Few weeks back I was trying to book a ticket from Hyderabad to Delhi but I couldn’t get a confirmed ticket, I was booking ticket 1 month before my travelling date even then I was getting WL in all trains to Delhi. I wondered is every in our country is so advanced planner that they are booking 1-month advance tickets.
Then I thought, it can’t be possible, then started digging more on how seats are reserved in Indian Railway System when I looked details I was SHOCKED with finding.
- 105 out of 1242 berths reserved under EQ quota, only for higher official / VIPs in each train.
- i.e. daily at least 1 lakh seats are only reserved for Higher Official, VIP or railways employees, assuming 1000, trains running daily?
- only 55% seats are available for general public to book tickets 4-month advance
- ~ 30% seats are booked in TATKAL only, 2 days advance.
So if you haven’t still booked the tickets for this festive season, you have 30% seats for grab, see if you can still book them?
Never think of 10% seats as they are reserved for Higher Official/VIP in the train.
I have considered train 12723 for this calculation, EQ quota information are received using RTI application to railways