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.
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.
In order to predict your chance of getting to travel with your ticket, follow these steps.
- Go to the India Rail Information site and create an account or sign in.
- Go to the PNR Forum.
- 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.
Find Out Your Chances of Getting Confirmed
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This is where you will find the Indian Railways time tables and fares as well as how many quota seats are set aside for a specific train. The PNR Forum is where experienced train users can help you predict your chances of getting a confirmed seat.
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.
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.
Dilip Kumar on September 07, 2020:
PNR No 2410329260 please help
Arun khatua on August 24, 2020:
WL 7 for 14th sep it's showing in same position last 7 days .how many chances to confirm
abhay pandey on August 23, 2020:
27/19 journey date 30/08 3rd ac howmany chance to confirm
Ajay on August 13, 2020:
My confirmation ticket
Nitish kumar on August 10, 2020:
2 nd ac waiting 8 how many chance 05956 train number
Surendra shah and Aditya are Kumar to on August 07, 2020:
MAYUR RAJU URKUDE on August 06, 2020:
May tiktit 2AC 19 waiting confirm any chance
Pranali wadhai on July 18, 2020:
Will confirm Pqwl 9 and 10 within on last day?
Please help me
raju siakia on July 09, 2020:
Please Confirmed My ticket, PNR no.
train no.05955. WL/2
Abhishek on July 06, 2020:
RL/WL 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 how many chance to confirm?
Imamul Haque, Nurshabba khatun, Afrida Khatun, Zafirullah, Khalilullah on June 28, 2020:
WL . 6,7,8,9,10, Please confirmed Ho Jaye
Sunil Rai on June 25, 2020:
Waiting 13 sleeper confirm chance
Pradeepkharkwaltarakharkwal@gmail.co kharkwal on June 23, 2020:
Ac2 tier pqwl1 on 30 Jun how many chance of confermation
Rajiv jha on June 18, 2020:
Ac 2 tier wl/09
Can it's confirm please emergency
Charlotte.Phil on June 16, 2020:
Hood 805 ave
pankaj mishra on June 14, 2020:
my tiket waiting list is WL/3 of 30/06/2020 is any possiblity to confrm
RAMKUMARI on June 06, 2020:
My ticket showing RAC8/4 Wil it confirmed or not while 05/07/2020 From today
Santu Kumar on May 15, 2020:
Bihar ke liye tiket
Vishwanath Prajapati on May 07, 2020:
Pravasi majdur confirm message by train
imran on March 18, 2020:
My sleeper wl/2 on 04/04/2020 conf chance
Monoj mochary on March 17, 2020:
How many chances can book in waiting list
Abhishek pal on March 16, 2020:
How many chances ticket can book in waitlist
Pawan ku Trigun on March 13, 2020:
Conform plz emergence plzzzzzzz
Raju siakia on March 12, 2020:
Please conform pnr 6141257537
G.KUMAR on March 11, 2020:
WL49,48,50 3RD A.C
AZAD HIND EXP DOJ ;-14TH March
Sona on March 06, 2020:
Will my ticket get confirmed rwl 5 in azad hind exp train for 16th march
Love singh on March 06, 2020:
Status of trip I’d TA200204081557
malai on March 05, 2020:
wil pqwl 47 confirmed for jouney date 12/april
akash on March 05, 2020:
Will PQWL-5 in Trn no. 12903 get confirmed - today's journey
Bapi on March 05, 2020:
Nagendra on March 03, 2020:
if my train is having available seats of tatkal quota and I am having pqwl quota during chart preparation pqwl confirm or not if seats are available of tatkal quota
Gaurav on March 02, 2020:
What is the meaning for pqwl18/wl 14
Ashok Raj on March 01, 2020:
Pnr 4404394594 , tonight Bangalore to Chennai Kaveri express Sleeper class, currently tatkal waiting 39 ,40. What are chances?
UDAYCHAND Gupta on February 29, 2020:
My ticket pnr 8129521599
LTT to mau GNWL/126.96.36.199.201.202
confirme to WL
PRARULLA NAYAK on February 28, 2020:
MY PNR6 140793736 ,TRN. 12812, DOJ 21-03-2020,WL-2,WL-3,COULD I GET CONFORMED
basheer on February 27, 2020:
MY PNR 4204293854 16603 maveli PQWL 7 ( 28-02-2020)
Could I get confirmed?
