Train Chart Preparation Time 2016 Indian Railways

What is a Train Chart and Chart Preparation time in Indian Railway?

Train Chart Preparation Time is usually 4 hours prior to train departure time.

Train chart is the list of passengers with all the details like passenger Name, Age, Gender allotted coach number, Seat number in the coach and Source station.

Collecting the entire booked train seats details and making a Chart with final status of all booked seats whether it is in Waiting list or Confirmed.

Once chart is prepared with all the details mentioned above, it is hanged at the noticed board in railway station and when respective train comes then chart is glued on every coach with all passenger details with their seat number in that coach.


Train Chart Preparation Time 2016 in Indian Railway

Chart preparation time depends on the train departure timing. Railway says Train chart preparation time is usually 2-4 hours before the departure of the train from Source station but in reality it does not happen.

You might have have noticed that when Check PNR Status of your booked ticket then there is a column called Chart Status having value either Chart Prepared or Chart Not Prepared. What does it means?


There are Two train chart preparation time in 2016

For Morning Trains and Evening Trains.

1. Train chart preparation time for Morning Trains:

For morning trains departs between 4AM to 11 AM, Train chart preparation time is previous day 8PM.

2. Train chart preparation time for Evening Trains:

For all evening trains chart usually prepares just 3-4 hours prior to train departs from origin station.

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What is the meaning of “Chart Prepared” and “Chart Not Prepared” ?

You might have noticed that whenever your ticket is in Waiting list or in RAC then it gets upgraded time by time. If you have WL 10 waiting list then after some time it may be in WL 9 this is because somebody might have cancelled their confirmed ticket as a result WL ticket reduced by 1.

Chart Prepared Means:

It means “list of passenger has been prepared by Railway for specific trains in Chart” and no more status as explained above will be updated for any PNR Number.

Chart Not Prepared Means:

Chart not prepared means that still there is a chance for few waiting listed tickets to be upgraded to Confirmed ticket.


What is Final Chart and Final Chart Preparation Time?

Final Chart:

On 12th Nov 2015 Indian Railway has made some changes in their Chart Preparation system, now chart will be prepared two times for each train.

Final Chart Preparation Time in Indian Railway:

Final Chart Preparation time is 30 minutes prior to train departs from source station.

As announced by Indian Railway, First reservation chart of train will be prepared 4 hours prior to train departure time from source station and Second/Final reservation chart of train 30 minutes prior to train departure time from source station.

Why Final chart concept came?

Indian Railway brought this concept for passengers to let them aware from the status/chances of the ticket to be confirmed 4 hours before train departs through First Chart Preparation so that tehy can plan their journey well.

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Will booking be allowed after first Chart Preparation?

Yes, Booking is allowed after first chart preparation also. And you can book E-ticket online too after first chart preparation.


What is Hidden Quotas in Chart Preparation?

Internally at the time of chart preparation usually following two things happen:

In many of the trains there are “hidden quotas” available which do not allot until chart is prepared, once chart is prepared those available seats in hidden quotas are given to the passengers who have tickets in waiting list.

After chart preparation No more tickets can be booked for the concerned train. If your waiting list ticket got confirmed after chart preparation then you can look out for coach and berth allotted to you.


How Indian Railway’s Chart Looks Like ?

It is always a huge long paper joined together usually place at left to the Train’s main door. Which is mainly contains the Passenger Name, Old PNR Status, Newly allotted seat and couch number.

Below is the sample image of Indian Railway Chart please have a look.

