Train ticket cancellation happens often during the festival and holiday period due to uncertain changes in travel plans, waitlisted tickets, etc. The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) offers the facility of train ticket cancellation up to the time when the charts are not ready. E-tickets can be canceled via the IRCTC website by paying a cancellation charge according to train classes.
According to IRCTC, the cancellation fee is charged per passenger and there won’t be any refund for the confirmed tatkal train tickets. Moreover, IRCTC doesn’t entertain any refund of fare on RAC e-tickets in case the ticket is not canceled or TDR not filed online up to thirty minutes before the scheduled departure of the train.
IRCTC e-ticket cancellation charges 2019
IRCTC levies 25 percent of the fare as the cancellation charge subject to a minimum amount fixed for every class if a confirmed ticket is canceled within 48 hours and up to 12 hours before the scheduled departure of the train. The ticket cancellation fee escalates to 50 percent of the fare if a confirmed ticket is canceled less than 12 hours and up to four hours before the scheduled departure of the train.
According to the latest guidelines, IRCTC levies a fee of Rs 240 for AC first class/executive class, Rs 200 for AC 2 tier/first class, Rs 180 for AC 3 tier/AC chair car/ AC 3 economy, Rs 120 for sleeper class and Rs 60/- for second class as the flat cancellation charge if a confirmed ticket is canceled more than 48 hrs before the scheduled departure of the train. The chart preparation time is the time for the chart preparation from the train originating station or the previous chart preparation station, IRCTC said.
IRCTC e-ticket cancellation after preparation of reservation charts
As per IRCTC, a user is not allowed to cancel e-tickets after preparation of reservation charts. However, passengers can use the online TDR filing process in ticket cancellation after preparation of charges and can track the status of a refund via tracking service provided by IRCTC. “No refund of fare shall be admissible on the tickets having confirmed reservation in case the ticket is not canceled or TDR not filed online up to four hours before the scheduled departure of the train,” IRCTC said.