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.

Questions & Answers

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        Monir 

        6 hours ago

        Current status RLWL/3 is this possible to get confirm?

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        R Krishnakumar rajarao 

        31 hours ago

        Rac No 57 58 59 Thank you sir confirm

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        Krishnakumar 

        31 hours ago

        Please confirm our Rac No 57,58,&59 Thank you sir

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        Sahidali 

        42 hours ago

        Pnr no 246 3405855 please sir confirm my ticket

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        shyam 

        2 days ago

        I booked online Return Ticket from Shridi(SNSI) to bangalore(KJM). Train name : SNSI CHENNAI EXP. Train no:22602 Date of travel 28th Jun. But the online status of IRTC Ticket shows PQWL/7,PQWL/8,PQWL/9 ...today is 17 Jun, what are the chances of it getting confirmed in next 2 weeks. Any one who has knowledge/information on what are the changes pls. advice. Thanks.

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        BDS 

        3 days ago

        Waiting List No. 4 & 5 after Chart preparation, travel date 16.06.19 train Jammu Tavi Express. Bhatinda to Ahmedabad. What are the chances of confirmation?

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        Dinesh 

        4 days ago

        Waiting ticket no.6 travel date 16.6.2019 train Durango exp. Degli to Jammu. What are the chance of confirm ticket.

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        Dili 

        5 days ago

        Pnr 4505535835 tomorw rain kerala express.wl 13.Is it possible fr tkt confrmation

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        B Habel Raju 

        5 days ago

        PNR NO- 4812895170, PQWL 3 & 4 kindly confirm my ticket, it's very very urgent. Plz do needful.

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        logesh 

        5 days ago

        4259761860 WL37 17jun2019

        will ths be confirmed??

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        MELAYIL 

        5 days ago

        PNR 4606467277 DOJ 19.07.19

        Current status PQWL 4,5,6 any chance to get the tickets confirmed...

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        Somnath mandsl 

        6 days ago

        My pnr no is 2844018477..plz try my ticket r confirmed..my journey date on 16 jun 2019..plz try

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        S k pandey 

        6 days ago

        Pnr no 2364207270

        W/L 02 please predict.

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        Jadaiyan M 

        6 days ago

        My PNR is 6130462493

        Please confirm my ticket

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        Raju saikia 

        7 days ago

        PNR NO.2363438494 tatkal ticket

        Please confirmed

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        Raju saikia 

        7 days ago

        PNR NO. 2363438494

        Please confirmed waiting list

        Journey 12/06/2019

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        Gulaychi pathak 

        7 days ago

        2842306254 pnr .please confirm this ticket ...please

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        Rabi banik 

        7 days ago

        Pnr=6530394033

        Please confirm my ticket

        Date= 11/06/2019

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        Raju siakia 

        8 days ago

        Pnr no.2363438494

        Please confirm

        Journey 12/06/2019

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        Satguru 

        8 days ago

        My pnr 2524523447 pqwl 6,7 when confirm last date 26 june

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        KK 

        10 days ago

        My PNR no.. 4259677927 now its RLWL 8 wht can I do, can I join train or not

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        vivek verma 

        10 days ago

        will buying gnwl52/wl 35 for shatabdi 12014 amritsar to new delhi for 11june 2109 be advisable. last year trend shows 74% chances of confirmation. should i buy or not?can anyone advise pl?

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        Can I get current reservation against waiting list tickets 

        11 days ago

        Get me knowledge

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        GAGANDEEP SINGH 

        12 days ago

        MY W/L LIST NO 19 MY TRAIN SCDULED 18/06/2019

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        pankaj srivastava 

        12 days ago

        pnr 2162171240

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        Frankes ranee 

        12 days ago

        My pnr is 6129642180

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        Saif 

        13 days ago

        pqwl wl 12 13 14 please confirm

        15068 train hai today 7jun Aaj ka please confirm

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        Jones joshi 

        13 days ago

        My pnr is 2743897943

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        S k saxena 

        13 days ago

        My pnr-2363182378 train Bundelkhand . Journy on 6 june.

