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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      Dr Koundal 

      19 minutes ago

      My PNR No is 8215938855 in ist AC Rajdhani for 27 Mar , is there any possibility of confirm seat.

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      Ramesh Kumar 

      2 hours ago

      TatkalQuta

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      Vnsvkm lakshmi 

      3 hours ago

      4355241931 pqwl 3

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      Udaya poojary 

      6 hours ago

      How many chances to conformed my waiting ticket my pnr no is 8715888937

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      Vadroodin 

      24 hours ago

      4155283161

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      Basavaraja 

      27 hours ago

      Pnr number: 4355168701

      Is there any chances to confirm my tatkal ticket?

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      Sentu Kumar shaw 

      27 hours ago

      6724934934

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      Jai Ram 

      28 hours ago

      PNR 2458284328

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      Kishan Singh 

      45 hours ago

      PNR NO.4355070325

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      Deepak Doshi 

      46 hours ago

      PNR NO 8615127275. ANY CHANCE FOR CONFIRMATION.

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      Vikas 

      47 hours ago

      Pnr 2158145420 chances to confirm ??

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      Gowtham 

      2 days ago

      6625639086 is any chance to conform

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      samadhan kisan dase 

      2 days ago

      Sir my PNR no 8615629444

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      Nawas 

      3 days ago

      PQWL 14 to 27 confirm or not confirm

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      Suraj singh 

      3 days ago

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

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      Chandrashekar 

      3 days ago

      My ticket No 3161721, Chances of getting confirmation please let me know.

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      Sudheer 

      4 days ago

      My ticket status is PQWL/1, Chances of getting confirmation please let me know.

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      subu 

      5 days ago

      CNF/B2/12/LB/GN SONU RAJAK. aap ka ticket confirmed hai.

      coach b2 me 12 number seat lower berth hai

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      Rahul Giri 

      6 days ago

      WL 24 will confirm

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      karthik 

      6 days ago

      pls conform my tickets

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      Sonu rajak 

      6 days ago

      Sir hamara PNR number is 6725075276 please hamara ticket confirm Kare kyoki mare aur Mera Bhai bhan ke exam 2 March sa start hai it's our request

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      GSG 

      3 weeks ago

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

      After preparation ?

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      Neera 

      3 weeks ago

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

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      Sureshkumar Oswal 

      5 weeks ago

      How much seats of Tatkal Quota Seats alloted for every train

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      Ramesh 

      5 weeks ago

      Hyderbad to bhivaram

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      Ravi kumar 

      5 weeks ago

      10 Jan .pachiam express waiting cheack

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      Rajiv adhikary 

      5 weeks ago

      Good

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      Dr Rajkumar 

      5 weeks ago

      W/L 2and3 train 22451

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      Junu 

      6 weeks ago

      Waiting 13& 14.. possibility plz

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      Arupparai 

      7 weeks ago

      I have booked 2 train ticket, both are waitting .

      1st - 4153311455

      2nd - 4707128411

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      PODDAR 

      8 weeks ago

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

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      kamal 

      8 weeks ago

      if pqwl waiting list 19 then what is confirmation chances

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      Silpa P 

      2 months ago

      PNR NO: 470-6249070

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      Pk 

      2 months ago

      Impressive

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      Pooja 

      2 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 

      2 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 

      2 months ago

      My pnr no 6122041556 RLWS39 plz canform.

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      K p Mishra 

      2 months ago

      My pnr no 2734733644 this confirmed or not please tell me

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      ran singh 

      2 months ago

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

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      rajesh 

      2 months ago

      MY PNR NUMBER IS 8212407053 CAN IT CONFIRM 98 WAITING

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      Shanu gautam 

      2 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 

      3 months ago

      plz check pnr

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      Kush prasad 

      3 months ago

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

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      Vignesh 

      3 months ago

      My travel date is 25th Nov,

      My ticket status is WL 39 will it confirm

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      Roshang 

      3 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 

      3 months ago

      Train no 11464 Doj 16 Nov. 2018

      Current status TQWL 6.

      Will this ticket be confirmed ??

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      Abhishek 

      3 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 

      3 months ago

      Super

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      SHASHIKANT THOTAM 

      3 months ago

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

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      susanpriya 

      3 months ago

      My pnr is 4704729969

      Can be this confirm or no ??

