Sunday, July 8, 2012

Waiting list confirmation chances - Indian Railway

There is a large number of waiting lists associated with Indian Railway ticket booking system. Read more about the types of waiting lists and chance of confirmation of these waiting lists.

Majority of the people in India is depending on trains for internal long distance journey. So booking tickets for trains is common in every Indian's day to day life. But the confusing part about Indian railways is its ticket booking system. There are many different types of trains with different types of coaches, each with various pricing scheme. In these trains itself there are various kinds of quotas and special reservations. So the entire seat allocation of Indian railways is little bit confusing.

Seat allocation while booking train ticket

       When you are booking a ticket in Indian railways, your ticket can come in any of the many categories like confirmed, RAC, WL, CKWL etc. How these statuses are coming and what are the meaning of these is the topic of discussion here.

Confirmed tickets

       Once the booking for a train has started, first booking will start for all seats. The status of these ticket will be confirmed.

RAC tickets (Reservation against Cancellation)

 Once all seats are over, still booking will continue, but this time the status of the tickets will be RAC(Reservation against cancellation) . All those people who are holding RAC ticket can travel in the train. But they may have to share the seat with one more fellow. Because in RAC, same seat will be allotted for two people. As these are sleeper seats, there will be enough seat for two persons to sit. Usually most of the RAC ticket will become confirmed, once the journey is started, because ticket examiner is supposed to give the confirmed seats of persons who are not traveling to RAC holders. RAC booking will continue to some additional 90 seats. Usually these seats will be side seats (side upper or side lower).

Waiting lists.

Even if the additional 90 seats of RAC also over, ticket booking process will not stop. Booking will continue as waiting listed tickets. For the waiting list tickets the limit is nearly 300. After that booking will stop for the train. Out of these waiting lists there is  a large number of  confusing varieties. Different types of waiting list are,


This is the normal waiting list. If it is shown like WL30, that means there are 29 waiting people before you to get at least an RAC ticket. Sometimes it will show like WL84/WL50, this means when booked the status was 84, but now you are at 50th position. ie only 49 more people waiting in front of you. Rarely this waiting list will be mentioned as GNWL also, which is general waiting list.


These are waiting lists for tatkal tickets. If you are trying to book train ticket through tatkal one day before the day of journey, there will be only CKWL after confirmed ticket. No RAC will be there. CKWL will get confirmed only if somebody with confirmed tatkal ticket cancels their ticket, probability of which is very less. So confirmation chance for CKWL is less. Also it will not move to RAC, it will directly become confirmed if you advance from CKWL. As there are some additional quota tickets, you will get confirmed tatkal ticket while preparing chart even if you are in CKWL. Upto CKWL 15 will get confirmed like this.


These are Pooled quota waiting list. Region wise some trains will be sharing some pooled quota. Usually these, quota is possessed by small stations in the middle of the travel route of main trains. As they will not come in the main quota of starting point people, this quota is necessary for giving some waiting list preference to the people from the middle small stations. In short these seats are aimed at travelers boarding or unboarding from intermediate stations. Confirmation chance for these seats is also less as it is a very small quota.


This is called Remote Location waiting list. RLWL is aimed for the travelers from non starting main stops like main cities or metros to small stops before terminating stop. Unless these people are included with separate quota, a large number of people boarding from intermediate cities will not be considered equally. Waiting list confirmation chance for these waiting lists depends on the cancellation of tickets booked in these quota.

In addition to these there are some other quotas created to help travelers from all categories. It includes RQWL, Ladies quota, Foreign tourist quota, Emergency quota, against all of these there will be waiting lists also.

If you want to read more about waiting lists read on,

IRCTC waiting lists and chances of ticket confirmation


  1. very useful and enlightning indeed.

  2. Thank you so much for this clarification. It's of huge help! In your experience, what's a waiting list worth trying and at what point do you feel it's just even worth registering on the waiting list because there's just no chance of getting a seat? If they propose WL 75 for travel on January 4th, do you think there's a reasonable from getting a confirmed seat by the time the train departs (Cochin to Mumbai route, Sleepers class).

    Also, when do you pay if you get a WL ticket? Do you pay full fare upfront and go get a refund if you didn't get a seat or do you have to show up once you have a confirmed ticket and pay for it to be validated?


  3. Hi!

    Thanks for the useful information. In general, when are you hopeful about getting a confirmed seat if there's a wait list. Would you expect to get a confirmed seat if you are given WL 74 on the Cochin-Mumbai route in sleepers' class on Jan 4th? Or 75 too high?

    Also, when do you pay for the ticket? When you register for the waitlist and you get a refund if your seat doesn't get confirmed, or after you are attributed a seat?

  4. hi my waiting list no is 5 and there is chance up to this sunday evng is there any chance to confirm my 2ac ticket

  5. @vinod - you are in the boundary. I cannot say for sure, whether you will get your ticket confirmed or not

  6. My wait list is 1 and 2, jaipur to Jalandharcantt . Is there chance of confirmation

  7. LKO NDLS SPL AC 1st Class 4GWL and 5GWL, Journey on 02 June.. is there possibility of confirmed tickets

  8. LKO NDLS SPL AC 1st class GWL4 & GWL5, journey on 2 June, is there possibility of confirmed tickets??

  9. please can u tell me the meaning of WL109/ is urgent

  10. sir im going from delhi to visakhapatnam, on 26th morning to samatha xpress,my wl is 11,can it be conformed,how are my chances?

  11. HI, i have booked 3 tickets in 2ac and my status is pqwl/6 pqwl/7 and pqwl/8. Are there chances of confirmation? Please help.

  12. i booked 4 tickets in 3rd Ac and waiting is wl 21 to wl24 train date is 4th november 2013 mumbai to cochin kanyakumari express is thr any idea??????