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Can’t Make a Train Journey? Here’s How You Can Transfer Your Ticket to Someone Else

A Chief Reservation Supervisor (CRS) posted at important stations has the authorisation by Railway Administration to permit the change of name of a passenger having a seat or berth reserved in his/her name.

Most of us have faced a situation where a confirmed ticket for a train journey had to be cancelled, owing to unforeseen or last-minute commitments.

Such scenarios cannot be prevented, and unfortunately, they also burn a hole in one’s pockets as a certain amount of money is deducted when a ticket is cancelled.

In most scenarios, a berth or a seat reserved in the name of a person can be used only by the person and is not transferable to anyone else.

However, unknown to many, there is a provision by Indian Railways instated way back in 1990, through which one can transfer the confirmed reservation to another person, only under certain circumstances.

Here is everything you need to know about the ticket transfer provision and how the service can be availed:

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1. A Chief Reservation Supervisor (CRS) posted at important stations has the authorisation by Railway Administration to permit the change of name of a passenger having a seat or berth reserved in his/her name.

2. There are certain parameters adhering to which the CRS can motion the transfer of tickets.

3. If the passenger is a Government employee, proceeding on duty and appropriate authority, he or she should make the request in writing 24 hours before the scheduled departure of the train.

4. Similarly, for the transfer of reservation made in one’s name to another family member, including, father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter, husband and wife, a passenger should make the request in writing 24 hours before the scheduled departure of the train.

5. If the passengers requesting the transfer of reservation, are the students of a recognised educational institution, their Head of the institution should make the request in writing 48 hours before the scheduled departure of the train. The HOD must state that the reservation made in the name of any student can be transferred to any other student of the same institute.


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6. If the passengers are members of a marriage party, any person deemed to be leading this group should make the written request 48 hours before the scheduled departure of the train, declaring that the reservation made in the name of any member of the marriage party can be transferred to any other person.

7. If the passengers are a group of cadets of National Cadet Corps, any officer who is the in charge of this group, should make the written request at least 24 hours before the departure of the train, explaining that the reservation made in the name of any cadet can be transferred to any other cadet.

It is important to note that such requests will be granted by the CRS only once. In cases of the large groups, the request for a change in excess of 10 percent of the total strength of group shall not be granted.

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Written by Lekshmi Priya S

Shuttling between existentialist views and Grey's Anatomy, Lekshmi has an insanely disturbing habit of binge reading. An ardent lover of animals and plants, she also specializes in cracking terribly sad jokes.