‘Waiting List’ Status of Train Ticket Reservation System
How does the “Waiting List” status work in Indian Railways?
What does for eg. WL60/WL46 mean? and how is it updated?
The waiting list in Indian Railways works as a queue. In WL60/WL46, WL 60 indicates your original wait list position. Because of ( 14) cancellations WL60 has been advanced to WL46. These cancellations happened even before you’ve made your reservation. In other words, in the queue your current position is 46, which was being advanced from position 60.
Now even after the purchase of your ticket if there are further cancellations of tickets that were bought earlier than you, your waiting list position advances towards an RAC (Reservation Against Cancellation) which entitles a confirm seat but not a berth.
The automatic updating of the status continues online till a point where what the Indian Railways calls – Chart Preparation, that generally comes out 4 hours prior to the start of train and if your status is WL at the time of chart preparation then you are not entitled for a reservation but in case of RAC you can board the train.
Between chart preparation and Journey start if there are further cancellations then those seats are further utilized to conform an RAC to a full berth.