Abhay Kumar on February 27, 2020:
My wl list no.28 seat will be confirm yaa not
Arun kahar on February 27, 2020:
Will PQWL get confermed on 06 March 2020?
Sandeep S from kottayam on February 25, 2020:
A very important hub by all means
Honkai on February 24, 2020:
My WL PNR NO 4301246906
Can you plze confirm my train tickets plze sir
My pqwl is 4 in sangam .how much possiblty to confirm it on February 22, 2020:
Pls tell me
Lakkaramchakradhar on February 22, 2020:
Booking status PQWL 105/PQWL 62 current status means
Santanu kisan on February 21, 2020:
My PNR no 4616670721
Guddu on February 21, 2020:
My PNR Number is 8629751872 confirm or not my Waiting list 26
Naresh on January 20, 2020:
My PNR Number is 6801222741 confirm or not my Waiting list 5 and 6
Gowtham P on January 19, 2020:
my journey from trichy to vijayawada date on 13/02/2020 waited list number 7. can it confirmed or not.
Abhijeet rai on January 13, 2020:
My journey date is 01 may 2020 by train no. 12167 from ltt to bsb and this is my pnr no. 8628835478 . And my current status is gnwl 96,97,98,99. Can be confirmed or not
Pkpv7899 on January 11, 2020:
4613333706 ,mas to vskp,13/01/20,PQWL7 will be confirmed...???
Subhasis Dhar on January 05, 2020:
We will be travelling on 3rd March 2020.
I have booked two tickets online there current status are PQWL 7 and PQWL 8 what are the chances of confirmation. They are both AC 3 tier tickets
Suhas on January 03, 2020:
My journey date is on 6 th jan and ticket got tatkal waiting 1 on 4 th jan..pl specidy..chances to confrim?
Mohammad Raz on December 31, 2019:
This is my pnr number 6238395311 waiting list was showing 4 seconds AC from bhagalpur to Mumbai on 3rd January there's any chance of conform?
Vikas Mishra on December 22, 2019:
Sir my reservation date is 31/12/2019 and wating list is 5,6,7 how much chance to conform
Rahul joshi on December 12, 2019:
Sir i have wl of 6 to 7 dan how can confirm that tickets
Amit on December 04, 2019:
We booked two tickets together bt 1 got RAC confirmed bt 2nd one in waitinglist??
AMIT on December 02, 2019:
What is PQWL
Manish kumar on November 27, 2019:
I love you
KANNAN P from CHENNAI on November 14, 2019:
Sir my PNR NO - 4365430784
Traveling date - 21/12/2019
Train no/name - 12633 / KANYAKUMARI EXP
Booking status - WL/69
Booking status - WL/70
Pls confirm my tickets and issue seat numbers.
Dimple Prajapati on November 09, 2019:
My waiting list is 9/10 plz confirm me ticket it is very urgent i need to go and my travelling date is 11 nov 2019
Saikumar on November 08, 2019:
Iam going to Sabarimala my waiting list is 3/4/5... How can I conform .. traveling date is 29th nov
S V NARASIMHA MURTHY on November 03, 2019:
why all this non sense of waiting tahka. it looks like stupid
Bapi on October 19, 2019:
I have a wl of 15 on 22nd of oct on 3rd ac what is the chance of confirmation of ticket
manoj gosara on October 18, 2019:
I have a ticket WL 7 for the train 19567 monday how much chances of getting confirmation?
manoj gosara on October 18, 2019:
my tikit is wl 6 and 7
so any chanche conformation jaurny date 21/10/2019
ANUP KUMAR MAITY on October 17, 2019:
I have a ticket TQWL 7 for the train 12837 today, how much chances of getting confirmation?
Bashu on October 15, 2019:
I have waiting list 10 then ticket confirmed or not
Jose Antonio on October 15, 2019:
I have RLWL 9 to RLWL 13 (5 SEATS) on MANGALA EXPRESS TRAIN NO. 12617 ON 04.11.2019 [STATIONS: THVM - NK].
Please advise, if I have any chances for confirmation.
