Your ticket could be on the waiting list at the time of booking, which means your ticket has been booked but no seat or berth has been allocated to you. Depending on how many tickets get cancelled, your waiting ticket can get confirmed.
To check the current status of your waiting list ticket, you can use the PNR status feature of RailMitra.
When you book a ticket, you get a 10-digit PNR number. You can use that number to track your current status of waiting list train tickets using the RailMitra website or app. The good news is that you also get to know the confirmation probability of your waitlist train tickets. With the help of its AI-based predictability software, you can get a 99% accurate prediction of the chances of your tickets getting confirmed.
What is PNR?
PNR is a 10-digit identification system for everyone who wants to travel in Indian Railways. It’s an acronym of “Passenger Name Record”. PNR is located on the top-right side of the ticket and gets stored in the database of the reservation system. Whenever you book a ticket, no matter if it is confirmed or in waiting status, you get a randomly generated PNR number.
A PNR number has many details of a passenger such as:
- Seat Information
- Coach & seat number.
- Waitlist information, if applicable.
- RAC (Reservation against cancellation), if applicable.
- CNF (Confirmation) of a ticket without any seat number. Final seats are shown after the chart is prepared in such cases.
- Class of travel & fare
- Chart status (Prepared – Yes/No)
- Train name & number
- Booking status & current status (e.g. GNWL 25 / S2, 16)
- Boarding time from the source station & arrival time at the destination station.
- Journey duration.
- Seat Information
How to check PNR status confirmation chances?
When you enter your PNR number in the PNR status box on the IRCTC website, then it will show your current waiting list, date of journey, and train number & name along with train ticket confirmation possibility.
You can see from the picture above that the probability of confirmation is 84% for the given date. The ticket will likely be confirmed before the final chart preparation. You can get any of the three types of PNR status confirmation possibilities:
It means a very high chance of confirmation. You can relax and pack your bags as it is almost sure that your ticket will be confirmed. If your PNR status shows more than 90% confirmation possibility, then you will most probably get a confirmed seat.
It means your ticket may or may not be confirmed for your journey date. It all depends on how many passengers cancel their confirmed tickets. In some cases, especially during the festive seasons, Indian Railways adds extra coaches to the trains. So in that case, you can expect your ticket to be confirmed. If your true PNR prediction shows 60-90% chances of confirmation, then your ticket may or may not be confirmed.
It means there is almost zero train ticket confirmation possibility. You booked the ticket at the very last moment, so there are not going to be too many passengers who will cancel their confirmed tickets. So, you better be looking for alternatives. If PNR sure prediction from RailMitra for your PNR number is below 60%, then there is almost zero chance that you will get a confirmed ticket.
Factors determining the chances of confirmation of waitlist tickets:
If you’re thinking about how a software determines if your ticket will be confirmed or not, learn about the backend process of PNR status prediction. Several factors determine if your waitlist ticket will be confirmed or not.
- Type of train: If your ticket is booked for Rajdhani or Duronto express, then there is very little chance of confirmation. But if you have booked your ticket on a superfast express train, then there is a great chance of confirmation depending on the number of waiting.
- Date of journey: If you have booked your ticket in a festive season and got a waitlisted ticket, then there is a lesser chance that your ticket will be confirmed. In normal days, you can expect your waitlisted ticket to get confirmed or at least become a RAC ticket. Many tickets are cancelled 1 or 2 days before the departure date of trains.
- Train route: Yes, your train route also becomes a deciding factor for ticket confirmation. If you are travelling on a busy route, then there is a lesser chance of confirmation. For example, a passenger having a waitlisted ticket on the Patna-Delhi route has a less chance of getting a confirmed ticket compared to a passenger having a waitlisted ticket on the Jaipur-Jodhpur route.
- Time of travel: If you have a waitlisted ticket for the night train, then there is a better chance of confirmation of your ticket compared to a daytime train.
- Type of waitlist ticket: Waitlisted tickets can be of different types depending upon the source station such as RLWL, PQWL, etc
- GNWL (General Waiting List) – Highest confirmation chances
- CKWL (Tatkal Waiting List) – GNWL tickets are preferred over Tatkal tickets hence CKWL Confirmation chances are low compared to GNWL
- RLWL (Remote Location Waiting List) – Fewer chances of confirmation
- PQWL (Pooled Quota Waiting List) – Fewer chances of confirmation, quota shared between several stations
- RLGN (Remote Location General Waiting List) – Fewer chances of confirmation, when user books ticket under RLWL
- RQWL (Request Waiting List) – Fewer chances of confirmation
- RSWL (Roadside Station Waiting List) – Fewer chances of confirmation
How RailMitra calculates the PNR status confirmation possibility?
RailMitra PNR status prediction relies on AI-based data analytics and machine learning techniques based on various factors like past booking and cancellation trends, station quotas, days of the week, seasonality, holidays, etc. It is a common scenario that during peak seasons like Durga puja (Dussehra), Diwali, Chhath, and Holi, your waiting list PNR status has low chances of confirmation. This is due to a large number of commuters travelling to their hometowns.
You can use RailMitra PNR Status Checker App to get the accurate and updated current PNR status. Apart from that, you also get to know the chances of getting your PNR status confirmed. Thus, you can plan your journey in a more efficient manner.
Abbreviations used in PNR Status
Depending on the current status of your waitlisted train ticket, your PNR status check will display the following abbreviations:
It means your ticket is not on the waitlist anymore. You will get your coach number and berth number after the final chart preparation.
RAC: Reservation Against Cancellation
It means your ticket is not on the waitlist, but not confirmed yet too. Keep checking the PNR status regularly to see if your ticket has been upgraded from RAC to CNF status. If after the final chart preparation, your ticket doesn’t get confirmed, then you have to share a side lower berth with someone else.
WL: Waiting List
It means your ticket is still on the waitlist. You will get the current waiting position and the IRCTC confirmation probability when you check the PNR status with RailMitra. You should check the status of your ticket regularly to see if your ticket gets confirmed.
After the final chart preparation, your ticket remains in waitlisted status, then you can’t board the train. There are other waiting list abbreviations like GNWL, RLWL, PQWL, and TQWL which stand for General Wait List, Remote Location Wait List, Pooled Quota Wait List, and Tatkal Quota Wait List respectively.
It means your ticket has been cancelled because of some reasons.