What is a railway reservation form?
If you wish to travel by Indian railway services then you have several ways to book your ticket. Following are the various ways by which you can book your tickets
Customers who wish to book their tickets through first option that is through the counter need to fill in a requisition form. This requisition form is available on the counter free of cost and has to be submitted to the officer appointed.
Below is a copy of the railway reservation form.
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For booking of train tickets through Reservation Counters you need to fill the Reservation form which looks like the above image (click to enlarge it).
There are various boxes which are provided with general information for example there is a box which asks for weather the passenger is a doctor or not. This information can come handy in case of medical help which may be required during the travel.
The second box asks whether you are a senior citizen or not. If the passenger is a senior citizen then a proof of age is required such as a date of birth certificate or driver’s license or any other ID card which has a mention of DOB. Senior citizens can also make use of the senior citizen discount or concession.
The next box helps in providing a free upgrade if there is an accommodation available. That is if a passenger has ticked this box then Indian Railway may provide a higher class accommodation if available if the fare is paid in full. Hence it is advisable to always tick this box. Similarly if you are allocated a seat in a waiting list and your ticket is not confirmed then the passenger may be allocated a lower class seat.
Next box speaks about the Train No
Name of the train
Class-the class can be categorized into Sleeper Class (SL) or 3 Tier AC (3A) or 2 Tier AC (2A)
A number of the berth or the seat number which you desire to book during the journey.
In the next box which says the station for you need to fill in the name of the station from where you want to board the train and in station to you need to fill the name of the station where you want to get down. Boarding at and reservation Up to also speaks about the station where you want to board the train and where you want to get down.
The next box is one of the most important boxes which gives details about the passenger who is travelling such as the Name, Sex, Age and the berth which they would like to travel in that is Lower, upper or the middle berth.
In case of travel in Rajdhani Express and Shatabdi Express there is a special column which mentions about meals. So if you want to have a veg meal then tick mark veg and in case of non veg tick mark non veg box.
This form has provision for 6 adults and 2 children but if you are filling the form for tatkal ticket then you can fill maximum 4 passenger name.
The next section needs to fill if there are any children below the age of 5 years who are travelling along with adults. Indian Railways do not issue any tickets for children under 5 years but they need to be mentioned for record keeping.
The next box talks about the return journey. If you wish to take a return journey then again you need to mention details about Train No and Name, Date, Class, Station From, Station To. If you are taking only one side journey then you can leave this section.
The next section provides details of the person who personally fill in the application at the counter. He needs to mention his name, address, phone number, the time at which the form is filled and his signature. This information is required for record keeping which can come to use in case of emergency.
The next section needs to be kept blank as this is for official use. This has information about the berth which has been allocated, PNR number and the amount which has been deposited. This is filled by the officer in charge.
Once all these have been adhered to you can present the filled form to the officer in charge himself, would then check all the detail and ask for payment and would print out a ticket and give it to you.