Tatkal tickets are quite difficult to get online and most of the time the ticket reservation will not be done even though the money will be deducted from our bank account. IRCTC has provided light version with few links not getting loaded during the Tatkal time but still getting ticket is difficult. I got the error page as soon as I gave user name and password.
error page I got on www.irctc.co.in
Here is the work around to get the Tatkal tickets quickly. Recently IRCTC has introduced the new generation ticketing system which gets loaded quickly and has new interface. Even though it is meant to book only the e-ticket (not i-ticket also), we can book Tatkal ticket also with little tricks. I thought of testing it during Tatkal time and it worked fine.
new login page using the new link
new interface of e-ticketing system
Use this link www.nget.irctc.co.in to open the new ticketing system interface providing user name, password and captcha image shown. Provide the source and destination stations and day of travel as next day as you are looking for Tatkal ticket. Search the trains and once the list is displayed, select Tatkal and click on the class of train you are looking for. You can easily proceed with the link and book the tickets. Only drawback is the net banking facility of few major banks are not available through the net banking facility link.
select Tatkal as shown in red box instead of default selected General
Tatkal tickets availability
I could easily login during Tatkal hours on Friday and could even book a ticket. Hope the site works with the same speed in future too!