Since the time IRCTC has blocked ‘Quick Book’ link, getting confirmed tatkal ticket has become even harder. It’s has become almost impossible to get confirmed tatkal ticket ‘the traditional way’. This has forced me to find another trick to get confirmed tatkal ticket.
We are going to see the whole procedure in two steps. It is a lengthy process. So stay focused.
To use this technique, you need to have Firefox browser. Install firefox browser if you don’t have it. You also need to install Firebug extension. Once you have firefox browser with firebug extension, you are ready to use this technique.
Start The Booking
I frequently need to book tickets between NAGPUR (NGP) and AHMEDABAD JN (ADI). So I am going to show you the process of booking tatkal ticket between these two stations.
The whole process is divided in two parts and this process works only with trains running daily.
Let’s start the process.
Assume that you are booking ticket on 7th of July, before 8:00 AM and you want to book the ticket for 9th July from ADI to NGP. We want to book ticket in HOWRAH EXPRESS (12833) for 3A class. I am taking HOWRAH EXPRESS as an example because it runs daily.
Now initiate the tatkal booking process for 8th of July. But wait, we need ticket for 9th of July. Why am I booking for 8th of July? Well, this process needs you to do so. I will explain the full details later in part 2. As for now, just do as I say. We are not going to actually book the ticket on 8th of July. We will just initiate the booking procedure and stop it when we reach up to the payment gateway page as shown in below.
Now click on the ‘Plan my Travel’ link from the navigation bar. Here starts our part-2 where we actually book ticket for 9th of July.
Since you already started the booking procedure, you now have all form details pre-filled. Select the journey date 9th of July and select quota as General.
Again the question comes in mind – Why select quota as General? Well, if you select quota as Tatkal for 9th of July, and assuming that you are booking on 7th of July, before 8:00AM, you won’t be able to pass the first page. You will get the following error.
So to avoid the above error, we select the quota as General. We will change the quota in the middle of booking process using the firebug extension.
Now start the booking process. Click on “Find Train.” Select the train and class. You will have all the forms already pre-filled by IRCTC web site. When you reach on the Passenger Details page, press F12 key. F12 key opens firebug module in your browser as shown in below image.
In the firebug console, search (top-right corner) for “quota” as shown in following image.
In the console, you need to change the value=”GN” to value=”CK”.
Now close the firebug, enter the captcha and click on Go button.
On the Next screen, check the quota detail. It should show Tatkal as quota. You will get the next screen with error. Just ignore the error and click on “Make Payment” button.
If you haven’t performed the part 1, then you won’t get Make Payment button option. Without that option, you can’t go ahead. You will be stuck on that page and you will have to do the whole procedure again. So now you know how important is part 1 process.
Now you have reached to the payment gateway page. So as soon as it’s 8:00AM in your computer clock, select your prefer payment gateway. Give the payment details and your ticket booking process is complete.
So using the above technique you bypass first 3 steps of booking process. You just have to perform only one step in order to complete the ticket booking. This technique is even quicker than “Quick Book” link.
- Make sure that your computer clock shows exact same time of IRCTC server.
- Complete all steps before 8:00AM. You have to be on payment gateway selection page when it’s 8:00AM.
- If you complete all steps before 7:56AM then you need to keep session active. Otherwise when you select payment gateway, you will get session expire error.
- To keep the session active, visit the following link in another browser of your system.
- You need to change SESSIONID(RED) and BV_EngineID (RED) with your current session ID and BV Engine ID. You can find those values in URL. Visiting the above URL every 3 minutes keeps your session active.
- This technique works only with trains running daily. If you need to book ticket on train running only 1 or 2 days of week, then you will have to perform few more steps. I will address that situation in my next post.
Since it’s complex procedure, I am sure you will have questions in your mind. Asks your question in comment and I will be here to answer your questions.
UPDATE: An update to this post has been published. Check that post here: Booking tatkal tickets for trains running 1 or 2 days a week.
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when will be ur nxt post?
i want tatkal ticket frm secunderabad 2 guwahati on 17/7/2011…. which runs once in a week.
eagerly waiting 4 ur post
can u post it in my email..??
my email id:- email@example.com
Good one bro..will try it next i book the tickets
THIS NOT WORKING BRO KINDLY GET THE CORRECT INFORMATION
Many many thanks bro for this nice blog.. I will certainly try t'morow. One question in my mind.. What if when the availability (General) shows "REGRET" on the date I want to book the ticket. Then how to proceed??? Kindly help me out.. My email id is firstname.lastname@example.org
I will soon finish writing another post. You will surely get a chance to use this technique on 15th July.
