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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        Tejas 

        12 hours ago

        My PNR NO. 8123410962

        in Gujarat express train of next day after tomorrow, current status is PQWL/23, is there chance to confirm It ...

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        Neena 

        15 hours ago

        My PNR NO is 8112773197,

        WL is PQWL 10. Is there hope for confirm?

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        Jagdish 

        17 hours ago

        My pnr no 2836066862. Booking status 55 current status 11. PLEASE CHECK AND REPLY ME IS THERE HOPE FOR CONFIRM

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        shivam sharma 

        19 hours ago

        MY PNR NO IS 2255425204

        waiting no; 122

        PLEASE CHECK AND REPLY ME IS THERE HOPE FOR CONFIRM

      • profile image

        aditya thapa 

        23 hours ago

        MY PNR NO IS 2455347814 PLEASE CHECK AND REPLY ME IS THERE HOPE FOR CONFIRM

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        Biju 

        24 hours ago

        MY PNR is 4252866807 Is there chances for confirm ticket

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        Shiva 

        25 hours ago

        I'm shiva here any train tickets waiting list confirm your seat waiting list contect me my watsapp number 09424941791 for confirm your train tickets waiting list . Via spacial quota

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        Shiva 

        25 hours ago

        I'm shiva here any train tickets waiting list confirm your seat waiting list contect me my watsapp number 09424941791 for confirm your train tickets waiting list . Via spacial quota

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        Shiva sharma 

        25 hours ago

        I'm shiva here any train tickets waiting list confirm your seat waiting list contect me my watsapp number 09424941791 for confirm your train tickets waiting list . Via spacial quota

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        NABARAJ CHETRY 

        35 hours ago

        pnr 6322447845 please sir confrm chances ..ys no 16/12/2018

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        Manoj 

        39 hours ago

        PNR: NO: 6322726446 I booked tickets for two, one is GNWL 76 and another is GNWL 77 journey date is on 19-12-2018, can i get alteast RAC please help me

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        Shraddha Pawar 

        39 hours ago

        Prn 8213107866

        WL 2

        Is der chance to get ticket confirmed or rac.??

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        Rohan 

        39 hours ago

        Having 2 seats on PQWL..journey is after 10 days. What are chances of confirmation.

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        harini.R 

        44 hours ago

        PNR NO:4252363917 is there any chance for confirmation of tickets.

        GNWL 42/43

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        V Suresh Babu 

        46 hours ago

        My PNR list PQWL/1. What is the chances.

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        John 

        46 hours ago

        PNR No. 4706627750

        Confirmation changes please

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        NamBi 

        2 days ago

        PNR NO ; 4452764522 - is there any chance of confirm? now the status is WL/93 pls

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        Shankar 

        2 days ago

        PNR NO. 8213186788

        14/12/2018

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        manish 

        2 days ago

        pnr 2735871326

        how much chance to confirm this

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        M Srikanth 

        2 days ago

        PNR 4565059463 is there any chance of confirm?

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        Silpa P 

        3 days ago

        PNR NO: 470-6249070

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        Pk 

        4 days ago

        Impressive

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        Pooja 

        2 weeks 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 

        3 weeks 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 

        3 weeks ago

        My pnr no 6122041556 RLWS39 plz canform.

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        K p Mishra 

        3 weeks ago

        My pnr no 2734733644 this confirmed or not please tell me

      • profile image

        ran singh 

        3 weeks ago

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

      • profile image

        rajesh 

        3 weeks ago

        MY PNR NUMBER IS 8212407053 CAN IT CONFIRM 98 WAITING

      • profile image

        Shanu gautam 

        3 weeks 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 weeks ago

        plz check pnr

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        Kush prasad 

        3 weeks ago

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

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        Vignesh 

        4 weeks ago

        My travel date is 25th Nov,

        My ticket status is WL 39 will it confirm

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        Roshang 

        4 weeks 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 

        4 weeks ago

        Train no 11464 Doj 16 Nov. 2018

        Current status TQWL 6.

        Will this ticket be confirmed ??

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        Abhishek 

        5 weeks 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 weeks ago

        Super

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        SHASHIKANT THOTAM 

        5 weeks ago

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

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        susanpriya 

        6 weeks ago

        My pnr is 4704729969

        Can be this confirm or no ??