Indian Railway Chart Image Close Look

Indian Railway Chart Close Look

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Indian Railway Full Chart For Single Couch

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  1. Dear Sir,
    I have booked ticket yesterday (07 Oct. 2016) in tatkal, reservation details are PNR No. 4637412786 (Train name 16332 Mumbai Express) & scheduled departure time is 21.30 from Krishnarajpuram (KJM) Bangalore.
    1 seat has confirmed & other two seats are waitlist 1 & 2 ( Partially confirmed).
    Now chart has prepared & status has not changed. I have not able to cancel these tickets.
    I have filed TDR online today (8 Oct. 2016, 11am). Can I get full amount as refund? please guide me.
    Thanks & regards,

  2. I have booked 4 tickets from nizzamudin to kopargaon in tier 2. Journey date is October 14, 2026 and it’s showing waiting list from 16-19. Please guide me weather i should cancel these tickets and should go for tatkaal or shall i wait for this to get confirmed?

    The pnr number is 2422384598.

    Please advise accordingly.

  3. My train no 17209 and I have waiting list of W/L 18,19,20,21,22. Could you please confirm whether my ticket get confirmed?
    PNR : 4536154655
    Journey date : 01 OCT 2016
    Also, usually when chart gets prepared…!!

    • Brijendra Pratap Singh says:

      i have booked a ticket in train no . 12274 . New Delhi Hawrah duranto express Pnr No. is 2549720944 from kanpur to hawrah jn. current waiting list is wl 11 and wl 12 , the journey date is 8-october-2016. will it get confirmed plz suggest me.

  4. Anurag Zutshi says:

    My train no 12426 and I have waiting list of W/L 39. Could you please confirm whether my ticket get confirmed?
    PNR : 2703758449
    Journey date : 25 Sep 2016
    Also, usually when chart gets prepared…

  5. Train no- 12975 SBC-NGP

    PNR no.- 4223632606
    Booked status- RLWL/13
    Current status- RAC/49
    Date of journey- 15 oct 2016
    Whether ticket will be confirmed or not?

  6. Trupti Patil says:

    My date of journey is 5 oct 2016.
    Train no.-12539
    PNR- 4535877316
    3AC E-ticket
    status -RQWL W/L 1
    while checking PNR status it shows W/L 1 RSWL . what’s that?

    Will it get confirmed or not.? Please reply as it is e-ticket .. I’m worried.

  7. Sir
    My pnr number is 6153404735 and the journey date is on 17th sep. Kindly relpy as an urgent basis that whether i have to go for tatkal ??.

  8. hello sir ,
    i commented on 10/9/2016 8.41 pm
    my train is on 11/9/2016 at 1.30am jaipur mumbai suparfast exp
    i booked ticket from vadodara to mumbai central
    i booked 9 tickets 6+3 (etickets) 6 gets confirm nd remain 3 shows WL1,WL2,WL3 (SL ticket) after 1st chart get prepared.
    what is chance to get ticked confirmed . should i wait for conformation?
    PNR#1 (2422134706) FOR CONFIRMED 6 TICKETS

  9. my current ticket is RAC in first chat who prepared 4 hours before train schedule is this any possibility it will conform on next chat who prepare 30 min before schedule

  10. Sir my pnr no 4635480437. Madurai to mumbai… Status is 50..journey date 9th sep is it possible to getting berth? Please rly me.. If not i will try tatkal

  11. RAJJI JOSE says:

    Train No. 13351
    PNR No. 6456098311
    WL – 8-9
    Journey date 07 Sept. 2016 my ticket will be confirm or not plz inform me fast
    my whatsapp No. 9993303907

  12. Train no:12133
    Departure:3sept 22:00 manglore expres tatkal wl 7 is there any possibility to get conform how we get the chart with my name in the list online

  13. Sir I get Waiting list 18
    PNR 8250900715
    Journey date – 9/9/16
    Is there possibility to get me confirmed ticket

  14. Sir my # pnr 4843215265
    Journey on 3 sept .but the train from kanyakumari to Mumbai I am booked my ticket from erode to tirupathi my waiting list is RLWL148 / RLGN and WL98
    Would my ticket get confirmed

    • pnr no-4843918794
      please tell me that my ticket get confirmed or rac aloted to me….

