SMS from IRCTC for E-Tickets – Review
Finally the e-ticket sms format from IRCTC has changed to a much better one and IR is truly going digital without use of paper tickets.
I booked a ticket today evening and got the sms in the following format.
Train No: xxx
Class of journey
From – To
Name of Passenger (1) + number of passengers
Coach number (seat/berth number) of each passenger
Now its very much convenient to show the SMS to the TTE and an original ID proof and we are done! Truly a better way to save paper and in turn trees. Appreciate this move from IR and IRCTC.
This means if you book a e-ticket then no print out will be coming out? Only this sms will be our final ticket?
Print out depends on you. If you want to save paper, you need not print the ticket. But I think I personally will allow some time to pass and check whether this particular style of SMS is accepted by most TTEs, before doing away with the paper ticket totally, especially for longer journeys.
All TTE’s on long journey as well as intercity trains accept the sms ticket + ID proof now. This is even before the sms format change from IRCTC came into effect. Infact I have asked a few TTE’s myself as to whether SMS is acceptable to which they said YES.
Most TTE that I’ve come across are not even interested in looking at the SMS and I feel they are right in doing so, simply because all that you are going to show in the SMS (or for that matter in the e-ticket) is already with them in the chart they are carrying.
ID proof is what they should be interested in verifying.
Here, naturally, the name of the passenger whose ID is available has to be given. Suppose if the ID is available for third passenger, and it is marked so while booking, does it give the name of third passenger (for whom ID is available) or sticks to the first passenger only.
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Recently, I was travelling to Shoranur from Ernakulam by Ernakulam-Cannanore Express. I could see at least a couple of passengers showing their mobile to TTE who accepted this in lieu of ticket. Incidentally, one passenger who showed his mobile was shocked to be pointed out that he was travelling on 8th February with tickets booked for 8th March. This is not to suggest that printed tickets could have averted the incident. It so happened that the seats occupied by the couple were to be taken by passengers from Thrissur, they had a free run till the TTE examined their tickets just before Alwaye.
if you book the ticket now via IRCTC the new sms will show all the details as in the 1st post. I am not sure when this format sms was started by IRCTC but I was booking my tickets yesterday and saw the same. Until sometime back we used to only get FARE and PNR number in the sms like you mentioned. If you book another ticket now then you will see the difference. Please try when you can and check again.
Even if you have only PNR number in your SMS , like Ashish sir said that the TTE’s have the PNR number on the charts they have they can verify your data with your ID proof.
Yes, VRM can be saved the way you save it on your phone. I am not well-versed with the same as I used to carry a printout because my phone browser would timeout always with IRCTC. One more way can be login through IRCTC on computer , get to the page and take a screenshot of the e-ticket and save it as a picture (jpeg) file and then show it as a VRM. I’m not sure if that idea would be workable.
Is there any way of getting a fresh SMS from IRCTC to the same phone if the original SMS got deleted, or to a different phone number if the person who got the original SMS is not one of the travelers?
Unfortunately there is no way of getting a “fresh” sms once the original SMS has been deleted or sending to a different number once the ticket has been booked. However, while booking the ticket you can actually change the mobile number to the number of the person(s) who are travelling and they will get the sms. I think even you forwarding the SMS from IRCTC you got to the other person will be valid. I am not sure of the same though if the TTE’s when they check the sms check from whom it was sent.