IRCTC is most trafficked site since most people reserve tickets for their journeys. With this imperfect world, we cannot plan our jouneys very earlier so most of us depend on Tatkal booking that will open only 2 days before the date of travel. When we try to book tickets at 8:00 (which is the start time of Tatkal booking), IRCTC will be unresponsive and Service Unavailable message will continuously irritate us. Don’t be panic! By following few techniques, you can increase your chance of getting your ticket confirmed with Tatkal, though it will not guarantee your ticket.
Firefox with Firebug+Web developer (Generally, add-ons will make surfing slow, but this help you in this matter)
Roboform – Form filler
Make sure to fill the quick book form with necessary details using Roboform the previous night.
The next day morning at 7:58AM, pre-fill the form (that you have already saved in Robo form) in IRCTC’s quick booking form.
Troubeshooting & Tips:
1) If you see Service Unavailable, gently press F5.(means only when you see that error, NOT continuously, otherwise you may receive session expired error).
2) Use Netbanking for payment, it seems to be faster. My colleague suggested Credit card payment also seems to be faster since there is no OTP, just the Verified by Visa password.
3) If session expired, re-login and go to quick book form and use our already saved form to fill and try again. Never give up too easily. You can try till 8:15AM to test your luck.
4) You can the same login detail in multiple browser and try in all the browsers. You can try booking in other browser, if your main browsers continuously shows Service Unavailable Error.
6) Use Roboform to fill authentication credentials of online banking details. Don’t type at that moment. Use HDFC, I presume it will directly make payment without OTP that was sent to Mobile (This is the only place SBI perform badly and making delay in the payment). Use whatever payment that will not require addition authentication.
Because every second counts…
Note: In fact, sharing the tricks will decrease my chances of getting the ticket confirmed, still I share it because this approach will force me to think new ways of tricking IRCTC (How nice it would be, if my scheduler script automatically fetch my journey date from my Calender program and make a request to Firefox’s GreaseMonkey script, which in turn, fill the necessary details from my notes about Passenger list and retrieves the CAPTCHA code from browser (or to send the CAPTCHA code to Abby Fine Reader that will recognize the code, if Sify guys realizes the CAPTCHA bug and fixed it) and will send it to GreaseMonkey script that will forward this request to my SBI Netbanking and auto-make payment and finally it should alert me with the SMS, “Boss!, we have completed the mission critical operation successfully and got your ticket confirmed. Please remember to make a hard-copy of the ticket that we have sent to your Email. Have a nice journey”)