Saturday, March 19, 2016

IRCTC Tatkal Captcha Solution

Bypass IRCTC Tatkal Captcha?

normal irctc login captcha
Captcha image given by irctc website on the login page, specially during tatkal timings is getting smaller and difficult to read. As a result users are not able to login promptly and those precious seconds are lost which enable one to book tatkal tickets successfully. Usually a tatkal ticket booked under 20 seconds stands a good chance to success.

What is Captcha?

CAPTCHA stands for "Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart". It is one of the best methods to stop people using the official website unfairly. Agents started using computer programs which allegedly booked hundreds of tickets within seconds of tatkal opening time. Finally irctc website decided to implement this method, so that such agents don't get the extra edge over common people.

Why IRCTC Captcha?

Though captcha image used in the railway website very clear and simple, it has been observed that character L in small, I in capital, and certain other characters when presented in waved and line crossed format are pretty hard to configure. For example this captcha to the right is quite difficult to comprehend.
Captcha during tatkal booking
Given the fact that seconds matter for tatkal booking, one error in captcha and your chances for getting a tatkal ticket for the next day gets messed up. IRCTC has started this trend of using typical captcha images to slow down net traffic and allow normal window reservations to succeed.

How to bypass?

  • The best way to overcome this delay is to login at least 15 minutes before the scheduled tatkal opening time to overcome login failures due to captcha images. At this time the images are simple and one has plenty of time to try and retry.
  • Do not install any plugin in firefox or chrome which claim to bypass this system. Such plugins/softwares take more time than the manual entry, resulting in more delay. Besides these have potential to steal your private data or credit card information.
  • The second captcha challenge that appears at the 'Passenger Information page' is the most critical, because other information can be auto filled(refer to my post on how to book tatkal ticket in seconds) but not this captcha. Any error here will surely minimize the chances for a confirmed tatkal ticket. Enter this captcha manually. Don't try any plugin or software because the chances are that the plugin/software will take more time to process the image than the human mind.

Solution to fill IRCTC captcha without any error

 The error in captcha entry happens because the captcha image is usually very small.
  • The trick is to zoom the web page to 200% or more depending on the PC screen size. The will make the image bigger and readable. To zoom a web page in google chrome browser, do the following:
Find the "Zoom" section in the menu and choose one of the following options:
  1. Click to make everything on the page larger. You can also use the keyboard shortcuts Ctrl and + (Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS) and ⌘ and + (Mac).
  2. Click to make everything smaller. repeat the same procedure accordingly or use shortcuts Ctrl and - (Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS) and ⌘ and - (Mac).
  • In firefox browser to zoom in and zoom out a web page, use the following shortcut key:
Keyboard shortcut:
  1. To zoom in, increasing the size, press and hold commandCtrl while pressing +.
  2. To zoom out, decreasing the size, press and hold commandCtrl while pressing -.
  3. To reset size back to normal, press and hold commandCtrl while pressing 0.
Captcha image after zoom in 200%
The difference is clearly visible in this screen shot to the right. After you enter the image text correctly in the text field, return back to normal screen size using the methods described above.
  • REFRESH CAPTCHA: If you arrive at the passenger details page too quickly, chances are that captcha shows an error, it is better to refresh the captcha image by clicking this icon
  • WAIT FEW SECONDS: It is always better to wait and let the captcha load, then enter it carefully. There is no use waisting 20-30 seconds by entering the wrong text and doing the same process again.
  • CAPTCHA LENGTH: The complexity and length of the captcha image increases with number of times you arrive at the page in the same login session. So it is better to keep it simple by arriving the passenger details page for the first time during one login session.
  • TIMING and PRACTICE: There is no alternate to good timing and practice. Keep in mind that early login(10-15 minutes before the scheduled tatkal opening time) is ideal. Besides your agility and typing speed matters. Keep all the information at hand like passenger details, aadhaar card number or pnr number, age of the passngers and correct spelling of names. Using firefox such entries can be made using autofill feature.
All the best.