Very good brother it's really amazing. I didn't booked ticket but i think it's very useful for me and for others too
one doubt :
How can we change session expire id ?
You need to change SESSIONID(RED) and BV_EngineID (RED) with your current session ID and BV Engine ID. You can find those values in URL. Visiting the above URL every 3 minutes keeps your session active.
While i tried the steps u told during evening just to get familiarised with the process i got an error message atlast as " PLEASE TRY SOME OTHER TRAINS " and not " COMMUNICATION ERROR". Why is that ? can i proceed with payment ?
ya sir we are waiting for your next post
In the last picture, it is showing "Availability in tatkal quota: WL7/WL7". So after paying, it will become "Available"???
waiting for your next post
AWESOME BROTHER ITS 100% WORKING. THNAK U VERY MUCH ONCE AGAIN.
ya tatkal guruji,
it will be very useful…..to me. i have to book my train which does not run daily so please suggest steps for that trains…
thanx…..all blessings…god bless u
This technique is 100% working. If you don't understand, ask me but please don't say that it's not working.
I have never faced that kind of situation. Give me the train name and stations for which you are trying. I will come up with some solution.
You can get BV_SessionID and BV_EngineID from the URL after login to IRCTC. Each variable has values similar to following.
Just change those values with your URL values.
I have never seen that error. Give me station names, train name and the date for which you have tried. I will look in to that.
That is the available quota for 8th July. Since we first tried to book ticket for 8th July in part 1, the availability quota shown are for that day. All tickets are available assuming that you are booking on 7th July for journey date 9th July. Just ignore that quota value.
Thanks for your kind attention…I have two queries??
1). I have been trying the technique for two days. But after selecting the bank(for Payment) it shows the error "Sorry you can book ticket after 8:00 hrs" irrespective of the fact that I am doing after 8:00 AM. Am I doing any thing wrong???
2). I am giving the station name and train no. as you have asked.
Suppose I have to book ticket from Gorakhpur (GKP) to VAPI on 16th July. The train no. is 19038 (AVADH EXP). Here you can't proceed since availability shows "REGRET".
Kindly help me out in both situation….
@ prashant Ranjan
I am completely agree with prashant in 1 statment whenever i tried to click gateway payment after 8.00 Am its show error "Sorry you can book ticket after 8.00 hrs" sir help me out frm this problem
1) Are you getting that error on top of the screen with RED fonts? If so then the only reason I can think of is that your computer clock is few minutes ahead than IRCTC server. So when it's 8:00AM in your computer, it's not 8:00AM on IRCTC server and you get that error. Make sure that your computer clock is automatically synchronize with Internet time server. That will give you accurate time.
2)I checked for the stations you have given. There is a work around for that situation also. Open firebug console(F12 Key). Search for "return bookticketfunc" . Change that to "return bookticketfunc(16,7,2011,0)" assuming that 16/7/2011 is the first in the list. In bracket, first three digits represents the date. If you are trying for 13/7/2011 then you will change it to "return bookticketfunc(13,7,2011,0)". Got it? Now the forth digit is the sequence number. That is very important. If 16/7/2011 is the second in the list then you will change it to "return bookticketfunc(16,7,2011,1)", If 16/7/2011 is the third in the list then change it to "return bookticketfunc(16,7,2011,2)" and so on…. If you put wrong sequence number then you won't get correct date. Now click on the first 'Book' link and you will see your date on the next screen.
Let me know if you have any more problems.
Thanks for your valuable response….. But I would like to inform you that
1) My clock is already synchronized and on the payment option page of irctc also shows the timing more than 8 o'clock. Still the red message appears.
2) I could not find "return bookticketfunc" in firebug console. There is option "returnBank…". I tried on every page(i.e, Plan my travel, Train list page, after availability and so on.. but couldn't succeed. Please specify on which I need to search or whether there any other name which can help??
Many Many Thanks in anticipation.
