People generally have love and hate relationship with RAC tickets, as it’s both comforting and troubling at the same time. The comfort comes from the fact that you will at least have a seat on the train and the troubling aspect is that you have to share the space with another passenger. In long journeys, the situation of two people on the same seat can be quite problematic. But, did you know that you can get full seat on a RAC ticket? Read to know how and more such interesting RAC ticket rules that you probably didn’t knew.
Total seats reserved under RAC quota: This can vary, as different trains have different number of sleeper coaches. However, for a standard express train with 12 sleeper coaches, total berths reserved for RAC is 71. Since every RAC berth accommodates two passengers, total RAC quota in a normal express train is 142.
RAC can be demoted to waitlist: People usually think that an RAC ticket guarantees them a reserved seat in the train. This may be true in most cases, but there can be occasions when one of more coaches of the train may have to be removed due to technical problems. In such cases, passengers with confirmed tickets will be given preference and RAC tickets will be demoted to wait-list. However, such occurrences are quite rare, so no need to worry much.
Categories of RAC tickets: You might think that RAC tickets don’t have any category, but technically that’s not true. It’s because there’s actually an Emergency Quota (EQ) in RAC tickets, which is given preference over standard RAC tickets. Emergency Quota in RAC tickets is meant for railway staff, VIPs, etc. Here also, the chances are rare that your RAC ticket will be impacted by Emergency Quota.
RAC always means side lower berth: The side berth is usually allotted to RAC ticket holders because it is most convenient for accommodating two people. However, in cases when there is too many cancellations of confirmed tickets, RAC passengers may be allotted middle or upper berths. However, this is quite rare.
Full berth with RAC ticket: This can occur only in two situations. In first case, you can get the entire berth if the other passenger does not turn up and the seat is not allocated to another passenger. Second, if the other passenger’s RAC ticket gets confirmed and the seat is not allocated to another passenger. This is something that most RAC travellers wish for and some lucky ones even get the entire berth on an RAC ticket.
Two RAC numbers on the ticket: On a RAC ticket, there are usually two numbers mentioned, for example, RAC 21/RAC 14. Many people get confused due to this and don’t know which number shows the current status. This is quite simple, as the larger number denotes the RAC status at the time of booking and the smaller number shows the current status of your RAC ticket.
We hope this info will address your doubts and queries related to RAC tickets. Share with family and friends, so that these lesser known RAC rules might be helpful for them in their train journeys.