This article contains information on 'Tatkal' Scheme provided by Indian Railways. Check out 'Tatkal' scheme of Indian Railways.

Tatkal Scheme

The introduction of 'Tatkal' Scheme by Indian Railways has been proved beneficial for latecomers. 'Tatkal' is an emergency reservation scheme. The 'Tatkal' scheme is applicable to more than 100 trains throughout India. Under this scheme, people can book their tickets just one day before the actual date of journey, excluding the date of journey, w.e.f 21/11/2011. The booking for 'Tatkal' opens at 08:00 hrs IST one day prior to the definite date of journey. For example, for train leaving on 8th, Tatkal Booking will Commence at 8 AM on 7th.

Tatkal Charges
The Tatkal Charges have been fixed as a percentage of fare at the rate of 10% of basic fare for second class and 30% of basic fare for all other classes subject to minimum and maximum as given in the table below:

Class of Travel Minimum Tatkal Charges (in Rs.) Maximum Tatkal Charges (in Rs.)
Second (sitting) 10.00 15.00
Sleeper 75.00 150.00
AC Chair Car 75.00 150.00
AC 3 Tier 200.00 300.00
AC 2 Tier 200.00 300.00
Executive 200.00 300.00

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