Dude in event of 'Unable to retrive fare due to communication error'
IRCTC has removed 'Make Payment' option. 😀
you are a genius , it works and how… as long one follows every step . it worked for me …thanks
Sorry you can book ticket after 8:00 hrs
@ Prashant Ranjan..irctc has chaneged sum funtion now this trick of changin gneral to tatkal quota is no more working… plan my travel should be passed after 8 am only.. then only payment will work
or it will come to plan my page showing Sorry you can book ticket after 8:00 hrs…
guess u have to change the clock value and set the time after 8 clock…
plzz try to do that.. thank you waiting for ur replie
plzz mail me w8ing for ur post….
or plz do call me +917878409946
This trick is not working and i am also getting the same error message — Sorry you can book ticket after 8:00 hrs (in red) — even though my clock is synchronized with the internet time server.
It seems that many people are complaining about the error after payment gateway. I will look in to the issue tomorrow. Meanwhile I would like to know that whether the error comes in dialog box or on-the-page with RED fonts? Please let me know that will help me find the issue if there is any.
on-the-page with RED fonts
its not cumming in dailog box…
and after selecting bank …it takes us again to plan my travel and shows error in red font
@Anonymous // 7/11/2011 7:25 PM
If you haven't perform Part 1 or the cache is not saved some how then you will not see 'Make Payment' option.
You need to search for "return bookticketfunc" on the page where you get seats availability data and 'Book' links besides that.
Sir the error comes on the page with red fonts when clicking on the gateway payment
i tried nd got same error… can not book…… well error is coming on the page with red font. but atleast your step 1 save some time by auto filling the form.so after 8 when i tried to book, form was auto filled and i was able to book the ticket relatively faster.
Very vital problem. I have completed 1st part. then i have clickd on "plan my travel" quota=gn. on the form filling page i hv changed GN to CK. but next page is showing the ticket fare as general ticket. it does not showing tatkal fare. then plz give me solution as soon as possible. i need to book my ticket.
This trick is not working and i am also getting the same error message — Sorry you can book ticket after 8:00 hrs (in red) — . My clock is already synchronized and on the payment option page of irctc also shows the timing more than 8 o'clock. Still the red message appears.
Today I checked and I got the error too. IRCTC has implemented another security layer from server side. It seems that IRCTC site is checking time before forwarding to the payment gateway. They might have set it to 8:01. Try at 8:00:30 and 8:01. Please report back here if you find the exact time. I will also try tomorrow to get the exact time. We don't need to worry with this because if we can't book the ticket using this technique than no one can until that time is passed. 🙂
NOT WITH A DIALOG BOX….TOP OF THE PAGE….
is there a way where in i can sync my system time with irctc server?
For the next booking i will surely use the trick.
I am getting "return CheckKeyPress(event)" with that search. I am not getting "return bookticketfunc" on the page you suggested…. I could not book even a single ticket with this trick. kindly work on another trick as we all know you are master of tricks….
I think we need to find tricks for booking tickets on Indian Railways new ticket booking system http://www.indianrailways.gov.in
Since this site is relatively new the security checks will be minimal and easy to bypass. Will really appreciate if some one can find a way to book tatkal tickets on this website and post a link here.
can u check that time problem if.yes please reply.
thanks for giving such a great idea…
IRCTC has made some changes in the web site. So this trick is not working any more. I am working on it. I will response here as soon as I have solution.
if find trick don't post it open……irctc people might be reading this blog and making all sudden alteration….
instead of that ……just mail the details…are in need of this trick
if you found any new trick please mail and oblige
i think some scripts run on plan my travel where it monitor the mouse event. before 8 A.M
it is possible to disable java scripts using Firefox addon.
but how to find server site scripts if any one master here. find this
I DON'T UNDERSTOOD.
PLZ TELL ME ANY EXAMPLE
To keep the session active, visit the following link in another browser of your system.
You need to change SESSIONID(RED) and BV_EngineID (RED) with your current session ID and BV Engine ID. You can find those values in URL. Visiting the above URL every 3 minutes keeps your session active.
thanks ..it is the best trick.
pls. give me other way to session alive.
You are rock dude… I just tried everything and seems working perfect. I will definitely book ticket tomorrow.
I use to do trick with Quick booking earlier with firefox. but was very disappointed after quick booking gone blocked for an hour.
Thanks alot for this trick. Surprise its take till payment page without any issue. superb.
sir i am getting same error too."Sorry you can book ticket after 8.00 hrs" pls email me if you new solution found.i set it to 8:01 on both page(on book page & tickt reservation page) at 07:56 am but same problem.
