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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        Sudarshan K.V. 

        23 hours ago

        Apap

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        Rahul joshi 

        38 hours ago

        Sir i have wl of 6 to 7 dan how can confirm that tickets

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        Surabatthina Penchalarao 

        2 days ago

        hi, Pqwl15 what chances to get confirmed for 2maro

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        Bhagwat 

        2 days ago

        Sir wating list 21,22,23,24

        Today 19609

        Pl confirm chance

        Rlwl

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        MAGESH 

        3 days ago

        NOW MY WAITING LIST IS 49 AND 50 FOR FRIDAY KAVERI SLEEPER , IS THERER ANY CHANCE MY TICKET GETTING CONFIRMED BEFORE ONE DAY

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        Amit 

        9 days ago

        We booked two tickets together bt 1 got RAC confirmed bt 2nd one in waitinglist??

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        AMIT 

        12 days ago

        What is PQWL

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        Manish kumar 

        2 weeks ago

        I love you

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        KANNAN P 

        4 weeks ago from CHENNAI

        Sir my PNR NO - 4365430784

        Traveling date - 21/12/2019

        Train no/name - 12633 / KANYAKUMARI EXP

        Booking status - WL/69

        Booking status - WL/70

        Pls confirm my tickets and issue seat numbers.

        Thanks

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        Dimple Prajapati 

        4 weeks ago

        My waiting list is 9/10 plz confirm me ticket it is very urgent i need to go and my travelling date is 11 nov 2019

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        Saikumar 

        5 weeks ago

        Iam going to Sabarimala my waiting list is 3/4/5... How can I conform .. traveling date is 29th nov

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        S V NARASIMHA MURTHY 

        5 weeks ago

        why all this non sense of waiting tahka. it looks like stupid

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        Bapi 

        8 weeks ago

        I have a wl of 15 on 22nd of oct on 3rd ac what is the chance of confirmation of ticket

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        manoj gosara 

        8 weeks ago

        I have a ticket WL 7 for the train 19567 monday how much chances of getting confirmation?

      • profile image

        manoj gosara 

        8 weeks ago

        my tikit is wl 6 and 7

        so any chanche conformation jaurny date 21/10/2019

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        ANUP KUMAR MAITY 

        8 weeks ago

        I have a ticket TQWL 7 for the train 12837 today, how much chances of getting confirmation?

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        Bashu 

        2 months ago

        I have waiting list 10 then ticket confirmed or not

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        Jose Antonio 

        2 months ago

        I have RLWL 9 to RLWL 13 (5 SEATS) on MANGALA EXPRESS TRAIN NO. 12617 ON 04.11.2019 [STATIONS: THVM - NK].

        Please advise, if I have any chances for confirmation.

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        ADI Dev bharti 

        2 months ago

        In train Chandigarh to Lucknow pqwl 12 chances to clear

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        sandhya 

        2 months ago

        how to check seats availability in irctc

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        gopal 

        2 months ago

        my waiting list is 99 date 14 oct pls confirmation status

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        subramanyam bhyri 

        2 months ago

        My pqwl is 58 and 59..kindly confirm atleast 1 berth till ngp so that we 3 people can adjust and reach the destination from secundrabad tomorrow

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        Uttam gour 

        2 months ago

        my waiting list is 99 date 25 oct pls share confirmation status

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        Deehar 

        2 months ago

        My w/L 23 October PNR 8621792218

        Can I get confirmation????

      • profile image

        Deehar 

        2 months ago

        My w/L 23 October PNR 8621792218

        Can I get confirmation????

      • profile image

        Syed Mohamed fuz 

        2 months ago

        My wl is 6 on 5th oct can i get confirmation ?

      • profile image

        Prashant s 

        2 months ago

        W/l 4 2AC 4 Oct 19 Will it get confirm

      • profile image

        ranajit dhar 

        2 months ago

        My travelling date is 5th october 2019, My waiting list is now 1,2 and 3. will my seat is confirm

      • profile image

        hariharan 

        2 months ago

        My Waitlist ticket to Coimbatore is WL58 for travel on 05.10.2019 in cheran express SL. The probable chance of getting this ticket confirmed?

