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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        Gokul shrestha 59 minutes ago

        What chances of my WL 15,16,17,18 confirmation of PNR 2243687216

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        HANSI RAWAT 21 hours ago

        what chance of my W/L 12,RLWL ticket confirmation of PNR - 2728573981

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        Anil Kumar tiwari 40 hours ago

        I'm waiting 5 and set no crifame

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        Surendra pandit 43 hours ago

        PNR No 2509852081

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        Asit Kumar Panda 2 days ago

        I book a train ticket from date 13.10.18 sleeper train no 12666 cape howda express.ticket booking date is 29.06.2018 PNR status is PQWL 9.10.11 will it confirmed on not

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        Koteswararao 2 days ago

        My PNR no.476-600-4822 not confirmed what next step.amount refund or not

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        Sreenadhudu tirumalasetty 2 days ago

        My phone number 9912665462 I was sold a ticket for simhapuri 25/06/18 Secunderabad to Chirala as pqwl 2 it will be not confirmed what can I do

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        Kakolla ramu 2 days ago

        My ticket w/l probability 38 percent before 15 days journey is it conform pls suggest for me

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        Abu Torab. 4 days ago

        I booked my ticket in Delhi Duronto on 1st AC what would be the chances to confirm my ticket n my wating is 1

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        probasum 5 days ago

        Dear sir,

        pnr no--2147653054 what is the chance of confirm my ticket please sir give me just answer please

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        My pnr no is 8606678447

        Is it confirm?

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        Dear sir,

        8428656766 what is the chance of confirm my ticket please sir give me just answer please

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        My pnr no 6515998424,is it will confirm?

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        PNR:8106625286,TRN:22121 any chances of getting confirmed

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        TULAJARAMSINGH 8 days ago

        PNR No 8106613309 plz intimate status for confirmation

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        Roytania123 8 days ago

        PNR No - 2727516462

        Any chance to confirm?

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        PNR No. - 6615968872 (Plz confinrm this pnr)

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        Delan 9 days ago

        PNR no: 4765626269

        Any chance for confirmation

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        Raghunandan 9 days ago

        PNR no. 4445724167

        Any chance to confirm

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        Vikash kumar 10 days ago

        My PNR No-6615895931 WL/48

        Chance to confirm.

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        Hem Raj Meena 10 days ago

        Please tell me.PNR-2827082679 chances of confirm.

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        Mohammad Moin 10 days ago

        My PNR is 2247490064

        And waiting is 50

        How many chances are there that my ticket will get confirmed?

        12910 - BDTS Garib rath

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        Khushi 11 days ago

        My PNR No - 820-6221671 waiting list 4, 5 s it chance to confirmation

        Class: AC 2-tier - 2A

        22939/Hapa - Bilaspur SF Express (PT)

        PNR: 820-6221671

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        Sumana Chatterjee 11 days ago

        My pnr no. Is 6615136857 waiting list is 3,4 is it chance to confirmation

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        Dillip kumar 12 days ago

        my pnr no. 2728146611 wl/23 , is chance for conform.

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        Harish 12 days ago

        Pnr no 8428646805 chancice of confirm my tickets

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        Sk Rajibar Rahaman 12 days ago

        Tickets confirmed

        16.07.2018

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        Prakash P V 12 days ago

        I have an RACT 139 status for train No: 16527 Yehwantpur-Kannur Express on 16th June 18 Sat. I am a senior citizen. What are the chances for me to get a berth?

        Mobile: 9961932031

        E-mail: pvp46@hotmail.com

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        Priya 12 days ago

        Pqwl11 what is the chances of conforming my ticket

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        SURESH KUMMARA 13 days ago

        My pnr no 4558013515.pls tell me whether it could be confirmed or not ? Thank u.

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        RAJESH VERMA 13 days ago

        SIR MY PNR NO IS RLWL 6315260048 ON 16 JUNE AND

        Pnr no. PQWL 2727541106

        IS THEIR CHANCES OF CONFIRMATION....

        MYSELF HANDICAPPED

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        MD Mumtaz alam 13 days ago

        My PNR Number is - 8305415053

        Requesting you if you can puch for confirmation not the status is showing 3 waiting .

        Thank you & Regards.

        Rehan Alam

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        Ashish Saha 13 days ago

        PNR No:- 8560153302 can this ticket can be confirmed by Tommrow I request train authority

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        Nitish Singh 13 days ago

        2347369390 plss confirm this ticket.. This is emergency case

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        Mehul sejpal 2 weeks ago

        Sir should i book ticket from kolkata to barsoi shatabdi exp if waiting list is 7 before 3 days of journey..?

        Jouriney date is 11-06-18

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        Vikas 2 weeks ago

        2147113879 PNR no, please advise

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        Radha Krishna Shrivastava 2 weeks ago

        Sir our ticket booking on 16 june 2018 in 12296 sanghmitra exp.My ticket status is 3AC GNWL 27,28,29,30,31. Pl suggest me to confirm my ticket yes or No

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        My pnr no is 4864317045

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        Sir my pnr 4344753548 confirmed chance

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        Vishal Kumar Gaund 2 weeks ago

        Sir My PNR NO- 2246405024,Please conferm my ticket I request you so much

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        Bazeeth A 2 weeks ago from Puducherry

        Plz confirm my ticate pnr no is 4145173870

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        Tanmay chakraborty 2 weeks ago

        Tatkal waiting list 14 ,,,how much chance to be confirme

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        sachin.malpani999@gmail.com 2 weeks ago

        Please PQWL 1to 9 confirm or no. Sachkhand exprees. Train no 12716. Amritsar to jalna date. 13-06-2018

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        2827815618 pnr status....let me tell about confirmation

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        2508700088 Please confirm my Ticket

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        Kaushal Kumar 3 weeks ago

        My PNR No is 434-5158240 and present status is WL 32 & 33. Pl confirm whether WL will be converted in confirm ticket

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        2346444458..plz confirmed

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        MY PNR : 4145363302 can you please confirm this Ticket

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        Lovi 3 weeks ago

        Mine is rac1 in 2nd cls ac in kafiyat express(12225) on june 09 2018. What are the chances of confirmation?

