Devbrat Patnaik

New Delhi: While booking reserved tickets through the website of Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation(IRCTC), passengers can book tickets under General Quota, Ladies Quota, Foreign Tourist Quota, Premium Tatkal Quota, Tatkal Quota, Senior Citizen Quota, and Physically Handicapped (Divyangjan) Quota.

In addition to the above quotas, accommodation can also be allotted under Reservation Against Cancellation (RAC) & Pooled Quota while booking reserved tickets through website of IRCTC.

These reservation quotas constitute approximately 94% of total reserved accommodation available on Indian Railways, which can be booked both through internet as well as through computerised Passenger Reservation System (PRS) of Indian Railways.

To avoid any misuse, this facility is generally not extended for those quotas which require prior physical verification of documents. However, recently this facility has been extended to persons with disability, Press correspondents and Defence Personnel. Extension of such facilities to different categories of passengers is a continuous and ongoing exercise.

With a view to cater to requirements of different categories of passengers served by Indian Railways, available reserved accommodation is distributed broadly under following types of reservation quotas:

General: Available for General Public

Tatkal: General Public

Premium Tatkal: General Public

Parliament House: Hon’ble Members of Parliament (Sitting and Former)

Ladies: Female passenger travelling alone or in a group of female passengers

Senior Citizen: Combined quota for senior citizens, female passengers above 45 years and pregnant women

Foreign Tourist: Foreigners

Defence: Defence Personnel

Roadside: General Public

Pooled: General Public

Cancer Patient: Cancer Patients

RAC(Reservation Against Cancellation): General Public

Physically Handicapped: Divyangjan

Duty Pass: Serving/retired Railway employees travelling on Duty/Privilege/Post retirement complimentary passes etc. in specified trains

Railway Employees: Designated Railway employees travelling on Duty in trains

Yuva: Unemployed persons between the age of 15 and 45

Emergency: Urgent travel requirement of High Official Requisition (HOR) holders, Members of Parliament, and general public