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IRCTC Waiting Lists and Chances of Ticket Confirmation

Updated on November 30, 2015
Understand the waiting lists and how to predict your chance of getting a confirmed seat.
Understand the waiting lists and how to predict your chance of getting a confirmed seat.

When booking a ticket online with the Indian Railway, you will use the IRCTC website. If you are booking a ticket in advance, and all seats are already booked, you will be given an RAC, or Reservation Against Cancellation. This means you are in a queue for an open seat.

It can be hard, however, to predict whether there will be a cancellation in any of them.

Below are some easy ways to figure out the likelihood that you will get a seat.

Different Types of Waiting Lists

First, here are the main types of waiting lists used by the in IRCTC:

  • WL This is the most common waiting list. It is for tickets booked on the waiting list.
  • LDWL This is the waiting list ticket for tickets in the ladies seats.
  • CKWL This is the waiting list for tatkal, or short-notice travel, tickets. Tickets on this list will advance to confirmed only if someone who else with a booked tatkal ticket cancels, so the chance of getting your ticket confirmed is small if your waiting list position is greater than 10.
  • PQWL This is the waiting list ticket against the pooled quota. The chance for getting this ticket confirmed is very small.

Chances of Getting a Confirmation

In order to predict your chance of getting to travel with your ticket, follow these steps.

  1. Go to the India Rail Information site and create an account or sign in.
  2. Go to the PNR Forum.
  3. Enter your PNR (passenger reservation number) and click on "Post PNR for Prediction/Analysis."

You will see the details of your booking. Post them on the forum. The members of this forum are experienced, so their predictions about whether a ticket will be confirmed or not are generally accurate. When I posted my booking details, I got a response from five different people in 5-10 minutes.

You may also want to try using this site's analytics to predict your chances. Visit ConfirmTkt and enter your booking details. The algorithm calculates your odds based upon past ticketing trends.

What Waiting List Numbers Mean

There is a confusing display on the IRCTC website. If you see something like "WL 24/WL15" while you are trying to book a waiting list ticket, this means that you are 24th on the waiting list, but that there are already 9 cancellations so your current waiting list position is 15th. When more people cancel their confirmed tickets, your first number will remain the same ie WL 24, but the next one will decrease. When you reach RAC status, you can travel on the train.

What Quotas Mean

Indian Railways trains have quotas, which means they set aside seats for specific individuals. These include foreign tourists, ladies, physically handicapped passengers, and defense personnel.

The quotas can take up a large block of seats. However, they don't exist on all trains. If the quotas don't get filled (which is often), the empty seats are released to the general public on a waiting list when the train's chart is prepared about four hours before departure.

After a limit of nearly 90 seats, the IRCTC starts alloting tickets to the waiting lists. There are several different kinds of tickets:

  • Confirmed tickets These tickets are confirmed against a particular seat number. You will get the seat specified on the ticket that is generated after the booking procedure.
  • RAC (Reservation against cancellation) These tickets are given after filling all of the general seats available at the time of booking. They are confirmed if anyone cancels his confirmed ticket. Normally, nearly 90 seats are allotted as RAC tickets. If you get on a train with an unconfirmed RAC ticket, you will have to share a single berth with another person. Usually ticket examiners will check such seats and allot them to the available vacant seats.
  • Waiting list tickets These tickets are allotted after all RAC tickets have been distributed. If you booked online and have a waiting list ticket, you will not be able to travel on the train. If you booked your waiting list ticket directly at a railway station ticket counter, you can travel but in no particular seat if none are vacant. Waiting list ticked booked online are no good if they do not advance to at least RAC status. If you are unable to use your ticket, your money will be credited back to your online banking account, reduced a service charge.

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      rk 4 hours ago

      My pnr numbers is 6508320730

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      ahmed 9 hours ago

      My pnr number is 6307254393

      status is showing as pqwl 3

      Is there chances of conformation or not

      mail id

      shahnawaz.ahmed8@gmail.com

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      Manoj kumar 10 hours ago

      Sir my waitig list RQWL-6 in 12236 NDLS DBRT RJDHNI and PNR NO 2819627029. This wait list may be confirmed. Pl send to me in my email id.....mesoni198916@gmail.com

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      rkc 31 hours ago

      my pnr is 8765396850 AND tqwl 3 is conform or not

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      av krishna 2 days ago

      my pnr 4337472445 is wl 1 is conform or not

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      PREETI MAURYA 2 days ago

      pnr 2819044334 train name lko mail on 18 nov

      rac 12 its is any confiamation chances

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      Sharma 2 days ago

      TQWL 7 and 8

      PNR: 2139007090

      Will it get confirmed?

