Senior Citizen Concession

#1 Apr 10th, 2012, 20:34
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Hi, need information on senior citizen concession. I have just become a senior citizen and I don't wish to take the senior citizen concession given by the railway but I would like to be considered for lower berth preference while booking online reservation is it possible? and is a PAN card accepted as proof of senior citizen or is there any senior citizen card issued by the railway if so, how do I get one. Thanks
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No Senior citizen card issued by railways.
Original ID proof is enough.
For Senior citizen there is a quota of lower berths but I afraid that can not be book using online booking.
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Originally Posted by jefjoseph View Post Hi, need information on senior citizen concession. I have just become a senior citizen and I don't wish to take the senior citizen concession given by the railway but I would like to be considered for lower berth preference while booking online reservation is it possible? and is a PAN card accepted as proof of senior citizen or is there any senior citizen card issued by the railway if so, how do I get one. Thanks
Its not your wish - you will be given the discount without asking for it - you can choose to donate it to charity.
You will be considered for LB while booking (if available). Sometimes GN quota is in WL, but SS quota is available & you'll get that without asking for it. However, this is relevant only if travelling alone.
PAN Card is an accepted proof - no card by railways provided.

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Originally Posted by Gupta View Post No Senior citizen card issued by railways.
Original ID proof is enough.
For Senior citizen there is a quota of lower berths but I afraid that can not be book using online booking.
I'm afraid that is not true. While booking, if you are eligible, you will automatically be considered for LB quota.
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Originally Posted by paramiyer View Post Its not your wish - you will be given the discount without asking for it - you can choose to donate it to charity...
But the rulebook says differently
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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.
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Why would you NOT want to take the senior discount? It a substantial savings.
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Originally Posted by Prakaant View Post But the rulebook says differently
I stand corrected. I do recall that when I book for my parents in IRCTC, the SrCtzn check-box automatically gets checked. But now I realise that is because they are in the master list (with Srctzn checked).
I tried a booking by adding a person with 62y & declined SrCtzn concession, however, I was still offered the LB quota, so cheers!!!

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Originally Posted by Drews60 View Post Why would you NOT want to take the senior discount? It a substantial savings.
if someone does not have an age proof (like my wife's grandma aged 92y does not have one)...
but then how/why would they be booking an e-tkt???
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I think jefjoseph is under the impression that by availing Sr. Citizen facility in rail booking, one automatically becomes entitled to LB and therefore while he is not interested in the concession part, but he wants to avail the LB facility. I am a senior citizen for many years and I am regularly availing Sr. Citizen's Concession and I have no hesitation in doing so. After all this is not a charity, this a legal right of all the senior citizen of our country. Coming back to LB issue, my past experience shows that if I book well in advance, I get LB, but if I book at the last moment, I do not get LB or even MB. In this case my being a senior citizen does not help.
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Well said. I'll be entitled to it in a few months, and will have no hesitation in claiming it.

There are dozens of concessions available, this one, recognising age, is just one --- and it is available to all travellers in India, not just citizens and residents.
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Originally Posted by asishdas View Post After all this is not a charity, this a legal right of all the senior citizen of our country.
And also a right for seniors of other countries.

If you were here, Senior fares would also be available to you.
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#10 Apr 11th, 2012, 08:40
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Originally Posted by asishdas View Post Coming back to LB issue, my past experience shows that if I book well in advance, I get LB, but if I book at the last moment, I do not get LB or even MB. In this case my being a senior citizen does not help.
Do you usually book for one ticket or more? Please note that SS quota (which gives LB to SrCtzn) kicks in only if travelling alone. I have managed to get LB even at 1-2 days notice...
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Most of the time I book in group. However, if what paramiyer has said is correct, I would surely buy a separate ticket for me & for my wife(so that we get LB for sure!)and another ticket for rest of the group. Let's see what happens. The other point regarding eligibility of Sr. Citizens' Concession to all rail travelers irrespective nationality is correct and I stand corrected. Thanks.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post Well said. I'll be entitled to it in a few months, and will have no hesitation in claiming it.
Perhaps another discount for being the senior most IMer ?! (number of posts being the criterion)
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#13 Apr 11th, 2012, 15:22
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That should indeed be the case. Perhaps a more encompassing discount for internet addicts --- to help us get out more!
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Originally Posted by asishdas View Post Most of the time I book in group. However, if what paramiyer has said is correct, I would surely buy a separate ticket for me & for my wife(so that we get LB for sure!)and another ticket for rest of the group. Let's see what happens. The other point regarding eligibility of Sr. Citizens' Concession to all rail travelers irrespective nationality is correct and I stand corrected. Thanks.
You will get LB for sure, but please note that seat assignments might be in different compartments... 2LB are assigned per coach (usually next to each other in same compartment - nearest to either entrance). And allotment happens in sequence, like first tkt gets B1-1, next gets B1-4, then B2-1, then B2-4 & so on. So, if you have odd number of tickets left on checking, you are sure to be allotted across 2 coaches...
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post That should indeed be the case. Perhaps a more encompassing discount for internet addicts --- to help us get out more!
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