IRCTC Tatkal Ticket Booking Challenges and Hacks

The Menace of Online Tatkal Ticket Booking

The huge rush on the ‘tatkal’ ticket booking facility certainly makes it an uphill task for passengers to make a booking. The most common issue that often crops up while booking a ticket over the IRCTC website is its speed. Sometimes the redirecting wheel seems to be rolling on for ages and that can be immensely frustrating especially when you have an urgent situation in hand. So, booking a tatkal ticket seems more of a luck game than mere use of technology.  In this article we will reveal some street smart tricks that will help you to get a confirmed travelling ticket.

Shocking CAG revelations

Before proceeding further with the matter let us have a look at some of the issues that are complained of. We would start with a CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General) report that revealed the vulnerability of the ‘tatkal’ Railway ticket booking system. The CAG authorities stated that there wasn’t an iota of doubt that advance ticket booking and the ‘tatkal’ system are vulnerable to underhand techniques denying a fair scope for genuine users to book their tickets.

There have been instances when the IRCTC website would hang for a period of 4-5 minutes right after it opened at 8:00 am and eventually when it retrieved, most or sometimes even all the tickets would besold out! You will be taken aback to know that one master agent was zeroed in on and it was found that he had booked as many as 160 tickets within a minute which is literally impossible unlessthe system was manipulated with.


Some Plausible Way outs from This Nuisance

The extensive research that I have done lately on tatkal ticket booking has helped me to shortlist certain points which I believe are quite essential in ensuring a successful ticket booking. Here’s presenting all those points in a nutshell:

The first and the most effective trick is to have more than one account. However, do not create a fake account as that might lead to problems in the future. You can create multiple accounts, one registered with your name, one with your friends name and so on. Get ready with time in hand. The site opens at 10:00 am sharp, a day before the journey. Log in with different browsers and usernames and be ready. In case the process hangs, you will always have the option to try out with the other browsers.

The second most important thing that should be done is to carry on with the booking procedure simultaneously on all the browsers. There have been cases reported where the booking got cancelled in the final stages owing to certain errors. This can be avoided if you follow such a process.

Things that should be Kept Handy

Following are some of the things that must be kept handy while you are booking a ‘tatkal’ quota ticket.

  1. ID proof
  2. The station code
  3. Train details (name and number)
  4. A minimum of 3 web browsers
  5. Multiple IRCTC accounts

Ethical Hacking

Let me now guide you through some ethical hacking process that would help you to ensure a confirmed ticket. The very first thing that you should do is to install Mozilla Firefox and then install its autofill add on. Remember that after installation you need to restart the browser.
Once that is done, log in to the website of IRCTC and click through to the ‘quickbook’page’. Once that is done fill in the other options that you are required to do while booking a ticket. Now what you need to do is to enable the automatic filling option. However on making a right click you will find an error message. So how do you do it? Read on.

Copy and paste the script on the address bar and hit enter. Once this is hack is done click gets enabled and you will be able to right click.

Now refresh the QuickBook page and press “Alt + J” simultaneously and that will automatically refill the page with previously entered values.

These are some of the important things that must be kept in mind while booking a rail ticket. Once you have booked your tickets, check its validity with a PNR status checker and ensure that you have a valid ticket in your hand.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Pawan March 27, 2013 at 4:18 am

Hey wonderful information. Thanks for sharing. The article is really worth for every Indian. The only thing I don’t like in the IRCTC is that if once a mobile no is registered then it can’t be changed 🙁


admin March 27, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Yes,I agree with you and Thanks for the comment Pawan :)…IRCTC has to update their systems and make it more user friendly to the users so that they can change and update their mobile no anytime once registered 🙂


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