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      Sharad Chandra Gaur 2 days ago

      PNR 2719515590

      PQWL - 1,2

      Date- 20.11.17

      Is it conferm or not

      Pls inform me. My

      Mobile no 9424280807

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      Ashutosh Tripathi 2 days ago

      Trainno-12308 me WL1,2,3 on 21.11.2012 PNR NO- 2819751702

      Confirm birth hoga ya nahi ???

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      Rahul kumar 2 days ago

      13 December gari no 2138973340

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      ASHA 3 days ago

      RLWL/1, 2 PNR NO. 4435137750, Train no. 12977 Date: - 20.11.17

      is it confirmed

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      Vijay 4 days ago

      Pqwl - 2 and 3. wil it get confirm?

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      saida shaikh 4 days ago

      Waiting -49-5 . Pnr -8552611575 . Train no.12962 . Date -1dec 2017 dwx to bct

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      Vinay Kumar 5 days ago

      Sir, Jab ticket W/L Se Confirm Hoti Hai tab ticket Kaise Prapat Karein?

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      sadab 5 days ago

      sir mera pnr 2500857649 kon form kr Dena sir ye mera mobail 9082761373 sir aapki Mahan kirpa hogi

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      Kiran 6 days ago

      Pnr no.4757901327

      Is it confirmed or not

      Plz tellbme

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      subhraanshu 6 days ago

      my PNR - 8420126841, journey 14.01.2018... will I get confirm ticket

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      Vikash kumar 6 days ago

      12138 me tikt conforam hogi ya nahi

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      Umesh singh 6 days ago

      TQwl 3 h

      12380 me confirm hgi ya nhi

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      Prem 7 days ago

      will this PQWL 1 to 6 will be confirmed.

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      aman 7 days ago

      my PNR no is 8263427813 having RLWL 7 & 8, Chances of ticket getting confirm

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      peehu 7 days ago

      Waiting list rlwl/3 in ss quota how much chances of confirmation in shipra express d.o.j 12/11/17

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      Dwipayan saha 8 days ago

      Waiting 18-21

      Hwh klk mail

      23 Dec. .

      Plz tell % of confirmation. ..

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      Lokesh 8 days ago

      my tatkal waiting list 39 ..Tirumala express 17488

      my PNR no: 6607981912

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      Anuj+2 9 days ago

      Waiting: 8.9.10.

      Pnr. 2238770044

      Date.10-11-2017

      Agra to daund

      Please.help me :confirm ticket

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      Beauty mandal 9 days ago

      My Tatkal waiting list is 123 is it conform please tell me

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      Madhushi 11 days ago

      My wait list is 12 and 13.. Will it be cleared?

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      Gangadhar 11 days ago

      6507906743 is my p n r and WL is 88

      It be will be confirmed or not for 12 -11-2017

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      kailash 11 days ago

      8552515434

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      haris m 11 days ago

      PNR NO.2438038631 pl.confirm ALL stn to NDLS

      rlwl 20 se 24 tak abhi bhi w/l pe pl.confirm sir ji

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      madhukar 11 days ago

      PNR NO-4137963341..PLZ HELP ME CONFORMATION CHANGES,,

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      Santhosh 12 days ago

      Sir my pnr no is

      PNR:4549933402,TRAIN:12740,DOJ:11-11-17,3A,WL-TUNI,Dep:N.A.,

      LAXMAIAH A+2,PQWL 13,PQWL 14,PQWL 15

      Plz help me conformation chance

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      Pandey 12 days ago

      Sir my P.N.R. no. is-- 6407823985

      Can u tell me the confir chances please soon!!

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      RAMASWAMIREDDY 13 days ago

      my pnr no is 4857804804 & train no 12702 date of journey 5TH NOV. I HAVE WAITING TQWL 58, TQWL 59 will confirmed or not plz tell me

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      neelam 13 days ago

      My PNR no is 22373805878 & train no 12436 boarding date 19th Nov ,I have waiting RQWL/6/GEN & RQWL/7/GEN will confirmed or not plz tell me thank you so much

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      Shantam 2 weeks ago

      Wl/35 12296 conformation chance

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      swapna 2 weeks ago

      pnr no: 4757706808 ..date of jouney: 3rd november..will it get confirmed?

