South Central Railways announced that have taken following steps to prevent the miss use of  Tatkal Scheme. 
  1. Access to Tatkal booking to the Agents who are booking through Inter-net is denied during the opening hours of reservation, ie, between 08 00 am and 09 00 am.
  2. Stringent refund rules are adopted to discourage frivolous and proxy booking
  3. Facility of change of name is not permissible under Tatkal Scheme to prevent transfer of Tatkal Tickets.
  4. With a view to reduce the chance of misuse of e-ticketing facility by IRCTC Agents, quick book option and cash card booking have been stopped between 8 00 am to 9 00 am. 
  5. Individual users are permitted to book o­nly two tickets between 8 00 am to 9 00 am. 
  6. Regular checking are conducted by senior officials reservation offices, particularly during opening hours to check the activities of touts and other unscrupulous elements. 
  7. The load of IRCTC server has been augmented to facilitate easy accessibility to Internet and booking by passengers. 

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  1. Its a great thing now we can get tickets in tatkal bookings

  2. According to my knowledge these facilities already started.

  3. If this facility is still started then it is still nightmare to book the tatkal ticket through internet. I tried few days ago.

  4. no person can book 4 tickets between 8 a.m and 9 will be effective from nov 21st 2011

  5. when ever i tried to make a online tatkal reservation the server always get broken it doesn't work properly and never give the resultant output.
    It have the following error
    *Service Unavailable
    *unable to communicate

    1. There is no improvement. Until IRCTC is really interested in solving the issue we will keep on facing the issue. Ironically the world IT service provider country is having the poorest web service for its heavy tax paying citizens.

      In short govt want to go a step back from 20th century to 18th and have all of needy standing in tatkal line from 4AM to get their turn. Actually tatkal reservation has lost its meaning as someone in urgency can not really book from internet. Sometime if you are lucky enough to reach to payment page and made the payment even then the session may expire and all your efforts will go waste.

      I would suggest if you really need it in urgency then either go to an agent or go early to kiosk for your booking.

      Unfortunately we do not have any right to push for upgrade of servers.