What Does GNWL Means?
GNWL Stands for General Waiting List; it is one of the several booking statuses that can be held by a passenger booking a ticket. These tickets are issued when a passenger begins his or her own journey at the station of origin on a route or any station that is nearby. Being the most common type of waiting list, it possesses the highest possibility of confirmation.
When a ticket on a waiting list is booked by a particular passenger starting at the originating station on a certain route he or she will be provided with a ticket of the GNWL status.
How to Book a GNWL Ticket?
A ticket which is yet to be confirmed within the duration of the booking process has a set status of the waiting list. A GNWL status ticket is the most preferred choice. Thus we will explain how one would book it.
Suppose that you are about to book a ticket within the journeys 120-day prior period. You are advised to book a ticket within 50 days before the departure, most preferably 50 to 30 days prior. This would mean that the chance for you to get a ticket that had previously been confirmed but then canceled by another passenger.
Also to obtain a GNWL ticket the highest requirement is to choose your departing location to be specifically a source station or more commonly known as an origin station. Intermediate station bookings are not stated at GNWL, they are stated as RLWL.
How to check GNWL Status in IRCTC?
It is not a particularly difficult or confusing task to check one’s GNWL status, it is actually quite simple. There is no particular specific method or requirement for the checking of a GNWL status. All tickets which are properly booked through IRCTC’s agents or portals are reviewable with the help of a simple PNR number that is provided at the time of booking. You are provided with the facility to use either IRCTC PNR checking service or any such related third-party service, provider.
How to know GNWL is confirmed?
To check if your GNWL ticket has been confirmed or is yet to be confirmed, you are required to enter your PNR number at just about any PNR status provider. After this is done you should check if your current booking status displays CNF or RAC.
Both of these mean that your ticket has been confirmed and accepted. A CNF refers to a normal berth and a RAC refers to one of the two seats that are located at either side of the compartment. If neither is present then the ticket has not been confirmed. It should be kept in mind that tickets are only changed to a status of RAC or CNF if an already reserved passenger cancels his previous confirmed reservation.
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When Does GNWL Charts get prepared?
Every station where any specific train stops are assigned to a particular number of seats that should be taken as a quota. Every one of these particular stations is also instructed to create a personal chart of passenger details about 4 to 3 hours before the departure of a train from the originating station.
If a passenger’s ticket is not confirmed before the chart is prepared then their ticket is automatically canceled and their money is refunded fully.
Can GNWL status tickets get confirmed easily?
If a ticket is booked towards the end of the journey rather than the beginning of the journeys booking period the likeliness of it getting confirmed increases by a landslide. Furthermore, this status is the most common type on the waiting list and has the highest confirmation chances.
Can GNWL passengers board the train?
Only passengers of confirmed status may board the train. However, in the particular situation where at the very least 1 passenger ticket on a particular waiting list gets their status promoted to RAC or CNF but another passengers ticket remains of the same status even after the chart is prepared and their ticket has yet not been canceled when they are allowed to board the train.
Can we cancel a GNWL ticket?
Yes, any such passengers who possess a ticket of GNWL status on a waiting list even after the reservation chart is prepared, all such booked passengers will be refunded to their respective bank within 5 to 7 days. However, a small cancellation fee is deducted.
Cancellation charge on confirmed GNWL Tickets (per person)
48 hours before departure
- 1st AC/Executive Class – 240 Rs
- 2nd AC/1st Class- 200 Rs
- 3rd AC/ACC/3A economy – 180
- Second Sleeper Class – 120 Rs
- Sleeper Class – 6- Rs
Between 12 to 48 hours before departure
- 25% of ticket fare
- Between 4 to 12 hours before departure
- 50% of ticket fare
No refund after 4-hour time limit
Cancellation charge on unconfirmed GNWL Tickets (per person)
- Unreserved (2nd Class) – 30 Rs
- Reserved (2nd Class) and Other Classes – 60 Rs
What is the difference between GNWL and WL?
GNWL – means General waiting list.
- Its number refers to the actual total number of tickets booked till present date, regardless of the number of canceled tickets.
- It only indicates how many tickets have been books in the waiting list.
- Ticket belongs to GNWL only if the passenger is traveling from a source station.
WL – means a waiting list.
- This number basically refers to the actual current status of a waiting list.
- This is the number that a passenger is required to check for when checking their own ticket status.
- All tickets regardless of the station are included in WL.