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New tips to get confirmed tatkal ticket from IRCTC


Read more to know tips to get confirmed tatkal ticket from IRCTC. Earlier I had published one article on tips to get tatkal ticket from Indian railway ticket booking site. Now IRCTC has again changed some rules and blocked some of such tips. But luckily some new ways have opened. But still some old tips are working. I advise you to read those tips also before starting with new tips

Tips to get tatkal ticket from Indian railway site IRCTC

There is a new way opened in confirmed tatkal booking. This is through the release of mobile version of IRCTC site. As the number of smartphones and users accessing from mobile is increasing, it was an unavoidable step. But this has opened new opportunities in tatkal booking.

Actually booking using mobile website is possible only from mobile. If you try to access mobile version of irctc in the url irctc.co.in/mobile, from desktop it will redirect to the desktop version of your site. ie. you can access mobile version of IRCTC from mobile only.

But using our tips you can use IRCTC mobile site (which is really fast) from desktop also.

Advantages of booking from mobile site of IRCTC

It is really simple version of the site, that you can load using GPRS connection in your mobile. It will be a added advantage if you have 3G ro wi-fi connectivity. Also the site does not contain any unnecessary options or advertisements. But the booking from the mobile site is limited to 5 tickets per month per account. But you can book ticket very fast, with in 6 or 7 clicks without much details filling in.

If you observe the booking process from mobile, you can see that the time consuming steps are filling details using the slow input method in mobile. Even though copy paste options are available in smartphones, still this wont be as fast as you copy in your desktop. So you can easily book ticket if you are getting mobile version of the site loaded in your desktop. But without any additional mechanisms you cannot achieve this, as if you try to load mobile version from desktop, it will redirect to the normal IRCTC site.

How to get the mobile version of IRCTC site loaded in Desktop

If you are using Mozilla Firefox or Google chrome, there are many addons to change your browser detection to mobile. ie if you use such addons, websites can detect your browser as loading from mobile only. That is you can get the mobile version of the site loaded in your Desktop.

If you are using Mozilla Firefox, a good example of user agent switching addon is 'User Agent Switcher'. In chrome also there are good User agent switching browser extensions. For example go to chrome store and search user agent switcher, there is an extension named 'User agent switcher for chrome'. Using any of these addons you can load the mobile version of the site in your Desktop.

After installing these addons you have to select the user agent as any mobile OS, for example in Mozilla firefox addon iPhone3 is available by default, you can use it. If you are using chrome there is iPhone4 or Android you can use as you like. See how to select from both in below pictures

selecting user agent as iPhone4 in chrome extension

selecting user agent as iPhone4 in chrome extension

Selecting user agent as iPhone3 in Firefox addon Path is  Tools- Default User Agent- iPhone 3

Selecting user agent as iPhone3 in Firefox addon Path is Tools- Default User Agent- iPhone 3

Once you have selected user agent as any mobile OS, while loading mobile IRCTC site (https://www.irctc.co.in/mobile) from your desktop, it will not redirect you to desktop version of the site. Now everything for the booking process is ready. You just have to login using your normal IRCTC login ID. But remember that you are allowed to book only 5 tickets per month using mobile site. Booking steps are demonstrated in below pictures, using Google chrome 'User agent switcher for chrome' extension.

Mobile site login page

Mobile site login page

Mobile site Home page

Mobile site Home page

Mobile site booking page

Mobile site booking page

There is no hacking or illegal things in doing IRCTC booking in this way. We are simply booking IRCTC ticket using mobile version of IRCTC in your desktop. I agree that this is achieved by tweaking your browser. But still everything will work fine.


validusvyt0 on March 03, 2015:

This is very informative. Appreciate your effort in sharing such useful info.

Gaurav Sethi from India on February 03, 2015:

Good information, the IRCTC has now become the NGET (Next Generation Reservation) as mentioned here https://hubpages.com/travel/Guide-to-IRCTC-Next-Ge...

himanshu on April 05, 2014:


Sanjay on December 14, 2013:

Hi i booked 6 general tickets from Delhi to Jammu on 26-11-2013 for 27/12/13 in Pooja Express. now my Current status is WL/60 to Wl65. if any idea chances for confirm

sumit on October 31, 2013:

Booking not allowed between 8 am to 12 pm

Satheesh on October 25, 2013:

Hi! i booked 2 general tickets from Gulbarga to Erode on 01.09.2013 for 31.10.2013 in Nagarcoil Express. Now my current position is WL/10 & WL/11. if any chances for confirm ???

