We can book a train ticket online through IRCTC website. Booking tickets through IRCTC provides greater flexibility such as you can check the number of trains available on the desired date. You can check whether the ticket is available for the preferred class or not.
IRCTC provides the option to confirm the tickets only if the preferred berth is available. You can replan your booking in between the booking process. This makes the site more flexible. In this section, we will discuss the step to book a train ticket in IRCTC.
Steps to book a train ticket in IRCTC:
Step 1: To book a train ticket in IRCTC first you have to visit the IRCTC website www.irctc.co.in.
Login to your IRCTC account using your IRCTC User ID and Password. You also have to enter Captcha. Below Captcha, you have a check button ‘Login & Booking With OTP’. If you click this check button, you will receive OTP on your register email-id and mobile number. This is a sort of security.
Click SIGN IN.
Step 2: Once you are logged in at the left of your screen you have BOOK YOUR TICKET section. In the first box, you have to enter the name of the station from where you want to board a train. In the next box, you have to enter the name of the station where you want to depart the train or your destination station.
In the next box, you have to enter the date on which you want to board the train. After this, you can select the class in which you want to travel i.e. sleeper, Ac 3 Tier, AC 2 Tier or AC 1 Tier.
Following this, you have three checkboxes, Flexible with Date, Divyaang Concession & Journalist Concession. Check the checkboxes according to your applicability.
Click On ‘Find trains’.
Step 3: All the trains satisfying your provided criteria will be listed. Like, the criteria I have filled had listed two trains. Go through the list of all the trains to check out the arrival and departure timing of all trains. Click on Check availability & fare button to check whether the tickets for the desired train are available or not and what is the fare of the ticket.
Step 4: The list of some days along with the availability of tickets will be displayed on your screen. The fare for the ticket is displayed at the right side of the screen. In the image below you can see that the train I had selected does not have tickets available on my selected date (21st Dec) but, it is showing the availability of tickets 23rd & 24rth of December.
To book the ticket click on ‘Book Now’.
Step 5: A form will appear which will ask for the details of the passenger. Fill the Name, Age, Gender, Citizenship, according to age entered will display options for ‘Senior Citizen Concession’. Below is the ‘Add Passenger’ button, in case you want to add more passenger.
Next statement asks you whether you are travelling with the child. If yes, then ‘Click Here’ to enter details.
You have to enter Name, Age and Gender of the child. Ticket of the child below five years will not be issued.
Below you have checkboxes
Consider for Auto Upgradation,
Book only if confirm berths are allotted,
Preferred Coach ID,
Check it according to your requirement. At the right side of this, you can customize your compact accommodation.
Below that you can insure your travelling. For that click on Yes and I accept.
After that, you have to fill GST Details.
Enter Captcha and click on Continue Booking.
Step 6: Review Booking Details page will appear showing all your ticket details. Verify each detail and click on Continue Booking.
Step 7: Payment Options page will appear. Select the mode of your payment and pay for your ticket.
So, this is all about the steps you have to follow to book a train ticket in IRCTC.