The mysterious ladies' quota

#1 Jun 22nd, 2010, 17:11
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Hello everyone,

So I just managed to book tickets for me and my sister on the IRCTC site without any problems

I noticed this button "ladies quota" and I thought, well, we're two ladies, so let's take this...

Only afterwards I started searching for information about this ladies quota, but there is very little to be found... I found an old thread on this forum, and one on the thorntree forum, but it's still unclear to me what I can expect...!

We've got berths S4/17 and S4/20 on one train, and s1/17 and S1/20 on another, so that goes against the theory that ladies berths are in the last carriage next to the toilets!? I've also read that there could be doors at the booth, but then people say that that was on older trains and not anymore...

So does anyone have recent experience with ladies quota??? Does it actually make any difference to booking normal berths?

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Since you got the berth no. 17 & 20 on both trains it seems that those berths are reserved for ladies quota.

Doors at the booth ? Do you mean cabin type coaches ? Those are Non-AC first class coaches & not sleepers. And yes ! the are pretty rare and uncommon these days.
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according to this "Indiamike train guide" (http://www.goneindia.com/Indiamike_t...website__.pdf) (which reference a number of members) the ladies quote reserves a set of berths (6) together exclusively for women. No mention of a door (coupe style) or similar. As such that 'ladies quota' area would not be imediately identifiable as such. Seems to be a reasonable explanation.
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Originally Posted by NatashaC View Post the ladies quote reserves a set of berths (6) together exclusively for women. No mention of a door (coupe style) or similar. As such that 'ladies quota' area would not be imediately identifiable as such. Seems to be a reasonable explanation.
##In the olden days, Berth Nos.1 (LB), 2 (MB), 3 (UB), 4(LB), 5 (MB) and 6 (UB) were earmarked as LADIES QUOTA, which means all these 6 berths will have to be allotted only to Ladies. Subsequently, the numbers were changed to third bay, namely, 17 (LB),18,19,20 (LB),21,22. If there are no Ladies, then these berths will go vacant but gents will NOT be accomodated against this Quota even during Charting.

##When the Ladies (45+ of age) travel alone, they are eligible for LOWER BERTH QUOTA which is to be shared with Male Senior Citizens (60+) and Pregnant Women. This is in addition to the Ladies Quota.
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Travel alone means if there are Two Ladies (45+) in a Group, they will NOT be considered against Lower Berth Quota, if they book "together". But, they will be considered, if they book "separately".
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Originally Posted by vsp27759 View Post ##When the Ladies (45+ of age) travel alone, they are eligible for LOWER BERTH QUOTA which is to be shared with Male Senior Citizens (60+) and Pregnant Women. This is in addition to the Ladies Quota.


You mean... when I get to sixty they put me in with the women?

Gosh, I can see my train travel increasing in a couple of years time
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What??

I forgot, there are no dirty old men in India.

I like the thread title, since I am all for mysterious ladies.
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Dear Nick,

##I said the Lower Berth Quota (**Two Lower Berths in each Coach - 2A/3A/SL) had to be shared by 45+ Women, 60+Men and Pregnant Women, that is, whoever, among these three categories, comes first, will get a Berth in this Quota.
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Dear Nick,

##The subject under discussion in this Topic had been assigned a wrong Title, because the LD Quota and LB Quota are NOT mysterious, since they are clearly visible in the PRS.
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So where do pregnant men over 60 fit in.
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The miracle quota!

Thanks, vsp. Yes, I agree... I never thought there was anything mysterious about the ladies' quota. I think that Capt has the right idea!
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I think in the olden days the first bay which was reserved for ladies had doors. And the way the berth numbers used to be the berth numbers for the ladies compartment would be 1,2,3,6,7,8. The 4 and 5 were the side berths.
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Originally Posted by ckforum View Post The 4 and 5 were the side berths.

##Even at that time, and NOW, 7 is SLB and 8 is SUB in SL and 3AC!!!

##Sometimes, this "Coupe" in the then 3-Tier, when not earmarked for Ladies, was being allotted to "anybody". Once we got 6 berths in this "Coupe" which even had doors!!!
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##When the Ladies (45+ of age) travel alone, they are eligible for LOWER BERTH QUOTA which is to be shared with Male Senior Citizens (60+) and Pregnant Women. This is in addition to the Ladies Quota.
I'd never heard of this before, VSP, thanks for the information.

If a single lady over 45 prefers upper berths can she still use this quota to 'jump the queue' if there is no other availability on the train?

Even if that's not possible it is still a useful quota to know about.
As long as you don't have to share your lower berth with a 60+ man
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that last sentence begs a response, but I better stay out of it

except to wonder if the lower berth can take the weight of a single 45+ lady, a 60+ man and pregnant women at the same time.

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