In short, RAC in Indian Railways stands for Reservation against cancellation. Having a RAC ticket makes you eligible to travel on the train, but doesn’t guarantee you a berth. Passengers with RAC status after final charting will be allotted a side lower berth in the train coaches. However, one should keep in mind that two passengers are offered the same RAC numbers. In other words, aside lower berth would be shared by two passengers (half berth).
The RAC status is counted as a confirmed ticket in Indian Railways. It is applicable for tickets booked online (e-tickets) or at PRS counters(offline). Hence the cancellation charges do apply. Passengers who wish to cancel their unused RAC tickets can do so but not more than 30 minutes of the scheduled departure of the train. You can cancel before or after the final chart preparation. However, there is a higher chance that some of the RAC tickets get confirmed post the preparation of the final chart. Then it would attract higher cancellation charges if the RAC status does not confirm after cancellation, then the passengers would get a full refund of the train fare after the deduction of the Clerkage charges.
Clerkage Charges for Cancellation of RAC Tickets
The Cancellation charges for RAC tickets vary between different train classes. The deductions would be between Rs 60 to Rs 240, depending on the class against which the tickets are booked. If a RAC ticket is canceled more than 48 hrs before the scheduled departure of the train, there would be the deduction of flat cancellation charges.
- AC First Class/Executive Class – Rs 240
- AC 2 Tier/First Class – Rs.200
- AC 3 Tier/AC Chair car/ AC 3 Economy- Rs180
- Sleeper Class – Rs 120
- Second Class – Rs 60
If you cancel your RAC tickets within 48 hrs and up to 12 hours before the scheduled departure of the train, there would be a deduction of 25% of the actual fare subject to the minimum flat rate.
Cancellation of the confirmed ticket within 48 hrs and up to 12 hours before the scheduled departure of the train, attracts 25% cancellation charges of the fare subject to the minimum flat rate.