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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      Ajay 

      44 hours ago

      My confirmation ticket

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      Nitish kumar 

      3 days ago

      2 nd ac waiting 8 how many chance 05956 train number

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      Khemraj 

      6 days ago

      Irctc

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      Surendra shah and Aditya are Kumar to 

      6 days ago

      Nice

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      MAYUR RAJU URKUDE 

      7 days ago

      May tiktit 2AC 19 waiting confirm any chance

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      Pranali wadhai 

      3 weeks ago

      Will confirm Pqwl 9 and 10 within on last day?

      Please help me

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      raju siakia 

      5 weeks ago

      Sir....

      Please Confirmed My ticket, PNR no.

      6141931820,

      train no.05955. WL/2

      17/07/2020

      please Help.....

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      Abhishek 

      5 weeks ago

      RL/WL 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 how many chance to confirm?

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      Imamul Haque, Nurshabba khatun, Afrida Khatun, Zafirullah, Khalilullah 

      6 weeks ago

      WL . 6,7,8,9,10, Please confirmed Ho Jaye

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      Sunil Rai 

      7 weeks ago

      Waiting 13 sleeper confirm chance

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      Pradeepkharkwaltarakharkwal@gmail.co kharkwal 

      7 weeks ago

      Ac2 tier pqwl1 on 30 Jun how many chance of confermation

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      Rajiv jha 

      8 weeks ago

      Ac 2 tier wl/09

      Can it's confirm please emergency

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      Charlotte.Phil 

      8 weeks ago

      Hood 805 ave

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      pankaj mishra 

      2 months ago

      my tiket waiting list is WL/3 of 30/06/2020 is any possiblity to confrm

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      RAMKUMARI 

      2 months ago

      My ticket showing RAC8/4 Wil it confirmed or not while 05/07/2020 From today

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      Santu Kumar 

      3 months ago

      Bihar ke liye tiket

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      Vishwanath Prajapati 

      3 months ago

      Pravasi majdur confirm message by train

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      imran 

      4 months ago

      My sleeper wl/2 on 04/04/2020 conf chance

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      Monoj mochary 

      4 months ago

      How many chances can book in waiting list

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      Abhishek pal 

      5 months ago

      How many chances ticket can book in waitlist

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      Pawan ku Trigun 

      5 months ago

      Conform plz emergence plzzzzzzz

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      Raju siakia 

      5 months ago

      Please conform pnr 6141257537

      Emergency

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      G.KUMAR 

      5 months ago

      WL49,48,50 3RD A.C

      AZAD HIND EXP DOJ ;-14TH March

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      Sona 

      5 months ago

      Will my ticket get confirmed rwl 5 in azad hind exp train for 16th march

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      Love singh 

      5 months ago

      Status of trip I’d TA200204081557

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      malai 

      5 months ago

      wil pqwl 47 confirmed for jouney date 12/april

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      akash 

      5 months ago

      Will PQWL-5 in Trn no. 12903 get confirmed - today's journey

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      Bapi 

      5 months ago

      6340657326

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      Nagendra 

      5 months ago

      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

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      Gaurav 

      5 months ago

      What is the meaning for pqwl18/wl 14

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      Ashok Raj 

      5 months ago

      Pnr 4404394594 , tonight Bangalore to Chennai Kaveri express Sleeper class, currently tatkal waiting 39 ,40. What are chances?

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      UDAYCHAND Gupta 

      5 months ago

      My ticket pnr 8129521599

      LTT to mau GNWL/197.198.199.200.201.202

      GNWL/50.51.52.53.54.55

      confirme to WL

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      PRARULLA NAYAK 

      5 months ago

      MY PNR6 140793736 ,TRN. 12812, DOJ 21-03-2020,WL-2,WL-3,COULD I GET CONFORMED

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      basheer 

      5 months ago

      MY PNR 4204293854 16603 maveli PQWL 7 ( 28-02-2020)

      Could I get confirmed?

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      Abhay Kumar 

      5 months ago

      My wl list no.28 seat will be confirm yaa not

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      Arun kahar 

      5 months ago

      Will PQWL get confermed on 06 March 2020?

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      Sandeep S 

      5 months ago from kottayam

      A very important hub by all means

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      Honkai 

      5 months ago

      My WL PNR NO 4301246906

      Can you plze confirm my train tickets plze sir

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      My pqwl is 4 in sangam .how much possiblty to confirm it 

      5 months ago

      Pls tell me

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      Lakkaramchakradhar 

      5 months ago

      Booking status PQWL 105/PQWL 62 current status means

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      Santanu kisan 

      5 months ago

      My PNR no 4616670721

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      Guddu 

      5 months ago

      My PNR Number is 8629751872 confirm or not my Waiting list 26

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      Naresh 

      6 months ago

      My PNR Number is 6801222741 confirm or not my Waiting list 5 and 6

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      Gowtham P 

      6 months ago

      my journey from trichy to vijayawada date on 13/02/2020 waited list number 7. can it confirmed or not.

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      Abhijeet rai 

      7 months ago

      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

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      Pkpv7899 

      7 months ago

      4613333706 ,mas to vskp,13/01/20,PQWL7 will be confirmed...???

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      Subhasis Dhar 

      7 months ago

      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

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      Suhas 

      7 months ago

      My journey date is on 6 th jan and ticket got tatkal waiting 1 on 4 th jan..pl specidy..chances to confrim?

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      Mohammad Raz 

      7 months ago

      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?

