IRCTC Indian Railways’ new ticket refund rules; All you need to know

If amount getting debited from customer account and ticket not issued, IRCTC will refund the entire Fare and IRCTC service charges electronically (as credit to the relevant credit /debit card account used for the transaction), but the bank/card transaction charges are likely to be forfeited.

IRCTC’s payment reconciliation team works on a 24×7 basis, IRCTC offers no guarantees whatsoever for the accuracy or timeliness of the refunds reaching the Customers card/bank accounts. This is on account of the multiplicity of organizations involved in processing of online transactions, the problems with Internet infrastructure currently available and working days/holidays of financial institutions.

Refund on cancellation: – (i and e-ticket):
The e-tickets shall be cancelled through internet and the refund of fare shall be credited to the account from which booking transaction took place, after deducting the applicable charges and in case of i-tickets, the ticket shall be cancelled at the reservation counter and thereafter on online application, due shall be credited to the account from which booking transaction took place.
In case of e-tickets shall be cancelled online or online TDR shall be filed within the time limits prescribed under these rules for obtaining refund.
All refund will be processed as per Extant Railway Refund Rules:

1. Cancellation Charges for Confirmed Tickets:-

The amount deducted is based on the time of cancellation and the status of your ticket. Detailed explanations are given below: –
(a) If the ticket is presented for cancellation more than forty eight hours in advance of the scheduled departure of the train, a minimum per passenger cancellation charges shall be deducted at the flat rate: –
Class of your ticket Flat Cancellation charges per passenger AC First/Executive Class Rs.240 plus GST, First Class/AC 2 Tier Rs.200 plus GST,
AC Chair Car/AC 3Tier/AC 3 Economy Rs. 180 plus GST, Sleeper Class Rs.120, Second Class Rs.60
(b) If the ticket is presented for cancellation 25%(twenty five) percent of fare subject between forty eight hours and upto the minimum of the cancellation charge twelve hours before the scheduled referred to in clause 1(a) plus GST departure of the train applicable for all AC Classes
(c) If the ticket is presented for cancellation 50%(Fifty) percent of fare subject to a within twelve hours before the scheduled minimum of the cancellation charge departure of the train and upto four referred clause 1(a) ) plus GST applicable for all AC Classes hours before the scheduled departure of the train irrespective of distance
(d) No refund of fare shall be admissible on the ticket having confirmed reservation in case ticket is not cancelled or TDR not filed online upto four hours before the scheduled departure of the train
(e) No refund of fare shall be admissible on RAC e-tickets in case the ticket is not cancelled or TDR not filed online upto thirty minutes before the scheduled departure of the train.

2. Cancellation Charges for RAC or Waitlisted Tickets:-

(a) In case of e-tickets shall be cancelled online or online TDR shall be filed within the time limits prescribed under these rules for obtaining refund.
(b) Where a RAC ticket or wait-listed ticket is presented for cancellation, the refund of fare shall be made after deducting the clerkage if the ticket is present for cancellation upto thirty minutes before the scheduled departure of the train irrespective of the distance.
Clerkage Charge:-
Upto 30 minutes before the scheduled departure of the train irrespective of the distance Clerkage charge Rs.60 per passenger plus GST applicable for all AC Classess
(c) No refund shall be granted on RAC ticket or wait-listed ticket after thirty minutes before the scheduled departure of the train.
(d) Where confirmed reservation has been provided to RAC or wait-listed ticket holder at any time upto final preparation of reservation chart, such ticket shall be treated as a reserved ticket and cancellation charges shall be payable in accordance with clause 1(Cancellation Charges for Confirmed Tickets)

3. Cancellation Charges for Partially Confirmed Tickets

(a) In case of e-tickets shall be cancelled online or online TDR shall be filed within the time limits prescribed under these rules for obtaining refund.
(b) In case, on a party e-ticket or a family e-ticket issued for travel of more than one passenger, some passengers have confirmed reservation and others are on RAC or waiting list, full refund of fare, less clerkage, shall be admissible for confirmed passengers also subject to the condition that the
ticket shall be cancelled online or online TDR shall be filed for all the passengers upto thirty minutes before the scheduled departure of the train.
(c) In case of party e-ticket or family e-ticket issued for travel of more than one passenger, some passengers have confirmed reservation and others are on the list of RAC or waiting list, then in case of passengers or RAC or waiting list not travelling, a certificate shall be obtained from the ticket checking staff to that effect and refund of fare shall be processed online through TDR, indicating the details of the certificate issued by ticket checking staff and the online TDR shall be filed upto seventy two hours of actual arrival of the train at passengers’ destination and the original certificate issued by ticket checking staff shall be sent through post to Group General Manager/IT, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd., Internet Ticketing
Centre, IRCA Building, State Entry Road, New Delhi – 110055.

4. TATKAL Tickets:-

(a) No refund of fare shall be admissible on confirmed Tatkal Tickets.
(b) Grant of refund for unused Cancellation Charges for RAC or Waitlisted Tickets as per clause 2″ Cancellation Charges for RAC or Waitlisted Tickets”
(c) In case of party tatkal ticket or family tatkal ticket issued for travel for more than one passenger, some passengers have confirmed reservation and others are on waiting list, full refund of fare, less clerkage shall be admissible for confirmed passengers also subject to the condition that entire tatkal ticket is surrendered for cancellation upto thirty minutes before the scheduled departure of the train.

