Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Indian Railway train ticket and berth status for various train tickets

Indian Railway open up the train ticket booking prior to 120 days of journey. Anyone can book the Indian Railway ticket 120 days in advance from the date of journey. Also Indian Railway provides Tatkal ticket booking 1 day in advance from the date of journey, One can book the tatkal ticket on previous day of journey as per the below schedule -

Indian Railway Ticket counter or IRCTC AC Classes Tatkal Booking Timing - 10 AM onwards(previous day of journey)

Indian Railway Ticket counter or IRCTC Non-AC Classes Tatkal Booking Timing - 11 AM onwards(previous day of journey)

Indian Railway provides a unique number for each train ticket that is called as PNR - Passenger Name Record. One can track current status of the ticket using 10-digit PNR number.Apart from the PNR train ticket contains some more informations like- Date of Journey, Time of Booking, Boarding From/To, travel class, origin station, destination station, birth details and ticket status etc.

Indian Railway provides one from the below ticket status for each train tickets -

- CNF / Confirmed : Confirmed (Coach/Berth number will be available after chart preparation)
- RAC : Reservation Against Cancellation
- WL : Waiting List Number
- GNWL : General Wait List
- RLWL : Remote Location Wait List
- PQWL : Pooled Quota Wait List
- RLGN : Remote Location General Waiting List
- CKWL : Tatkal Quota Waiting List
- CAN / MOD : Cancelled or Modified Passenger
- REGRET/WL : No More Booking Permitted
- R# #RAC : Coach Number Berth Number
- RELEASEDTicket : Not Cancelled but Alternative Accommodation Provided

CNF - Confirmed

This ticket status indicates that your ticket is confirmed and berth number will be alloted once chart preparation done.For first AC (1A) tickets, passenger may not get berth details even for confirmed ticket when ticket is issued because berth allotment for AC(1A) class is done manually by the TTE on time of chart preparation.

RAC (Reservation Against Cancellation)

Although RAC tickets ensures certainty of travel but it does not guarantee a berth. Birth will be allocated to the person who reserves an RAC ticket if passengers who already have a confirmed ticket do not turn up before the train departure or get their confirmed ticket cancelled.Actually berth is split into 2 seats for 2 RAC ticket holders. If there’s any last minute cancellations, or if any tickets remain unsold, or if any free upgrade given to confirmed ticket holders, an RAC passenger is given the empty berth, then other RAC passenger can convert the two seats into a berth.

Generally, RAC/WL tickets will have two numbers - RAC6/RAC2, WL18/W12, WL10/RAC2 etc. The first number indicates the ticket status had nobody cancelled any ticket after the first unconfirmed ticket was sold for that train on that journey date. The second number after the slash shows the status of your ticket at the time of booking. So, RAC6/RAC2 means that when you purchased the ticket, yours was the 2nd such ticket under RAC category, although as per the initial unconfirmed ticket selling status, your position was 6th, which has moved 4 places after 4 cancellations before your position.

WL (Waiting List Number)

If the passenger status is marked as waiting list followed by a number then this indicates about the waiting list.Your ticket will be confirmed only if any person booked the ticket before you for same journey cancelled their tickets.For example if the status is GNWL 5 / WL 2 then it means your ticket will be confirmed if at least two passengers cancelled their tickets who booked before you. Similary, GNWL/AVAILABLE means that current status of your ticket is CONFIRMED because some passengers who booked before you have cancelled their tickets. There are multiple type of waiting list tickets like-

GNWL - (General Waiting List)

General Waiting List (GNWL) waitlisted tickets are generally issued when the passenger starts his/her journey at the originating station of a route or stations close to the originating station. This is most common type of waiting list and has got the highest chances for confirmation.

RLWL (Remote Location Waiting List)

This indicates ticket is being issues for intermediate stations (between originating and destination stations). This type of tickets will be given a separate priority and ticket confirmations will depend on the cancellations of confirmed ticket for destination station.Generally Remote location stations prepares their own reservation chart prior to 2-3 hours of actual departure of train. For RLWL type of ticket there are less chances of confirmation.

PQWL - (Pooled Quota Waiting List)

PQWL is shared by several small stations on respective train route.Pooled Quotas normally operate only from the originating station of a train route, and there is only one Pooled Quota for the entire run. The Pooled Quota Waiting List is generally allotted for passengers travelling from the originating station to a station before the terminating station, or from an intermediate station to the terminating station, or between two intermediate stations.

RLGN - (Remote Location General Waiting List)

Remote Location General Waiting List (RLGN) is issued when passenger books a ticket where Waiting List quota is RLWL. This means after ticket booking RLWL gets named as RLGN.

RSWL - (Roadside Station Waiting List)

Generally RSWL is allotted when berths or seats are booked by the originating station for journeys up to the road-side station and distance restrictions may not apply. This waiting list has also very less chances of confirmation.

RQWL - (Request Waiting List)

If a ticket is to be booked from an intermediate station to another intermediate station, and if it is not covered by the general quota or by the remote location quotas or pooled quota, the request for the ticket may go into a Request Waiting List (RQWL).

CKWL - Tatkal waiting list

For tatkal tickets, the waiting list issued is CKWL. If tatkal ticket goes up, it directly gets confirmed and doesn’t go through RAC status unlike GNWL. During chart preparation, general waiting list (GNWL) is preferred over tatkal waiting list (CKWL) therefore tatkal waitlisted tickets are less likely to get confirmed.

CAN / MOD : Cancelled or Modified Passenger

Indicates ticket either cancelled or modified.


This indicates no room available in train. No More Booking Permitted.


Not Cancelled but Alternative Accommodation Provided

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