"MAKE PAYMENT" BUTTON IS NOT AVAILABLE. I TRIED ALL THE STEPS FROM PART 1 ITSELF. PLEASE HELP. i think irctc is checking the mouse click event for enabling make payment button
I AM RAJIB, I DO YOUR PROSES BUT ONE THING MAKE PAYMENT ALSO AVAILABLE AFTER 8 A.M. SO VERY LET FOR BY THE TICKET. ALSO CKWL TICKET GIVE ME..
Myself Sankar from kolkata, watching your blog and comments, problems, solution from last 3 months, I have worked with your latest tricks, but I have never post any comments as well as I am facing same problem as like as "Sorry you can book ticket after 8:00 hrs (in red)". But now the problem going to be serious. After select the bank the server getting or connect the time from first page ( Plan My Page ) and we have to break that connection or change time on plan my page. Due to server load you cant book faster after open plan my page in 8.00 am and this is to inform you IRCTC made a set up in Bombay for watching all the blogs, software, tricks which are accelerate the booking procedure in 8.00am and also they are tracking ip address of the computers and they are working on their site with the different kind of software’s which will make perfect the site, in this connection my suggestion, if you find any solution please don't post in this blog, just post “got final solution”, we will find you to get that solve.
Buddy, This trik recently get stop working. They have disable payment button. Check it out and let me know, if its till working.
Sir, The make payment option is not comming after changing to CK in the firebug. An error message is appearing on the top that "Date range outside Advance Reservation Period." Kindly provide some tips for this
Thanks for posting the trick, but doesn't seem to be working now. I did all the steps as you mentioned, but the Payment link doesn't appear after you change the the quote to CK using Firebug.
Do let me know if you find any alternate methods.
Ihave try both part Ist & 2nd
but i not got Mkae payment button in when I try in part 2,
U also said that this cache problem, I also check the same it is ebabled, please tell how to check further & solve this problem.
Hi, agla update kab tak
These tricks are not working. IRCTC has now disabled all tricks. I think that's good for everyone. Now all will get equal chance to book tatkal ticket.
Even if anyone find the trick to book tatkal ticket instantly, IRCTC cancel all tickets booked before 8:03 as mentioned in one of the comments at
Hi Author ,
Thanks for this post. I got both the response. Twice it worked and once it kicked me out …But anyway it is good !
Thanks once again !
How can we proceed if the status is REGRET??
The steps are really well described. I, however, have not managed to get the "make payment" button even after performing the part1. I dont see the error message "unable to retrieve fare information due to connection failure" though.
BIGGEST ONLINE TATKAL PROBLEM
my train starts at 20.30 on 17-9-2011 but i have to board the train at a station where train reaches at 3.00 am 18-9-2011. I tried to book tatkal ticket on 15.9.2011. it said 3 days before u cannot book. But after 1 hour all the tickets are over because people starting from other stations have already booked for the day 17-9-2011 for the same train as it is only 2 days before for them.
What is the solution ?
I was very busy with few other things. It's confirmed now that IRCTC has implemented very strict security condition which doesn't allow this trick to work. So all people are getting error after payment gateway.Sorry you can not book ticket before 8:00 AM
Really good one…how do u know this…?
Your trick has a major flaw see if I pay 10 rupees in general ticket then I have to pay 20 rupees in tatkal payment, so changing quota value to tatkal won't change the fare which it initially was. So you are paying less amount to irctc which could be caught when a tt checks your ticket or to simply say the method is illegal.
These all tricks are not going to work since , IRCTC is monitoring all the tricks through a new kind of auditing application installed on their server. All the userid's and IP addresses are being monitored. They will not allow you now to have tickets through any trick(temperoary) even if you find one on internet except the straight forward way of booking tickets.
Even the agents login is blocked for 1 hour and each and every account on IRCTC server is in verification process , so all fake and invalid accounts will be blocked.Till date already 1,54,786 accounts are blocked.
If you really want a tatkal ticket , be a MAN and line up in the queue.
Whenever I login before even getting logged in it says session expires. I once tried for more than 1 one that too at 9 in the morning. Is there a way to overcome this?
It looks like this trick is now aged and not working to anyone?
But I don't understand one thing, How did they decide that tatkal ticket booking takes 4.31 mins? People who try with good internet speed and bit of luck if they get confirmed ticket before 8.03, what happens ? Will that still get canceled?