5. Full Wait list Ticket:-

(a) In case of wait-listed e-tickets on which of all the passengers is on waiting list even after preparation of reservation chart, names of all such passengers booked on that Passenger Name Record(PNR) shall be dropped from the reservation chart and refund of fare shall be credited to
the account from which booking transaction took place after deducting clerkage.
(b) In case of wait-list i-ticket, such tickets can be cancelled at the computerised Passenger Reservation System(PRS) counter upto thirty minutes before the scheduled departure of the train irrespective of the distance.
No refund of fare shall be granted on RAC or wait-listed ticket after thirty minutes before the scheduled departure of the train.

6. Cancellation of Train:-

(a) e-tickets:- In case of cancellation of trains, automatic full refund of fare on confirmed or RAC e-tickets shall be directly credited to the account from which booking transaction took place and online cancellation or filing of TDR shall not be required in such case.
(b) i-tickets:- In case of i-ticket, the ticket can be cancelled upto 72 hrs after the scheduled departure of train at any computerized reservation counter.

7. Train Running More than Three hours Late and passenger not travelled: –

No cancellation charge or clerkage shall be levied and full fare shall be refunded to all passengers holding reserved, RAC and wait-listed tickets, if the journey is not undertaken due to late running of the train by more than three hours of the scheduled departure of the train from the station commencing journey subject to the condition that
(a) In case of e-ticket, the TDR is filed online before the actual departure of the train for availing full refund.
(b) In case of i-ticket, the ticket surrendered upto the actual departure of the train.
(c) In case the ticket is cancelled or surrendered or if the request for refund of fare is filed online after the actual departure of train. No refund of fare shall be admissible.

8. Cancellation of tickets where railway administration is unable to provide accommodation:-

Where a railway administration is unable to provide accommodation for any reason whatsoever to passengers holding reserved tickets, no cancellation charge shall be levied and full refund of fare shall be granted to them if such tickets are surrendered for refund within three hours from the actual departure of the train.
Provided that when the train is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances such as accident, breach or flood, the ticket is surrendered within three days excluding the scheduled day of departure of the train.

9. Refund on partially used tickets:-

(a) Where a passenger terminates the journey enroute, a ticket deposit receipt (TDR) shall be issued to the ticket holder by the station master of the station in lieu of surrender of the ticket. The original certificate issued by ticket checking staff shall be sent through post to Group General Manager/IT,
Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd., Internet Ticketing Centre, IRCA Building, State Entry Road, New Delhi – 110055.
(b) In case of i-ticket, The TDR shall be issued only upto three days after the scheduled departure of the train.
(c) In case of e-ticket, TDR is filed online upto 72 hours after the scheduled departure of the train.
(d) The TDR shall be issued to the passenger and the passenger may apply for refund of fare within ten days from the date of commencement of journey.

10. Refund of certain fare on failure to provide air-conditioning facility in air-conditioned coaches:-

(1) Where the air-conditioning facility could not be provided for a portion of journey, refund on tickets issued for air-conditioned coaches shall be granted for such portion on the following basis namely
(a) If the ticket is for air-conditioned first class, the difference between the air-conditioned first class fare and first class fare;
(b) If the ticket is for air-conditioned II-tier or air-conditioned III-tier class, the difference between air-conditioned II-tier or air-conditioned III tier class fare and sleeper class fare(Mail and Express);
(c) If the ticket is for air-conditioned chair car, the difference between air-conditioned chair car fare and second class fare (Mail and Express);
(d) If the ticket is for executive class, the difference between the notified executive class fare for the concerned section and first class fare (Mail and Express) for the concerned distance of that section.
In case of e-ticket, the online TDR shall be filed upto twenty hours of actual arrival of the train at passenger’s destination and the original certificate (GC/EFT) issued by the ticket checking staff (TTE) at the time of journey is to be send to following address: through post:
Group General Manager/IT, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd., Internet Ticketing Centre, IRCA Building, State Entry Road, New Delhi – 110055.
In case of i-ticket, the original certificate (GC/EFT) issued by the ticket checking staff (TTE) at the time of journey is to be send to following address: through post: Group General Manager/IT, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd., Internet Ticketing Centre, IRCA Building, State Entry Road, New Delhi – 110055 .
Refund will be processed through TDR only after receiving the original certificate (GC/EFT).
IRCTC will forward the claim to Concerned Zonal Railways under whose jurisdiction the train destination falls. After receipt of the refund amount from the said Railway, refund amount will be credited back to same account of user through which payment was made through opted payment Gateway.

11. Refund of fare when passenger are made to travel in lower class for want of accommodation:-

If the ticket holder of a higher class is made to travel in a lower class for want accommodation in the class for which the ticket was issued, refund of the difference between the fare paid and the fare payable for the class in which it is actually used.
In case of e-ticket, the online TDR shall be filed within two days of the date of issue of the certificate (excluding the day of issue of the certificate)
and the original certificate (GC/EFT) issued by the ticket checking staff (TTE) at the time of journey is to be send to following address:
through post: Group General Manager/IT, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd., Internet Ticketing Centre, IRCA Building, State Entry Road, New Delhi – 110055.
In case of i-ticket, the original certificate (GC/EFT) issued by the ticket checking staff (TTE) at the time of journey is to be send to following address: through post: Group General Manager/IT, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd., Internet Ticketing Centre, IRCA Building, State Entry Road, New Delhi – 110055.
Refund will be processed through TDR only after receiving the original certificate (GC/EFT).
IRCTC will forward the claim to Concerned Zonal Railways under whose jurisdiction the train destination falls. After receipt of the refund amount from the said Railway, refund amount will be credited back to same account of user through which payment was made through opted payment Gateway.

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