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Posted by Anirudh on May 11, 2010 at 12:51 PM

I get a lot of queries regarding ckwl status. These involve questions like -
“I got a tatkal ticket of WL 17 in sleeper on train 2833. Today is 24th Feb 2010. and my train is on 26th Feb.?
Total tatkal seats is 229. Is it likely to be confirmed?”

It’s tough to answer such a question. There are different factors to keep in mind.

1. The route in which the train runs. Some routes, like Chennai – Bangalore route, are busy. Cancellations are probably low here. You are more likely to get a CKWL status if you book a train in a busy route.

2. The day for which the ticket is booked. Tatkal ticket bookings are high on Fridays and Sundays. If you look at tatkal bookings in a busy route like Bangalore <–> Ernakulam, you will find that booking is high on Fridays for Bangalore –> Ernakulam and high on Sundays for Ernakulam –> Bangalore.

3. Which train are you travelling on? If you’ve booked tatkal tickets for a train which is at a convenient time for most people (for eg. Island express at 9:45 pm is convenient for those going from Bangalore –> Ernakulam), then the likelihood of getting a CKWL status is higher compared to getting a CKWL status on a less conveniently timed train ( There’s a train at 5:15 train from Bangalore –> Ernakulam. Not convenient because most people can’t get out of office that early).

4. Occassionally the railways add extra coaches to a train when there’s a big waiting list. Chances are high that your CKWL status becomes confirmed in that case. I assume this is more likely to happen during the rush season (summer holidays?).

5. Some people cancel their tickets at the very last moment.

6. Some people forget to cancel their tickets

I have faced situations where a CKWL 11 did not get converted to a confirmed ticket. But I’ve also faced situations where my CKWL 30 ticket got confirmed. My advice to you is that unless you have a very high CKWL status, say CKWL 50, you ought to wait till the last moment. You won’t get much if you cancel a tatkal ticket anyway. It’s worth a shot.

Mind you, this advice is free and does not come with any guarantees. I’m not responsible if you wait for a ticket and it does not get confirmed. YMMV :P

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  • On December 15, 2010 at 8:01 AM Anirudh said


    Primarily, yes. But it also depends on addition of extra coaches – particularly in the holiday season ( like now ).

    There’s a slight chance your ticket might get confirmed. Can’t be really sure as it depends on the route, rush on train etc.

  • On December 15, 2010 at 1:28 PM siddharth said

    But don’t they refund the amount of the ticket after cutting Rs. 20 in case the ‘tatkal ticket’ is not confirmed?

  • On January 9, 2011 at 2:52 PM kiran said

    i had taken a ticket on 11/1/2011 dat too tatkal(waiting list no.14 & 15) and it will confirm or not..? plz tell me..

  • On January 12, 2011 at 8:08 AM Anirudh said

    Good chance of getting confirmed

  • On February 27, 2011 at 8:18 AM Haresh said

    Thanks. Mine is CKWL 19 in Darbhanga Express from LTT.

    I hope to get it converted, albeit at the last moment ;-)

  • On April 5, 2011 at 9:50 AM Mukesh said

    I have CKWL1 and CKWL2 2days after i.e on thrusday.Is there any possibility of getting it confirmed?

  • On April 16, 2011 at 10:51 PM Charudatta said

    Same is my status.My garibrath status for 17-Apr is CKWL1 and CKWL2.Will it confirm??

  • On April 21, 2011 at 10:45 AM SUJITH said

    what time does online booking tatkal starts for ernakulam-bangalore (12683) on sunday 24th April

  • On April 23, 2011 at 9:56 AM T Govindarajan said

    I have booked a tatkal ticket from Chennai to Pune on 24 Apr 11 and status is CKWL. In the rules for tatkal tickets, there is nothing mentioned about what the refund will be on cancelling a CKWL. Can you expalin please.

  • On May 8, 2011 at 7:17 AM satish kumar dangil said

    My sister-in-law will be going to jharsuguda by Utkal express. (18478) we got in tatkal waiting list 6 & 7. Can it will be confirmed or not. Please suggest me.