It looks this is really bad idea. Instead I would have appreciated if they fix their server side code by checking time on each screen movement (or on each form submission)
Is there any way out if you get regret status while u are to click on the book button in part 1 as book button is not available under regret status.
as result part 2 becomes impossible.
Hi every one, i have one trick
it worked for me once
but have to check it again
I have 2 confirmed tickets from bangalore of DOJ 23/10/2011. Any one interested let me know ASAP.
I CAME TO KNOW ABOUT UR TRICK TODAY AND I TRIED IT BUT I AM NOT GETTING ANYTHING DISPLAYED IN CONSOLE, PLS ADVICE.
Buddy now the rules of Tatkal have changed from 48 hrs to 24 hrs. Now what changes should we follow for the great invention you have made????
now that the tatkal scheme has been changed to 1 day ahead from date of journey instead of 2..how does this plan work out ??
due to new rule of tatkal scheme. at the time of booking ticket need to fill ID no. when i do the same procedure than i got message "Enter your ID no." now what should i do please help me bro……
now that the tatkal scheme has been changed to 1 day ahead from date of journey instead of 2..how does this plan work out
Try this step to book Tatkal ticket 1 day ahead…
complete the above tasks mentioned in the post before clicking on Go
then search for "passengers.idCardType"
under that change the <option value="0" to "PANC"
to input ur PAN CARD then u'd find a text box underneath it which is hidden just remove the style attribute
now u should be able to see the txt to input ur pan card
Converting waiting tickets to tatkal you need ID verification. how do you handle that?
Now we cant book with the above method because ID details is also needed while booking the tatkal ticket. So please suggest the latest procedure to do
If we are booking tatkal ticket using General quote in the beginning as you said and change it in the middle by using Firebug extension F12 (GN to CK) then we put capcha and go it ask for ID Card type and its number while in the filling form there is no such field because we have selected GN quote in the beginning. Kindly let me know how can i proceed further?
Nice work bro but i have 1 que tht whnever i am changing Quota = GN to Quota = CK after that i m filling captcha and after that i am submiting but it shows "PLEASE ENTER YOUR VALID ID PROOF NUMBER"
according to new rule so do you have any trick to resolve this issue…
I appreciate you if you give your suggestion within two days b'coz i have to buk tatkal tkt to go pune and its emergency.
Thnks in advance bro…
Thanks, Dhruv for useful innovation. Keep it up. May god bless you with you with devine love to sustain your +ve thinking.
I have test this trick but when i goes to next from the process of firebug on that time i am getting message for fill the information of id card but on same screen no option of the id card information.
Please give the solution.
Naam Ka Ek Software Hai Jo Ki 8:00 Ke Pahle Hi Payment Gateway Per Pahuch Jaata Hai Aur 8:00:01 Per Payment Kar Deta hai Aur 8:00:25 Per PNR Generate Kar Deta Hai.
If we are booking tatkal ticket using General quote in the beginning as you said and change it in the middle by using Firebug extension F12 (GN to CK) then we put capcha and go it ask for Enter the one passenger ID card pop up i again and again face the same problem.
dhruv plz give a link 2 download dis T-system software……i cant find it on google….!!!
thanks a ton… its really useful…. that should be the trait of human beings… sharing d knowledge….. that too FREE….salutes 🙂
what is the link for downloading this T System software?
Where you need I need to enter “captcha” in the firebug shown code.
With the recent changes in the Tatkal bookings like 1 day and 10am starting, has anyone tried the above procedure and can pls confirm if it is still working?
The IRCTC site has recently changed and needs license number with the passenger details for tatkal booking, also I think they now have server side validation of ARP date, so even using firebug booking will not be possible.
Please check and see if ur still able to make a payment for booking a ticket in tatkal that’s not within ARP.
Waiting for a reply..
hi guys i need a help. i am in X location , my father/relative in Y Location. if i booked a tatkal ticket in the irctc counter, how can i send tatkal ticket my father/relative other than courier.
can we use sms facility or electronic printout facility here?
how can we bypass captcha code? Is there any such system to bypass the captcha code or any other way to fill the code automatically?
Can I get Free Download softvally software for irctc tatkal ticket!
i am trying to book tatkal ticket since 3 days on irctc but getting error,saying unable to perform transaction please try again after some time.
kindly post the solution for the same.
email id: email@example.com
right now it is working?