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  • This feature is made available on the IRCTC website as well as on the mobile app.
  • Vacant seats will be visible on the IRCTC website with different colors.
  • You can book your ticket through TTE on board.

Any Indian Railway platform shows a glimpse of passengers waiting for their train with their luggage and TTEs roaming around with train charts in their hands. Some passengers without confirm tickets are seen thronging around TTEs to check train ticket confirmation after chart preparation. In some intense situations, there are many passengers with unreserved tickets inquiring about vacant seats in train. To eliminate the hustle and bustle at the stations, a new initiative has been taken by the Indian Railways which enables passengers to book a ticket even after the train charting is completed. Railway Minister, Piyush Goyal, while launching the online charting facility said “The feature is introduced to initiate transparency in the system. This new facility will enable the travelers to check the position of vacant berth in running trains so that they can book confirm tickets instantly thus improving travel experience of passengers. This will contribute to optimum utilization of vacant berths in train”. This will give a chance to the passengers with unreserved tickets, a high probability of getting a confirm ticket even after chart preparation. This exercise will ensure optimum utilization of train accommodation as well as enhance the revenue of Railways.

How to get Confirm Train Ticket on IRCTC:
Intending to promote and adopt Digital India, IRCTC offers almost every service on its official online portal. It is easier for passengers to access the IRCTC website and book tickets. Even booking of Tatkal tickets has become easy. Apart from ticket booking, it provides other options like checking train schedule, train running status, food ordering in train, checking PNR Status and others. Now, this new feature will display the number of vacant berths after the final train chart preparation. Travelers can see the available vacant seats just before the departure of train or during the journey.

You can see the vacant berths only after chart preparation.

Current Reservation after Chart Preparation:
Passengers planning to travel in a particular route with no confirm tickets can log in to IRCTC website and check the current reservation status which will display the total number of seats available in each class of travel. The traveler can either book the ticket online or consult the TTE in running train and request him/her to generate a ticket for the route. Due to this upgradation, the chart now will be dynamic, which means it will be upgraded itself. As the train proceeds for the destination, the real-time availability of the berths are automatically updated. Vacant seats will be visible and can be reserved 4 hours before train departure from that station. It will also help to minimize the traffic of passengers travelling with waiting list tickets. This facility is made available for all the mail trains and express trains. In the online chart layout, you can take a glimpse of Train number, Boarding station, Charting station and the time on which the chart is updated last. The Indian Railways is also working on a system to allow booking of tickets in Rajdhani and Shatabdi Express up to five minutes before a train departs.

Procedure to Check Vacant Seats Online
Checking train chart online at IRCTC Website is simple and you need to follow below-mentioned steps:

  • Log on to the IRCTC website. A new option of view ‘Charts/Vacancy’ is shown. Click on it, and you will be redirected to a new page.
  • Enter Train Name/Train Number, Journey Date and Boarding Station.
  • Click on “GET TRAIN CHART”
  • Now you will see the reservation chart on the screen
  • Click on your coach number to see the layout to see the vacant berth number.

Time of Online Chart Preparation
According to IRCTC Guidelines, chart Preparation is done twice. One chart will be prepared 4 hours before the scheduled departure time of train while the second and final chart will be prepared 30 minutes before the departure time of train. Passengers haunting their minds with queries like “will RAC ticket get confirmed after chart preparation” or “will my waitlist ticket be confirmed after charting is done” can relax their mind by using this new feature.

Factors contributing to the availability of vacant seats

  • Quotas: There are specific seats assigned under handicapped, VIP, Foreign, patient’s quotas. Mostly such seats go empty and the Railways release them at the last moment.
  • Seasonal rush: If there is a festival rush in your route then the chances of vacant seats become low as most confirmed ticket holders, book tickets are very unlikely to cancel.
  • Train cancellations/Natural Calamities: As these factors cannot be predicted, so you have to just wish that a predicament such as these do not befall close to your journey date.

Recommended Read: Why Travelers don’t get their preferred berth while booking Train Tickets

Booking Tickets for Vacant seats for offline Travelers
If you are not a regular user of the IRCTC website then also you can get information about the vacant seats of the train. For this, you have to contact to on duty TTE of particular train on board. If there is a vacant seat available, ask TTE to get your reservation done. You can also contact PRS reservation counters for a particular train and its seat availability.

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