Indian railways are the widely used and the most preferred means of transport for every Indian, thus it is quite obvious that most of the people must be aware of its online portal called the IRCTC. This online website of Indian railway is quite versatile as you can perform several activities such as booking or canceling a ticket, checking the availability in various trains, checking the PNR status of your ticket, searching for holiday or special trains, tatkal ticket booking, shopping and getting the list of tourist attractions. All these facilities are regularly updated and you can access them with an IRCTC account. This account allows you to perform all these tasks with just a registered ID on the website. IRCTC is the official website for reservations of Indian railways ticket, which is safe and makes it possible for you to get the tickets instantly.
IRCTC is a wonderful platform that allows booking and canceling tickets with a click of the mouse and sitting comfortably at home. You need not fear about your personal information and account details that are asked on the online website, the IRCTC have updated software's that saves the passengers information without involving any third person. All you need to do is just register on the online portal and get the benefits of the Indian Railways.
Once you are registered on the IRCTC website either you can go through by clicking on the anchor link or by typing www.irctc.co.in in your native browser's address bar. If you are using IRCTC from your smart phone then download the IRCTC app that runs on every platform such as Windows, Android, and iPhone Operating System. This app is quite helpful and simple to use. Through the online services travelling to long distance has become simple and convenient.
The IRCTC login or registration process is quite simple, all you need to do is follow the given instructions carefully and fill in the complete details. It hardly takes a few minutes to create an account on the IRCTC website to access all the benefits and instant booking system of the Indian railways.
o Go on the IRCTC online portal which is www.IRCTC.co.in and hit the sign up button, which is exactly below the option to login.
o Once you hit on the signup button, there will appear a page that will ask you to fill in all the details that are mandatory. Make sure that you put correct phone number and email address so that you can access your account in case you forget the password of the user ID.
o Once the details are correctly filled, hit on the submit button.
o After hitting the submit button a pop-up dialogue box will appear asking you to re-check the mobile number again before finally submitting it, check your number again an hit the "OK" button and then carry on with the further process.
o If you agree with the terms and conditions of the IRCTC, select "accept" and move ahead.
o After this procedure is completed, login with the username and password that can be personalized once you are a registered user.
Once you are a registered member of IRCTC then the further process is quite simple as the website is made with easy navigation system that allows all type of proficient and amateur users to get complete access. The following is the process to book tickets online. The most important information that all users need to know is that general booking should be ideally done at least 2 months prior to commencing the journey, and tatkal tickets can be booked 24 hours prior to commencing the journey.
o Login with your IRCTC account, once you login successfully then the page will be redirected to "plan my travel".
o In the plan my travel, select the date of journey, the starting station and the destination, and the type of ticket and quota.
o Then hit the "submit" button, which will give you a complete list of trains and their timing. Select the train and class you want to travel by.
o If ticket are available then book the tickets by entering the passengerís name, age, sex, berth preference, and then make payment through net banking, debit card or credit card.
o Your E-reservation ticket will be sent to you on your mobile number through SMS as well as an email will be sent to you on the email ID.
o You can print the ticket or show it in your laptop or mobile phone with the valid ID proof that has been used to book the ticket.