The scene of people waiting in long queues at a railway station counter to buy a ticket for outstation is a myth today. The inception of internet in our societies has made our lives easier, thanks to the service providers like IRCTC. It gives us a tool to deal with Indian railway ticket system through few mouse clicks from the comfort of our homes. Here customers are not required to call on the landline and mess with the IVR system. A few clicks can bring the needed information in front of you.
Now let’s understand the quick steps involved in booking a ticket on IRCTC.
- The registration is completely free of cost and the only thing that you need to do is to punch in the user id and password.
- Click on “Plan My Travel” and check the status of the trains after entering relevant information like boarding, alighting and destination station.
- From the list of trains, you may select the train and check the seat availability status and ensure that you book your e-ticket.
- Through ‘Find Train’ option, you may get a list of trains available at your preferred destination. The train timetable is also available through a single mouse click.
- Now, you need to click the class of journey. After selecting the class of travel, the additional services are also required to be checked if needed and then the charges for using your debit/credit card will also be imposed. Finally, the rate is displayed, which is the consolidated amount that’s charged for the entire booking.
- Finally, you make up your mind and finalize the option that is suitable and hit the ‘Book’ option.
- In case you want to resume the process and look for some other options, “Reset” option may help.
- After hitting on “Book”, the booking reservation page displays, where you need to key in all the required information about the passengers like name, age, sex and berth preferences. In case any senior citizen is traveling, you can get a concession for it.
- Finally, after punching all the adequate options, click on “Make Payment” to complete the transaction.
- After the payment is done, an option for ‘Print ERS’ flashes on the screen. You may click and take the copy for your reference.
This is the entire process followed in an IRCTC portal to book a ticket. The process is so user-friendly that soon railways may plan to offer discounts for booking tickets online and may shut down their physical booking counters someday in future.