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        asim wb 3 weeks ago

        6415386067 plz confirm the pnr number

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        ramaiah 3 weeks ago

        pnr no.4244129284 current status RAC 52 to 55 train no.16003 whether confirm or not

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        prakash 3 weeks ago

        please conform the pnr num 4244883629

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        Ram Babu Prasad 3 weeks ago

        Please conform the pnr 6315353070 ticket of wl78,pqwl/wl 22 in train no 13149 on 30/05/2018

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        THOMAS KUTTY P J 3 weeks ago

        PNR NO. 2346588889

        RLWL-26

        CURRENT STATUS WL-18

        WILL IT GET CLEAR TILL 1ST OF JUNE 2018

        PLEASE HELP

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        Ajaydeswal10 3 weeks ago

        2508574769???? Can it be confirm

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        Nadirali 3 weeks ago

        My current waiting list is PQWL 8. Will it get clear till 5th of June? Please help.

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        Unni s 3 weeks ago

        Can confirm pnr 4444182097

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        request prediction to pnr 8605995086

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        Jatinder kumar 3 weeks ago

        Pnr No. : 2446761329

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        Pnr no. 6314343720

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        Sreenu 3 weeks ago

        Pnr status - 4245144196

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        Request prediction to pnr 2446456662

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        Puneet chouhan 4 weeks ago

        I have wl 12, wl 13 tickets . Will it be confermed easily

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        sawan patel 4 weeks ago

        PNR 2508809738

        My teckit is conform or not

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        Mahesh Ningule 4 weeks ago

        My pnr no.4657680342

        W/l13 & 14 whether ticket will conform

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        ritesh 4 weeks ago

        PNR NO. 6315130727 please confirm

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        HEMANT KAPOOR 4 weeks ago

        I HAVE TQWL 23 OF ASHRAM EXPRESS FOR 25.05.18 REWARI TO AHAMDABAD WILL IT GET CONFIRMED OR NOT?

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        V SRINIVAS 4 weeks ago

        What means of rlwl10/wl10

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        Rabindranath mishra 4 weeks ago

        My wl 25ticket is confirm yes no

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        SUNDER SHARMA 4 weeks ago

        my pnr is 6315124490

        GNWL 52 any chance of confirmation as on date 30 may 2018

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        Parthiban 4 weeks ago

        hi,

        kindly confirmed my ticket PNR:4145090455

        TRN:12633

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        Vikas 4 weeks ago

        Sir my trip is form faridabad to Vadodara on 24 -5-18

        My pnr no is 2508745399 3rd Ac wating 11 hai will it be confirm or not

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        Sathees kumar 4 weeks ago

        My relative's pnr no 4144876857 . Now waiting list 15,16 % 17 on 25-05-18 in chennai super express. Will it be confirmed?.

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        Bappa roy 4 weeks ago

        Sri,i have booked a ticket from bangalore cantonment to malda town for huwa hati exp for the date.23/05/2018 and the my ticket waiting list no.10, so can you suggest me that whether it will be confirmed , and my pnr is:- 4445056857

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        Pintu 4 weeks ago

        Will pnr 6514806226 will get confirm or remain in RAC

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        M MOHAN 4 weeks ago

        Sir, I have booked a ticket from Kharagpur to Gudur for Chennai Mail for the Dt.30th,May,2018, and the ticket issue with Waiting List 9. So can you suggest me that whether it will be confirmed or not to my mail id, moluguappan@gmail.com

        MY PNR IS:-6414863250

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        PANKAJ SAGRE 4 weeks ago

        6314990066 PL CHECK

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        Sunny 4 weeks ago

        Will pnr 2346308201 will get confirm or remain in RAC

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        Pappu 4 weeks ago

        My waiting list 52 in train no 12310will be confirm or not

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        rajesh kumar 5 weeks ago

        My waiting list ticket WL18 for shatabdi express pune hyderabad ,what is the chances of confirmation

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        Rama krishna 5 weeks ago

        I have waiting list no.8,9,10 in prasanthi express. Date of journey 25-5-18 from vskp to yelhanka. Is it confirmed or not

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        Mahesh 5 weeks ago

        PNR.4244568756..Train no17206...To day journey.... Please Tickets confirmed r not...

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        Vijay 5 weeks ago

        22/5/18 Mumbai to Chennai conforme or waitting list

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        Jayapriya 5 weeks ago

        4763366987 - any chances for confirmation. RLWL current status.from cvp to chalakudy.

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        Naveen Chopra 5 weeks ago

        My PNR no. is 6514845117 and is showing the current status as RLWL/40 since yesterday.

        I have booked through the internet.

        Please advise me.

        My email address is nmchopra@yahoo.com

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        Anant 5 weeks ago

        6314900977.... Please...

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        Sam 5 weeks ago

        6614689301 waiting 5,6,7 train name Purushottam Express journey date 24-5-18 from CNB to NDLS will it confirm ? Plzzz reply

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