What does Indian Railways Charting mean?

“Charting”, “Chart Prepared” or “Chart Not Prepared” as you may have heard these terms while travelling on Indian Railways.

Charting is the process whereby Indian Railways Authorities assign General/Tatkal Quota vacant seats to other quotas. In Indian Railways, there are many quotas under which vacant seats are assigned.

Below is a video explaining how charting works

Common Rules for the Preparation of Charts

  • The first chart for any train is prepared by the authorities approximately four hours before the scheduled departure time.
  • The chart is usually prepared the night before departure for trains scheduled for departure early in the morning.
  • Where there are vacant seats in the first chart prepared 4 hours before departure, the rest of the seats are available for booking.
  • The last chart is prepared approximately 30 minutes before the train leaves the station.
  • Some of the waiting list tickets are confirmed in the final chart.
  • In the final chart, the passengers are assigned Berth and Coach Number, either confirmed or RAC.
  • E-tickets on the Fully Waiting List are automatically cancelled.
  • Tickets can not be cancelled after the final chart has been prepared.

In the final chart, some passengers are also upgraded to higher level accommodation without any additional charges.

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