The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) on May 28, 2018 launched its refurbished website that will let passengers know the probability of confirmation of wait-listed tickets.
Though passengers may not get confirmed berths while booking train ticket every time, but, they can now find out whether their ticket stands a chance of being confirmed.
Highlights of the wait-list prediction
• The prediction regarding the confirmation of tickets will be based on a new algorithm developed by the Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS).
• According to the new feature of wait-list prediction, one can predict the chances of a wait-listed or a RAC ticket getting confirmed on the basis of booking trends.
• For the first time, Indian Railways will be mining its own data of passenger operations and booking patterns for making wait-list prediction.
• The algorithm will take into account the past 13 years' data to arrive at a robust and workable model.
Who pioneered the idea of wait-list prediction?
The idea came from Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, who, in 2017, gave one year deadline to complete the process of inducting the predictive service on the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) website.
Other Features introduced on revamped IRCTC Website
• No need to log-in to search trains: The new IRCTC e-ticketing system allows users to search for trains and check on availability of seats without the need of logging-in to the IRCTC account.
• Fare break-up: The revamped IRCTC website provides a user-friendly layout for modification of journey details and a complete fare break-up.
• Allows a passenger to change the boarding point: Passengers can now perform multiple activities like cancellation, printing, request for an SMS, selection of an alternative train through the ‘Vikalp’ option. One can even change the boarding point, if required, through ‘Vikalp’.
• IRCTC user cards: While booking tickets, the site provides separate cards for each passenger to fill in their details. Pre-filled details will help ensure a quick booking experience.
• Smooth payment options: Passengers can manage the payment options easily by marking six banks as preferred banks under the 'My Profile' section, thus, saving on their time.
Nearly 1.3 million tickets are booked on the IRCTC website every day against the reserved accommodation of 1.05 million berths.
Though there are few private players who provide wait-list predictions, the IRCTC system would be more reliable as it will have the advantage of the database of the Indian Railways.