Tatkal Scheme and Emergency Quota
Literally, it means Immediately
Also called as HO (Head Office/High Official quota
Extra charges are levied i.e., 10 % of base fare for Second class and 30 % for all other classes
No extra charges
Availed by any passenger
Availed by certain categories of passengers who are in need. Priority for 1) Cancer patients, Central Ministers, State Ministers, MPs, MLAs, other Higher Officials as per government protocol, other sick persons, On duty staff, elderly women, women travelling alone, pregnant women, students travelling for interviews and children who need assistance in emergency travel situations.
Tatkal booking opens at 10 AM for AC Classes and 11 AM for NON-AC Classes One day in advance of the actual date of the journey excluding the date of the journey
Normally application for EQ should be rendered 6 to 12 hours prior to the preparation of charts. It is notified by the zonal Railway authorities on their convenience.
No supporting reason is required for booking Tatkal.
Normally the reason for urgency has to be submitted to the authorities who allot the EQ.
No request is required to get ticket under Tatkal
A written request must be signed by a Gazetted Officer or by a VIP or a High Official from Central or State Govt.