Indian Railways is the largest transportation system available in India. With over 10,000 passenger trains running daily touching around 7000 stations, Indian Railways caters to the needs of millions of people. Indian Railways has a robust network of trains, and its online ticketing system is managed and run by IRCTC which abbreviates Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation.
IRCTC is the subsidiary of Indian Railways that handles three services that include tourism, catering and online ticketing. All these services are operated and can be accessed through irctc.co.in website. The website receives over 20 million visitors every month to avail these services. During the early stages of online ticketing, IRCTC solely managed the services. With an increase in the demand from passengers, IRCTC has now partnered with several finance and e-commerce companies to offer ticketing services through their apps and websites.
Apart from booking tickets online from IRCTC, passengers can also check their PNR status and know if their ticket is confirmed or not. The Holidays section on the IRCTC website offers various domestic and international tour packages, facility to book special tourist trains, book hotels, retiring rooms and lounges right from the comfort of your home.
Apart from IRCTC, passengers can book their train tickets online from a plethora of websites and apps at discounted prices. These apps are reliable, secure and approved by IRCTC. You can book, cancel, check the status of the reservation ticket on these apps.
IRCTC opens the tatkal quota every day at 10AM for AC bookings and 11AM for sleeper class bookings. However, apps like Amazon, PhonePe, Paytm and Google Pay also allow passengers to book tatkal tickets online starting at 10:15AM and 11:15AM respectively, which means they open tatkal bookings late by 15mins.
IRCTC allows passengers to book tickets online before 120 days in advance, excluding the journey date.
IRCTC is not the term that can be easily spelt by typical Indian people. Hence people are Googling various forms of IRCTC to visit the website. The very common misspells include:
While booking a train ticket online, we can see various quotas and the number of vacant berths or seats available under it. Indian Railways offer reservation berths under 19 different quotas to the passengers. They include:
IRCTC does not ask for any identity proof while booking a reservation ticket, but one may have to show it in the train to the TTE (Travel Ticket Examiner) for the verification of the identity. IRCTC allows the following proofs to show up the identity:
Among the thousands of the train routes in India, a few of them are popular and see heavy bookings on IRCTC. They include: