With more Quotas by your side, Chances of Confirmed Tickets are High!


RailYatri’s analysis on quota patterns that turns WL  ticket into CNF 

Have you ever been told that a large percentage of confirmation probability depends on the Railway quotas and its associated booking patterns? Do you know that quotas have a great impact on your waitlisted tickets?

Yes, they do. Since many unutilized seats reserved under such quotas are released, your waitlist could suddenly jump several notches high and even get confirmed!

ALSO READ : RAC Ticket Rules, Quick Tips for Easy Tatkal Ticket Booking

What are PNR Quotas?

• When the booking starts for trains, a total number of tickets is first divided into various quotas, where a certain number/percentage of seats gets reserved in a specific category.
• General quota occupies the maximum number of seats, while Tatkal quota caters the last minute traveling needs.
• Other Ticket Quotas include – VIP Quotas, Ladies Quota, foreign tourists’ Quotas, Senior citizens’ Quota and Handicapped Quota.

Types of quotas

Confirmation Probability – General vs. Tatkal Quota

In an exclusive analysis by RailYatri.in, we tried to portray the weightage of quotas (General and Tatkal Quotas) on the waitlisted tickets by comparing three different trains plying on the same route:

New Delhi – Howrah Rajdhani Express (via Gaya): Total number of Waitlisted tickets in General Quota can go as high as 406 and have been confirmed, at the point of the journey. We observed the Waiting list tickets in the General Quota has more than 94% Probability of getting confirmed. On the other hand, Tatkal waiting list has only 30% chances of confirmation.
New Delhi – Howrah Rajdhani Express (via Patna): According to our statistics, the General Quota waiting list for this train can go as high as 364, giving the Confirmation Probability in this train over 91%.While, the Confirmation Probability for Tatkal tickets is 75%.
New Delhi – Howrah Duronto Express: The waiting list under General Quota in this train can go up to 581 (in regular days) which gives Waiting list confirmation percentage in General in the New Delhi-Howrah Duronto Express as high as 90%. While the Probability of Tatkal tickets getting confirmed is as low as 41%.

The analysis clearly brings out a logical conclusion – Waiting list tickets in the General quotas have a higher chance of Confirmation Probability as a large proportion of seats are reserved in the General quota. Tatkal quotas have fewer chances of confirmation, as, during chart preparation, General waiting list is given preference over Tatkal waiting list.


Why are we only talking about General and Tatkal Quotas?

These two quotas are the most popular, widely used and easily accessible quotas by the general public. So understanding the confirmation probability chances on these two would really be helpful for the regular passengers. Apart from these two quotas, other quotas such as High Officials (HO) quota or Defence quota can only be obtained on approach.-

Confirmed PNR status

Why is there a Sudden Improvement in Waiting list after Final Chart Preparation?

When your ticket gets confirmed at the last moment, where do these vacant seats turn up from just at the moment of Chart Preparation? Here is your answer:

• Railways keep tickets for all the Quotas (such as VIP Quotas, Ladies Quota, foreign tourists’ Quotas and Senior citizens’ Quota, Handicapped Quota, Railways employee’s quotas, Military quotas, etc.) intact till the point of chart preparation.
• When the final chart is prepared, the vacancy in all these quotas is assessed. Most of the hidden quotas do not get filled.
• The vacant in all these quotas are made available for the people on waiting list.
• Thus, the waiting list numbers improve drastically after the final chart is prepared.


So, in case you do not have a confirmed ticket, hold on. Your ticket might still get confirmed, thanks to all the Quota tickets that will be released at the last moment.


    • Nice article. Like up gradation choice, choice is to be given to senior citizens by default to book or convert their wait listed tickets under SS Quota to General Quota unless SS don’t opt to get booking under SS Quota revert back to General Quota. Many SS would opt to travel under General quota even in upper berth on account of dire necessity to travel on those dates. Trust Railways give the option to get the SS quota into General Quota by default.

    • Hello, Mr. Biswas

      We had taken Howrah-Delhi route as an example to showcase how high can the waiting list go up to and which quotas generally have the most confirmation chances.
      To know confirmation chances of your mentioned train, kindly go to https://www.railyatri.in/pnr-status , enter your details and find out our prediction.


  1. Good article. Railways have high reserved quotas which is used by the authorities to confirm the wait list passengers. Indian Railways have introduced many other facilities like tourist trains, online food ordering in trains, etc. But one thing which disturbs me is the division under tatkal quota. Its pathetic. I hope it changes one day.

  2. Hello
    In waitlisted tickets, if we opt to forgo full concession for senior citizen – do we get bookings in general quota?
    and if we avail concession – then only we get senior citizen quota?

    where the chances are more of confirmation.


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