Caution! Do Not Book a Friend’s Ticket with Your IRCTC ID, You Could Face Jail Time – Know the Rule

Here's why you should not book railway tickets for your friends

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Many of you might be booking tickets for others using your IRCTC account, but this act can cause you trouble. Yes, even if you are helping someone, this help can land you in jail. You could face up to 3 years in jail and a fine of 10,000 rupees for doing this.

Let’s understand the rules regarding IRCTC ticket booking. Can you book tickets for others using your ID or not? It is crucial to know such rules to avoid any harm.

   
Caution! Do Not Book a Friend's Ticket with Your IRCTC ID, You Could Face Jail Time – Know the Rule

Booking Tickets for Others With Personal ID is a Crime

Booking tickets for others with your personal ID can be risky. According to Section 143 of the Railway Act, only an officially appointed person can book train tickets for others using their ID. Normal individuals can book tickets with their personal ID only for their blood relations or people with the same surname. If you book a ticket for a friend or someone else, you could face a fine of 10,000 rupees or 3 years in jail. In many cases, you might receive both punishments.

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Time to Book Tickets

If you want to book a Tatkal AC ticket, it starts at 10 AM. Non-AC ticket booking starts at 11 AM. A user ID on the IRCTC website can book up to 24 tickets per month. However, you can only book tickets if your user ID is linked to your Aadhaar card. If your user ID is not linked to Aadhaar, you can only book 12 tickets per month.

What is the Rule?

According to the rules, any individual can book 12 tickets with one ID. But note that this reservation is only for yourself and your family members. Booking tickets for others using your ID is considered an offense.

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