Knowing the right time to login
IRCTC booking website will log you out automatically if you’re inactive for a few mins. Hence, you have to make sure that some activity is always on while you’re logged in.
In addition to that, IRCTC website logs out all the logged in users just before 10AM if the number of logged in users exceeds its capacity to handle them. e.g. if the website can handle 100 users at a time, it logs out users if there are more than 100 users logged in just before tatkal bookings open at 10AM
Sometimes i have also observed that at 9.59 AM, the server automatically logs out all the users to make sure a smoother transaction for everyone else. Hence, it’s better to stay at the login screen and login only at 9.59 so that you are not logged out by the server.
Here’s a webpage you can use to keep checking the server time followed by IRCTC.
Remember, Initiate the login process immediately after the clock strikes 9.59 AM
Increase your chances with multiple browsers
Even though you know the sweet spot to login into the website, it’s quite possible that the website will amaze you at the last moment. Be ready to attack from multiple fronts!
I always attack from at least 3 fronts.
Ensure you have 2-3 usernames activated well in advance. The sign-up and activation process may take hours or may even fail, hence it’s advisable to do it 2-3 days in advance.
Since you can use only 1 username per browser, you will need to have multiple browsers installed. I use the following (in order of priority) 1) Google Chrome 2) Google Chrome Incognito 3) Internet Explorer 4) Firefox
Choose the best payment method – Credit Cards
Some bloggers claim that the transaction happens fastest when using ITZ cash, but not having tried that option, i will suggest you to use a credit card option. While it may seem a pain to enter all the details of your card and that may seem to eat up crucial 10-15 seconds, it does pay off later.
The IRCTC website is known to be notorious for deducting amount from your bank/card and being unable to process your ticket immediately after. Hence, you have to transact again from the beginning. The worst part being – if your account had 100 rs, and due to the failed transaction you temporarily lost 70 rs, you won’t be able to make another transaction till the amount gets credited back to your account (which takes a few days). To avoid all of this, better use a credit card which will give you enough credit limit to transact at least 2-3 times. By the end of it, even if you face a failed transaction, you will be able to make your booking using your credit card.
Now that you are ready with these crucial insights, time to just put them in action on the booking day! All the best!
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