IRCTC Online Booking – How to book a ticket on the IRCTC or the Indian Railways website

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IRCTC Online Booking – How to book a ticket on the IRCTC or the Indian Railways website

IRCTC Online Booking – How to book a ticket on the IRCTC or the Indian Railways website

IRCTC Online Booking: Do you want to learn how to book tickets on IRCTC or the Indian Railways website? This article will walk you through the process. First, make sure you have an account on the IRCTC website. Let’s start by typing in your browser.

Logging In IRCTC Online Booking

The Indian Railways website will open. Enter your user ID, password, and captcha code to log in. If the captcha is not clear, you can re-generate it by clicking the Refresh button. Enter the captcha and click the blue “Login” button. After logging in, you can access various sections like ticket cancellation, refund, printing tickets, etc.

Booking Tickets

On the left side, you will see two tabs: Quick Book and Plan My Journey. Most users find “Plan My Journey” more useful. Let’s click on “Plan My Journey” and fill in the details.

From Station: Enter your departure station. For example, select “DELHI-DLI” from the drop-down menu.

To Station: Enter your destination station. For example, choose “JP” for Jaipur.

Travel Date: Choose the travel date. You can type the date directly or use the calendar icon to choose a date within the next 60 days. Let’s choose July 15.

Ticket Type: Choose between e-ticket and i-ticket. E-tickets can be booked online, while i-tickets are sent via courier. Choose the e-ticket option and click the “Submit” button.

Selecting a Train

All available trains between Delhi and Jaipur will be displayed, including details such as train name, departure time, arrival time, distance, travel time, weekly schedule, and class.

Travel Class: Choose your class of travel (for example, sleeper class). The number of trains will adjust based on your selection.

Train Type: You can filter by train type if you want, but we’ll leave it as is.

Station Selection: Choose your departure station, but we’ll keep all options checked.

Quota selection: Choose between General, Physically Handicapped, or Women. We will choose the General quota.

Choosing and Booking a Train

Choose a train that suits your schedule and budget. For example, choose Ranikhet Express for a morning departure and select Sleeper (SL) class.

Availability: Check ticket availability for the next 6 days. There are 68 tickets available in the Sleeper class for July 15. If you check another class like 3A and it is waitlisted, you can check your status on the waitlist.

Final selection: Click on “Book Now” for the Sleeper class on July 15. A new page will open with travel details.

Finalizing Your Booking

Trip details: Review the details at the top of the page. You can also choose an alternate boarding station if needed. For example, you can choose Gurgaon as your boarding station if the train stops there.

Boarding station: Choose Gurgaon and it will appear as your boarding station. Your destination will remain Jaipur and the quota is General.

Step-by-Step Guide to Booking a Ticket on the IRCTC Website

1. Enter Passenger Details

  • Name, Age, and Gender: Fill in the required fields for each passenger.
  • Berth Preference: Indicate your preference for the berth. You can choose from lower, middle, upper, side lower, or side upper berths. If you have no preference, select the “No Preference” option.

2. Senior Citizen Option

  • Eligibility: The senior citizen option is enabled if the age entered is 60 or above. If the age is below 60, this option remains disabled.
  • Verification Proof: Senior citizens may be asked to provide proof such as an AADHAAR card or voter ID card. Entering the AADHAAR card number is optional but not mandatory.
  • Discount: Senior citizens are eligible for a discount on the ticket fare.

3. Additional Passenger Details

  • Single Passenger: For a single-passenger booking, enter the details as required.
  • Multiple Passengers: You can enter the details of up to 6 passengers in the same form.
  • Children Below 5 Years: Enter their details separately. Note that tickets will not be issued for children under 5 years.

4. Other Preferences

  • Auto-upgrade Option: Select this option if you want to be auto-upgraded to a better class if available.
  • Booking Confirmation Option: Choose to proceed with the booking only if confirmed berths are allotted.
  • Preferred Coach ID: Indicate your preferred coach ID, though allocation of the preferred coach is not guaranteed.
  • Captcha: Type the captcha in the provided box.

5. Contact Information

  • Mobile Number: Your mobile number will be displayed, and an SMS with the booking details will be sent to it.

6. Review Journey and Fare Details

  • Journey and Passenger Details: These are displayed at the top of the page.
  • Fare Details: The fare details include the ticket fare (Rs 190), service charge (Rs 11.24), and total fare (Rs 201.24).

7. Payment Options

  • Payment Modes: You can pay via Net Banking, Credit Card, Debit Card, IRCTC Prepaid Card, Cash Card, or EMI.
  • Select Payment Method: For example, if you choose a debit card, select your bank.
  • Transaction Charge: A 1.8% transaction charge will be added to the total fare.

8. Enter Payment Details

  • Debit Card Details: Enter your debit card number, expiry date, and CVV code.
  • Submit: Click the “Submit” button to proceed.
  • Transaction Summary: This will display your card number, merchant name, purchase amount, and purchase date.

9. Authentication

  • Internet Pin or OTP: Authenticate the transaction using your internet pin or by generating a one-time password (OTP).
  • Generate OTP: If needed, a six-digit OTP will be sent to your registered mobile number.
  • Enter OTP: Input the OTP and click “Next”.

10. Complete the Booking

  • Payment Gateway: The authentication process will be completed, and you will be redirected back to the IRCTC website.
  • Booking Confirmation: Your booking details, including seat and coach number, will be displayed.
  • Print Ticket: Click on the “Print” button to print your ticket.

11. Review Transactions

  • Transaction History: Go to “My Transactions” and click on “Last Transaction Details”.
  • Booking Status: Check the booking transaction ID and status.
  • Details Display: Click on the booking transaction ID to view journey and passenger details.


You have successfully learned IRCTC Online Booking: how to book a ticket on the Indian Railways IRCTC website.

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