Johny on October 25, 2013:

Amazing !

vinner (author) from India on September 20, 2013:

@Mainish - when first logging in to mobile version of the site, initially they were asking to link mobile login with original irctc site login by entering some verification code sent to your mobile. But now I am not sure whether that step is there

@Deep - This looks like some problem with the switching addon and browser. But if the loaded site is mobile version you are good to go.

Deep on September 06, 2013:

Sorry the error is

ERROR: Possible problem with your *.gwt.xml module file.

The compile time user.agent value (gecko1_8) does not match the runtime user.agent value (safari). Expect more errors

Deep on September 06, 2013:

Hi Vinner,

Managed to go to the irctc mobile website, but for every command of mine, iam getting this error below, but still it proceeds into the next step.....is this fine???....I hope it does not turn unsuccessful during the time of payment

If there is any problem in booking, is Refund possible from IRCTC if we book through this option?

Manish on August 30, 2013:

Hey Vinner,

I had install user agent switcher at my chrome page, and irctc mobile site is also opening but after putting my id, password it is not responding and the same page is opening, now suggest me what should i do.

Manish on August 30, 2013:

Hey Vinner,

I had install user agent switcher at my chrome page, and irctc mobile site is also opening but after putting my id, password it is not responding and the same page is opening, now suggest me what should i do.

Vijay Jain on August 22, 2013:

Doesn't work anymore.

vinner (author) from India on April 01, 2013:

@Mahe PQWL is pooled quota waiting list. It is more difficult to get confirmed compared to normal waiting list. But you seems to be in normal waiting list 14.

Mahe on March 16, 2013:

When I book ticket the status was PQWL20/WL14. What is the meaning of it ? Is my ticket is in general wait list 14 ?

Vibhor Agarwal on January 22, 2013:

i am successfully installed User-Agent Switcher for Chrome and selected the mobile version and then log on to https://www.irctc.co.in/mobile

Login screen appears, when i login with my id it gives error "Booking through mobile is not allowed between 8 AM to 12 PM".

This i not working between 8 Am to 12 Pm.

please give me another tips if somebody have.

my email id is er.vibhoragarwal@gmail.com

Billan Rai on January 21, 2013:

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Nageswara Rao on January 01, 2013:

Hi Billan Rai,

please help me to get confirmed tatkal tickets...


rajesh on December 06, 2012:

pls koi trick bataiye jo tatkal fast booking ho billain rai ji pls call me-07870215492 agar koi software hai to bhi bataiye

Rama Raju on December 03, 2012:

How many no of passengers can we book using this mobile method? When I tried it is not taking more than 1 passenger in 1 ticket!!! why so??

Billan Rai on December 02, 2012:

Friends conact me if you want confirm tickets from IRCTC website.

I book at 10:00:21 seconds and get confirm tickets

saitamma on December 02, 2012:

other than irctc all the pages r opening its not working frnd

NIRUPAM SARKAR on November 29, 2012:


amol on November 20, 2012:

@Mahesh, you are right. I also got the same message.

"Booking through mobile is not allowed between 8 AM to 12 PM"

I tried to login at 11:00 AM on 21 Nov 2012.

Mahesh on November 20, 2012:

It gives message "Booking through mobile is not allowed between 8 AM to 12 PM "

amol on November 20, 2012:

very good & helpful article. Not tried yet but will try.

i found one thing, if you just trying to check if this trick works and go for booking and cancel at the payment options page, then it reduces the monthly booking quota of 5 tickets.