  • On May 18, 2011 at 10:09 AM ANURAG KAUSHIK said

    CKWL tickets get cleared most of the times…in fact they always got cleared in my case..!!….

  • On May 25, 2011 at 9:02 AM Anit Pandey said

    hi today i booked tatkal ticket for my father and sister from PUNE to Gorakhpur the train has 210 seats in Tatkal Quota. At the time of making payment it was showing some 37 seats available but when the final ticket came, among the two ticket one was CNF and the other was CKWL 1 so what r the chances of getting the other ticket confirm. should i tell them to take the chance or should i contact some agent to get ticket of some other date. As he is an old man and travelling wid only one confirm ticket will be difficult for him. What should i do… ??

  • On May 25, 2011 at 3:31 PM Anit Pandey said

    Hi My ticket has been confirmed today only.

  • On June 3, 2011 at 11:26 AM Ramesh krishnan said

    Hi Frds,
    I booked tatkal ticket , while booking that ticket it was CKWL21, but current status is W/L 1 2 3, i need all the 3 ticket needs to be confirmed, because all are old people, will it get confirm. Today night is my train. Is that possible? Will update you the status by tommrow..if i dint get answer, so that it will be good learning to others..right…

  • On June 16, 2011 at 11:06 AM ABHISHEKH said


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  • On July 8, 2011 at 7:36 PM sumit goEl said

    Actually I booked the ticket in tatkal quatA .and as per rAilwAy rules I can cancel only 24 hours before aNd. I will get only 25 % of my ticket cost.can you suggest how can I get my full money. Of tickEts in case I am unable to travel because of my health.

  • On July 8, 2011 at 7:38 PM sumit goEl said

    Can I sell my ticketS online to otherS

  • On August 10, 2011 at 11:20 PM Akhilesh said

    My ticket showing CKWL30 on ticket, current status is WL27,
    is this will confirm…..? Please tell

  • On August 11, 2011 at 12:15 PM Anirudh said

    Depends on the train, class of ticket and many other factors

  • On October 14, 2011 at 5:29 PM Mallesh said

    Will i get confirmation for CKWL 18 / CKWL14. that day? Please answer it fast.

  • On November 9, 2011 at 8:35 AM Ram said

    Hi, I booked a tatkal ticket in IRCTC and got CKWL17. Anybody have any idea.. pls share.

  • On December 14, 2011 at 8:52 AM Sanjukta Bagchi said

    I have CKWL1 and CKWL2 a day after i.e on thrusday.Is there any possibility of getting it confirmed?

  • On April 19, 2012 at 11:27 PM NIRAJ KUMAR said

    IN TRAIN NO.12791 , CK WL – 29 at 12 PM on 19/04/2012 PNR NO – 434 0467036 , D.O.J 20/04/2012. PL. TELL ME THE CHANCES OF CONFIRMATION ? Regards kumar

  • On May 21, 2012 at 8:54 AM Vijaya said

    Hi ,

    Please help to know whether my ticket ckwl/19 of 3A for Duronto has chances to get confirmed or should i be planning for other source.

  • On May 24, 2012 at 3:00 PM basam said

    Hi.. i got a tatkal ticket ckwl 1 at the time of booking to go to nagpur from vijayawada by train no 15595
    But up to now…. Its constant there is no change in the list….
    My train time 10.35 pm 24-05-2011….
    What will i do…

  • On July 5, 2012 at 9:40 AM jayasanckar said

    CKWL i wondered too and got an answer…

  • On August 25, 2012 at 10:01 PM CL LOHAR said

    I booked my train ticket from Kota to Jaipur under tatkal quota on 25.08.2012 and my ticket ie current wait list is ckwl-5. The train is on 26.08.2012. Plz let me know whether my ticket will get confirm or not. If not the fare is refundable to me.


  • On April 27, 2013 at 7:33 PM vinayak pai said

    can my ckwl 60,61 can get confirmed today is my train at 10 pm

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