IRCTC FAQs and Terminology

IRCTC Auto Upgrade: Those who book tickets online through IRCTC portal might have seen an Auto upgradation check box. Most of the users don’t know whats this option is and simply they don’t check this at all. In case if this auto upgrade check box is checked, then Indian railways allocates a set in the higher class if available. Example: If you have booked a ticket in Third AC and there are berths available in Second AC, then IRCTC will upgrade your berth and allocates seat in Second AC. Passengers don’t need to pay any extra amount for this upgrade. From next time on-wards check this box.

E-Ticket vs I-Ticket: Passengers can book any one of the two types of tickets on IRCTC Portal. These two types of tickets ore eTicket and iTicket. One must be careful when choosing the type of ticket. The default type of ticket is e-ticket. In this type of ticket, IRCTC sends an sms about the details. Passengers can show this sms to the ticket collector or they can take a printout of the ticket and present it to the TC.

I ticket is a counter ticket. This type of ticket will be delivered at the address given at the time of booking. Passengers can book an I-ticket before 4 days of the journey. Tatkal ticket cannot be booked under this type.

Handicapped Concession: Handicapped persons can avail a concession on the ticket booking. Passengers need to carry photo identity card issued by the Railway department which is to be produced on-board/ off-board verification during the journey.

Premium Tatkal: It is type of tatkal where the price of the ticket is not fixed. The price of the ticket changes dynamically and it increases with more number of passengers trying to book the ticket. This is just like auctioning for a product. The maximum price of the ticket will be between 3 to 4 times of normal price.

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