      • pnr no-4843918794
        my current ticket status is wl-147…please tel mea sir that my ticket got confirmed…or rac seat will be given…pr any other thing will b happen

  15. my PNR NO 4123245576 ,status is CKWL is 23 whether it will be confirmed or not , for the train 12864
    pl give reply

  16. train no – 12509
    Pnr – 4741534671
    W/l- 4,5
    Journey date -2nd September
    AC 3 tier,please let me know whether my tkt gets confirmed?

  17. Denver Simpson says:

    Hello Sir,
    My PNR # 4841947211
    It is currently WL6,7,8.. Could you please let me know if this will get confirmed. Travel date is on 12-Aug-2016. Thanks for your quick response.

  18. PNR-6758222483

    Journey Date: 15th August

    Passenger 1: while booking: wl/3 Current Status: CNF
    Passenger 2:while booking: wl/4 Current Status: wl/1

    What will happen to my 2nd Passenger? Will She get confirmed? If she stays in WL can she board? Shall I opt for Tatkal seats and cancel this current ticket?

  19. Hey,

    I am in some doubt, Can you give your suggestion. We had a tatkal ticket as per below with waiting 1,2,3. Can you give your suggestion on it ? Do we need to wait or cancel these ticket.

    PNR Train From To On Last checked
    4635525217 DURONTO AC EXP SC PUNE 12 Aug, Fri

  20. Sir, I have booked a ticket in train no 12630 with PNR no 2420351330. Till today morning it was showing W/L 5, since it’s urgent for me to travel I decided to go for Tatkal booking considering it would secure my travel. Unfortunately, the tatkal ticket got booked with W/L 2 with PNR no 2421373557. It has left me with more uncertainty, I was checking flights as well and was willing to take them considering the uncertainty but I’m unsure about refund rules. Can you guide me about the possibility arising out of the above scenario, whereby if none, one or both the tickets get confirmed and what best should I do. Kindly look into urgently as train leaves tomorrow morning itself.

  21. durgesh singh says:

    Hello sir my pnr 6657107047 and it was WL/6 is a tatkal ticket of 3 tire so where I can seat in tain

  22. Sourabh says:

    I have to board train from Jabalpur to Pune on 11/7/2016 (tomorrow). Train No- is 12150. Current waiting list is RLWL25. Can you please tell and advice whether the ticket will get confirm during chart preparation.
    My PNR -6154220601. Please reply on urgent basis.

  23. Saurav Suman says:

    train no – 12307
    Pnr – 6656820510
    Rlwl – 15/10 or 16/11
    Journey date -13 july my ticket will be confim or not plz inform me fast
    My whatsap no – 7549719945

  24. ashirbad says:

    sir my pnr is 6354091471 its showing chart prepared w/l 5.will i get. a seat

  25. Upendra says:

    My PNR is: 4841189112,Train is KORBA EXPRESS( 22648). My Journey start time is 11:25PM where as train is already started at today morning 6:10 AM.
    is there any chance of my seat confirmation? chart is still not prepared and current status is: CKWL/6.

  26. Sir,
    my pnr is 2765337596. .journey is for today. .

    it will confirm or not. .pqwl 5&6

    please reply at my mail
    whatsup 8426893854

  27. Manish S says:


    You think PNR 2765977049 can get conformed? current status is RAC 4

  28. Akshay Dhoble says:

    My pnr no. is 2865557884,will it get confirmed

    • No it will not get confirmed. But yes you will get seat to just SIT.

      Please Note:
      R Indicates your ticket has got confirmed to sit, you may get a complete berth, if somebody doesn’t appear in the train for an RAC confirmed ticket.

  29. Rajkumar says:

    My PNR NO is 4840738791.Is there any possible to get seat?

  30. Ananthu P says:

    1 ticket conformed and one is CKWL1.
    Is there any chance of getting conformed? When will the chart be prepared,My coach no?