        Have urgent work . Pl conferm it . WL15

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        Ravi 

        13 days ago

        My pnr no 4605228512

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        G l gopa 

        2 weeks ago

        My daughter pnr no is 2261688297 for 13 June it will confermed

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        ARCHI 

        2 weeks ago

        Pnr no. Is 6530131541 tatkal waitlisted , PL. arrange to confirm it.

        Ticket on 6/6/19

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        Rajmani Shukla 

        2 weeks ago

        PNR no.2524811642

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        Archi 

        2 weeks ago

        My pnr no. 2843654705 ticket 6 june confirm hogi WL 10 ,11,12,13 HAI

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        Akhilesh Kumar Giri 

        2 weeks ago

        My pnr no..2457947384 hai please sir mera ticket confirm kar dijiye

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        Bharat Hiwale 

        2 weeks ago

        Good information about various tickets.

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        Lokeshwarappa pu 

        2 weeks ago

        When I was booking not shown waiting list after I booked I know waiting list why

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        Rohit Kr Jha 

        2 weeks ago

        My pnr no is 2462362402 waiting is 14, 15 can it confirmed or not

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        Sharmistha Chatterjee 

        3 weeks ago

        My PNR No 6429719399

        Waiting list 8, 9, 10 gets confirmed or not?

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        Dilip 

        3 weeks ago

        i have book 3 ticket of 2nd a/c from karwar to thane boarding for kankavli on 29.05.19, one ticket is confirm but 2 is waiting list no 1 and 2 please let me know if possibality to confirm at leat one waiting list ticket.

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        Monika 

        3 weeks ago

        My pnr no 8318876996 and 8441077342 get confirmed or not plz.

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        gopinath 

        3 weeks ago

        My PNR No : 4505289440 Waiting List 7 , 8 , 9 , 10 , 11.

        My PNR No : 4713003073 Waiting List 12 ,13 ,14 ,15 ,16. How Many Days Refund My Amount Pls Tell Sir .....

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        2742533035 PNR ....WILL IT B CONFIRMED OR I SHOULD CANCEL IT?? 

        3 weeks ago

        Please reply

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        Sumer 

        3 weeks ago

        My pnr is 2362717587 gets confirmed or not

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        Jyothi 

        3 weeks ago

        Pls my pnr no is 4459037341 gets confirmed or not

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        Nagesh pundge 

        3 weeks ago

        My pnr no 4605548702 please confirmed my tickets

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        Pragya Kaul 

        3 weeks ago

        Plz my pnr is 2262668627 get confirmed or not

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        Govind 

        3 weeks ago

        Please confirm my ticket it is punjab mail 12138 bathinda to bhopal sleeper on 25 may 2019

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        Krishna098 

        3 weeks ago

        Hi ,

        I have booked two tatkal tickets from Pune to Vijayawada and one ticket got confirmed and another one is in wait list of one so could you please let me know the probability of confirmation and if possible can you please confirm the ticket as i am travelling with my wife and she is pregnant.

        And my PNR number : 8506507473.

        Thanks in advance ...

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        Ruthu 

        3 weeks ago

        Sir please confirm my ticket PNR no.4459035714 kindly requesting sir im a 9th month pregnant women.

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        sainadh 

        4 weeks ago

        4258183384 let me know the conformation chances

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        Nizamuddin 

        4 weeks ago

        What is remote location wait list

        Pls answer.

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        Raji Ahmad 

        4 weeks ago

        Ansari

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        Schida Prasad 

        4 weeks ago

        Ptna

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        Nagarathna 

        4 weeks ago

        Station ticket there is no pnr no

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        Sachin agarwal 

        5 weeks ago

        My booking status of utkal express are RLWL 28/13.from raigarh to ghaziabad. Can it confirmed. Please tell me

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        Kayal 

        5 weeks ago

        Now I am in tatkal wl 1,2,3,4 any possibility for confirmation plz help today journey date

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        Yo 

        5 weeks ago

        Visit techydinesh.com

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        Madhukumar 

        5 weeks ago

        Now waiting list 51 can i book my ticket towards bangalore whether it will confirm or not

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        Havya sree 

        6 weeks ago

        8118336027 , WL is 18 travelling today night any chances of getting confirmed

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        Roshan kumar 

        7 weeks ago

        Pls cnf my tickets

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        yk vijay 

        7 weeks ago

        PNR NO.8505473909 Train NO.19019 date of journey date :6/5/2019 what are the chances of confirmation

