I booked an online ticket for traveling on Indian Railways for a Short Distance Journey, but my ticket was not confirmed at all and is on the waiting list.
Can I travel with the waiting list ticket in the General Compartment?
OK, great, now I can answer the question. General quota and general compartment are two completely different things. Quotas can be
General compartment on the other hand is one of the classes for traveling by train in India. It is also called
Now, to answer your question - no, if you ticket doesn't get confirmed, you will not be able to ride in general class simply because you won't have a ticket since you get refunded for your ticket as soon as they're sure you are not getting confirmed. Don't despair though, you just buy a general class ticket before boarding your train and hope that there will be enough room for you on that train, you won't get anywhere by being polite, just push your way through to get on. Also, one other thing - TTE (Traveling Ticket Examiner) almost never checks the ticket in general class.
BTW, you might be able to get a
To update my answer, I found that for popular places people just board the train with a waitlisted ticket in
Ticket categories are:
Ticket Status for any category (except Unreserved) can be:
A ticket with a WL status may get confirmed. You need to keep checking the reservation status of your ticket's PNR (unique identifier that stores your ticket and journey details) online.
Order of status change: WL --> RAC -->CNF
General Compartments of the trains on most popular routes get crowded within minutes of the train pulling in at the source station. Unless you are prepared to shove/push/fight, give up the idea. If you manage to get in, you may or may not get a place to sit.
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