Ever heard of Current Reservation booking in Indian Railways ? If yes, then that option is now available online via IRCTC website. Read along.
For those who don’t know what is Current Reservation Booking, it is an option provided by Indian Railways if you are On-boarding from the station of Train’s Origin, then you may book the ticket in reservation, 1-2 hours before the train starts. For e.g. if you are travelling from Mumbai to Ahmedabad and a train leaves from Mumbai BCT at 9 PM, you may login to IRCTC at 7PM and see in Sleeper (SL) coach if the Current Reservation window is open. If so, you may book it. You will get a confirmed Sleeper coach. This option is available with AC coaches as well. You can only book this option if you are boarding from the station where the train starts.
I have booked the seat using this option from the next halt as well, but that was in Mumbai itself. So you may try your luck.
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Below the snapshot that shows Current Booking Available for 10th Feb 2016, from Ahmedabad. You can see the time of booking is 9:46 PM.
For AC coaches as well :
As you can see the Train 12668 starts at 11:45 PM.
So now that you know that there is an option to reserve a seat for yourself, if you have missed the Tatkal and you have an urgent travel requirement, try the Current Reservation. Thank me later once you are successful in booking. For now, I see that this option is not being explored by many hence the tickets don’t get filled like in Tatkal, so you have the leverage. Have a great time travelling and great time booking. Share it with your loved ones and friends.
Edit 1 :
I just booked in current reservation at 10:05 PM for a train that starts tomorrow at 5:10 AM