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        srinivas 

        8 weeks ago

        PNR status is RAC 57is ticket is conform full berth or off berth

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        Moses 

        8 weeks ago

        Pnr status 4157410784 is ticket whether confirm

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        VISWANATHAN 

        8 weeks ago

        4257128978 pnr train 12635 journey on 25/4 what are changes of confirmation? Presently WL 4

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        Salil Kumar Basu 

        8 weeks ago

        PNR : 6326774863 .. Train on 21st May 2019 and current status is WL/2 .Please confirm if there is possibility for ticket confirmation.

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        Aakash kumar khandelwal 

        8 weeks ago

        My pnr number is 2261216818

        Pls conform...

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        Altaf hussain 

        8 weeks ago

        8118264374 will be conform ?

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        PRADEEP JAISWAL 

        8 weeks ago

        PNR 8617975384 SIR MERA BOOKING STATUS CONFIRM HO JAYEGA

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        Rum 

        8 weeks ago

        Pnr 4357740486

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        Mehbub Alom 

        8 weeks ago

        PNR 8440018921PLZ CONFIRM

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        Vishal kumar 

        8 weeks ago

        PNR no.- 6128299939

        Journey-02/05/2019

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        Raju saikia 

        8 weeks ago

        PNR no.2360839179

        Please confirmed

        Journey 28/04/2019

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        Taking saikia 

        8 weeks ago

        PNR NO. 2360839179

        Is weiting

        Please cofirm

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        Rehmat 

        8 weeks ago

        WL 25 chance confirm in 40 days

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        Altaf hussain 

        8 weeks ago

        My pnr no is 8118264374 can i get cnf

        Plz tell me

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        Bagavathiraja 

        8 weeks ago

        My pnr number is 4502929075

        It will be get confirm chances or not....kindly tell me

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        Mohammad Asif 

        8 weeks ago

        PNR No.2741877237

        It will be confirme..???

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        G Dinesh 

        8 weeks ago

        4711443870 plz check and update the current status

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        Ravi kumar 

        8 weeks ago

        Wating 34'35'36

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        RITA BISWAS 

        8 weeks ago

        PNR 6628288490 IT WILL BE CONFIRMED OR NOT

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        pankaj singh 

        8 weeks ago

        2260399178 benudhar muduli your ticket is 47 waiting

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        Benudhar muduli 

        8 weeks ago

        2260399178 please check and update ticket confirm or not

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        Awanish 

        8 weeks ago

        Our PNR nos 8718256620... It will be confirm or not.....

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        Danish 

        2 months ago

        Our pnr no 2841674616 is confirmed

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        Shwetanjali 

        2 months ago

        PNR number is 8440087973 will confirm or not...

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        Ramkesh yogi 

        2 months ago

        Mumbai

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        praveen 

        2 months ago

        pnr 4157495637 waiting list 2&3 any chance confirm ticket?

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        MD Hasan imam 

        2 months ago

        My waiting in Vikram Shila rlwl 6 today. What chance of confirmation

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        Deehar 

        2 months ago

        PNR 8439363307 waiting list 2&3 any chance confirm ticket

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        Kayalvizhi 

        2 months ago

        I want confirm ticket

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        r.k.. 

        2 months ago

        Dear sir,

        Please i am a requesting my ticket current status is PQWL/2,3 in 3AC at train no.18205 on 18th april. Will this be confirmed

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        Sudhir Kumar 

        2 months ago

        Please sir

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        Manoj Kumar Singh 

        2 months ago

        WL 20 is there is chance to confirm ticket

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        Lalitha 

        2 months ago

        My waiting list is 5 on 16th can i get a seat

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        Anil Sharma 

        2 months ago

        WL13 is there any chance to get confirmed seat

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        Madhu 

        2 months ago

        6727855195 confirm or not.. ?

        is there any chance to confirm tickit.

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        Raviteja 

        2 months ago

        WL 49 confirm or not

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        Lidiya .v. oommen 

        2 months ago

        My wl is 15 and I have to travel on may 21 ...whether it will get conform or not

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