      • profile image

        Tanuja G 

        2 months ago

        Hi my travelling date is 5th october 2019 ..my waiting list no is 63 and 64...will my seats will be confirme?? kindly reply and suggest..

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        JAYESHBHAI 

        2 months ago

        Mytraveling date is 26oct my wl is 13 to 16 in shanti e presd to gandhinagar to indor somy ticket is confetm or not please give me answar

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        Digambar Nath jha 

        2 months ago

        My current booking status is 104 - 107 & date of journey on 29th Oct'19 of class 3AC will confirm my ticket or not please reply, it's very urgent.

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        Kumar 

        2 months ago

        My PQWL is 4 & 5 for tomorrow journey, whether can it be confirmed?

      • profile image

        Rahul 

        2 months ago

        My waiting list 3 confirm chance kitne h tommorow mare train h

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        sathishwebinfo 

        2 months ago

        My PQWL 7,8,9 in WEST COAST EXP. How are my confirmation chances

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        Anmanta 

        3 months ago

        I have booked a ticket of chennai express , from dadar to Yadgir, i received the PQWL seat WL44/WL31 . I am travelling on 25th Dec-19. What are the chances of confirmations

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        George F 

        3 months ago

        Ananthapuri express, 3AC - PQWL 2, travel date 12/09/19. What are the chances of getting confirmation.

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        George 

        3 months ago

        Will PQWL 1 get conformed on 5 September?

      • profile image

        G csreddy pnr no 4163133212 

        3 months ago

        Confam chance

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        Premkumar 

        3 months ago

        Will wl 15 get confirmed train 12840 travelling date 2 oct 2019

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        T.AJAY KUMAR 

        3 months ago

        PQWL1 and 2,is it confirmed,Date of journey 1.9.2019

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        prakash 

        3 months ago

        PWQL 2/3/4/5 will get confirm ? DOJ on sept 8th.

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        Hassan 

        3 months ago

        Current status PQWL 24 any chance to get confirmed ticket

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        Revanth Krishna 

        4 months ago

        5 more days to DOJ, and my pqwl is 28, will I get confirmed tickets?

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        Revanth 

        4 months ago

        my pqwl is 28, 5 more days to DOJ. will i get confirmation ?

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        Vineeta 

        4 months ago

        We have 2 tickets with WL 3 and WL4 ..what are the chances of getting cleared

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        RK sharma 

        4 months ago

        Booked a ticket in12161 laskar exp for 09aug19statuspqwl03chancesofconfirmation?

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        Anil kumar 

        4 months ago

        Train no 12232 for waiting list by 18 but not confirm date of journy 12 08 2019

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        Ramprakash 

        5 months ago

        I book 2 ticket in tatkal

        In 1 ticket conform and another tqwl 1

        Can I get conform

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        Saurabh 

        5 months ago

        Murarka

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        sunita gupta 

        5 months ago

        will our waiting list 2 to 5 will cinfirm travlling date 18 july.timing 00.10 am from pune to reniguntha

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        Anil kumar jha 

        5 months ago

        my ticket is waiting 18 in udyan aabha on 03.07.19 how much percentage to became rac or confirmed

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        Ronak 

        5 months ago

        19041 BDTS GCT EXP Mumbai to Kota 14WL. PLease let me know chances of confirmation.

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        Adarsh Shastri 

        5 months ago

        Current status is 9wL from 24 how much chances to get confirmed in 3rdAC,my journey is from nizamudin to singrauli??

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        Pritpal Singh 

        5 months ago

        Current status PQWL 3,4,5,6 any chance to get the tickets confirmed...

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        Dinesh 

        5 months ago

        My ticket 3ac wl 7 on train 14164 on 24 th june

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        amit sahu 

        5 months ago

        my ticket is waitlist 4 in 2nd Ac on train 11020 travelling on 24 june

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        Anusha 

        5 months ago

        I have booked tatkal ticket it is showing tqwl 1 & tqwl 2 as current status even chart is prepared. Mine is not originating station it is intermediate station & i have to board at 7:40 pm today

        R there any chances of confirmation

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        Monir 

        5 months ago

        Current status RLWL/3 is this possible to get confirm?

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        MELAYIL 

        6 months ago

        PNR 4606467277 DOJ 19.07.19

        Current status PQWL 4,5,6 any chance to get the tickets confirmed...

