Service Charges Hiked After Railway Budget

In view of the new Railway Budget, IRCTC has also increased their service charges.

The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation(IRCTC) has become a very vast company over the years. Almost all the online railway bookings are done through it's portal. It also provides various other services as well. It usually takes a nominal service
charge for the useful services it provides. Now in lieu of the new railway budget of 2015, IRCTC has hiked it's service charges as well.
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The hiked charges were an expected move, since it has been ordered to become more profitable. So these are the hiked charges, along with the previous ones in the brackets: service charges
Revised service charges on ticket booking.

  • i-Tickets: Rs. 80 for Sleeper/2nd Sitting class and Rs. 120 for other classes(vs Rs. 40 for Sleeper/2nd Sitting and Rs. 60 for other classes)
  • e-Tickets: Rs. 20 for Sleeper/2nd Sitting class and Rs. 40 for other classes(vs Rs. 10 for Sleeper/2nd Sitting and Rs. 20 for other classes)

The service charges are exclusive of Service Tax. During the buying of these tickets, a service tax of 14% will be levied on the customer.

It is easily observed that the service charges have been doubled. Although this may seem troublesome, this is actual a necessary move. IRCTC is one of the biggest online portals in India and maintaining it is not an easy job. These higher service charges will help in better building of the website so it can handle the ever increasing traffic of the Railway booking system.