Here is a good news for frequent rail travellers: For, Aadhaar-verified passengers, Indian Railways has increased the monthly cap on tickets booked on the IRCTC portal from 6 to 12.
The move, came into effect on October 26, and is believed to be a great way for the railways to encourage passengers to link their Aadhaar Numbers to their online booking accounts on IRCTC. Passengers can continue to book up to six tickets a month without validating their Aadhaar cards.
Only if the number goes beyond six, the Aadhaar Number of the user and one of the passengers need to be updated on the IRCTC portal.
To update your Aadhar Card, users need to go on the IRCTC portal, click on ‘Aadhaar KYC’ under ‘my profile’ category and update their Aadhaar Number. For verification, a one-time password (OTP) will be sent to the mobile number linked to Aadhaar.
Ensure that the Aadhaar Number of any one of the accompanying passengers is also updated under the master list. This will be validated through an OTP. This move is expected to eliminate malpractices in ticket bookings as touts and travel agents cannot create fake user IDs anymore.
Also, under general quota, six passengers can be reserved on a single ticket while Tatkal bookings allow reservation for four passengers per ticket.