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        vivek verma 

        6 months ago

        will buying gnwl52/wl 35 for shatabdi 12014 amritsar to new delhi for 11june 2109 be advisable. last year trend shows 74% chances of confirmation. should i buy or not?can anyone advise pl?

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        Can I get current reservation against waiting list tickets 

        6 months ago

        Get me knowledge

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        Saif 

        6 months ago

        pqwl wl 12 13 14 please confirm

        15068 train hai today 7jun Aaj ka please confirm

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        Bharat Hiwale 

        6 months ago

        Good information about various tickets.

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        Lokeshwarappa pu 

        6 months ago

        When I was booking not shown waiting list after I booked I know waiting list why

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        Rohit Kr Jha 

        6 months ago

        My pnr no is 2462362402 waiting is 14, 15 can it confirmed or not

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        Dilip 

        6 months ago

        i have book 3 ticket of 2nd a/c from karwar to thane boarding for kankavli on 29.05.19, one ticket is confirm but 2 is waiting list no 1 and 2 please let me know if possibality to confirm at leat one waiting list ticket.

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        Govind 

        6 months ago

        Please confirm my ticket it is punjab mail 12138 bathinda to bhopal sleeper on 25 may 2019

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        Krishna098 

        6 months ago

        Hi ,

        I have booked two tatkal tickets from Pune to Vijayawada and one ticket got confirmed and another one is in wait list of one so could you please let me know the probability of confirmation and if possible can you please confirm the ticket as i am travelling with my wife and she is pregnant.

        And my PNR number : 8506507473.

        Thanks in advance ...

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        Ruthu 

        6 months ago

        Sir please confirm my ticket PNR no.4459035714 kindly requesting sir im a 9th month pregnant women.

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        sainadh 

        6 months ago

        4258183384 let me know the conformation chances

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        Nizamuddin 

        6 months ago

        What is remote location wait list

        Pls answer.

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        Raji Ahmad 

        7 months ago

        Ansari

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        Schida Prasad 

        7 months ago

        Ptna

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        Nagarathna 

        7 months ago

        Station ticket there is no pnr no

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        Sachin agarwal 

        7 months ago

        My booking status of utkal express are RLWL 28/13.from raigarh to ghaziabad. Can it confirmed. Please tell me

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        Kayal 

        7 months ago

        Now I am in tatkal wl 1,2,3,4 any possibility for confirmation plz help today journey date

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        Yo 

        7 months ago

        Visit techydinesh.com

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        Madhukumar 

        7 months ago

        Now waiting list 51 can i book my ticket towards bangalore whether it will confirm or not

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        Havya sree 

        7 months ago

        8118336027 , WL is 18 travelling today night any chances of getting confirmed

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        Roshan kumar 

        7 months ago

        Pls cnf my tickets

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        yk vijay 

        7 months ago

        PNR NO.8505473909 Train NO.19019 date of journey date :6/5/2019 what are the chances of confirmation

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        Raju saikia 

        7 months ago

        PNR no.2360839179

        Please confirmed

        Journey 28/04/2019

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        Rehmat 

        7 months ago

        WL 25 chance confirm in 40 days

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        Ravi kumar 

        7 months ago

        Wating 34'35'36

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        Ramkesh yogi 

        7 months ago

        Mumbai

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        MD Hasan imam 

        7 months ago

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

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        Deehar 

        7 months ago

        PNR 8439363307 waiting list 2&3 any chance confirm ticket

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        Kayalvizhi 

        8 months ago

        I want confirm ticket

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        r.k.. 

        8 months 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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        Sudhir Kumar 

        8 months ago

        Please sir

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        Manoj Kumar Singh 

        8 months ago

        WL 20 is there is chance to confirm ticket

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        Lalitha 

        8 months ago

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

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        Anil Sharma 

        8 months ago

        WL13 is there any chance to get confirmed seat

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        Madhu 

        8 months ago

        6727855195 confirm or not.. ?

        is there any chance to confirm tickit.

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        Raviteja 

        8 months ago

        WL 49 confirm or not

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        Lidiya .v. oommen 

        8 months 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 

        8 months 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 

        8 months ago

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

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        mohit nagpal 

        8 months ago

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

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