IRCTC stands for “Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation”. It provides a very simple platform to book tickets via internet. Along with ticket bookings, it enable the user to book Hotel Rooms and Retiring Rooms without any hassle.
IRCTC online booking has been migrated from the old version to the Next Generation e-Ticketing website that has certain good features like Quick Booking, Maintaining the Journey History, Easy Cancellations, TDR Filling, etc and made some major changes on the User Interface.
Steps to Book A Train Ticket on IRCTC
This tutorial will help you to learn how to book your tickets through IRCTC.
Step 1: To book a ticket on IRCTC, first Login to the official website of IRCTC (i.e. irctc.co.in).
You need to enter your User Id and Password along with the captcha information shown in the bold letters below the captcha field. After entering the details click on Login.
Step 2: After filling up the details, select “Ticket Booking” on the menu bar at the top left corner.
Step 3: You need to enter the information about your journey after selecting “Ticket Booking”. Enter the Source Station and Destination station, select Date of your Journey and the Type of Ticket you want. I have selected E-ticket.
Step 4: After entering the details click on the Submit Button as shown in the image.
Step 5: You will find the list of all the Available Trains on the date you have selected for the journey. Select the desired train by clicking on the particular class of that train. For example, you want to book tickets for a sleeper class in “AMARKANTAK EXPRESS”, then you select “SL”. For Third AC, select 3A and so on.
Step 6: You will find the Available Seats for the train you have selected on different dates. If available, click on “Book Now”.
Step 7: After clicking on book tickets, you have to Enter your Personal Details along with the preferred choices.
Step 8: Now you have to entered your Name, Age, Gender, Berth Preference. If you are a senior citizen then check the box of “Senior Citizen” and if any children below 5 years traveling with you then enter the details of the children in the column below.
Step 9: There are some conditions you need to select accordingly. For example if you want to book a ticket only if “all berths are in same coach” then select the check box shown in the image below.
Step 10: After filling the details, you have to enter the Captcha given below the captcha field. You can also change it if the letters are not clear by refreshing captcha. Click on next button after filling captcha.
Step 11: Select the Payment Mode through which you want to make the payment. I have selected Net Banking as my payment mode. You can change to the other options like through Debit Card, Credit Card etc.
Step 12: Select the Bank from where you want to make transactions. Like i have selected SBI here. Now click on “Make Payment”.
Step 13: Enter the User name and Password of your Internet Banking and click on Submit.
Step 14: The Account Details will get displayed on the screen.
Step 15: If your ticket is booked successfully, the following information of Booked Ticket will be displayed. You can take the Printout of the Ticket in Hindi as well as in English.
Step 16: The printout of the e-ticket will open in another window. Here I have selected to take the printout in English .