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Here are IRCTC's latest Tatkal booking rules

Forget the mad rushBCCL
Forget the mad rush
The travelling season is here and your last minute travel bookings might lead you to book Tatkal tickets online. Thanks to the new rules, you have lesser reasons to worry about unconfirmed PNR status. Here's a quick look at IRCTC's Tatkal ticket booking rules as they stand in 2017:
Cancellation ruleBCCL
Cancellation rule
You can now cancel your waiting-list or RAC Tatkal ticket upto 30 minutes before your train's scheduled departure time.
Here's the refund rulesBCCL
Here's the refund rules
However, if your Tatkal ticket is on the waiting list or RAC and it gets confirmed at any time before the preparation of the final passenger chart, you won’t be entitled to refunds in case of cancellation.

There are no concessions offered during the booking of Tatkal tickets. There will also be no refund on the cancellation of confirmed tickets booked through the Tatkal scheme.
Refund for non-confirmed ticketsBCCL
Refund for non-confirmed tickets
If you have booked more than one Tatkal ticket, and the reservation hasn't been confirmed, you are entitled to cancel and get the refund for everyone's ticket, provided that you do so up to 30 minutes before your train’s scheduled departure time.
Claiming TDRBCCL
Claiming TDR
In case the train for which you have booked a Tatkal ticket is either cancelled or is more than three hours late, you can claim a refund by filing a Ticket Deposit Receipt (TDR) with the reason stated.
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