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      Vikas Mishra 

      7 months ago

      Sir my reservation date is 31/12/2019 and wating list is 5,6,7 how much chance to conform

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      Rahul joshi 

      8 months ago

      Sir i have wl of 6 to 7 dan how can confirm that tickets

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      Amit 

      8 months ago

      We booked two tickets together bt 1 got RAC confirmed bt 2nd one in waitinglist??

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      AMIT 

      8 months ago

      What is PQWL

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      Manish kumar 

      8 months ago

      I love you

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      KANNAN P 

      9 months ago from CHENNAI

      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.

      Thanks

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      Dimple Prajapati 

      9 months ago

      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

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      Saikumar 

      9 months ago

      Iam going to Sabarimala my waiting list is 3/4/5... How can I conform .. traveling date is 29th nov

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      S V NARASIMHA MURTHY 

      9 months ago

      why all this non sense of waiting tahka. it looks like stupid

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      Bapi 

      10 months ago

      I have a wl of 15 on 22nd of oct on 3rd ac what is the chance of confirmation of ticket

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      manoj gosara 

      10 months ago

      I have a ticket WL 7 for the train 19567 monday how much chances of getting confirmation?

    • profile image

      manoj gosara 

      10 months ago

      my tikit is wl 6 and 7

      so any chanche conformation jaurny date 21/10/2019

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      ANUP KUMAR MAITY 

      10 months ago

      I have a ticket TQWL 7 for the train 12837 today, how much chances of getting confirmation?

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      Bashu 

      10 months ago

      I have waiting list 10 then ticket confirmed or not

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      Jose Antonio 

      10 months ago

      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.

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      ADI Dev bharti 

      10 months ago

      In train Chandigarh to Lucknow pqwl 12 chances to clear

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      sandhya 

      10 months ago

      how to check seats availability in irctc

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      gopal 

      10 months ago

      my waiting list is 99 date 14 oct pls confirmation status

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      subramanyam bhyri 

      10 months ago

      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

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      Uttam gour 

      10 months ago

      my waiting list is 99 date 25 oct pls share confirmation status

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      Deehar 

      10 months ago

      My w/L 23 October PNR 8621792218

      Can I get confirmation????

    • profile image

      Deehar 

      10 months ago

      My w/L 23 October PNR 8621792218

      Can I get confirmation????

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      Syed Mohamed fuz 

      10 months ago

      My wl is 6 on 5th oct can i get confirmation ?

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      Prashant s 

      10 months ago

      W/l 4 2AC 4 Oct 19 Will it get confirm

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      ranajit dhar 

      10 months ago

      My travelling date is 5th october 2019, My waiting list is now 1,2 and 3. will my seat is confirm

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      hariharan 

      10 months ago

      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?

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      Tanuja G 

      10 months ago

      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..

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      JAYESHBHAI 

      10 months ago

      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

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      Digambar Nath jha 

      10 months ago

      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.

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      Kumar 

      10 months ago

      My PQWL is 4 & 5 for tomorrow journey, whether can it be confirmed?

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      Rahul 

      10 months ago

      My waiting list 3 confirm chance kitne h tommorow mare train h

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      sathishwebinfo 

      11 months ago

      My PQWL 7,8,9 in WEST COAST EXP. How are my confirmation chances

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      Anmanta 

      11 months ago

      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

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      George F 

      11 months ago

      Ananthapuri express, 3AC - PQWL 2, travel date 12/09/19. What are the chances of getting confirmation.

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      George 

      11 months ago

      Will PQWL 1 get conformed on 5 September?

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      G csreddy pnr no 4163133212 

      11 months ago

      Confam chance

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      Premkumar 

      11 months ago

      Will wl 15 get confirmed train 12840 travelling date 2 oct 2019

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      T.AJAY KUMAR 

      11 months ago

      PQWL1 and 2,is it confirmed,Date of journey 1.9.2019

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      prakash 

      11 months ago

      PWQL 2/3/4/5 will get confirm ? DOJ on sept 8th.

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      Hassan 

      11 months ago

      Current status PQWL 24 any chance to get confirmed ticket

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      Revanth Krishna 

      12 months ago

      5 more days to DOJ, and my pqwl is 28, will I get confirmed tickets?

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      Revanth 

      12 months ago

      my pqwl is 28, 5 more days to DOJ. will i get confirmation ?

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      Vineeta 

      12 months ago

      We have 2 tickets with WL 3 and WL4 ..what are the chances of getting cleared

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      RK sharma 

      12 months ago

      Booked a ticket in12161 laskar exp for 09aug19statuspqwl03chancesofconfirmation?

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      Anil kumar 

      12 months ago

      Train no 12232 for waiting list by 18 but not confirm date of journy 12 08 2019

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      Ramprakash 

      13 months ago

      I book 2 ticket in tatkal

      In 1 ticket conform and another tqwl 1

      Can I get conform

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      Saurabh 

      13 months ago

      Murarka

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      sunita gupta 

      13 months ago

      will our waiting list 2 to 5 will cinfirm travlling date 18 july.timing 00.10 am from pune to reniguntha

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      Anil kumar jha 

      13 months ago

      my ticket is waiting 18 in udyan aabha on 03.07.19 how much percentage to became rac or confirmed

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      Ronak 

      13 months ago

      19041 BDTS GCT EXP Mumbai to Kota 14WL. PLease let me know chances of confirmation.

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      Adarsh Shastri 

      13 months ago

      Current status is 9wL from 24 how much chances to get confirmed in 3rdAC,my journey is from nizamudin to singrauli??

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