On September 5, 2012, the United States Embassy in India announced it will begin using a new visa processing system. The new system will standardize procedures and simplify fee payments. Appointment scheduling will be completed by phone or through the website, www.ustraveldocs.com/in. The new visa processing system for India will be available beginning September 26, 2012. This system streamlines the visa process to help meet the increased demand for U.S. visas by offering more online services. One difference to note is that first-time applicants will need to schedule two appointments; one for fingerprinting and one for the consular interview.
For further details read the original press release (http://newdelhi.usembassy.gov/pr090512.html).