Basics of Premium Tatkal

#1 Sep 16th, 2017, 12:16
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Hi Friends
Heard of Premium Tatkal Ticket in Indian Railways and I tried today but could not buy premium Tatkal Ticket in Gitanjali Express (CSTM-HWH) Train No-12859. I tried to buy the ticket from Badnera Junction (BD) up to Howrah (HWH). It is showing "Booking Not Allowed " But it is available and can be bought from CSTM station.
Is it that Premium Tatkal ticket cannot be purchased from all Station.
If so how to know from which station Premium Tatkal can be bought.
Is it that only from the station of origin Premium Tatkal Ticket can be bought.
Seeking your valuable feedback.

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#2 Sep 16th, 2017, 13:54
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There are quotas for different group of stations.
It is possible that the quota from Badnera may have been exhausted, but a bigger quota from station of origin may be still available.
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I think Premium Tatkal tickets are not available in Gitanjali Express.
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Premium Tatkal (as well as normal Tatkal) can only be booked the day before the train departs from it's originating station.

Premium Tatkal is available for Gitanjali, but not from/after the first remote location station (Bhusaval), so when you book online, book from Jalgaon to Howrah, but change boarding station to Badnera.
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Originally Posted by Newworld View Post Premium Tatkal (as well as normal Tatkal) can only be booked the day before the train departs from it's originating station.

Premium Tatkal is available for Gitanjali, but not from/after the first remote location station (Bhusaval), so when you book online, book from Jalgaon to Howrah, but change boarding station to Badnera.
Sir, Thanks it worked. Indiamike is great.

Sir that means we have to know which is the remote location station. We have to know all station name (schedule) and keep searching from which station it is available.
With curiosity I tried the opposite route and found that only from the first two station, ie. HWH and KGP Premium Tatkal tickets can be purchased. May be I am wrong but the definition of remote station is confusing and still not clear to me.

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Originally Posted by skdc14 View Post May be I am wrong but the definition of remote station is confusing and still not clear to me.
I agree, it can be very confusing.

Below is a reply I give a few days ago trying to explain a little about remote location , it was an explanation for a foreigner wanting to book from Mughal Sarai to Puri on a train (number 12816) that starts it's journey in Delhi, (he was wondering if a berth booked from MGS lay empty from Delhi to MGS)

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Indian Railway booking quotas are indeed very complex, especially when it comes to longer distance trains.

A long distance train is introduced (we'll use this Delhi-Puri train as an example), and the railways hope it will fill a need for passengers to get from Delhi (and surrounds) to Cuttack, Bhubaneshwar and Puri, but they're also aware that some passengers may want to use this train for shorter distance journeys.

The majority of berths are allocated to reservations covering the longer distances (usually 80-100% of total route), and these are placed in the General quota (GN), the railways then try to work out what station pairings may also attract passengers (for example, Allahabad (ALD)-PURI), they then make ALD a remote location station for this train (mostly, the few stations after a RL station are included in that RL quota, MGS bookings are taken from the ALD RL quota), and assign a small number of berths to the remote location quota (RL), these same berths then go on another quota, the Delhi-ALD remote station quota (RS), There can be many RL stations, yet there will always be station pairings that don't fall into either GN, RS or RL, so the railways also reserve a few berths for the Pooled Quota (PQ), there can be booked between any stations, then availability will depend on what stations those PQ berths are still vacant for, this is a very simplistic explanation, in reality, it's a little more complex.

It's probably easier to understand if you do a search for your train on erail.in, then click on your train number, then look in the lower half of the screen, you'll see the stations your train calls at, then you'll see a RL next to any stations that have been made RL stations for this train, generally, all stations up to the next RL station are included in the previous RL quota, eg, MGS is part of ALD.s RL quota

But, to answer your question, the berth you reserve on the ALD RL quota was likely used by someone on the Delhi-ALD RS quota.

Station quotas (GN, RS, RL, PQ) are adjusted periodically depending on booking patterns.

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