IRCTC Tatkal Booking Tips and Tricks

By | July 21, 2013

IRCTC is one of the most trusted online portals for train ticket reservations and booking. Due to mushroom growth in population, it is virtually impossible to get reservation if you haven’t booked 2 months prior to the journey date.

For such users, Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation introduced Tatkal Ticket Reservation. It is an innovative system which allows users to book tickets in the tatkal quota, which generally opens 1 day prior to the departure date and between 10 – 12 AM. However, your success rate is a gamble due to huge traffic surge during the particular period, inefficient servers and apathetic performance of the website.

So I’ve compiled a few tips and tricks integrated with latest technology, to increase your success rate by 400%.

Tatkal Booking Tips and Tricks

Use Magic AutoFill

Magic AutoFill is an intuitive tool which saves hours of time while booking Tatkal tickets, by automating form filling process.

  • First of all, Go to this link.
  • Fill in all the mandatory details similar to your IRCTC Tatkal Booking page (Name, Address, Age, ID Card number, Category, e.t.c).

IRCTC Magic Autofill

  • After completing, hit I’m Feeling Lucky button.
  • Drag the Magic Autofill bookmarklet to your bookmarks tab.
  • Now while you make it to the actual booking page, ┬ájust Click on the Autofill bookmarklet. It will fill the required input forms automatically.

Opera Turbo

Opera Turbo is a customized browsing mode equipped in one of the most popular web browsers, Opera.

Opera Turbo

  • Turbo mode enables webpage compression technology and alternative proxy usage to increase the page load speed by 5 times.
  • To enable Turbo mode on your browser, just hit Tools -> Preferences -> Enable Turbo mode.
  • Some users may insist you on using Delhi-based proxy servers, but this is a much more optimized way for better performance.

Session Expired Issue

  • To avoid Session expired issue, Login to your account 20-25 minutes before 10 AM.
  • Keep Refreshing the web page to avoid sessione expired issue.
  • Click on Find button to avoid loss of data while refreshing.

Use AdBlock

Adblock is an intuitive tool which disables advertisements on webpages. IRCTC features several banner advertisements on it’s homepage, which may slow down the page load speed.

  • Download AdBlock Plus either for Chrome or Mozilla FireFox.
  • Enable Adblock. If you don’t want to obstruct ads on all other websites, you can black-list of white-list specific URLS.

Hope it helps you succeed in getting a reservation. If you come across any problem while following the instructions, let me know through comments or contact me.