“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.