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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      Shashikumar 10 hours ago

      My train is kondaveedu express..I have PQWL 16. Can I expect ticket to confirm

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      Ajijul khan 11 hours ago

      Sir please tel me ticket no.A86367215 for wl change of confoconform

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      KUMARAN 37 hours ago


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      Praveen Kumar 2 days ago

      Sir please tell me a chances of confirmation pnr2603526365 nzm to ypr

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      suresh 2 days ago

      i have booked train ticket but is still waiting list 31. so im very confuse this ticket conform or not pls any one help me 1st time i am booked online ...

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      RAM PRAKASH GAUTAM 5 days ago

      I have booked 2A ticket in marudhar exp from Agra fort to Pratapgarh for 28/02/2018 and it is WL 6

      Kindly tell me chances of its confirmation

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      Suresh kr sethi 6 days ago

      My present waiting list is 20 how many chances to comfrom my seat

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      B.sriramamurthy 6 days ago

      Sir, I have RAC9 to tirumala train in 3rd AC before 100days .howmuch chance to get conffermation?

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      Srinivasan 8 days ago

      Pqwl 7 in cheran exp to day 13.1.18.possibility of confirmation?

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      Amrut 8 days ago

      Mine traveling today 13/01/18 status is RQWL 9 and 10 PNR number is 4239958813.. when and how can I get confirmation ??

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      YBD 9 days ago

      PNR8601205246 BVI to BH

      what are chances to get confirm ? At persent waiting is 4

      DOJ is Feb 3RD

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      raja 9 days ago

      This is my TQWL# 81. Will it get confirm.

      Tomorrow night is schedule date

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      Vishnu 9 days ago

      I am in WL 2 ,my travel date is 12 /1/18 in CC ,whether it will get confirm or not ,plzz reply let me know

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      keshava 10 days ago

      my wl is 50 journey date is 12/01/2018. can you let us know is it it wll get confirmed or not

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      Cibin 10 days ago

      Pnr 4139748202, pnr 4759667355, pnr 4552011579 how much chance for CNF sir plz

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      manoj kumar joshi 10 days ago

      PNR 4340008113 date 19.1.18, a waiting list ticket. what are the chances of confirmation??

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      Prasad 12 days ago

      Pqwl 1 pqwl 2 pqwl 3 pqwl 4. These tickets are confirm or. Not how many chances are there to confirm. Pnr 4578822197 date of journey 11th January 2018

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      Rushi Pinge 13 days ago

      Passenger 1: WL# 35 (GN) (Booking Status: WL# 57)

      Passenger 2: WL# 36 (GN) (Booking Status: WL# 58)

      Passenger 3: WL# 37 (GN) (Booking Status: WL# 59)

      Passenger 4: WL# 38 (GN) (Booking Status: WL# 60)

      PNR: 8701076794

      How much chance of confirmation.

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      satyakalyani 13 days ago

      PNR 6309364141 i want to my seat information exactly please...

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      MALA GUPTA 13 days ago

      PNR 8554724551 how much chance of conformation SIR

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      Y Moorthy 13 days ago

      PNR 4549722745 how much chance of conformation

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      Dayanand Bansal 13 days ago

      PNR 2140276959 how much chance of conformation

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      Sudavan kp 2 weeks ago

      Waiting list confirmation

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      ARUN ASHOK SHINDE 2 weeks ago

      SIR PLEASE My ticket confirm chances inform me 09/01/2018

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      sunil 2 weeks ago

      my waiting is 7,8,9, and journey is today at 21:05, does the ticket confirms????

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      Dayanand Bansal 2 weeks ago

      Sir please tell me chance of confirmation my PNR 2140276959

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      Sreenivasulu 2 weeks ago

      My journey 7.02.2018 Anantapur to Shirdi my ticket RLWL24, 25,26,27,28 please confirm or not

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      sathish 2 weeks ago

      I have booked tickets for padmavathi on 14/01/2017 and the tickets are pqwl 19 to 25 will they get confirmed or not.pls tell me sir/madam.

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      Tejaswini 2 weeks ago

      I hv booked tickets for narayanadri on 6-01-18 and the tickets are on rac 54 will they get confirmed

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      aastha 2 weeks ago

      train no. 22909 from brc to cph .. date 4-1-2018 PQWL1 will it get confirmed

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      6609561506. 2 weeks ago

      6609561506 .....64% confirmation chance

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      Amitava Banerjee 2 weeks ago

      PNR Number : 6609561506

      Date of Journey : 25/01/2018

      50 WL/79 WL/37

      42 WL/80 WL/38

      7 NOSB/NOSB/0/NC NOSB/0

      Any chance for cnf.