LTC BLOCK YEAR FOR CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES OF INDIA

A BLOCK YEAR consists of 4 calendar years. the present block year runs from 2013 to 2017. this can be divided into 2 block years for home town travel concession i.e. – 2013-15 and 2015-17, and concession to travel the HOME TOWN is obtainable twice. Rather than 2 visits to home city/town, the employee is eligible to convert two home town travel concession into ONE ALL India LTC concession. Eligible employees who haven’t availed of the home town travel concession of the 2013-15 year block can utilize it in 2015-17, or they can apply for it to be converted to All India LTC and avail LTC twice in one block year.

The central govt. employees are eligible to utilize air, ship, rail and road transportation facilities, along with the travel class depending on their designation and eligibility there of. 

In the year 2010, in order to develop Jammu & Kashmir and North-East Region, it was announced that Central Government employees are eligible to travel to these regions via air from Delhi and Kolkata respectively. It was also announced that the travel expenses could be claimed in advance. Following this announcement, Central Government employees have started travelling via air, along with their families. From the HEADQUARTERS, where they are employed, they have to travel to New Delhi or Kolkata by train and go to Shri Nagar or Gauhati by airplane. 

This concession is given in two categories, on the basis of grade pay. Those with GP higher than Rs. 4200 and above are eligible to travel from the airport nearest to their work headquarters. Those with GP lesser than Rs. 4200 will have to travel to Delhi or Kolkata by train and continue only the rest of the journey by airplane. 

These concessions were initially announced for only two years and then extended to 2013. Each BLOCK YEAR can be carried forward to one year, i.e., those who haven’t utilized the facility in 2012-13 BLOCK YEAR can avail of it until December 2014. 


This wonderful opportunity will draw to a close very soon. The Government has issued permission to travel by air to the NORTH-EAST REGION JAMMU & KASHMIR AND ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS until 25.09.2016. VIDE OFFICE MEMO: CLICK HERE

irctc.co.in irctc login page

Login to irctc.co.in or www.nget.irctc.co.in official website fast and safe. The login screen below helps you to sign in the official site faster than others. This will help you book confirm tatkal tickets also.

LOGIN

User ID  : 
Password  : 
Captcha  :
Captcha letters are case sensitive
Refresh

IRCTC is the only official website that enables you to book Indian railways tickets online. This website is maintained by Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited. 
The best way to visit the irctc website is to type the following address in your internet browser's address bar:
www.irctc.co.in. For reference look at the following image to see where is address bar and what to write there:
The top space with green text and a lock is the address bar. Type the website name there.

A grab from the irctc login page official website old interface.

When the IRCTC login page opens it gives you an option to login. If you are a new visitor you should create your account first. Instruction to create a new account can be found on the official irctc website itself. Please make sure that all the details that you put in are correct. If you make a fake account irctc can disapprove your account at a later stage without any warning and can file a case against you for false impersonation.
The best thing about the irctc website is that it accepts all major Indian banks debit/credit cards and the payment is also possible via internet banking. I am using the website for the past 10 years and so far I have got no problems except few errors and payment failures. In case your payment is done i.e. amount from bank account is debited but ticket not booked then you need not worry. The system automatically reverses the payment and you get your money back within a week. So if your money is deducted and you didn't get your money back to your account you don't need to worry. Just for few days or about two weeks and even after you have not got your irctc login money back do try to contact irctc customer care.
You may contact us
Customer Care No.011-39340000.
Fax no.011-23345400
Chennai Customer Care No.044-25300000
For Railway tickets booked through IRCTC
General Information
I-tickets/e-tickets: care@irctc.co.in
For Cancellation E-tickets: etickets@irctc.co.in
For Mumbai Suburban Season tickets: seasontickets@irctc.co.in
For IRCTC SBI Card users who do not receive the card within 01 month from the date of application kindly call on the Railway SBI Card Helpline nos. at 0124-39021212 or 18001801295 (if calling from BSNL/MTNL line) or send email to feedback.gesbi@ge.com For other queries on your IRCTC SBI card account, kindly email at shubhyatra@irctc.co.in


Registered Office / Corporate Office :
Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd.,
B-148, 11th Floor,Statesman House,
Barakhamba Road, New Delhi 110001.


If you are looking for all the services that irctc official site provides than you can follow this link IRCTC Services.
Update: A great news for the irctc login registration users is that it is working on a brand new more user-friendly website which has been launched through the last week of April 2014. This new site is more robust, fast and gives less errors than the previous one. But as you can see irctc people are more concerned in revenue generation than hassle free user experience that's why the login username and password is in the middle of the page and you to look for it very carefully. For your covenience I have put here a screen shot of the login page.


