Indian Railway under Ministry of Railways, India and IRCTC is its official online ticket booking platform and is also known as one of the world largest railway networks which was started in 1853, from Mumbai to Thane. In current days it runs around 10000 trains daily.
You can reserve your ticket for any train on the Indian Railways network; you can choose your ticket from any originating station to any destination. You can book your ticket whenever you want from any booking centers, across the country. You can also book your onward and return journey ticket of any destination with in the country from any computerized Reservation Center nearest to you not only from major railway stations of India. This networking makes the ticket reservation much easier faster and simpler.
IRCTC Advance Reservation Period can go upto 60 days in advance, you don’t have to select the date of journey at the train beginning station.
You can know the reservation status of ticket clearly indicated in your ticket. Your coach numbers are mention on your ticket as well as your berth numbers are also mention on your ticket when your ticket is conformed. Coach and berth are not mentioned on First Class and AC First Class.
You can board a train in the reserved coach if you are not able to get a short list ticket , than you can ask Train Superintendent (TTE) after you purchase and unreserved ticket from the booking office. If any accommodation is available in the train than TTE will give you the available accommodation to you.
If you want to find out the current status of your unconfirmed ticket than you can contact the inquiry counters or you can also call 139 from your mobile, land line to the Interactive Voice Response System, which are available at major stations. In you train ticket there is 10 digit PNR Number, IRCTC PNR Number is indicated on the upper left hand corner side of your train ticket ,the PNR number is used to find out ticket status and also helps you to give details of current position of your ticket.