Praveen on November 17, 2012:

Login (Beta)

Booking through mobile is not allowed between 8 AM to 12 PM. lol

SREESHAsha on November 17, 2012:


syed rafiulla on November 17, 2012:


Abhishek on November 15, 2012:

Booking tickets from mobile is not allowed between 8 am to 12 pm..:P

rehman on November 14, 2012:

I tried to book tatkal ticket through mobile, It shows the message "desktop Booking through mobile is not allowed between 8 AM to 12 PM". Please let me know how to book the tatkal ticket from mobile desktop.

sam on November 10, 2012:

Anshuman,how u did.kindly share.i m still unable to do it.

aaa on November 10, 2012:


while booking its giving message as

Booking through mobile is not allowed between 8 AM to 12 PM

am i missing something?

Aparna on November 09, 2012:

Hi ,

I have tried the option u gave, but for me, when it comes to make payement and then i select icici bank in (mobile/netbanking) its giving me java exception error, is der anthyng you suggest that could help me on this.

Anshuman on November 09, 2012:

This is awesome!

keshav on November 08, 2012:

Dear vinner , i had tried everything as u told ...i installed the addon and make iphone 4 as default....and still i couldn't able open the site...i was trying to book tatkal ticket in irctc...pls help me over these.....i'll be gratefull....

shubham on November 08, 2012:

the website of irctc mobile beta is not working between 10:00 am to 12:00 o clock how can i book the ticket

Amit on November 07, 2012:

Well irctc site is so slow from 10-11:30am that nothing can be booked. Mobile site doesn't even able to open due to slow website servers.

wassan on November 07, 2012:

vinner I totally agree with you, its all abt experience, but wud u like to share latest tricks with me not the old one...please reply u never reply on time...

Harikumar on November 05, 2012:

It shows mobile booking is not allowed during 10-12..

sam on October 30, 2012:

i agree with madhu.why booking through mobile unavailable from 8 am to 12pm.vinner solve this please

sam on October 30, 2012:

hey vinner,i tried this morning by this way.but my chrome can't display the irctc mobile beta site by switching the user to ipad4.it came to general irctc page always.help me.its urgent.i ve to book tatkal tickets online only as booking counter is far away from my living place.and the normal irctc site on windows is diplaying service unavailable page while loggonig.

Yash on October 30, 2012:

I am unable to select multiple passengers for booking. It works only for 1 passenger. If I select more than one, it keeps redirecting to "select passengers" page. Is it a bug in the Windows Version of the App?

Madhu on October 29, 2012:

Booking through mobile is not allowed between 8 AM to 12 PM

vivek on October 28, 2012:

it is not working it gives error for mobile user booking available from 8 to 12 am only

vinner (author) from India on October 26, 2012:

Nearest Railway station is not the best option for everybody. I haven't ever gone to any railway station to book tatkal ticket and also I have got tatkal in most of the chances I have tried. I should say it is somewhat about the experience also.

sankushetty on October 26, 2012:

wrong information,irctc mobile timings are same as of agents.so don't

buy this story its misleadings the best option is go to the nearest railway statio at 9.30 am by 10 tatkal bookings are ope & you have the chances of getting a confirmed ticket

tej on October 25, 2012:


RamaMurty on October 19, 2012:

dear friend, I had tried. The IRCTC site through mobile says that mobile booking is not permitted between 8AM to 12 noon. I tried NGPAY. This also says tickets can not be booked between 8AM to 12Noon. However the above process is OK. Kindly suggest any other process. CRMurty RetdDGM SAIL 20-10-2012

Alok on October 12, 2012:

I am also seeing the message "Booking through mobile is not allowed between 8 AM to 12 PM "

sunny on October 10, 2012:

yap jaswinder is right i am also face this problam it's showing mobile version ticket is not booked between 8 Am to 12 Pm do u have any other tips

Jaswinder singh on October 07, 2012:

your idea is best but when i log in mobile version in your way then irctc tell us in mobile version ticket is not booked between 8 Am to 12 Pm

vishal on October 06, 2012:

i think it doesn't work b/w 10 to 12

plz help


vishal on October 06, 2012:

i think it doesn't work b/w 10 to 12

plz help


SABARESH DAS on October 05, 2012:



ankit on September 17, 2012:

not response

Souqer on August 09, 2012:

Srry dude....the Thing isn't working as of 2 days i have been with the IRCTC website and i have been trying the mobile booking page and it isn't working as of now. so is the above still valid???

suresh on July 10, 2012:

not happening after selecting iphone in crome

puneet on July 08, 2012:

mobile booking thru desktop not working from 8 am to 10 am , WHY?

vinner (author) from India on June 29, 2012:

@Prasanna- It seems like that. IRCTC is changing rules frequently. Recently they removed SBI internet banking from the payment page.

