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Back to Help About Waiting List, Quota and related abbreviations used in Indian Railways
Waiting List (WL): If the passenger status is marked as WL followed by a number then the passenger has a waitlisted status. This can get confirm only if the passengers who have booked before you for the same journey cancel their ticket. For example if the status is GNWL 23 / WL 16 , then this means that you have a waiting list of 16 and your ticket will get confirmed only if 16 passengers who have booked before you for the same journey cancels their ticket. Similarly, GNWL/AVAILABLE means that current status of your ticket is CONFIRMED because some passengers who booked before you have cancelled their tickets. In case the passenger status is waitlisted even after the chart preparation, then the passenger will not be allotted to any berth. If all the passengers on an e-ticket have waitlisted status after final chart preparation, then the ticket gets automatically cancelled and the amount is refunded back to the user’s account. In this case, the passengers should NOT board the train. If at least one passenger has RAC or confirm status while other passengers on same ticket have waiting list status, then the e-ticket DOES NOT get cancelled automatically and the passengers are allowed to board the train.

Waiting list can be of various types:

GNWL - General Waiting List: GNWL is most commom waiting list and tickets in GNWL is alloted when passenger is starting his/her journey from the source station of train or a stations near to the source station. Tickets with GNWL waiting list has highest chances of confirmation since most of the seats in train are reserved to be booked from source station and hence gets most cancellation.

RLWL - Remote Location Waiting List: RLWL is alloted when passenger is starting his/her journey from important intermediate station. Important stations in the route of train are marked as remote location and each remote location stations have fixed number of reserved seats. Tickets with RLWL waiting list has less chances of confirmation since it depends on the cancellations of confirmed tickets corresponding to remote location station. All remote location stations prepare their own chart 2-4 hours before the actual departure of train.

RLGN - Remote Location General Waiting List: RLGN is alias of RLWL. After booking seats under RLWL quota, it is marked as RLGN.

PQWL - Pooled Quota Waiting List: PQWL is alloted if passenger starts his/her journey from source station or other intermediate station of train but terminate his/her journey at some intermediate station before destination station of train. There is a single Pooled Quota for entire run of train which is shared by all small enroute stations and hence it has very less chances of confirmation.

RSWL - Roadside Station Waiting List: RSWL is allotted when berths or seats are booked by the originating station for journeys up to the road-side station only up-to the extent of accommodation earmarked for that Road Side quota. In such cases, distance restriction does not apply while booking. This waiting list has also very less chances of confirmation.

RQWL - Request Waiting List: RQWL is alloted if ticket is booked from one intermediate station to another intermediate station and when it is not covered by neither general quota, remote location quota nor pooled quota. A RLWL ticket may get confirmation only when there is a cancellation of confirmed ticket for a passenger travelling from the originating station to that intermediate station.

TQWL (formerly CKWL) - Tatkal Waiting List: TQWL is alloted when a ticket is booked under Tatkal Scheme and all seats marked for tatkal booking are exhausted. Tatkal tickets directly gets confirmed and doesn’t go through RAC status unlike other quotas. During chart preparation, general waiting list (GNWL) is preferred over tatkal waiting list (TQWL) therefore tatkal waitlisted tickets are less likely to get confirmed.

Other Quotas: There are several other kinds of quotas for tickets for various special categories of passengers apart from the quotas for intermediate stations mentioned above. Some of these are like: OS (Out Station) quota for ticketing agencies in other towns, HO (Head Office/High Official) quota for railways officials, PH (Parliament House) quota for ministers and high bureaucrats as well as members of parliament and their staff, DF (Defence) quota for defence officials, FT (Foreign Tourist) quota for foreign tourists, HP (Handicapped Person) quota for handicapped travellers, LD or LQ (Ladies) quota for women travellers, DP (Duty Pass) quota for railway employees and their family travelling on privilege pass, EQ (Emergency Quota) for those who need to travel for extremely urgent reasons, etc. Each one of these quotas can theoretically also have its own waiting list, usually denoted by the quota abbrevation followed by "WL", e.g., FTWL, DPWL, HPWL, etc.

Reservation Against Cancellation (RAC): If a user has been issued an RAC ticket, then most likely his ticket will get confirmed by the time of chart preparation and he will get a berth. In case the ticket remains RAC even after chart preparation then user is allotted a half berth (i.e. two persons having RAC ticket status are allotted one side-lower berth) and their seats is marked "R" followed by coach and seat number (for eg. "RB2, 16" means RAC seat no 16 in coach B2). The TTE is obligated to allot berths which are cancelled after chart preparation to these RAC passengers. Although RAC is not exactly a quota but sometimes it is denoted as RC quota.

Confirmed (CNF): In this case the passenger gets a full berth for the journey. In case of first AC (1A), the passenger may not get berth details even for confirmed ticket when ticket is issued. This is because the berth allotment for this class is done manually by the TTE on chart preparation.
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