IRCTC is now improving and has shed some ads to let you login fast by opening their homepage fast but most people think that this will not help in making the website fast as well because number of users are increasing exponentially. As per the railway budget 2013 it was able to handle 120,000 users at any given time.

LTC Rules - GOI Office Memorandum - J&K, Andaman & Nicoba and NE by AIR

No. 31011/ 3/ 2014-Estt.(A-IV) 
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
....
North Block, New Delhi-110 001 
Dated: 26th September, 2014 
OFFICE MEMORANDUM 
Subject:- Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession) Rules, 1988 — Relaxation to travel                    by air to visit NER, J&K and A&N. 

The undersigned is directed to say that in relaxation to CCS (LTC) Rules, 1988, it has been decided by the Government to permit Government servants to travel by air to North East Region (NER) , Jammu and Kashmir and Andaman & Nicobar Islands (A&N) as per the following scheme - 

  1. All eligible Government servants may avail LTC to visit any place in NER/ A&N/J&K against the conversion of one block of their Home Town LTC. Fresh Recruits are also eligible for this benefit against conversion of one of the three Home Towns in a block of four years applicable to them.
  2. Government servants entitled to travel by air can avail this LTC from their Headquarters in Economy class.
  3. Government servants not entitled to travel by air may be permitted to travel by air in Economy class in the following sectors: 
    a. Between Kolkata/ Guwahati and any place in NER 
    b. Between Kolkata/ Chermai/ Bhubaneswar and Port Blair. 
    c. Between Delhi / Amritsar and any place in J&K 

    Journey for these non-entitled employees from their Headquarters up to Kolkata/ Guwahati/ Chennai/ Bhubaneswar / Delhi / Amritsar will have to be undertaken as per their entitlement.
  4. r travel is to be performed by Air India in Economy Class only and at LTC-80 fare or less. 
  5. Air travel by non-entitled officers on the sectors mentioned in item (iii) above may be permitted while availing LTC to any place in India (4 year Block) also. 
  6. Air Tickets to be purchased directly from the airlines (Booking counters, website of airlines) or by utilizing the service of Authorized Travel Agents viz. 'M/s Balmer Lawrie & Company', 'M/s Ashok Travels & Tours' and 'IRCTC' (to the extent IRCTC is authorized as per DoPT's O.M. No. 31011/6/2002-Estt.(A) dated 02.12.2009) while undertaking LTC journey. Booking of tickets through other agencies is not permitted.  
  • These orders shall be in operation for a period of two years from the date of issue of this O.M.  
  • All the Ministries/ Departments are advised to bring it to the notice of all their employees that any misuse of LTC will be viewed seriously and the employees will be liable for appropriate action under the rules. In order to keep a check on any kind of misuse of LTC, Ministries/ Departments are advised to randomly get some of the air tickets submitted by the officials verified from the Airlines concerned with regard to the actual cost of air travel vis-a-vis the cost indicated on the air tickets submitted by the officials.
  • In their application to the staff serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders issue after consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India. 
(official link of this order: http://www.niser.ac.in/FA-forms/LTC%20guidelines.pdf)


  

Thursday, March 10, 2016

तत्काल टिकट कैसे बुक करें?