  31. Dhanesh says:

    Pnr no:- 6153230079, will it get confirmed?
    Please help. Very urgent!
    Thanks in advance

  32. Niraj kumar says:

    My booking is from Chennai @ 10:30 PM..the train is already running from ellepy from 6am.. Mine is a wait listed ticket..and the chart is still not prepared.. Plz tell me when is the chart prepared. Train 13352

  33. My PNR number is: 2546438026, PLease let me know if my ticket will get confirm.

  34. PNR 4739319086 . Chart prepared last night with status WL 3 and 4. Is there any chance of confirmation in final chart that is made 30 min prior to departure?

  35. Hello my pnr no is 2417891734 is in wl What is the possibility of getting confirm.

  36. P.Ramarao says:

    I booked ticket on 6th June.. Travel date 7th June. train number 12747 ,the status now showing is waiting list 6 and 7.Will the ticket get conformed by tomorrow ??.

    PNR no:4740434663


  38. PNR NO. 6655740466
    jounny date 6/6/16
    from raipur to jasidih jn.
    class- 3A
    will it get confermed

  39. Karthikeyan says:

    Booked tatkal ticket from Thanjavur to Tambaram in Mannai express. Waiting list is 75. Is there any chance to get conformed??? pnr #4120494271

  40. Saurabh Kumar Rawat says:

    Hi my PNR is 241-8567661 travelling in 22110 today 1st JUNE 2016 however at 11 AM chart was prepared for 15:45 departure and seat status is WL1 & WL2. As per your comments will there be new chart prepared half an hour before and seats may confirmed? Should I wait

    Please respoind quickly and I will be thankful.

  41. Subhendu Kumar says:

    pnr no 2865036398 AC 2Tier train no 11058,dated 1-06-2016 CKWL 1 . Is there any chance of getting conformed? When will the chart be prepared ?

  42. Bijayalaxmi says:

    PNR No. 2865036398 AC 2 Tier for train no 11058 Amritsar Dadar express dated 1st June 2016. E ticket shows CKWL1. Shall the ticket will get conformed and when the chart will be prepared.
    Can the same person book for two trains at a time.

  43. Hello

    I have booked online ticket in tatkal for 12630 YPR S KRNTI EXP date of boarding 1- 6-2016,PNR:2218793797 its 3AC ticket , now its showing WL 28 and WL 29, what are the chances of conformation..

  44. Ritesh sanwal says:

    My ticket is showing RAC 2,3,4,5,6. in New delhi – Dibrugarh rajdhani for 5th June.I would like to ask in case of “chart not prepared” the possibility of confirmation is there or not. Should I go for tatkaal after cancelling this ticket ???

    Please answer………

  45. Rajapandi says:

    I have booked e-ticket in the train no..16105 my intial waitlsit no was 54 after the chart preparation it stood at WL 6…whether i can board the train or whether the e ticket will get cancelled automatically?or wheter i want to cancel the e-ticket?

  46. Jaswinder Kaur says:

    I have booked ticket for 18030 Shalimar express, my PNR 6655635379.but online reservation status shows waiting and chart not yet prepared how many hour before chart prepare form train departure
    Pl explain

  47. Jaswinder Kaur says:

    I have booked ticket for 18030 Shalimar express, my PNR 6655635379 right not train departed from origin, but online reservation status shows waiting and chart not yet prepared how many hour before chart prepare form train departure
    Pl explain

  48. sandhya says:

    My PNR number-8347461506 and its timing is 1:55 at 28th may .whether the change or ticket will conform?

  49. sridhar says:

    Sir I booked 7 teckets from Adilabad to manmad train no 11402 my wl no 36 after chart prepared my wl no 1 to 6 one ticket is conformed any chance to conform remaining tickets please inform me sir.

  50. I have the train at 8:45 tonight. Its an e ticket . and it is still W/L 1. Chart is not yet prepared. Are there chances of confirmation? Can I travel with this? Or do I need to start making alternate arrangements

  51. Arindam says:

    Ticket – PNR 2414516727 26/05/2016 is the train departure. Still the ticket is WL/2.
    Can you confirm the ticket will get confirmed ?