@Prashant- Glad to know that the tips was useful for you. But, at peak times, you cannot fully rely on it.

prashant on June 29, 2012:

Wow,!!! This worked flawlessly.

I was trying since morning but the heavy traffic on the server made my 3G connection a snail and the AVAILABLE 98' status turned in to W/L 22'. But from this method at least I succeeded to book as W/L 22. This site is a shame on country's face.

Vinner, you are amazing, thanks for sharing this with us

prasanna on June 29, 2012:

isn't there payment option other than for citi bank?? i don't have it

Avinash on June 24, 2012:

Dear Vinner, I have tried to book daily rail tickets through IRCTC main website, due to heavy traffic, site give error message "Service Not Available", so i have tried so many time https://www.irctc.co.in/mobile but still not working please do something and give some valuable technical support. I hope mobile still will be back as soon as....:(

vikas kumar on June 24, 2012:

payment option is only for iti bank customers. but i don't have citi bank card. then how can i pay? please give me clue for payment. my email is vikas.viroushuman@gmail.com

vinner (author) from India on June 16, 2012:

Wharshdeepo4&Rajeev- Me also tried, yesterday. Morning up to 8.30 it was not working. I will try to let you know the exact time period for which the site will be down.

rajeev on June 16, 2012:


i like your opinion

harshdeep04 from DELHI on June 16, 2012:

brother irctc mobile website not load at 8 am-10 am , how can i book ticket. plz mail me details to harshdeep2006@gmail.com.

jay on June 09, 2012:

@ vinner can i fill the form till bank payment before 8.00 am is that possible..

rajeev on June 04, 2012:

i want to know what is time for booking tatkal ticket from www.irctc.co.in/mobile

someone told me its open at 10.00 am

what the reality.

vinner (author) from India on June 04, 2012:

@Ravi- Thank you

@akv- sure you can use any internet connection.

Akv on June 04, 2012:

Can I use it with Airtel landline broadband in Delhi ?

ravi on June 03, 2012:


rajeev on June 02, 2012:

@vinner ok i understand what u told

i want to know what is time for booking tatkal ticket from www.irctc.co.in/mobile

someone told me its open at 10.00 am

what the reality.

vinner (author) from India on June 02, 2012:

@Rajeev- MMy friend, you are telling about domains. Servers are different. For one particular domain, for example facebook.com, there will be many servers around the world. In case of IRCTC, there is many servers running parallel to support the same doming IRCTC.co.in to divide the traffic.

rajeev on June 02, 2012:

the site www.irctc.co.in/mobile is a part of www.irctc.co.in it has no other server it open from www.irctc.co.in servers only so try only main website www.irctc.co.in that`s main server

Aubrey on May 31, 2012:

Thanks. It works just fine and Ive just done a booking

Gaurav on May 30, 2012:

I will try to book a tatkal ticket by using this trick tomorrow.

irctc on May 29, 2012:

site is not working

vinner (author) from India on May 29, 2012:

@Manojgms- There is no particular app to download for tatkal booking. Best way is to use computer only. But if you are looking from the convenience point of view, you can use ngpay which can be used to book tatkal after 10am.

@Neha- Screen shots of using the trick in chrome is shown as screen shot.

@Nag- you can use proxy servers, But you have to find fast ones, Most of them are slow.

@Jyothy- Thanks and glad to know it is useful.

@Lokesh,Shakthi- In some days mobile server is down in the peak hours. But there is no official announcement from IRCTC, that mobile site is not working.

SHAKTI on May 28, 2012:


how to book tickets even using the servers outside India.

POST in screen Short..

i am failed TO BOOK ON 7.30 TO 10AM & ALSO GENERAL IRCTC SITE.. AFTER 8 AM ERROR .. DO NOT login up to 8.30..