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      Sugriv yadav 3 weeks ago

      I have booked a e-ticket in 3rd ac its in waiting list 16wl will it get confirmed it is gorakpur express

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      BHUPAT SINGH MEENA 3 weeks ago

      sir, i have booked a ticket from bhopal to ajmer but waiting list show 38 and my train date 31-12-2017 at 16:50 then what is the chances for conformation

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      Navas 3 weeks ago

      PNR 4439790414

      Any chance for cnf

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      Veeralakshmi 3 weeks ago

      Sir please tell me confirmation

      Train no 16780

      ticket no 80978433

      PNR no 413-9572630.

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      Rakeshsingh 3 weeks ago

      Train no. 19409

      W/L 6

      Journy date 29/12/2017

      Sir please tell me the chance of confirm

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      kumar 3 weeks ago

      i booked ticket in janmabhoomi AC chair car but WL 21/15 what are the chances for confirmation

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      Rupa 3 weeks ago

      I have tqwl18 for Pune Patna train for tomorrow. Any chances of Clear ticket

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      Prakash Sinha 3 weeks ago

      I have done booking in purushottam express as on 29.12.2017 for Koderma to Puri, but i have found RLWL 50.

      How much the precentage of being confirmed this ticket? Can any one give me suggestion?

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      vinothkumar 3 weeks ago

      hi train dude,

      I have no money. we plan to go Chennai to mayiladuthurai junction at any time upcoming days.please allocate free reservation ticket 1st AC

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      Adhavan 3 weeks ago

      My pnr is 4430658358 from Madurai To Chennai Will it conform by today at 4:16 pm My train is at 8:00 o'clock

      Kindly reply

      My waitlist no :19

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      Jagadish 3 weeks ago

      MY Train Number 16339, Traveling date 27/12/17, Current PNR Status is RLWL/1. Can my ticket will get confirmed.

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      v.s.raju 3 weeks ago

      TRAIN NO: 12864

      PNR : 4551987840

      TQWL : 1


      DATE OF JOURNEY :27/12/2017

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      Godse Ganesh 3 weeks ago

      Hii sir

      I have booked my e ticket for travel date 03/01/2018 from

      H Nizamuddin to Nagpur today current status is RQWL 5

      PNR is 2720486905 Please check details sir

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      Sachin agarwal 3 weeks ago


      I have booked my ticket for travel date 28 dec 2017 from anantapuri express from chennai to kanyakumari with RAC as 98.

      Today i.e 26th dec when i. Checking current status is still 50 RAC. Can you please suggest if this will get confirm?

      PNR number: 4138746115

      Sachin agarwal

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      Jigar Shah 3 weeks ago

      PNR4759480125 Madgaon to SUrat

      what are chances to get confirm ? At persent waiting is 38

      DOJ is 06/01

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      Rajesh Kumar 4 weeks ago

      Train no. 13163

      My ticket pnr no.

      Booking status TQWL/30

      Current status TQWL/19

      Cinfirm or not Plzz help mee

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      Ramakrishnan A 4 weeks ago

      My ticket PNR status no-2240317609 rathan,12236 confirm or not, Pl give answer sir.

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      S.d.kautilya 4 weeks ago

      8363116203 is my pnr,with pqwl 2,3n4.whether ticket will confirm?

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      Taranjeet singh 4 weeks ago

      Pnr no is 2721206228, will it get confirmed or nt?

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      Premchand Bhat 4 weeks ago

      Trn no 12691 wt list nos 17 & 18 (2pax) what are the chance??!!

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      VNJ 4 weeks ago

      Have booked two tickets which are in PQWL 1 and 2. Is there any chance to get it confirmed?

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      Rd. 4 weeks ago

      Sir this is Rd you posted my comment but still waiting for your answer

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      Rajesh 4 weeks ago

      WL8 will it get confirmed

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      chandrasekhar 4 weeks ago

      my pnr no:8200381220

      TQWL 4,5

      what is the chances of getting ticket confirmed.

      please reply to me

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      Nasib Khan 4 weeks ago

      My pnr no is 2817492125 and waiting list is 9,10,11. It will be confirmed. Pl tell me response soon.

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      NRN 4 weeks ago


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      ROSHNI 4 weeks ago

      PNR NO-2719468715

      DELHI to Ranchi


      I have booked the train ticket on 7 Nov,Will it get confirm by 21 Dec

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      Basgreenath 4 weeks ago

      I booked ticket from Bangalore toto Mangalore 2 months back,my list no is 1,2,3 pqwl and it's not going to RAC what to do....

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      Qaiser Ahmad 4 weeks ago

      Mera ticket w/L no:5,6 of journey hai 02/01/2018 kya yeh ticket conform hosakti hai

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      Pranjal bora 5 weeks ago

      My Pnr no is 6709128647&status is wl-15,16,17,18.will it be confirm by 22/12/17 ?

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      4859315931 5 weeks ago

      4859315931 this is my pnr no 17/12/2017 train hai 3A conformation ho sakta ka kiya ?

