Postponement/Preponement Reules

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Indian Railways actually allows you to postpone or prepone your journey. No matter whether you have booked tickets using the IRCTC website or from the rail ticket counter, you can avail this facility. However, there are certain rules, which you must know and follow. Below are the details you must be aware of:

POSTPONEMENT OF JOURNEY

(a) Confirmed Ticket:- Postponement of journey on confirmed tickets shall be allowed in the same or any higher class' by any subsequent train on the same or any subsequent day, for the same destination, provided that:-

(i) confirmed or RAC or waiting list accommodation is available in the train in which fresh reservation is required.:-

(ii) fresh reservation fee for the class for which reservation is required is paid, in case of tickets surrendered during working hours and at least 48 hours before the scheduled departure of the train in which originally booked;

(iii) 25% fare of the already booked ticket is paid as cancellation charges, in case of tickets surrendered during working hours and within 24 hrs and 4 hours before scheduled departure of the train in which originally booked;

(iv) 50% fare of already booked ticket is paid as cancellation charges, in case of tickets surrendered during working hours and within 4 hours before scheduled departure and up the maximum time limits mentioned in rule 213.6(i)(c) (i.e 3/6/12 hours, depending on distance.) after actual departure of the train in which originally booked;

(b) RAC & WAITLISTED TICKETS: Postponement of journey on RAC and waitlisted tickets shall be allowed in same or higher class, by any subsequent train on the same or any subsequent day, for the same destination, provided that-

(i) confirmed or RAC or waiting list accommodation is available in the train in which fresh reservation is required;

(ii) a ticket is surrendered during working hours and up to the maximum time limits mentioned in rule 213.6 (i) (c) ,(i.e. 3/6/12 hours depending on distance) after actual departure of the train in which originally:-

(iii) a clerkage charge is paid;

PREPONEMENT OF JOURNEY

(2) Preponement of journey : Preponement of journey on confirmed, RAC & waitlisted tickets shall be allowed in the same or any higher class, by any earlier train on the same day or any earlier day, for same destination, provided that

(a) confirmed or RAC or waiting list accommodation is available in the train in which fresh reservation is required;

(b) a ticket is surrendered during working hours of reservation office and at least 6 hrs before scheduled departure of the train in which reservation is required or before preparation of reservation chart, whichever is later;

(c) fresh reservation fee for the class for which reservation is required is paid, in case of preponement on confirmed tickets and

(d) a clerkage charge is paid, in case of preponement on RAC & waitlisted ticket;

CONDITIONS FOR MODIFICATION OF JOURNEY

(3) If there is a difference in fares for originally booked journey and revised journey the difference of fare shall be refunded or recovered, as the case may subject to the provisions of rule 213.9(1)& (2) above.

(4) Postponement or Preponement of journey under the above sub-rules shall be allowed only once.

(5) The postponement/preponement of normal train ticket journeys will not be applicable against Tatkal Quota eve on payment of Tatkal charges. more  

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Availability of "Wait listed accommodation"? A newly heard phrase needed clarification. more  
Thanks for sharing this information.If Railway charges the Cancellation charges as usual for post or preponment if tickets,then certainly it would be preferable to get the tickets Cancelled and book a fresh ticket of your choice. more  
Good information. Thanks. more  
Thanks for information. Can it be done online. If not what is the procedure. more  
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