tatkal booking online facility provided by the IRCTC, people can travel to the destination they want even during the peak travel season. However, the railways keep changing rules for Tatkal reservations and leave people in a confused state most of the time. To make you understand Tatkal ticket booking rules 2018, we have prepared the important facts that will help you get clarity on the subject.

Here’s a quick look at some of the major IRCTC’s Tatkal ticket booking rules as they stand in 2018:

1) Booking for AC Tatkal tickets will begin from 10 AM in the morning while for non-AC at 11 AM (a day before the actual date of travel).

2) In case the train for which you have booked a Tatkal ticket is more than three hours late (from the originating point of the traveller and not the boarding point, remember both are different), the passenger can claim a complete refund of fare and Tatkal charges on booked tickets.

3) The passenger can claim a full refund of fare and Tatkal charges if the train’s route is diverted and the passenger doesn’t want to travel.

4) If the train’s route is diverted and the boarding station/destination or both are not on the diverted route, then also a passenger can claim a refund of fare and charges on Tatkal tickets.

Photo by:  Belur Ashok, Creative Commons Attribution Licence

5) The passenger can claim a full refund if the coach in which Tatkal accommodation is provided has been detached from the train and the passenger is not offered accommodation in the same class.

6) Full refund will be provided if a passenger is being accommodated in lower class and doesn’t wish to travel in the lower class. If the passenger agrees to travel in the lower class, he/she will be refunded the difference of fare along with the difference of Tatkal charges.

Tatkal ticket booking charges as per IRCTC 2018 rules:

According to the railways’ official website, here are the new booking charges rules for 2018.

Travel Class.       Mini.     Max.    Mini dist

Second sitting.     10.        15.        100

Sleeper.                  100.      200.      500

AC Chair Car.         125.      225.      250

AC 3 Tier.                300.      400.      500

AC 2 Tier.                400.      500.      500

Executive.               400.       500.      250


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Dear Veterans,

You would have already studied the mails from Cdr Alex, Cdr Ravi Pathak, Brig NBS, Brig N Dhand and the Minutes of our meeting held on 11 Feb 18. A passing reference was made on the CAG Report on the issue. Kindly go through the CAG Report appended below.


Wednesday, 23 December 2015 | Pioneer News Service | New Delhi 12345

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has pulled up the Defence Ministry for causing a loss of more than Rs105 crore to the Exchequer due to irregularities in the Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS).
The scheme is cashless wherein the Government pays for medical treatment of veterans and the annual budget is nearly Rs2,600 crore. There are more than 47 lakh beneficiaries of this welfare measure implemented through a network of 426 polyclinics, service hospitals and private empaneled hospitals spread all over the country.
In its report tabled in Parliament on Tuesday regarding Performance Audit of ECHS, the CAG said the audit was the first of its kind since the scheme was implemented in 2003. The Performance Audit pertained to a three-year period from 2012, it said and commented upon the “gloomy picture” of ECHS polyclinics as availability of medicines, medical equipment, manpower with the polyclinics were inadequate.
The report said the Rs105-crore loss occurred due to irregular payment of unaccounted bills involving double payments against a particular, or duplicate bills. The CAG also highlighted the “unethical” practices adopted by empaneled hospitals such as raising inflated bills. Giving an instance, the report said claims amounting to Rs42.67 lakh were raised simultaneously by two empaneled hospitals for the same patient, while he was admitted in one empanelled hospital.
In this regard, the CAG said the Defence Ministry and a company hired by it to issue smart card for ECHS were unable to account for nearly 7,000 cards. While the Ministry said it had issued 42,00,450 cards, the firm maintained it had manufactured only 41,93,019 cards.
The anomaly in these figures indicated that ECHS was holding 7,431 cards in excess, the CAG said and did not rule out misuse of these cards by those not entitled to ECHS benefits. CAG officials said in a particular case, two medical bills were raised on the same day in two different cities on the basis on one card thereby indicating possible fraud.
Elaborating upon the difficulty in tracking these payments, CAG said unlike the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS), wherein the records of a beneficiary are stored in one central data, the ECHS works in silos and date record data are maintained separately in different cities.(Unquote)
    I request the MD ECHS to kindly respond to the observations raised by the CAG, especially the point about a Central Server, as implemented by the CGHS. Our meeting scheduled on 15 March can be meaningful,  if we have the inputs from the MD ECHS..

Col (Retd) TN Raman


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Our Central Government Cabinet has approved the increase of DA by 2% with effect from 01-01-2018,

The DA rate will be 5+2= 7% from 1-1-2018.

This for information of all veterans.

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval to release an additional instalment of Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to pensioners w.e.f. 01.01.2018 representing an increase of 2% over the existing rate of 5% of the Basic Pay/Pension, to compensate for price rise.

This will benefit about 48.41 lakh Central Government employees and 61.17 lakh pensioners.

 The combined impact on the exchequer on account of both Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief would be Rs.6077.72 crore per annum and Rs.7090.68 crore in the financial year 2018-19 (for a period of 14 months from January, 2018 to February, 2019).

 This increase is in accordance with the accepted formula, which is based on the recommendations of the 7thCentral Pay Commission.



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