Vikalp Scheme

Written By Gautham Krishna   | Published on May 20, 2019

The VIKALP scheme by IRCTC offers wait-listed passengers a confirmed berth in an alternate train. The wait-listed passengers can be transferred to an alternate train opted and departing between a time frame of 30 minutes to 12 hours from the scheduled departure of the original train, in which they have booked.

Under VIKALP scheme, passengers can opt for maximum 7 trains, however, as it depends on the availability of seats and train, the scheme does not guarantee a confirmed berth.

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Passengers also have the option to choose VIKALP scheme at a later stage before charting through booked ticket history link.Passengers should note that once they opt for this scheme, their boarding, as well as terminating station, might change to nearby cluster stations. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Vikalp scheme is implemented for passengers of all train types and classes.

  • Vikalp scheme is applicable to all waiting list passengers irrespective of booking quota and concession.

  • Under this scheme, passengers will opt max 7 trains for VIKALP scheme.

  • VIKALP opted passengers who booked in waiting and remain fully Waitlisted after charting will only be considered for allotment in the alternate train.

  • Fully Waitlisted passengers who opted for VIKALP should check PNR status after charting.


In rare situations, passengers who have been provided alternate accommodation might get dropped/re-allotted in alternate train due to last minute change in composition of the alternate train at the time of chart preparation. 

So, passengers who have been provided alternate accommodation should check PNR status also after preparation of charts of the alternate train for final status.


  • No extra charges shall be taken from passenger or any refund shall be provided for difference of fare.

  • When VIKALP opted passenger opts to cancel, after he has been given an alternate accommodation, he will be treated as a CONFIRMED passenger and the cancellation rules will apply accordingly.

  • No refund for difference of fare between the original train and the alternate train, including Tatkal charges, will be given to re-allocated passengers.

Terms and Conditions

  • Opting for VIKALP does not mean that confirmed berth will be provided to passengers in alternate train. It is subject to train and berth availability.

  • Once confirmed in Alternate train, Cancellation charges will be as per your berth/train status in alternate train.

  • In this scheme, your boarding and terminating station might change to nearby cluster stations.

  • Either all passengers of a PNR or none will be transferred to alternate train in same class. The passenger can be considered for shifting to a train leaving from any station amongst the cluster of stations defined by Railways based on the convenience of the passengers to a station serving the destination station on the same analogy.

  • The VIKALP opted passengers who have been provided accommodation in the alternate train will not figure in the wait listed charts of their original train. A separate list of passengers transferred in alternate train will be pasted along with the CONFIRMED and WAITLIST charts.

  • The passenger allotted alternate accommodation can travel in the alternate train on authority of original Electronic Reservation Slip (ERS)/SMS.

  • Wait listed passengers of original train shall not be allowed to board the original train if allotted alternate accommodation.

  • Passengers once provided alternate accommodation in alternate train will be treated as normal passengers in alternate train and will be eligible for up gradation.

  • Once an VIKALP opted passenger has been allotted alternate accommodation, journey modification will not be permitted. If required, the passenger will have to cancel the ticket and book a fresh ticket for modified journey.

  • When a passenger who has been allotted alternate accommodation has not performed his journey in the alternate train, he can claim for refunds by filing a TDR request.

  • Train list once selected under VIKALP scheme can be updated only once.

  • VIKALP Scheme once successfully opted cannot be changed.

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