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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        Ramkesh yogi 

        2 hours ago

        Mumbai

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        praveen 

        5 hours ago

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

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        MD Hasan imam 

        11 hours ago

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

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        Deehar 

        11 hours ago

        PNR 8439363307 waiting list 2&3 any chance confirm ticket

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        Mukesh ram 

        20 hours ago

        13352

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        Birender kumar 

        25 hours ago

        Dear sir my tiket in sealdah rajdhani train no-12314 ticket is in waiting list.3 can it be confirmed.train will start after21 hr

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        Kayalvizhi 

        25 hours ago

        I want confirm ticket

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        S k mahapatra 

        31 hours ago

        My pnr no is pqwl/52 there is any chace of conform(4357309070)

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        r.k.. 

        32 hours 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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        Anand kumar 

        33 hours ago

        My ticket current status TQWL/16 in 3AC at train no 18520 on19th april. Will this be confirmed!!

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        Saurav Kumar 

        34 hours ago

        My ticket current status is TQWL/56 in 3AC at train no.12129 on 19th april. Will this be confirmed

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        Rajesh dave 

        35 hours ago

        4711535644 plz canfrom this ticket

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        Rajendar 

        2 days ago

        My pnr no. 2841711902

        18/04/2019

        Confirm yes ya no

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        Jyoti 

        2 days ago

        My ticket current status is WL/44 in train no. 01133 on 18th april. Will this be confirmed

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        jamshed 

        2 days ago

        my journey date on 18 april 2019 but today i chek my ticket status then find its waiting list is 31, 32 plz tell me thats it confirm or not

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        Sudhir Kumar 

        3 days ago

        Please sir

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        Ravi ranjan Kumar 

        3 days ago

        2360856933 pnr have any chance to confirm tatkal tkt

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        Vikas tyagi 

        3 days ago

        8618122605 booking id-7979154176 is posibal to conformed my ticket

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        nanturaja@gmail.com 

        3 days ago

        6228083198 any chance to confirm tqwl-1,2,3

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        Mohan kukreja 

        4 days ago

        8447460673

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        Ritutaj 

        4 days ago

        PNR 2522889897 doj 18/04/19.

        What are the chances of confirmation.

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        sidharth 

        4 days ago

        PNR NO 8504201132 FROM THANE TO MIRAJ DATED ON 10TH MAY IS ANY CHANCE TO CONFIRM THE SAME.

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        Shubham Chowdhury 

        5 days ago

        2460831242

        Delhi to Guwahati

        Tkwl.

        Bahmraputra Mail..

        Is it confirmed?

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        Nagasai 

        5 days ago

        4456182246 dis my pnr it may get confirm

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        Manoj Kumar Singh 

        6 days ago

        WL 20 is there is chance to confirm ticket

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        T Vara Prasad 

        6 days ago

        My ticket TQWL19 online ticket this ticket confirm or no?

      • profile image

        T Vara Prasad 

        6 days ago

        My ticket TQWL19 online ticket this ticket confirm or no?

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        Shankar Kumar mishra 

        6 days ago

        My pnr no. Is 2520498804 tickets will confirm or not

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        Sume 

        7 days ago

        Pnr 4503086560

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        Sid 

        7 days ago

        8440157528 tatkal qouta waiting list 29

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        Vijay goswami 

        8 days ago

        Pnr no.8113762720 awadh Exp 24 april ka hai confirm hoga ki nahi

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        Lalitha 

        8 days ago

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

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        Anil Sharma 

        9 days ago

        WL13 is there any chance to get confirmed seat

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        Madhu 

        9 days ago

        6727855195 confirm or not.. ?

        is there any chance to confirm tickit.

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        Raviteja 

        10 days ago

        WL 49 confirm or not

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        Lidiya .v. oommen 

        11 days ago

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

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        Leena 

        12 days ago

        Train no 12105

        i have a WL14 for 8th april in 2AC...will it get confirmed? plz rply

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        Sunil dhawan 

        12 days ago

        Pqwl ticket no 15-16 on tomorrow confirm on rac easily

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        mohit nagpal 

        2 weeks ago

        Pnr 2260425232, my ticket is under Tatkal quota wait list 10. Will this be confirm or not............please help

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        Nigs 

        2 weeks ago

        My journey will be on 30 April and booked ticket in 3 tier ac, currently its showing 15 WL and showing me 88 % chance so is it almost confirm ?

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        vishnu 

        2 weeks ago

        wating list is 4 and 5 in jan shatabi it will confirm or not travel date is 13.04.2019.

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        SURESHPRAJAPAT 

        2 weeks ago

        Sir my currunt status 11,12,13

        Pnr 8716039250

        Plz tell me my ticket confiem yes ya no

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        Deepak kumar 

        2 weeks ago

        Sir how many ticket wl 1234 is confirmed

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        Hitk 

        3 weeks ago

        Sir my

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        Shashi shekar 

        5 weeks ago

        Sir please conform my seat in ajmer-sealdah express in my ticket there are wl-8 I request to confirm it

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        Sobil Hussain 

        5 weeks ago

        Thank

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        Malay Horo 

        5 weeks ago

        wl/66. wl/45 M 50 confirm or not

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        Fakir Iqbal Yusuf 

        5 weeks ago

        My ticket waiting list amrapoore train... Can I do travel at train?

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        vinay kumar tiwari 

        5 weeks ago

        My PNR No is 2459297092. Current status of my ticket is WL 47/48. Please tell me the chance of confirmation.

