Applying for passport online from http://passport.gov.in/ is quite a good practice. You may get the appointment the very next day if slots are available, sitting at your home just a click away. But you may face some minor technical problems like I faced a few but you need not worry. I faced a couple of problems while making payment online through my debit card. Firstly I forgot my password, recovering which is quite a simple task. To recover your password just click on forgot password and it will direct you to through the procedure to recover it. Go for OTP(One Time Password) it will text you a number on your mobile number. Once you recover it, I recommend you to jot it down somewhere lest you may forget again. 😛
Then the second problem that I faced was that after recovering the password and making the payment through my debit card, the amount was deducted from my account(I got message on my phone) but was not reflected in the Track Payment Status link. It showed the payment status as pending despite the amount had been deducted instantly from my account.
I e-mailed at email@example.com and called at Service/Helpdesk Phone No.: 011-41561114 too but you know government helpline numbers are seldom picked.
Solution: After making the payment, logout of your account on http://passport.gov.in/ and re-login to your account. Then click on View Saved/Submitted Applications then select your application and then you will see a link Re-verify Payment. Click on this link and ENJOY! 🙂 Although this is a sort of bug in the website but I tried to provide the instantaneous solution so that we may not run hither and thither for the solution. And don’t forget to say thanks in case I have saved your life. LoL 😛