Indian rail tickets for senior citizens

#1 Jan 26th, 2006, 07:19
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Yesterday I managed purchasing our first Indian rail tickets on the web. Actually it worked very well once you learned how to fool the computer. As my husband is 61, I clicked on senior citizen and was very pleased to receive the 30% deduction automatically on my computer. Whoever thought getting a discount in India could be that easy? Now, I just scrolled down some postings and someone advised that as a foreigner we are not supposed to click the senior citizen box. Why not? Is it true? Nothing was mentioned anywhere and my registration clearly indicated that we live in New Zealand. Any enlightenment? Tks. Henriette
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Originally Posted by Henriette ..... As my husband is 61, I clicked on senior citizen and was very pleased to receive the 30% deduction automatically on my computer. .......
i think it is in order. i also got this facility. since the whole thing is computerised, there should not be any discrimination.
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#3 Jan 26th, 2006, 08:10
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Thank you for the re-assurance. Good point about the computerisation! I was just worried I might have missed some small print about having to be an Indian national. bye, H.
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Senior Citizens

I was in India a few months ago and did not realise we were entitled to a discount for being 60. We purchased our tickets at a railway station and when we presented our passports the person behind the counter noticed our birthdates we were told we were entitled to a 30% discount. It is not just for Indian nationals, but anyone over 60.
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Dear Bronwen, that most certainly reassures me. Thank you. I won't give it a moments further worry. H.
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Yes, that was our experience, too. My 60 yr old husband was offered the reduction on several occasions.
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#7 Apr 9th, 2010, 19:44
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This is wrong as the word citizen in itself indicates to the Indian Citizens.
You might have travelled on the ticket without any problem is my guess. If so once again say thanks to the ticket examiner
#8 Apr 9th, 2010, 23:02
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Originally Posted by deorajchaturvedi View Post This is wrong as the word citizen in itself indicates to the Indian Citizens.
You might have travelled on the ticket without any problem is my guess. If so once again say thanks to the ticket examiner
Actually, it's not wrong! Having checked with senior railway officials, they confirmed that ANYONE over the age of 60 is awarded this concession.
#9 Apr 9th, 2010, 23:17
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Yep. A number of our members have taken advantage of this discount, which is available to all, regardless of citizenship.
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From Indian Railway website (http://www.indianrail.gov.in/reservation_Rules.html):

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IMPORTANT - FOR SENIOR CITIZENS :
From 1st September 2001 onwards, concession to senior citizens through PRS (Passenger Reservation System) shall be granted only on demand and not by default as at present. The demand for concession shall be made on Reservation Requisition form in the case of reserved tickets. In the case of tickets issued to senior citizens on concession, during journey the concerned passengers are instructed to carry some documentary proof showing their age or date of birth, issued by any Government Institution/Agency/Local Body. like Identity card, Driving License, Passport, Educational certificate, certificate from Local Bodies like Panchayat/Corporation/Municipality, or any other authentic and recognised document. This documentary proof of age should be produced if demanded by some Railway official during the journey.
@ deorajchaturvedi - I think the phrase "any Government Institution/Agency" takes care of all Governments in this world!

The phrase "only on demand" means that you need to check/select the option senior citizen to be eligible for discount even if you're 60 yrs or above while booking through Internet.

Oh, an obvious point, the person(s) availing Senior Citizen discount must be able to provide their age proof (passports would have date of birth, so not an issue for foreigners in India )!
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#11 Apr 2nd, 2014, 13:36
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Senior citizen Quota for train tickets

Just wanted to share, that i booked a train ticket for my mother, who is a senior citizen. While booking, the availability status showed as Waitlist of around 10. After entering the name & age (senior-citizen) and confirming the booking - the availability status changed to Available 3 and got a confirmed PNR! It is mentioned - 'Available in Senior Citizen Quota' (Even have a screenshot of the same). So for senior citizens, one can take chance with a low waitlist number, as there seems to be a separate quote for senior citizens.
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Wife and I travelled quite a lot on Indian railways when over the age of 60 and to date no ticket inspector on any train has made a comment , in fact as result we have upgraded ourselves. I know that sleeper class is the "real India" but 3AC or 2AC is a bit more comfortable .
#13 Apr 2nd, 2014, 21:05
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2AC is quite real enough for me, thanks!

Saying it again: every person who qualifies by age, regardless of nationality or residence, is entitled to senior-citizen discount.

Foreign visitors will invariably be travelling with their passports, which covers proof of both identity and age.
#14 Apr 2nd, 2014, 21:49
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This is wrong as the word citizen
That is the danger of taking a single word out of context. Senior citizen is a common term..

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