Variance in E-ticket and I-ticket

Quite often we get confused with what an I-ticket mean and how it is different from E-ticket. This blog post clears you the confusions while doing an online reservation.

IRCTC provides you booking of train tickets online through two modes. One is I-ticket and the other is E-ticket.


I-ticket is a type of online booking where you need to book your train tickets at least two to three days in advance to your journey. After completion of your ticket booking through internet, the ticket will be couriered to your addresses which you have specified while registering on irctc website, or to any other address you specified at the time of booking. At the time of booking you will get an e-mail stating the total fare for the ticket and the berth position of your ticket.

While booking of i-ticket service charges will be levied on your ticket in addition to train fare i.e.,Rs.40 per ticket in lower class and Rs. 60 per ticket in upper class. A maximum of 6 passengers can travel on a single ticket and 10 transactions are allowed per month.

You can book an I-ticket under Confirmed/RAC and even if it is a Waitlisted status. While travelling with an I-ticket you need not produce any ID proof.

If your ticket is not booked due to any failures in the system, you can get the information from “Booked Ticket History” in the site home page.

I-ticket can’t be booked in tatkal quota as the courier cannot reach the destination on time.

You can cancel an I-ticket only through railway reservation counters before chart preparation and you cannot cancel i-ticket online and refund of fare is provided on deducting cancellation charges.

If an I-ticket is lost, duplicate one will be issued under normal railway rules and no charges will be taken on this. Alteration of journey is also possible with i-ticket which means a passenger can increase or decrease his journey if he wants.

If you fail to receive i-ticket with in 2 to 3 days, contact IRCTC call center and enquire about the status giving relevant ticket details. Alternatively you can track the ticket by entering the PNR number in the ‘Track your ticket’ page provided on the website, from the next day of booking the ticket. You can even contact your nearest courier office and submit the proof of identity along with transaction ID and PNR number and collect your ticket.


This is also an internet booking where tickets can be booked till the time of preparation of chart of your train. Here you need to submit the id proof’s of any one of the passengers, who will have to carry the same ID card while traveling.

ID proofs may be PAN card, Passport, Driving License, any photo ID card issued by govt., Voter ID card, Credit card with photo, and any nationalized bank passbooks with photographs, for students ID card with photographs issued from School/College.

After you complete booking of your ticket, a mail will be sent to you within some minutes of time. You can take a printed copy of email and can be used as railway ticket for journey.

Service charges for E-ticket are just Rs 10 for sleeper class and Rs 20 for upper class which is less compared to I-ticket. A maximum of 6 passengers can travel on a single ticket.

An e-ticket can be booked only if the ticket status is Confirmed or RAC.

E-ticket can be booked one day prior to the start of journey i.e., tatkal quota is also applicable here.

E-tickets cannot be cancelled after chart preparation but can be cancelled anytime before chart preparation and even after departure of train.

If an e-ticket is lost, duplicate tickets will be issued on paying some amount of charges.

So what do you think? E-ticket booking process is much simpler than I-ticket…Isn’t it?

For any problems with i-ticket, you can send a mail to, for e-ticket, the email id is

Guys… Look forward in to the ways of smart booking..! 🙂



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