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      UTTAM TALUKDAR.8981136314, 5 weeks ago


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      Pranay 5 weeks ago

      Pnr no: 4551649840

      From Chennai - Vijayawada

      Is their any chances of conformation?

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      Namit 5 weeks ago

      Pnr no.- 6609284383

      What is the chances for confirmation?,please predict it whether I shlould take a counter ticket to board the train as my family has confirmed ticket and mine is in waitlist 2 taken online

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      MUKESH SINGH 5 weeks ago

      PNR NO- 2440214737


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      Chandran Shankaran 5 weeks ago

      Dear Samir

      PNR 4439332873


      CURRENT W/L 4,


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      Chandran Shankaran 5 weeks ago

      Dear Rumpi

      PNR NO 6109221189

      HIGH chancesTicket with confirmation probability greater than 80% usually gets confirmed.

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      Chandran Shankaran 5 weeks ago

      Dear Jai

      PNR NUMBER 4859085386

      MEDIUM chancesTicket with confirmation probability less than 80% may get confirmed.

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      Chandran Shankaran 5 weeks ago

      Dear Ankit

      PNR :-8422392833

      MEDIUM chancesTicket with confirmation probability less than 80% may get confirmed.

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      jai 5 weeks ago

      pnr no: 4859085386


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      Debarshi Ganguly 5 weeks ago

      My pnr Nmbr is 6709196592 with waitlist 4 and 5 ... Any chances?? Please reply

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      ANKIT 5 weeks ago


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      Rumpi ghosh 5 weeks ago

      My pnr Nmbr is 6109221189 ... Any confirmation?? Please reply soon.....

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      promila mandal 5 weeks ago

      My pnr 6305961177 any chances confirming my tickets?

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      sameer4678 5 weeks ago

      pnr no: 4439332873 can you please tell me wether this will be conformed ASAP.. thank you

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      A.K.panday 5 weeks ago

      MY PNR NO 2820647980 please confirm my ticket

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      Mhonrao R Yanthan 5 weeks ago

      My PNR No is 2438820077. Is There any chance of confirming my tickets???

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      Punit 5 weeks ago

      My PNR no is 8766063328 departure date 14th december. Current wait list is PQWL 13. Will my ticket be confirmed?

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      Vishal Jadhav 5 weeks ago

      My pnr 6508958845

      Pls tell me confirm or not

      Before 14 dec 2017

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      Neeraj 5 weeks ago

      4338763288 this is my PNR number tell me it will be confirmed or not?

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      Gowsalya 6 weeks ago

      4338994707 this is my pnr tell me conform or not?

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      parth walia 6 weeks ago

      My pnr no is 2720437465 plz let me know it will get confirmed or not

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      Niranjan sinha 6 weeks ago

      My Pnr number is 2061758462 is any chances for confirmation

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      Shashank Saxena 6 weeks ago

      2139605508 pl predict it will confirm or not

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      ParthaSarathi GD 7 weeks ago

      My pnr no.is6508687704 ,kindly predict whether it will be confirmed or not!

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      Vinod Yadav 7 weeks ago

      My PNR Number is 2820420480,what are the chances to confirm it??

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      Thomas philip 7 weeks ago

      I book my ticket from vishakapatam to ernakulam on 20th this my pnr no 6308770260 my train no is.08567 my ticket is rac2 in 2ac is any chance to get my ticket to confirm

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      jahanvi rathore 7 weeks ago

      8553381023 possibility or not in golden temple

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      Mauzi 7 weeks ago

      2439628617, what the possibility to get the confirm ticket

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      Rajanikanta mohapatra 7 weeks ago

      Pqwl 1 and pqwl 2 .. date of journey 15 feb 2018.. what the chance of confirmation?

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      Satya narayana 7 weeks ago

      Pqwl is 1 and chart is prepared. What should i do now

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      Mak 7 weeks ago

      WL/21 on Udyan express for travel date of 30th November 2017

      What are the chances of this ticket getting confirmed?

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      Ravi Arora 7 weeks ago

      PNR no 8661967524

      train no-12216

      Current status -PQWL 1 and PQWL 2

      Journey date -01-Dec-2017

      Will it be confirmed for tomorrow

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      vijay mishra 7 weeks ago

      PNR NO 2239332050 will it be confirmed on 30 Nov 2017

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      Khuzan 7 weeks ago

      I have booking for tomorrow mumbai ahmedabad shatabdi... 12009... current status is WL1 and WL2.. what are the chances of confirmation

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      Sagar78 7 weeks ago

      8664726187 what is chances of getting this confirm for tomorrow's train

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      Sagar78 7 weeks ago

      8664726187 what are chances of getting this PNR confirm for tomorrow's TRAIN

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      rishi 7 weeks ago

      Pnr 2439475594

      Wl 17

      Boarding day 6/12

      Plz tell about its chances of confirmation.