When you sign up or register on the IRCTC website, which is the most common and popular portal to book a railway ticket, you have the option of booking an e-ticket or an I-ticket. You can also book a Tatkal ticket, depending upon your requirement. To get an e-ticket, all you need is a printer to take a print-out of the ticket. And just with an photo ID proof – PAN Card, Driving License, Voter ID…you can set out on your journey with that slip of paper.
In a country, which has seen the wave of information technology recently the introduction of e-ticket is a boon. And its popularity is no surprise. An e-ticket is all about convenience. The e-ticket phenomenon has taken the country by storm. Within a very short period of introducing the Indian railway e-ticket, more than half the number of passengers who used Internet, chose to book their tickets online through e-ticketing.
When you book a ticket online on IRCTC website, you have the option of availing an e-ticket or opting for an I-ticket. I-ticket is similar to one you would have got at the ticket counter and it is couriered at the address you provide at the time of booking. However, an e-ticket is sent to your e-mail Id in the form of an e-mail and you can get a printout of the ticket instantly.
The first thing that you have to do to avail of India railways e-ticketing facility is to register at IRCTC. For registration, you have to provide a User name and Password of your choice, which you will use in all your future log-ins for booking tickets or otherwise.