Frequently Asked Questions:
Seat availability refers to number of unreserved seats available in particular class of a train. It may vary as per the class and quota you choose for booking your tickets. Checking seat availability helps you to know whether unreserved seats are available in your preferred class or already booked. It also predicts the possibility of confirmation of your tickets as per the journey date and waitlisted passengers.
If you want to check the seat availability of any long-distance train runs by Indian railway, simply enter train name or number in search box and hit the "Get Availability". Your enquired train's berth availability will be displayed on your screen and on clicking "load more" you will get to know further availability.
You will get the seat availability of all classes available in particular train expect general as this class doesn't have reservation facility, you can get general ticket directly from counter on your journey date.
Current availability refers to availability of unreserved seats after chart preparation. Sometimes seats remain vacant ever after chart preparation, which can be reserved under current availability on PRS counters as well as online through IRCTC website. While checking berth availability, these are shown with prefix CURR_AVL. No waiting list tickets are issued current seat availability.
When checking train seat availability on IndianTrain change the quota from general to tatkal and then press the "Go" button. On doing so, tatkal seat availability will be displayed on your screen. Tatkal tickets can be booked 24 hours prior to the journey date.
Yes, berth availability might change from CNF to RAC or Waitlisted if passengers keep booking tickets for a particular journey date. On the other hand, it can move from Waitlisted to RAC to CNF if passenger with confirmed ticket will cancel their tickets.
GNWL120 means general waiting list 120 and WL50 means waiting-list 50 i.e. when you booked the ticket, number of waitlisted tickets sold at that time was 120 but 50 people had already cancelled their ticket. It means your train ticket will be confirmed after 70 passengers (120-50=70); who have booked their tickets before you, will cancel their tickets.
RAC refers to "Reservation Against Cancellation". If a passenger has RAC ticket, it means passenger has to satisfy with sitting facility, as he will not get full seat. He will be given half seat of side lower berth where he can sit. One can get confirm seat if passengers having confirm ticket will cancel their tickets. RAC ticket issued neither for trains having only chair car nor for tatkal quota.
Regret refers to no further booking allowed for given date in particular train due to high number of waitlisted tickets issued. Passenger cannot book ticket on specified date if he gets regret status while checking availability.
Reservation of railway ticket can be done either online on IRCTC web portal or at PRS counters. When booking E-Ticket you need to pay service charge of ₹ 20 plus service tax for SL/2S and ₹ 40 plus service tax for other higher classes including AC but if you book ticket at PRS counters you don't need to pay these charges. Booking through internet is allowed between 00:20 AM to 11:45 PM whereas PRS counter is open from 08.00 AM to 8:00 PM.
The advance-booking period for a train ticket is 120 days.
This means that train does not have that class. You need to choose another class or try alternate train, which has that class.
If there are no seats available in your preferred train, you can do the following:
|Acronyms and Abbreviations for Seat Availability|
|RAC||Reservation Against Cancellation|
|REGRET/WL||No More Booking Allowed/Permitted|
|CKWL||Tatkal Waiting List|
|PQWL||Pooled Quota Waiting List|
|GNWL||General Waiting List|
|RLWL||Remote Location Waiting List|