ADI Dev bharti on October 14, 2019:
In train Chandigarh to Lucknow pqwl 12 chances to clear
sandhya on October 14, 2019:
how to check seats availability in irctc
gopal on October 13, 2019:
my waiting list is 99 date 14 oct pls confirmation status
subramanyam bhyri on October 12, 2019:
My pqwl is 58 and 59..kindly confirm atleast 1 berth till ngp so that we 3 people can adjust and reach the destination from secundrabad tomorrow
Uttam gour on October 11, 2019:
my waiting list is 99 date 25 oct pls share confirmation status
Deehar on October 08, 2019:
My w/L 23 October PNR 8621792218
Can I get confirmation????
Deehar on October 07, 2019:
My w/L 23 October PNR 8621792218
Can I get confirmation????
Syed Mohamed fuz on October 04, 2019:
My wl is 6 on 5th oct can i get confirmation ?
Prashant s on October 03, 2019:
W/l 4 2AC 4 Oct 19 Will it get confirm
ranajit dhar on October 02, 2019:
My travelling date is 5th october 2019, My waiting list is now 1,2 and 3. will my seat is confirm
hariharan on October 02, 2019:
My Waitlist ticket to Coimbatore is WL58 for travel on 05.10.2019 in cheran express SL. The probable chance of getting this ticket confirmed?
Tanuja G on September 29, 2019:
Hi my travelling date is 5th october 2019 ..my waiting list no is 63 and 64...will my seats will be confirme?? kindly reply and suggest..
JAYESHBHAI on September 28, 2019:
Mytraveling date is 26oct my wl is 13 to 16 in shanti e presd to gandhinagar to indor somy ticket is confetm or not please give me answar
Digambar Nath jha on September 28, 2019:
My current booking status is 104 - 107 & date of journey on 29th Oct'19 of class 3AC will confirm my ticket or not please reply, it's very urgent.
Kumar on September 27, 2019:
My PQWL is 4 & 5 for tomorrow journey, whether can it be confirmed?
Rahul on September 26, 2019:
My waiting list 3 confirm chance kitne h tommorow mare train h
sathishwebinfo on September 18, 2019:
My PQWL 7,8,9 in WEST COAST EXP. How are my confirmation chances
Anmanta on September 12, 2019:
I have booked a ticket of chennai express , from dadar to Yadgir, i received the PQWL seat WL44/WL31 . I am travelling on 25th Dec-19. What are the chances of confirmations
George F on September 10, 2019:
Ananthapuri express, 3AC - PQWL 2, travel date 12/09/19. What are the chances of getting confirmation.
George on September 02, 2019:
Will PQWL 1 get conformed on 5 September?
G csreddy pnr no 4163133212 on September 02, 2019:
Premkumar on September 01, 2019:
Will wl 15 get confirmed train 12840 travelling date 2 oct 2019
T.AJAY KUMAR on August 31, 2019:
PQWL1 and 2,is it confirmed,Date of journey 1.9.2019
prakash on August 30, 2019:
PWQL 2/3/4/5 will get confirm ? DOJ on sept 8th.
Hassan on August 28, 2019:
Current status PQWL 24 any chance to get confirmed ticket
Revanth Krishna on August 13, 2019:
5 more days to DOJ, and my pqwl is 28, will I get confirmed tickets?
Revanth on August 13, 2019:
my pqwl is 28, 5 more days to DOJ. will i get confirmation ?
Vineeta on August 09, 2019:
We have 2 tickets with WL 3 and WL4 ..what are the chances of getting cleared
RK sharma on August 08, 2019:
Booked a ticket in12161 laskar exp for 09aug19statuspqwl03chancesofconfirmation?
Anil kumar on August 08, 2019:
Train no 12232 for waiting list by 18 but not confirm date of journy 12 08 2019
Ramprakash on July 17, 2019:
I book 2 ticket in tatkal
In 1 ticket conform and another tqwl 1
Can I get conform
Saurabh on July 14, 2019:
sunita gupta on July 02, 2019:
will our waiting list 2 to 5 will cinfirm travlling date 18 july.timing 00.10 am from pune to reniguntha
Anil kumar jha on June 30, 2019:
my ticket is waiting 18 in udyan aabha on 03.07.19 how much percentage to became rac or confirmed