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Railway Ticket Booking

Separate reservation counters are earmarked for Senior Citizens at various PRS (Passenger Reservation System) Centres if the average demand per shift is more than 120 tickets. The position is reviewed from time to time for continuity of this facility. (Vide office memo of Government of India, Ministry of Railways (Railway Board), New Delhi, No. 96/TG-I/20/P dated 20.02.1996)

Change in the element of concession and Age limit of senior citizens

1. The minimum age for availing concession from 60 years has been reduced to 58 years in case of Women senior citizens. However, the element of Concession will continue to remain at 50%.

2. There is increase in the element of concession in case of men senior Citizens from 30% to 40%.The minimum age will, however, continue to be 60 Years in case of men.

The above concession will be admissible on tickets purchased on and after 01.06.2011. In case of ticket already issued for travels on & after 01.06.2011, refund of difference of fares will not be admissible.

Indian Railways provide 30 per cent concession in all classes and trains including Rajdhani/Shatabdi trains for citizens who have attained a minimum age of 65 years in case of men and 60 years in case of women. No certificate is required for booking but senior citizens must carry a documentary proof of their age during travel. In Tamil Nadu and West Bengal, lower berth for senior citizens is also provided on request.

If you are eligible for any of these concessions please remember:

  1. Concessions are granted on basic mail / express fares irrespective of whether the passenger travels in mail or express or passenger train. No concession is granted on Ordinary fares and other charges like superfast surcharge, reservation fee etc.

  2. No concession is granted for travel in AC classes and on Rajdhani / Shatabdi trains, unless specially mentioned.

  3. Clubbing of two concessions is not allowed.

  4. Concessional ticket cannot be changed to a higher class even by paying the difference fare.

  5. No concession is granted for a journey, the cost of which is borne by Central / State Governments/ Local Bodies/ Corporations or government undertakings.

  6. Some of the concessions are admissible subject to minimum distance of journey, which have been specified in the relevant categories.

  7. All concessions are granted at stations/ reservation/booking offices. No concession is granted in trains.