तत्काल टिकट कैसे बुक करें? हम जब कभी यात्रा की सोचते हैं और वह भी अचानक तब मन में यही बात खटकती है कि टिकट का क्या होगा?
अगर आप निम्न लिखित बातोँ पर ध्यान रखें तो आप खुद irctc.co.in की वेबसाइट से तत्काल टिकट निकाल सकते हैं। जी हाँ बिना किसी एजेंट की मदद के। 
  1. इस प्रक्रिया में सब से बेसिक लेकिन ज़रूरी है कि आप का i r c t c की साइट पर अपना अकाउंट हो। अकाउंट खोलने की जानकारी आप को यहाँ  सकती है। 
  2. ऑनलाइन पेमेंट के लिए पहले से मन बना लें कि किस अकाउंट से करना है। अगर आप के पास स्टेट बैंक ऑफ़ इंडिया का है और इंटरनेट बैंकिंग भी है तो आई आर सी टी सी  के लिए two स्टेप वेरिफिकेशन हटा दें वर्ना पेमेंट प्रोसेस करने में इतना टाइम लग जायेगा कि साड़ी सीटें बुक हो चुकी हूँगी। 
  3. सब से महत्पूर्ण ! आप वेबसाइट ctrlq.org/irctc पर जा कर रिजर्वेशन के लिए भरा जानेवाला फॉर्म पहले से भर लें। यह आपका रेल रिजर्वेशन में लगने वाला समय कम कर देगा और आपको दूसरों से पहले टिकट मिलने का चांस बढ़ जायेगा। दाहने हाथ की फोटो उसी वेबसाइट की है। अगर फॉर्म भरने में कुछ समझ में न आये तो वीडियो वाला बटन क्लिक करें और डिटेल में पूरी प्रक्रिया को समझ लें। याद रखें कि इस वेबसाइट का रेलवे की वेबसाइट से कुछ भी लेना देना नहीं है। यह केवल एक सहायक मात्र है।
    मैजिक ऑटो फिल फॉर आई आर सी टी सी के नाम से जाना जाने वाला यह फॉर्म एक सटीक हथियार है। इस वेबसाइट पर दिया फॉर्म आपके गूगल क्रोम या मोज़िल्ला फायर फॉक्स या इंटरनेट एक्स्प्लोरर के बुकमार्क्स बार पे सेव
    होजायेगा।  
  4. अच्छा होगा कि रात 12:30 के बाद आप पूरी प्रक्रिया को सच में प्रैक्टिस कर लें ताकि सुबह 10 बजे आप हर तरह से तैयार रहें 
  5. इतना कुछ करने के बाद भी अगर आप टिकट नहीं निकाल पा रहे तो फिर एजेंट का सहारा लें। हमारा भारत अभी भी ऐसे चोरों से भरा पड़ा है जो हर सिस्टम की म** ब** एक करने में लगे हैं। करप्शन मुक्त भारत की प्रतीक्षा करें। 
तत्काल टिकट 

आई आर सी टी सी अब परोसेगा ब्रांडेड खाना

आई आर सी टी सी अब परोसेगा ब्रांडेड खाना

हिन्दू अख़बार के अनुसार अब रेल यात्रियों को ब्रांडेड खाना परोसने की तैयारी कर रहा है आई आर सी टी सी। इस के लिए सब से विजय वाड़ा स्टेशन को टेस्ट बेसिस पर चुना गया है।
अभी रेलवे अफसर इस के लिए योजना की एक एक तफ्सील को जांच रहे हैं।
लेकिन रेलवे अफसरान ने यह बताने से बचते रहे कि वह कौन कौन से ब्रांड हैं जिन को परमिशन मिली है। विजयवाड़ा के डी आर एम ने बताया के मैकडोनाल्ड के एफ सी या सबवे कोई भी हो सकता है
तथ्य यह दिया जा रहा है कि ब्रांडेड भोजन के मांपदण्ड और गुणवत्ता और दूसरे भोजन से अच्छी होती है और उपभोक्ता संतुष्टि दर भी बहुत होती है।
इसी सन्दर्भ में यह भी बताया कि रेलवे सोलर ऊर्जा अपनाने के अपने लक्ष्य के लिए पूरी तरह कार्य रत है।
डी आर एम ने बताया कि अब तक डिवीज़न में चार सौ बायो टॉयलेट्स भी फिट किये जा चुके हैं।
आई आर सी टी सी ने इस बात पर ज़ोर दिया कि वह प्रधान मंत्री द्वारा चलाये जा रहे स्वछ भारत अभियान के लिए पूरी तरह वचन वध है और बायो टॉयलेट परियोजना इसी अभियान की एक कड़ी है।

लेखक की राय:

रेलवे धीरे धीरे निजी करण की तरफ कार्यरत है। बड़ी बड़ी कम्पनियाँ दबे पाँव अपने पाँव पसार रही हैं। वह दिन दूर नहीं जब पब्लिक टैक्स का क़ीमती पैसा और रेलवे जैसी कमाऊ संपत्ति इन पूंजी पतियों के हाथ में होगी। तब रेल किराया और दूसरी जन सुविधाएँ पैसे से मिला करेंगी। 

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