Lokesh on May 28, 2012:

Hi Vinner,

Can you please let me know is this mobile application is working at 8-10am, because when I tried in the morning its not working, but after 10:30am its working. Please let me know if there is any other way.. Please mail me at srinivas8888@gmail.com

JYOTI PRAKASH on May 27, 2012:


RATAN on May 25, 2012:

its not working

Nag on May 25, 2012:


Can you send the details on how to book tickets even using the servers outside india..please mail to me nagesh_dasari@rediffmail.com

neha kaushik on May 24, 2012:

how can working in crome. how can i set this setting. please tell me in details,

manojgms from new delhi on May 24, 2012:

dear sir,


can u mail me how can i book confirmed tatkal ticket from IRCTC in my phone.which software should i download?

vinner (author) from India on May 19, 2012:

@Amresh- Just make sure that you are using an internet connection with good speed. If you are using common GPRS , during peak load time it cannot load, the site

@Shakti- It happens, but in my area using BSNL and all we can easily login even it is after 8 am. But it will be slow. But it will login.

shakti on May 19, 2012:


i am using mozila.... but 7.30 to 10am its not working,

i am trying its last 1 month .. irctc.co.in also service unable in just 8 am ...i am using bsnl unlimited net & reliance 3g. do not login after 8 to 8.30am

can give ur contact no . nayek@rediffmail.com

but agent how can give confirm ticket ...

amresh on May 18, 2012:

it doesnot open after 7.00

vinner (author) from India on May 18, 2012:

@Sudarsan- Mobile version you can easily load. For that after installing add on you have to select either Droid or iPhone as user agent. Tell which browser and addon you are using I can help you.

sudarsan on May 17, 2012:

i did crtly bt it s redirecting to irctc main site,mobile version is not cmng..gve solution as soon u can

vinner (author) from India on May 16, 2012:

@Bharat- As far as my knowledge, there is no such restriction. The only restriction is that you can book only 5 tickets per month per user from mobile user ID.

Bharat on May 16, 2012:

It works for 1 passenger - I have tried. But for some reason if I select more than one passenger it does not proceed further, just keeps on returning to select passengers page. Weird!

sandeep on May 11, 2012:

irctc moble is not working i am all try it

Bosco on May 09, 2012:

Should help AFTER 10am i mean.

Say if there is an emergency & one has to book a ticket in a hurry & rush home or rush to the station, then if they have this set-up, they can save few precious minutes.

May not be so helpful for Tatkal bookings if this morning problem persits.

Bosco on May 09, 2012:

Tried from 7.35 am till 8.15 am but could not even reach login page for mobile version.

Gives This Error : Error 324 (net::ERR_EMPTY_RESPONSE): The server closed the connection without sending any data.

As per Puneet, who i spoke to yesterday, Mobile version starts working only after 10 am .

Nevertheless, for people with very basic mobiles who still want to use the mobile booking option , maybe when there is a time constraint, your workaround should help.

Ray on May 09, 2012:

You can download my App called: IRCTC Train Reservation: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com....?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS53SVJDVENUcmFpblJlc2VydmF0aW9uIl0.

vinner (author) from India on May 09, 2012:

@Puneet- Only in some days their mobile server is working fine. You can try the tips of my other hub indicated in my comment just above this.

@Bosco- Selection of both Android and iphone will give the same speed only. As it is dependent only on your internet speed. Your browser session should be after railway server time 8 am. For that you have to once reload the page just after 8am. Copy of your ticket will be send to your email and also you will get SMS.

Bosco on May 09, 2012:

One more query : If we are doing the booking on our personal mobile or desktop , for a family member who does not have an IRCTC account, then how to get the ticket to him ? Does a copy of the ticket come to the email id registerd with IRCTC ? Does an SMS also come to the number registed with IRCTC ?

Bosco on May 09, 2012:

One moot query, for everyone's information : In Mobile booking too i presume we have to log in before 8.00 am ? So therefore :

(a) just before 8.00 am, do we have to be on some other screen other than "Book Ticket / Enquiry" & only click the "Book Ticket / Enquiry" button at 8.00 am sharp, and start the process ?


(b) Can we already be on the "Book Ticket / Enquiry" screen before 8.00 am sharp & fill up the Train codes etc and then at 8.00 am sharp click the "Train List" button ?


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