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Indian Railways PNR Status Enquiry

This section tells you what a IRCTC PNR number is and how it is critical to learn the status of your trains reservation ticket. The 10-digit system-generated unique code is more than just a confirmation of your booking. It is a reference number with what you as a passenger will be identified by the Indian Railways in case an issue arises. You can even check the reservation status of your seat or call in for any other kind of help. Here you can find out what all the PNR number empowers you with.

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IRCTC Train Ticket PNR Status Enquiry

PNR number is a unique 10-digit code, which is allotted for each ticket, either booked online or manually at railway ticket counters. When a ticket is booked, the computer reservation system (CRS) records the itinerary of passenger/passengers on a single ticket along with their details in its database and generates a PNR number. Thereafter, this PNR number becomes the reference for the passenger/passengers to check their seat reservation status. This number can be found mentioned on the IRCTC printed ticket or e-ticket (received via SMS or Email).

How to Use PNR number

To check/receive the status of the reservation ticket, all that the passenger needs to do is:

Online: Type the PNR number mentioned on the ticket in the ‘Enter PNR Number’ box above and then click on the ‘Get PNR Status’ button.


SMS: Type PNR<10-digit PNR number>. Eg: PNR 8432458139 and send it to 139, 54959, 57886 or 5676747.


Phone Call: Call 139 and follow the instructions given by the IVR system.

Indian Railway PNR Codes & Full Forms

1. CAN/MOD  : Cancelled or Modified Passenger
2. CNF / Confirmed : Confirmed (Coach/Berth Number will be Available after Chart Preparation)
3. RAC : Reservation Against Cancellation
4. WL : Waiting List Number 
5. RLWL : Remote Location Wait List
6. GNWL : General Wait List
7. PQWL : Pooled Quota Wait List
8. REGRET/WL : No More Booking Permitted
9. RELEASED : Ticket Not Cancelled but Alternative Accommodation Provided
10. R# # : RAC Coach Number Berth Number
11. WEBCAN : Railway Counter Ticket Passenger cancelled through internet and Refund not collected
12. WEBCANRF : Railway Counter Ticket Passenger cancelled through internet and Refund collected
13. RQWL : Roadside Quota Waitlist
14. DPWL : Duty Pass Waitlist
15. TQWL : Tatkal Quota Waitlist


Q1) What exactly is a PNR number?

Ans: - The PNR (Passenger Name Record) number is a unique 10-digit number that comes with every booked train ticket in the Indian Railways. If a group booking is done, a single PNR is given to the group.

Q2) Where will I find the PNR number?

Ans: - The PNR number is on the upper left-hand side of the ticket which is printed. As for online bookings, the PNR number will be sent via SMS and email.

Q3) What information can be tracked with the help of PNR number?

Ans: - The PNR number will let one track the name of the passenger holding the ticket, the train number and the time limit for ticketing, among other essential data.

Q4) What is the PNR status?

Ans: - If you have a ticket that is wait listed or in RAC, then there are chances that you might not get a confirmed ticket, because there are a limited number of seats in trains. Suppose there is availability of tickets due to cancellation, then the status of the wait listed or RAC ticket changes to getting confirmed. This is nothing but the PNR status.

Q5) How can I make a PNR status enquiry for my ticket?

Ans: - You can check your PNR status through online websites (like and, via SMS, mobile applications, final reservation charts and at -the enquiry counters at railway stations.
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