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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        Ravi 

        104 minutes ago

        6618420372

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        mahesh 

        13 hours ago

        my WL is 5 and 6 and my train no 22630 is on 20 sept from kankavali how many chances for comfirm chances becauses they are senior citizen

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        Sunil 

        32 hours ago

        Hi m Dinesh Verma 

        My pnr no 2731107310 confirm hogya or nhi 24-08-2018

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        SAgar 

        37 hours ago

        can any one help me with the situation where out of my 4 ticket 1 is confirmed and 4 are on Waiting list ?? this is e ticket, will i be able to travel ?

        kanyakumari express - 8105837357

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        Vinoth 

        42 hours ago

        Hello Everyone,

        Is there any chance of getting a RAC for this PNR 4558483966. ?

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        Jayant 

        44 hours ago

        Pnr number 4248316056 tq/wl 16 .17. 18 confirm ticket plz

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        Anchal 

        2 days ago

        2512307723 pLz see if this can confirm.

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        S. T. RIZVI 

        2 days ago

        27305424024?plzz tell me ticket confimed ho ga ya nhhi

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        PRASHANTA DAS 

        6 days ago

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

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        Majji nirmala 

        12 days ago

        pnr-status/6318046586 will be confirmed or not?

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        Ujjawal raj 

        3 weeks 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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        3 weeks ago

        Please arrange the ticket go to chennai

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        3 weeks ago

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

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        Yashwant Kalekar 

        3 weeks 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 weeks ago

        6717124119 if it will get confirmed,please advise

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        Sundar 

        4 weeks ago

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

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        Bheemraj 

        4 weeks ago

        PNR number 4447091634

        Confirmed or Not

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        4 weeks ago

        PNR #4557815782 chances of confirmation?

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        4 weeks ago

        2148701197 confirm yes /no

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        5 weeks ago

        Is confirmed yes or not

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        5 weeks ago

        if this pnr 6516858035 is confirmed or not?

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        PITUN GHOSH 

        5 weeks ago

        Present

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        naushad khan 

        5 weeks ago

        is this pnr number. 6416831712, will confirm or not

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        Rakesh Kumar verma 

        5 weeks ago

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

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        Bonny 

        5 weeks ago

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

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        ravi 

        5 weeks ago

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

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        Kiran Kumar 

        5 weeks 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 

        6 weeks ago

        Sir

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

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        ramakrishna 

        6 weeks ago

        4446656084 will this one gets confirmed.

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        Gautam 

        6 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks ago

        how to show pnr no in my waiting ticke

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        Kakolla ramu 

        2 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. 

        2 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 

        2 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 

        2 months ago

        My pnr no is 8606678447

        Is it confirm?

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        2 months ago

        Dear sir,

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

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        2 months ago

        My pnr no 6515998424,is it will confirm?

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        2 months ago

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

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        2 months ago

        PNR No 8106613309 plz intimate status for confirmation

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        Roytania123 

        2 months ago

        PNR No - 2727516462

        Any chance to confirm?

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        Mithun kumar 

        2 months ago

        PNR No. - 6615968872 (Plz confinrm this pnr)

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        Delan 

        2 months ago

        PNR no: 4765626269

        Any chance for confirmation

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        Raghunandan 

        2 months ago

        PNR no. 4445724167

        Any chance to confirm

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        Vikash kumar 

        2 months ago

        My PNR No-6615895931 WL/48

        Chance to confirm.

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        Hem Raj Meena 

        2 months ago

        Please tell me.PNR-2827082679 chances of confirm.

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        Mohammad Moin 

        2 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 

        2 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 

        2 months ago

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

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        2 months ago

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        2 months ago

        Pnr no 8428646805 chancice of confirm my tickets

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        Sk Rajibar Rahaman 

        2 months ago

        Tickets confirmed

        16.07.2018

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        Prakash P V 

        2 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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        2 months ago

        Pqwl11 what is the chances of conforming my ticket

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        2 months ago

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

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        RAJESH VERMA 

        2 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 

        2 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 

        2 months ago

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

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        2 months ago

        2347369390 plss confirm this ticket.. This is emergency case

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        Mehul sejpal 

        2 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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        2 months ago

        2147113879 PNR no, please advise

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        2 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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        2 months ago

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        2 months ago

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        2 months ago

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        2 months ago

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        2608347034

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        2 months ago

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        2 months ago

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        2 months ago from Puducherry

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        2 months ago

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

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        2 months ago

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        2 months ago

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        2 months ago

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        2 months ago

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        2 months ago

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        2 months ago

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        2 months ago

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        2 months ago

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        2 months ago

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        2 months ago

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        2 months ago

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        2 months ago

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        2 months ago

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        2 months ago

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        2 months 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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        2 months ago

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        2 months ago

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        2 months ago

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        2 months ago

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        2 months ago

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        2 months ago

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        2 months ago

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