When purchasing a reserved ticket on any train operated by Indian Railways, one's required to enter the age and gender (male or female) of all passengers. However, for various reasons, I don't wish to disclose my* gender. For instance, my expressed gender may be different from the one in my identity document (explicitly written or implicitly pictured), or I may not identify with a particular gender.

The standard IRCTC website for purchasing tickets on Indian Railways won't let you through if you don't select a gender.

Is there a way to purchase a train ticket without disclosing your gender? Why does Indian Railways require passengers to disclose their gender at the time of booking?

* Question doesn't necessarily relate to me

  • The gender as well as age of the passenger are printed on the reservation chart as well so I think both of these are integral to the booking. My guess is that it makes it easier for Ticket Examiners to catch people travelling on tickets bought illegally. – RedBaron Oct 9 '18 at 7:32
  • Why does Indian Railways require passengers to disclose their gender at the time of booking Primarily to prevent fraudulent booking of tickets. And maybe allocating same sexes nearby, I would assume for females, when seating options provided during booking aren't available (this is a guess only) – DumbCoder Oct 9 '18 at 8:40
  • @DumbCoder In that case, why have a separate Ladies Quota that female passengers must choose on their own when booking? – gparyani Oct 9 '18 at 9:06
  • @gparyani It would better off if you direct these queries to the call center of IRCTC. They might be able to provide you with answers. – DumbCoder Oct 9 '18 at 9:30
  • Does Indian Railways offer women only cars? – Nick Oct 9 '18 at 19:50

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