IRCTC terms you never knew

Travelling in the today’s world has become the new necessity for some whereas the the new passion for others but it seems like everyone is travelling. And in India, where the essence of travelling is found in railway journeys, it is unlikely that one hasn’t travelled through trains. In fact, for some, it is the most preferred mode of transportation. So it is obvious that there are crores of people, who go through the train booking, waiting for confirmation and finally getting a confirmed ticket phase.

If you have been one of them, have you ever wondered what the status of your ticket means? We all know what WL and CNF means but the rest like RLWL, CKWL, RAC etc still seems like railway jargons to us and we just cross our fingers and hope that by the date of the journey, it will turn into CNF. So for the next time you book a train ticket, do not be perplexed and know exactly what your booking status means. We simplify these railway jargons for you here:

WL (Waiting List) – We all have faced this evil one, and wondered what to do. If your train ticket says, for example, GNWL 6/ WL 5 then it means your train ticket is waitlisted at number 5 and your booking will only be confirmed if 5 passengers who have booked their tickets before you, cancel their train journey. Also, after a certain period, if your status is GNWL/ Available, it means that your ticket is confirmed as some passengers before you cancelled their tickets. There are various types of waiting list tickets such as:
1.GNWL- General Waiting list is the most common type of waiting list ticket issued to the passengers who are travelling from the originating station or stations close to the originating station. You are very likely to confirm your tickets with this type of waiting list.
2.CKWL- If you book your train ticket through tatkal, the waiting list issued is CKWL. The GNWL is preferred over CKWL so the chances of confirmation are not extremely high for this. A talkal train ticket is either cancelled or confirmed and does not go through RAC like GNWL.
3.RLWL- Remote location Waiting list is issued when the booking is for intermediate stations. So if your journey lies between the originating and terminating stations, you will receive a remote location waiting list ticket. The chances of ticket confirmation for RLWL are low because these tickets have a separate priority than GNWL and are based on specific cancellations.
4.PQWL- A pooled quota waiting list ticket is issued for small stations. This list is shared by many small stations and is issued if you are travelling only a part of the entire train journey.
5.RLGN- When you book the RLWL ticket, the issued ticket will show the remote location general waiting list (RLGN) status.
6.RSWL- If you are travelling from the originating station to a roadside station, you are likely to be issued this ticket. Roadside station waiting list does not have a very high chance of confirmation.
7.RQWL- Request waiting list tickets are issued if you are travelling from one intermediate station to another and it is not covered by any of the former types of waiting list.

RAC- Reservation against cancellation is like purgatory. You do not have a confirmed train berth or seat but you aren’t on waiting list either. In this type of a ticket, two passengers are issued one seat and the confirmation depends on the cancellation of one of the passengers. You can always travel with RAC without regard to confirmation as you still are allotted a seat or berth but it could turn into a slightly uncomfortable journey.

CNF- This is what we call every Indian traveller’s dream status. A confirmed ticket is difficult to get unless you book ages ago which does not usually happen. So you have the full berth to yourself and no worries.

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We hope you now understand your journey a little better than before and we are always here to help with you queries and difficulties regarding train bookings.


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