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      nandhini.puthurajan@gmail.com 2 weeks ago

      PNR no. 4137518861 date 03/11/2017 Plz help

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      A ansari 2 weeks ago

      PNR no.6207614915 plz help me date 1/11/2017

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      Shiv singh 2 weeks ago

      8763917821 my pnr number

      Date 02/11/2017 plz help me conformation my ticket

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      GK Choudhary 2 weeks ago

      PNR 6407612658

      T No 12106 Date 01.11.17

      WL 2

      Please help me

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      MD Selim 2 weeks ago

      My pnr no 6207656647

      Tatkal waiting 26

      Confirm chance yes or no

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      Ramavatar meena 2 weeks ago

      Train no. 19020

      PNR no. 2500317390

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      ASHISH kumar 2 weeks ago

      Train no. 12628

      Pnr. 2565788281

      W/l. 21

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      Abdul Jalil khan 2 weeks ago

      Train no 12903

      Pnr 8264672636

      W/L 37

      Plz tell me, can confirmed ity

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      Kush prasad 2 weeks ago

      Hi train no-12254. Pnr no-6107153685.wl-36,37.plz confirmed.

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      Jigna 3 weeks ago

      Hi! Train no. 17018

      Pnr no. 4135748581

      PQWL 1 and 2

      Will it get confirmed?? Please need ur help...

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      Muthu kumar 3 weeks ago

      kindly confirm is this PNR 4237652236 will confirmed or not

      muthusruthi.1980@gmail.com

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      Amit 3 weeks ago

      My ticket in 13024 sbg to hwh w/l 5 chance of confermation

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      Manish 3 weeks ago

      2718947151 My pnr no its possible to confirm tell me sir

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      sangeeth 3 weeks ago

      My pnr 4437518251 (RQWL 3,4 )

      Train no 16859

      Date of journey 11/01/18

      Can I get confirm seat? Please tell me as soon as possible

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      PRAJAKTA MHADDALKAR 3 weeks ago

      My pnr no is 8164597107

      Train no is 12933

      Boarding date 25 /10/17

      Can i got confirm seat

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      Deval sharma 3 weeks ago

      My pnr no is 2337088338

      Train no is 15656

      Boarding date 25 /10/17

      Can i got confirm seat

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      abhinav 3 weeks ago

      8420435929 any chance

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      Manojkumar 3 weeks ago

      My PNR number 4757184643 (pqwl/12) train no 16864

      How to get confirm or not

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      Swadhin 3 weeks ago

      My PNR no. 2716589976 for 25th Oct'17. Current status: PQWL/2. Will it get confirmed ?

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      LALIT 3 weeks ago

      2665146322

      Any Chance to get seat

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      BALASUBRAMANIAM 3 weeks ago

      MY pnr no.4437278905 PQWL68

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      Riya lamba 3 weeks ago

      Lucknow mail tatkal waiting list 1 from spn to ndls on 24 oct how many percent chances of getting it clear pnr no. 2237997912

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      sumitbuddhdev 3 weeks ago

      I have 20waiting (RLWL/20), my PNR Number: 2137061523. Can I get confirmed ticket.

      Traveling date : 23 rd OCT 2017

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      Kalrav Shukla 3 weeks ago

      Tickets waiting is 68 and 69 ,so will it get confirmed ?

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      Suman 3 weeks ago

      My waiting list 40 in garib rath anvr to jyg. Journey date 29.10.17. Is possible to confirmed or not

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      Sumit Kumar 3 weeks ago

      There is 8 wL will get confirm or not plzz check ..

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      sumitbuddhdev 3 weeks ago

      I have 20waiting (RLWL/20), my PNR Number: 2137061523. Can I get confirmed ticket.

      Traveling date : 23 rd OCT 2017

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      sumitbuddhdev 3 weeks ago

      I have 20waiting (RLWL/20), my PNR Number: 2137061523. Can I get confirmed ticket.

      Traveling date : 23 rd OCT 2017

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      sumitbuddhdev 3 weeks ago

      I have 20waiting (RLWL/20), my PNR Number: 2137061523. Can I get confirmed ticket.

      Thanx.

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      MR. SUMIT BUDDAHDEV 3 weeks ago

      I have 20 waiting RLWL/20 , PNR Number: 2137061523 . Can I get confirmed ticket. thanks

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      Megha K 3 weeks ago

      I have 17 waiting (PQWL 17), my PNR is 4137153022. Can I get confirmed ticket.

      Thanx.

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      Swapan Dutta 4 weeks ago

      Pnr no.2336986336

      Now status us wl.8,9,10

      please insure me ...how many possibility of confrm

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      Krishnadev 4 weeks ago

      PNR-2500056150 I want to know that my tickets are conformed or not

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      Swapan Dutta 4 weeks ago

      PNR no.2336986336

      Date of journey 28.10.2017

      please infrom me how many possibility conform my tiket. Present status is WL.7 , WL.8,and WL.9

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      Manish khare 4 weeks ago

      Train no 12722 waiting list TQ/1 AC I please advise confirm or not

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      Chaitanya 4 weeks ago

      Pnr no. 4757287238

      Pqwl 5, 6, 7 and 8

      Can i let us know how much is chance of ticket confirmation

      Date of journey 23rd oct.

