Errors to avoid while booking an online train ticket on IRCTC

As an Indian you have to experience the huge crowd on Indian Railways. The crowd reaches its peak, especially during the festive seasons. One of the main reasons for this is that during holidays like Holi and Diwali, a large number of people return home while a considerable part of them opt for a party with friends and family.

I have been taking my train tickets for almost six long years. Therefore, I am well aware of the fact that obtaining a confirmed berth using the Tatkal option is not that easy. However, it is not impossible if you take measured steps and stay away from making some glaring mistakes.

In this article, we address the mistake we usually tend to make when booking a train ticket using the Tatkal option, but we should stay away from such errors.

  1. You have heard the saying, “Time and tide are not waiting.” The same goes for booking a Tatkal ticket. Since the booking window is limited, you need to have a fast internet connection. Anything below 512 kbps is not supported.

  2. Avoid working on the computer that has a slow response. This could speed up the entire booking process.

  3. You need to be ready while using the keyboard. In case, it takes longer to enter the required information you may lose in a confirmed ticket.

  4. The booking process does not give you a return option so you need to properly plan the details of your trip, this will avoid wasting time while making current bookings.

  5. It should not interrupt the page loading process. Even if it is slow, it should give you some time because pressing the “Back” button or trying to retrieve the page can automatically forget about the IRCTC website.

  6. Before you begin the booking process you need to look for and decide which train (and class) you want to purchase the ticket to. This can avoid delays and confusion at a later stage.

  7. All information such as passenger name, age, card details should be handy while reserving the ticket to save time.

  8. You should never accept IRCTC with the same account on multiple browsers or on multiple devices. This is because many logins are easily detected and automatically output. So adding to the waste of time.

  9. It is mandatory to connect the IRCTC packet fifteen minutes before 10am. However, never keep the page idle for more than two minutes. That is what makes you logged in.

  10. It is never a good idea to select a berth preference while booking your Tatkal tickets because it narrows your options.

  11. It is advisable to make payments using credit cards or debit cards because net banking can be a slower process depending on the bank’s portal.

  12. Last but not least, try a few smart tips and tricks that could further increase your chances of getting a confirmed Tatkal ticket.