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        raghu kumar 

        5 weeks ago

        my ticket is gn waitlist is 46 what it is confirm

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        Rocky 

        6 weeks ago

        How many waiting changes confirm ticket

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        Mukesh Kumarw 

        6 weeks ago

        Wating list RLWL8,9 ticket are confirm,my jurney is thursday at patna jn.

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        Arjun 

        6 weeks ago

        Will waiting list of 1 will be confirmed within 10 days ?

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        Manish verma 

        7 weeks ago

        I have RAC181 and. Wl 1 and i have 120 day to a journey

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        Abhishek 

        7 weeks ago

        Hi my train is today 4:30 pm and my waiting list is 7 how many chances to confirm my ticket

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        Joshi Bhavaniprasad 

        8 weeks ago

        12649 - Train Number WL 6 (WL48 when booked)

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        Rajasekhar 

        8 weeks ago

        My pnr no pqwl wait list 7conformation

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        Ram singh, paurakh singh 

        8 weeks ago

        How many waiting chances tickets confirm

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        Suraj singh 

        2 months ago

        My RAC is 88 it's get conform or not let me know please

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        GSG 

        2 months ago

        Is there any possibility of RAC tickets into full berth..

        After preparation ?

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        Neera 

        2 months ago

        Is there any chances to confirm GNWL71/WL71 if having 15 days to boarding

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        Sureshkumar Oswal 

        3 months ago

        How much seats of Tatkal Quota Seats alloted for every train

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        Ramesh 

        3 months ago

        Hyderbad to bhivaram

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        Ravi kumar 

        3 months ago

        10 Jan .pachiam express waiting cheack

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        Rajiv adhikary 

        3 months ago

        Good

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        Dr Rajkumar 

        3 months ago

        W/L 2and3 train 22451

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        Junu 

        3 months ago

        Waiting 13& 14.. possibility plz

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        Arupparai 

        3 months ago

        I have booked 2 train ticket, both are waitting .

        1st - 4153311455

        2nd - 4707128411

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        PODDAR 

        3 months ago

        I have waiting list of 50 in 12382 train is there any chance of getting confirmation

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        kamal 

        3 months ago

        if pqwl waiting list 19 then what is confirmation chances

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        Silpa P 

        4 months ago

        PNR NO: 470-6249070

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        Pk 

        4 months ago

        Impressive

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        Pooja 

        4 months ago

        My pnr no. is 2835301802. Chart is prepared and current status is showing is EX1/F/47/NC . what does this mean.

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        Rohit 

        4 months ago

        I have booked my ticket at 30Aug from Train Origin station to final destination and unfortunately get the waiting number 1,2 and 3. Now its been 3 months passed and my traveling date come near ( 28th Dec ) but my ticket status remains same 1,2 and 3. So can you please let me know that how much chances to get it to confirm!

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        Kush prasad 

        4 months ago

        My pnr no 6122041556 RLWS39 plz canform.

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        K p Mishra 

        4 months ago

        My pnr no 2734733644 this confirmed or not please tell me

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        ran singh 

        4 months ago

        My pr no 2154350790 is this conformed ya not please tel me

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        rajesh 

        4 months ago

        MY PNR NUMBER IS 8212407053 CAN IT CONFIRM 98 WAITING

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        Shanu gautam 

        4 months ago

        My pr no. 2154260348 RLWL/1 & RLWL/2....pls confirmed this waitng stuts ...will it get confirmed yes /no

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        Rajak shaikh 

        5 months ago

        plz check pnr

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        Kush prasad 

        5 months ago

        Sir my TQWS 5,6 my ticket pnr no 4351707296 sir chance canform.

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        Vignesh 

        5 months ago

        My travel date is 25th Nov,

        My ticket status is WL 39 will it confirm

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        Roshang 

        5 months ago

        My train no is 22629. Date of journey is 16 nov currtent status is in pqwl 3 can this will get confirm

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        Purushottam Thakre 

        5 months ago

        Train no 11464 Doj 16 Nov. 2018

        Current status TQWL 6.

        Will this ticket be confirmed ??

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        Abhishek 

        5 months ago

        In GT Express my current waiting is 83 and today night i have to go

        Is the ticket will confirmed

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        Ashis nayak 

        5 months ago

        Super

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        SHASHIKANT THOTAM 

        5 months ago

        PNR No. 8311164949 what is the confirmation chances date of ticket 08/11/2018

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        susanpriya 

        5 months ago

        My pnr is 4704729969

        Can be this confirm or no ??

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        A zamadar 

        6 months ago

        Tickets waiting list

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        Thilakkumar 

        6 months ago

        Thilakkumar

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        Durgesh Kumar Singh 

        7 months ago

        Pnr is 2512780168 it may confirm or not

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        Deepak 

        7 months ago

        6219036790 it will confirm or not

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        vicky 

        7 months ago

        mine is tqwl 4 is it can be confirmed?

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        PRASHANTA DAS 

        8 months ago

        I'm getting GNWL/AVAILABLE in HWH PURI Shatabdi Express. What's the % of getting this comfirmed?

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        Majji nirmala 

        8 months ago

        pnr-status/6318046586 will be confirmed or not?

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        Ujjawal raj 

        8 months ago

        My ticket from pnbe to cnb

        My pnr no. Is 6217808167

        W/l 69

        Will it be confirm or not??

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        R.velu 

        8 months ago

        Please arrange the ticket go to chennai

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        Shashidhar 

        8 months ago

        8308023230 I wants to know the chances of conformation .. Please help me..

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        Yashwant Kalekar 

        8 months ago

        PNR No. 8207674333 for Train No. 12519 if it will get confirmed. Please advice. The date of Journey is 11.11.2018

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        Santanu Khatua 

        9 months ago

        6717124119 if it will get confirmed,please advise

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