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You Can Now Book Your Tatkal Train Tickets First and Pay for Them Later. Here’s How.

This move by IRCTC aims to encourage people that buy tickets off the Railway Reservation Counters to move to online medium.

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Gone are the days of technical glitches and failed online payments while booking your tatkal tickets! You can now book them first and pay later.

The service, which was only applicable to commuters under general reservations, has now been extended to tatkal commuters.

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This can be done under the tatkal quota on the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corp (IRCTC) website, the railways announced on Wednesday. As per the old system, the commuters under tatkal bookings had to pay for their tickets first, using standard online payment options like credit card, debit card, before the IRCTC portal confirmed their ticket.

With the new system, IRCTC users can pay via cash, debit card or credit card after having their tatkal tickets delivered at their doorstep, according to Anduril Technologies, which is extending the service as IRCTC’s payment provider.

IRCTC processes 1,30,000 tatkal transactions in a day, a large chunk of which happen within minutes of the opening of the quota. The new system will eliminate transaction failures. Earlier, a failed transaction meant waiting for 7-15 days for a refund.

Speaking to IANS, Anurag Bajpai, CEO at Anduril Technologies, said, “Pay on delivery for tatkal tickets is going to be a huge benefit to for millions of train travelers who need to book under the tatkal quota. The option to book first, pay later will find significant adoption among users. This move by IRCTC also aims to encourage people who buy tickets off the Railway Reservation Counters to move to online medium.”


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So, how do you avail it?

  • First register with irctc.payondelivery.co.in
  • Then fill credentials like your IRCTC Username, email ID and your registered mobile number
  • Enter either your Aadhaar or PAN card details
  • Then choose the ‘pay on delivery’ option
  • Select the delivery address
  • The digital delivery will happen instantly via SMS or email
  • The collection also happens within 24 hours of the booking
  • You can also avail the online payment option through a separate payment link sent to you at the time of booking.

If you cancel your tickets before delivery, you will be charged a cancellation and delivery fee. If you fail to make the payment, your account will be deactivated and attract strict action.

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