What is the Indian Railway's IRCTC ticketing system?


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Indian Railway’s IRCTC ticketing system is an online train ticket booking service. Established by the Ministry of Railways, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited provides e-ticket and i-ticket booking options, as of 2015. With an e-ticket, users can save and print electronic tickets using their devices. The i-ticketing option, which is available only in select locations across India, uses a courier service to deliver train tickets to the users.

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Users can register with IRCTC for free using their valid mobile numbers and email IDs. To book an e-ticket, go to Irctc.co.in, and log in using a valid username and password. From the "Plan My Journey" tab, enter the source and destination stations and the journey date, and click on "Submit." This opens a list of available trains on the selected route along with available coach classes. Click on an available class to view the ticket fare and seat availability for the selected date.

Then, click on "Book Now" to begin the booking process. On the journey details Web page, enter the required passenger information, and click on "Next" to view the payment options. Select from the available payment options, and click "Make Payment" to initiate the transaction. After a successful transaction, users receive the completed booking details. They can print their e-tickets, as well as make cancellations, from their IRCTC accounts.

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