Student Reservation Rules & Concession

How do I apply for Student Concession?

  • The Student Concession tickets are permitted only in Sleeper Class (SL) and 2nd Seating (2S)I tickets.
  • Only I-tickets can be exchanged with student concession by presenting the I-ticket and the valid student concession order to the nearest Railway Reservation Office By going to the reservation office along with his journey cum reservation ticket and a request for exchanging the same with the student concession.
  • He will surrender his original fully paid ticket and a student concession ticket with the revised fare (with same seat/berth number status) shall be issued to him.
  • The difference of fare (paid and payable) less the clerk age charge of Rs. 20/- shall be refunded and shall be credited to his account electronically on the next day by IRCTC on receipt of refund file from the Railways.

Is student concession applicable for both E/I tickets?

  • The Student Concession tickets are permitted only in Sleeper Class (SL) and 2nd Seating (2S). Presently it is not permitted on E-Tickets.

How will I be refunded the difference of fare paid extra with respect to student concession?

  • The difference of fare (paid and payable) less the clerk age charge of Rs. 20/- shall be refunded and shall be credited to his account electronically on the next day by IRCTC on receipt of refund file from the Railways.

Student Concession :-

  • Students going to hometown and educational tours :
    • General Category - 50% in 2nd and SL class & 50% in MST and QST
    • SC/ST Category - 75% in 2nd and SL class & 75% in MST and QST
    • Girls upto Graduation and boys upto 12th standard (including students of Madrasa) between home & school (MST) - Free second class MST
  • Students of Govt. schools in rural areas - for study tour - once a year - 75% in 2nd class
  • Entrance exam - Girls of Govt. schools in rural areas for national level for medical, engineering, etc. entrance exam - 75% in 2nd class
  • Concession to students appearing in main written examination conducted by UPSC & Central Staff Selection Commissions - 50% in 2nd class
  • Foreign students studying in India - traveling to attend camps/seminars organised by Govt. of India and also visit to places of historical & other importance during vacations - 50% in 2nd and SL class
  • Research scholars upto the age of 35 years - for journeys in connection with research work - 50% in 2nd and SL class
  • Students and non-students participating in Work Camps - 25% in 2nd and SL class
  • Cadets and Marine Engineers apprentices undergoing Navigational/ Engineering training for Mercantile Marine - for travel between home and training ship - 50% in 2nd and SL class

Season Tickets To Students :

  • Season tickets to students are issued for First & Second class upto the maximum distance of 150 Kms.
  • The student monthly season tickets will be charged at half of the normal adult season ticket fare and student Quarterly Season tickets will be charged at 2.7 times of the Student MST fare.
  • These MSTs/QSTs will be issued without any minimum charge to the students of recognized institutions under.
  • Condition that the age of students, to whom the tickets are issued, should not exceed 25 years in the case of student in general, 27 years in the case of students belonging to the Scheduled Castes/Tribes and 35 years in the case of Research Scholars.

NOTE : Season tickets to students of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes shall be issued as under: -

  • MSTs: On payment of 50% below the normal Student MST fares, and
  • QSTs: On payment of 2.7 times of the concessional fares of MSTs vide. (i)above

Free MST to Students :

The facility of Free Monthly Season Tickets (MSTs) is available to Boy Students studying in classes upto 10th Standard and Girl students studying in classes upto 12th standard for commuting daily between the stations serving the place of residence and school. They carry the caption MILLENIUM GIFT FROM RAILWAYS. These free MSTs are issued subject to the following conditions: -

  • Only MSTs are issued and QSTs are not issued.
  • As in the case of concessional student MSTs, these are also issued upto maximum of 150 Kms.
  • These are issued for second class only and are not valid for travel in any Mail/Express train, including superfast train.
  • No other surcharge is levied on these MSTs (Even the CIDCO surcharge applicable on Central/Western Railway for travel on specific section in Mumbai area is not leviable)
  • The free MSTs are issued subject to all other conditions applicable for issue of concessional MSTs to students.
  • The concessional student MSTs/QSTs continue to be issued on demand as per rules.

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