Indian rail – RAC,WL,RLWL,PQWL,General waitlist meanings

I was searching for meaning of these, below are my findings,


RAC – Reservation against Cancellation

WL – Wait list

RLWL – Remote location wait list

PQWL – Pool Quota wait list

General Wait List and WL are one and the same

A small look at the back ground. In Railways advance reservations are permitted for journeys in all classes on first come first served basis. All those who can be given confirmed accommodation are given the same on that basis. After this RAC list is prepared which means that you will get confirmed accommodations against the cancellation of previously reserved ticket/s. In a sleeper class coach where there are 72 berths, 63 berths are allotted as confirmed accomodation as described. Remaining 9 berths are allotted for 18 RAC passengers. Once you have RAC status you are assured of one seat in the reserved coach. (18 seats made by folding the side lower berth).

After allotting the RAC, if further demand for reservation is available, such passengers are given WL status. The waitlisted passengers get upgraded to RAC and confirmed status in case of cancellations of reserved accommodations. The waitlisted passengers are not given any seat in the reserved coaches and they can cancel their ticket and purchase a general un reserved ticket (at a lower cost) to continue their journey.

RLWL and PQWL are best described in the previous answers. PQWL is given normally for short distance and is unlikely to get confirmed (unless there is an available berth fully vacant or which can be linked to the entire route of the train).

Remote Location (RLWL) Quota is based at any of the important stations enroute and it provides for the passengers between the originating station and terminating station. Incase this Quota is less, there will be RAC after Confirmed seats are exhausted and RLWL starts after this

Also, when anybody sees the WL in the Web Site, first of all check-up the Total Quota from

(a) Originating Station to Terrminating Station and also

(b) from the Intermediate Station to any other Intermediate Station/Terminating Station – definitely both will be different.


@@@When the Total Quota under (b) gets exhausted, the RLWL will commence. As I have already explained earlier, the chances for confirmation of those in RLWL will be against:

(i) cancellations from out of the confirmed bookings took place in the Intermediate Station-Terminating Station Quota;

(ii) cancellations from out of confirmed bookings under Originating Station-Intermediate Station or short of Intermediate Station; from where the passenger under RLWL intends to get into the train.

23 Responses to Indian rail – RAC,WL,RLWL,PQWL,General waitlist meanings

  1. RAJESH JAIN says:


  2. newone says:

    nice explanation. thanx

  3. bikash says:

    At vijaywara station my ticket is RLWL 15…in train there chances to confirm? ?plzz reply

  4. We are pleased to hear………

  5. Yes , Its a very good explanation

  6. parwez akhter says:

    Very good

  7. tanzeelnadvi says:

    Can I travel with PQWL tickets in sleeper class like GNWL tickets or not?
    If there any special restrictions of PQWL
    like we r not allowed in AC department with the waiting tickets

  8. ashwin says:

    1st confarm wl or rlwl

  9. yashwanth reddy says:

    A Very Good explanation……Thanks for info

  10. praveen kumar says:

    rac means

  11. Kamleshkumar Parekh says:

    we have travel by Train No. 19309 from Anand to Ujjain. If i get PQWL4 & PQWL5 our journey date is 1-5-2015 so it should be confirmed before our journey?

  12. anil kumar says:

    For the train no 12253 i get PQWL18 .how many chance for confirm .please answer

  13. ASHOK YADAV says:

    is possible to confirm ticket ? . Train no.14006 dated 17-5-2015 current pnr statust is PKWL/25

  14. ravindra yadav says:

    I have PQWL64/WL35 so let me know ticket get confirm or not train no 1241rajendra nagar express

  15. jhonny says:

    from fatehpur to burdwan,, my ticket is RLWL/4/3…in train there chances to confirm?
    and what will be better solution??

  16. Naveen says:

    i want to book 3 ticket from delhi to chandigarh but available sits are 2 and i want to book 3 if i book three then the 3rd num sit are be in wating or in RLWL??? Please answer me As soon as u can

  17. rajni paliwal says:

    sir my ticket pqwl 57/WL & 58/WL on dt. 10.09.15 pune patna exp. train no. 12149 time 8.55pm both are ladies bearth so plz send me massage that my ticket will be confirm.

  18. CLARA MORAIS says:

    I booked 2 tickets on 9th Sept.2015 for Patna Vasco Exp. for journey date 11thOct. 2015 from NASIK RD. to THIVIM . It showed RLWL/1 & RLWL/2. When I checked under PNR status it shows WL/1 and WL/2. Do I have chance of confirmation. We are Sr. citizens.

  19. prakash chawale says:

    I booked 3 tickets on 13 th oct.2015 for ajni LTT. for journey date 17th nov. 2015 from Aurangabad. to AJNI . It showed RLWL/7 & RLWL/8 RLWL/9 . Do I have chance of confirmation. We are Sr. citizens.

  20. JOSMIN BHOI says:


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