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        A zamadar 

        2 months ago

        Tickets waiting list

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        Thilakkumar 

        2 months ago

        Thilakkumar

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        Durgesh Kumar Singh 

        3 months ago

        Pnr is 2512780168 it may confirm or not

      • profile image

        Deepak 

        3 months ago

        6219036790 it will confirm or not

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        vicky 

        3 months ago

        mine is tqwl 4 is it can be confirmed?

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        PRASHANTA DAS 

        4 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 

        4 months ago

        pnr-status/6318046586 will be confirmed or not?

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        Ujjawal raj 

        4 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 

        4 months ago

        Please arrange the ticket go to chennai

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        Shashidhar 

        4 months ago

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

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        Yashwant Kalekar 

        4 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 

        4 months ago

        6717124119 if it will get confirmed,please advise

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        Sundar 

        4 months ago

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

      • profile image

        Bheemraj 

        5 months ago

        PNR number 4447091634

        Confirmed or Not

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        MDN Rao 

        5 months ago

        PNR #4557815782 chances of confirmation?

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        Arjun sahni 

        5 months ago

        2148701197 confirm yes /no

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        Piyush dubey 

        5 months ago

        Is confirmed yes or not

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        shubham choudhary 

        5 months ago

        if this pnr 6516858035 is confirmed or not?

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        PITUN GHOSH 

        5 months ago

        Present

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        naushad khan 

        5 months ago

        is this pnr number. 6416831712, will confirm or not

      • profile image

        Rakesh Kumar verma 

        5 months ago

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

      • profile image

        Bonny 

        5 months ago

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

      • profile image

        ravi 

        5 months ago

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

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        Kiran Kumar 

        5 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 

        5 months ago

        Sir

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

      • profile image

        ramakrishna 

        5 months ago

        4446656084 will this one gets confirmed.

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        Gautam 

        5 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 

        5 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 

        5 months ago

        how to show pnr no in my waiting ticke

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        Kakolla ramu 

        5 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. 

        5 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 

        6 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 

        6 months ago

        My pnr no is 8606678447

        Is it confirm?

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        Ahmad khan 

        6 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 

        6 months ago

        My pnr no 6515998424,is it will confirm?

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        Anshima yadav 

        6 months ago

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

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        TULAJARAMSINGH 

        6 months ago

        PNR No 8106613309 plz intimate status for confirmation

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        Roytania123 

        6 months ago

        PNR No - 2727516462

        Any chance to confirm?

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        Mithun kumar 

        6 months ago

        PNR No. - 6615968872 (Plz confinrm this pnr)

      • profile image

        Delan 

        6 months ago

        PNR no: 4765626269

        Any chance for confirmation

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        Raghunandan 

        6 months ago

        PNR no. 4445724167

        Any chance to confirm

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        Vikash kumar 

        6 months ago

        My PNR No-6615895931 WL/48

        Chance to confirm.

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        Hem Raj Meena 

        6 months ago

        Please tell me.PNR-2827082679 chances of confirm.

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        Mohammad Moin 

        6 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 

        6 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 

        6 months ago

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

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        Dillip kumar 

        6 months ago

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

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        Harish 

        6 months ago

        Pnr no 8428646805 chancice of confirm my tickets

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        Sk Rajibar Rahaman 

        6 months ago

        Tickets confirmed

        16.07.2018

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        Prakash P V 

        6 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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        Priya 

        6 months ago

        Pqwl11 what is the chances of conforming my ticket

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        SURESH KUMMARA 

        6 months ago

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

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        RAJESH VERMA 

        6 months 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 

        6 months 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 

        6 months ago

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

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        Nitish Singh 

        6 months ago

        2347369390 plss confirm this ticket.. This is emergency case

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        Mehul sejpal 

        6 months 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 

        6 months ago

        2147113879 PNR no, please advise

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        Radha Krishna Shrivastava 

        6 months 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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        D venkataramana 

        6 months ago

        My pnr no is 4864317045

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        Mukesh puri 

        6 months ago

        Sir my pnr no 2507126603 pls confirm chance

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