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      MANISH SHARMA 4 weeks ago

      TRAIN 22933 DTD 23/10/2017 WL 10 3A PL ADVISE CONFIRM OR NOT

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      Santosh 4 weeks ago

      Pnr no. 8417193850 .

      RLWL 11.

      Is there any chance of confirm ticket

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      Prasad 4 weeks ago

      Is there any chance to confirm To WL 1 in 2nd ac date 22/10/2017.. Vskp to chennai central

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      Neetu Mishra 4 weeks ago

      My ticket is not confirm from that day...at shivganga express.in ac compartment plz help me it's very urgent.

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      Susmita Sarkar 4 weeks ago

      Train no. :- 22612, Journey date :- 21/10/2017,Pnr no. :- 6407164305 :- Current Status :- WL2 &WL 3

      Any chances of confirmation

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      Akshat Sharma 4 weeks ago

      My waiting is 15WL in pashchim express 12925 from kota to chandigarh on 23/10/2017 so will it be confirm.

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      Amit kumar 4 weeks ago

      My waitlist is 31. Train for Anand vihar to Patna. Can be any chance of confirm.

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      N. Praveen 4 weeks ago

      PNR-4647256016

      WL-1and2

      Todays date my train is tommorrow 20-10-2017

      Is there any chance to conform im travelling with my family please help me

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      Naved 4 weeks ago

      Booking Status(18/10/2017) Current Status

      Journey date(15/11/2017} Palanpur To Delhi

      Train name-Asharam Express

      PQWL/34 PQWL/24

      PQWL/35 PQWL/25

      PQWL/36 PQWL/26

      NOSB/NOSB/0/NC NOSB/0

      Please help me guys..Is there any chances for these tickets

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      CNK 4 weeks ago

      I booked 3 tickets my booking is mentioned as booking status pqwl30/wl11,pqwl31/wl12, pqwl32/wl13 it showing that the current status is wl11,wl12,wl13 today the date of journey is 28.10.2017 i am travelling would it be confirmed or not till 28th date...

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      Aks 4 weeks ago

      My waiting list no is 20 in 12907 today ...it would be confirmed or not

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      Ritesh Patwal 4 weeks ago

      my waitlist no is 134/34 in duranto express date of journey is 26/10/2016 can it confirmed

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      Roopendra singh tomar 4 weeks ago

      My pnr no. is 8363635944, I am waitig can clear it today?

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      Vinu Sathyaraj 4 weeks ago

      4335743773 can u tell me this ticket will be confirmed

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      AJAYKUMARVAIDH@YAHOO.IN 4 weeks ago

      how to confirm the WL tickets

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      Harendrasinh rathod 4 weeks ago

      My rlwl no2,3,4 my pnr no2814436390 ticket confirm yes or no

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      Harendrasinh rathod 4 weeks ago

      My ticket rlwl/2 what is the meaning

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      Anil Kumar 4 weeks ago

      PNR 6356407463

      Train 18203

      Date today

      WL 1

      Any chance of confirmation

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      Kalimuthu 4 weeks ago

      My pnr number is 4137155915

      Train no 16127

      Date of journey 17/10/17

      Tickets confirm yes or no

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      MURTAZA 4 weeks ago

      PNR no - 8549453546

      RL/WL 61

      Ticket will confirmed?

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      nishant 5 weeks ago

      pnr no :- 8763211528

      adi - ajmer

      Train Number Train Name Boarding Date

      (DD-MM-YYYY) From To Reserved Upto Boarding Point Class

      12957 SWARNA J RAJ EX 17-10-2017 ADI AII AII ADI 3A

      S. No. Booking Status (Coach No , Berth No., Quota) *Current Status (Coach No , Berth No.)

      Passenger 1 RQWL/7/GN RQWL/5

      what are the chances of getting a confirmed ticket

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      Shristi singh 5 weeks ago

      My pnr is showing pqwl but it's showing 23rd birth, so there is any chance of seat confirmation plz tell my train is at 8 pm tonight

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      Sharad 5 weeks ago

      I have pqwl 1and 2 in Duronto from CSTM to Biaspur on 19th Oct. Chances of pqwl is low. Should I go for tatakal as tatakal start 24 hours before journey and chart is prepared 4 hours before journey. Please advise.

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      Neeraj rathi 5 weeks ago

      My TQWL is 43 from mumbai to delhi...i hav any chance for confirmation

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      Arjun Prajapati 5 weeks ago

      My waiting is 30. Is any probability to confirm even in RAC

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      Anil markana 5 weeks ago

      8364004174 plz see if confirms or not

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      sadananda chakrabarti 5 weeks ago

      Ticker PNR 6105799995 present waiting list 2 for 11.10.17, let me know whether it will be confirm or not