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      A zamadar 

      4 months ago

      Tickets waiting list

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      Thilakkumar 

      4 months ago

      Thilakkumar

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      Durgesh Kumar Singh 

      5 months ago

      Pnr is 2512780168 it may confirm or not

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      Deepak 

      5 months ago

      6219036790 it will confirm or not

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      vicky 

      5 months ago

      mine is tqwl 4 is it can be confirmed?

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      PRASHANTA DAS 

      6 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 

      6 months ago

      pnr-status/6318046586 will be confirmed or not?

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      Ujjawal raj 

      6 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 

      6 months ago

      Please arrange the ticket go to chennai

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      Shashidhar 

      6 months ago

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

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      Yashwant Kalekar 

      6 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 

      7 months ago

      6717124119 if it will get confirmed,please advise

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      Sundar 

      7 months ago

      Chart prepared, now the status is passenger 1 pqwl6.. Is will get confirmed?

    • profile image

      Bheemraj 

      7 months ago

      PNR number 4447091634

      Confirmed or Not

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      MDN Rao 

      7 months ago

      PNR #4557815782 chances of confirmation?

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      Arjun sahni 

      7 months ago

      2148701197 confirm yes /no

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      Piyush dubey 

      7 months ago

      Is confirmed yes or not

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      shubham choudhary 

      7 months ago

      if this pnr 6516858035 is confirmed or not?

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      PITUN GHOSH 

      7 months ago

      Present

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      naushad khan 

      7 months ago

      is this pnr number. 6416831712, will confirm or not

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      Rakesh Kumar verma 

      7 months ago

      My wl no 6316990729.Tomorrow is journey date.Let us tell about chances of confirmation

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      Bonny 

      7 months ago

      How many chance to confirm my waiting ticket. My PNR no is 8561304901.

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      ravi 

      7 months ago

      Mera Rlwl 25 haye 3/11/2018 la confirm hoga ya nahi

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      Kiran Kumar 

      7 months ago

      Present status is PQWL-4, tomorrow is my journey with faluknama train. Will my ticket confirm(RAC) at the time of chart preparation?

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      Ankit rai 

      7 months ago

      Sir

      How many chances to conformed my waiting ticket my pnr no is 6616826303

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      ramakrishna 

      7 months ago

      4446656084 will this one gets confirmed.

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      Gautam 

      7 months ago

      My journey date is 16 July and my booking status is waiting 1 from last 40 days...is there is a chance of confirmation of my ticket...???

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      Himani 

      7 months ago

      I have booked train ticket of 29-06-2018 and today it showing RLWL/ 44 ....Is any chances of confirm ticket

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      anurag singh 

      7 months ago

      how to show pnr no in my waiting ticke

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      Kakolla ramu 

      8 months 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. 

      8 months 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 

      8 months 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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      Pallob Borman 

      8 months ago

      My pnr no is 8606678447

      Is it confirm?

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      Ahmad khan 

      8 months ago

      Dear sir,

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

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      Sudhansu Kuanar 

      8 months ago

      My pnr no 6515998424,is it will confirm?

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      Anshima yadav 

      8 months ago

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

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      TULAJARAMSINGH 

      8 months ago

      PNR No 8106613309 plz intimate status for confirmation

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      Roytania123 

      8 months ago

      PNR No - 2727516462

      Any chance to confirm?

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      Mithun kumar 

      8 months ago

      PNR No. - 6615968872 (Plz confinrm this pnr)

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      Delan 

      8 months ago

      PNR no: 4765626269

      Any chance for confirmation

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      Raghunandan 

      8 months ago

      PNR no. 4445724167

      Any chance to confirm

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      Vikash kumar 

      8 months ago

      My PNR No-6615895931 WL/48

      Chance to confirm.

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      Hem Raj Meena 

      8 months ago

      Please tell me.PNR-2827082679 chances of confirm.

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      Mohammad Moin 

      8 months 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 

      8 months 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 

      8 months ago

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

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      Dillip kumar 

      8 months ago

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

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      Harish 

      8 months ago

      Pnr no 8428646805 chancice of confirm my tickets

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      Sk Rajibar Rahaman 

      8 months ago

      Tickets confirmed

      16.07.2018

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      Prakash P V 

      8 months 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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