How to upgrade an Indian Railways Train Ticket?

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Earlier, I posted an article on how to book an Indian Railways Train Ticket Online but have you ever thought of a possibility of travelling in an Indian Railways train, with a confirmed ticket in 3AC, having paid the fare for only a sleeper class. Does it sound ridiculous?

But I am not joking and it is infact possible. Indian Railways, in order to optimize the utilization of available accommodation, have introduced a scheme to upgrade a wait listed passenger, who has paid the full fare, to the next higher class without any extra charge, if vacant accommodation is available in higher class.

All that the passenger has to do is to express his willingness to get upgraded by checking yes in the application form while booking his ticket. The system will randomly select the passengers for upgradation, during the time of preparation of charts.

How does Indian Railways Ticket Upgradation Work?

  • This scheme is available in all mail/express trains, having sleeping accommodation
  • Tickets booked on concession and those tickets that partly consist of full fare and concessional passengers are not eligible for upgradation
  • Bulk booked tickets are not eligible for upgradation
  • Upgradation of ticket will be done in one class above only (ex. SL class to 3AC/FC)
  • 6 passengers in one PNR will be upgraded together or none of the passengers will be upgraded
  • Original PNR will be retained.
  • A chart like the waiting list chart indicating the old and new status of the upgraded passengers will be displayed

You may be one of those who can travel as upgraded passenger. Try your luck.

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3 comments on “How to upgrade an Indian Railways Train Ticket?
  1. Yes. This upgradation works very well.
    I had travelled 2 times in 3AC, when i booked for SL class ticket on tatkal only.
    I think this is applicable on availabilty in 3AC & who had booked ticket in SL tatkal only.

  2. Hi all

    This does work but you need to be careful.
    My parents recently travelled and their reservations were upgraded.
    The TTE however refused to acknowledge the same and asked my parents to vacate or get down at the next station. They had to eventually pay the penalty and buy new tickets from the TTE.

    I filed a complaint soon after the journey got over.
    After number of follow-ups, it transpires that the TTE sold the reservations to someone else and made my parents pay extra money for new tickets.

    Iam not sure how this enquiry will conclude but i will see to it that this guy does not go un-punished.

    I know this is not a grievance column but i want others to be warned that something of this sort might happen to you as well. So be prepared and stick to your guns.

    Harish

    • Dear Harish

      Thank you very much for sharing your experience. Your comments are no doubt in the best interest of consumerism. This will promote consumer awareness and come handy to deal with the tricky TTEs the one you mentioned in your comments dt.02.09.2009.
      With regards.

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