  52. Srinivas Murthy K says:

    I booked a ticket for second sitting class in one ticket 6 members we are travelling in one ticket. I want to cancel the ticket how much amount will refund yo me
    journey date 01-06-2016
    ticket amount 870 rs (145/passenger)

  53. I booked ticket on 3rd may.. Travel date 17th may. train number 16184 waiting list 9 and 10. whether the change the ticket will conform

  54. I have booked online ticket for 12843 Puri Ahmedabad express for II AC, [ Jalgaon to Ahmedabad] PNR No.: 6654310881, one ticket is CNF and one ticket is waiting 1 , how to chart preparation time for my ticket confirmation.
    Pl explain

    • subrata samanta says:

      i am subrata
      my pnr is 6554774175.
      journy date 03.08.2016
      i went to canciled my e ticket.
      please help me.

  55. Mustafa C M says:

    I have booked 3 tier ac ticket in train 11058. Out of 3 tickets teo r confirm and one waiting list. Will that one ticket get confirmed. Its an e-ticket. Please reply.

  56. Sinnu Singh says:

    my PNR no.2545480435
    plz checked my seat position and coach no.

  57. bhavana says:

    Pnr 8146471775
    Chart is prepared
    I got rac allotment
    Is there is any chance of getting confirmed

  58. AMJAD ALI says:

    Is it possible to cancel a window ticket after 8 pm if waitlisted ticket not confirmed….and train dep time > 11pm < 6 AM

  59. My Travel date is 8th may. Booked ticket 1 month before. Ticket status is showing as WL1, WL2, WL3. My PNR no is 4418675052.
    Please let me know whether I need to book Tatkal tickets

  60. Chaitanya says:

    Pnr 4319318494 current WL1, 1 tier

    I have booked an eticket for 1may from Bhopal to Delhi. Timing 2305 hrs. The train has started from source however I see chart not prepared.

  61. My pnr status is 8644342846 and W/L 3,4,5,6. how much are the chances to confirm and my travelling is on 9th May 2016

  62. My pnr status is 8644342846 and W/L 3,4,5,6.will it get confirmed and my travelling is on 9th May 2016

  63. Hungkhuiyum keishing says:

    My tickets got CONFIRM from RAC. But my berth and coach are not yet still given whenever i check PNR. Will i get seat on it. Where will be the chart published. Its a midnight train so what time they will prepared the chart. Some suggestions needed.

  64. RAJESH Dhanokar says:

    I have booked online ticket for 18030 Shalimar express, right not train departed from origin, but online reservation status shows CNF and chart not yet prepared
    Pl explain

  65. Mahendra says:

    Travel Date 24th April But Last Moment Ticket Still Current Status if RAC, How to travels processes.

  66. Balaji Mannar says:


  67. Can we travel e ticket with waiting list

  68. AMARJEET SINGH says:

    I have to travel in 15651 on 22 march and my ticket is cnf but after some days I booked two another ticket on this date which status is wl 8,9 and pnr is 6249494555 can I take them with me on my cnf ticket ?
    And another thing is that two tickets are taken from staion

    • No problem if u r getting ticket from counter it will be not a problem whether it was conform or still waitlist

  69. chakravarthi says:

    if ticket is not conformed,un till last minute. what is condition of passenger and what about paid fare amount

  70. Train starts from dibrugarh but i need to board the train from guwahati
    In this case which satation is the source station?plz let me know abt it.

  71. My ticket got confirmed from RAC whoever it doesn’t have seat or berth number. Please advise once chart is prepared is the same information gets updated online and I check seat details online or have to check it manually in list attached in the station

  72. loss tecket of my allahabad to new delhi 09 jan 2016 ,12417 pariyag raj exp .and new delhi to allahabad 17 jan 2018 12418 pariyag raj.halp to me and what is i am teravaling to .THanking For You.

  73. I have bording time at 2 and y still d chart s not prepared ????wat should i do for dat

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