Tatkal Reservation Scheme was initially introduced in December 1997
All About Tatkal Scheme
Tatkal Reservation Scheme was initially introduced in December, 1997. Initially this scheme was available only in around 110 trains and mainly in Sleeper Class. At that time an extra coach was to be attached for
this purpose. This scheme was thoroughly revised in August 2004 and thereafter in 2009, 2011 & 2012.
The salient features of this scheme introduced in August 2004, with modifications made from time to time are as under:-
a. Tatkal booking opens at 10 AM on the previous day of journey excluding date of journey from the train originating station.
For example, if train is to depart from the originating station on the second of the month, the Tatkal quota for that particular train shall open at 1000 hours on the first of the month.
b. The reservation under this scheme is available only upto the time of preparation of charts. At the time of preparation of charts, the vacant Tatkal accommodation is released to the RAC/waitlisted passengers and no Tatkal charges are realised from such passengers.
c. The facility of change of name is not permitted on the bookings made under Tatkal scheme.
d. No duplicate Tatkal tickets shall be issued. Duplicate Tatkal tick-ets shall be issued only in exceptional cases on payment of full fare including Tatkal charges.
e. The reservation under this scheme can be sought by full fare pay-ing passengers only and no passenger holding concessional ticket is allowed to avail reservation under this scheme.
f. Tatkal tickets are issued only on production of one of the ten prescribed proofs of identity as mentioned below and passen-ger should carry the same proof of identity(in original) during the journey failing which all
the passengers booked on that ticket are considered as travelling without ticket and charged
i. Voter Photo Identity Card issued by Election Commission of India.
iii.PAN Card issued by Income Tax Department
iv.Driving Licence issued by RTO
v. Photo Identity Card issued by Central /State Government
vi.Student Identity Card with photograph issued by recognized School/College for their Students
vii.Nationalised Bank Passbook with photograph and
viii.Credit Cards issued by Banks with laminated photograph.
ix. Unique identification Card “Aadhar “.
x. Photo identity cards having serial number issued by Public Sector Undertakings of State/Central Government, District Administrations, Municipal bodies and Panchayat Administrations.
g. The procedure for booking Tatkal ticket is as under:-
(i) For booking Tatkal ticket, a self attested photo copy of any one of the proofs of identity mentioned above, of any one passenger, is to be attached to the requisition slip.
(ii) The details of the identity proof is captured by the system and indicated on the reserved tickets as well on the reservation chart.
(iii) It is not mandatory for the passenger(s) to go to the counter to book the Tatkal ticket, however, the proof is to be sent in the aforementioned manner.
(iv) Even for internet booking for Tatkal tickets, the passenger shall enter the identity proof type and number, which is to be used for travel. These details shall be printed on the ERS/indicated on the MRM/VRM as well as in the reservation chart.
(v) During the journey, the passenger, whose identity card number has been indicated on the ticket, has to produce original proof of identity indicated on the ticket, failing which all the passengers booked on the ticket are treated as travelling without ticket and charged accordingly. Indication comes on the ticket regarding carrying the same original proof of identity during the journey, as indicated on the ticket.
(vi) If the passenger whose identity card number is indicated on the ticket is not travelling, all other passengers booked on that ticket, if found travelling in train, will be treated as travelling without ticket and charged accordingly.
Source : http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/uploads/directorate/coaching/pdf/AdvanceReservation.pdf