How to Check the PNR Status Online

You can use your railway PNR status online to see the comprehensive travel details like seat availability, station code, train schedule, train fare, number and name of the train. Each PNR number is unique and is generated at the time of booking. If you received your ticket through the railway ticket counter, then you can find the PNR number to the top left corner of the ticket. And in case you own an e-ticket, then the number can be located at the upper part of the ticket. If you are on the waiting list then you should check your PNR updates on regular intervals as the confirmed tickets get cancelled and dropped in the real time making the live PNR status all the more crucial. To get the ticket status in real time you could go tor the Indian Railways and enter the PNR number in the box provided and click on ‘submit’ to get the results in an instance. Not just this you can also check the live PNR status at major railway stations to get updates on the train running status.

PNR Status


How to Check PNR Status on IRCTC

To get the IRCTC PNR status go to the website of IRCTC and log in to your IRCTC account. Click on ‘trains’ on the top menu bar. Select ‘PNR enquiry’ from the drop down and proceed to know the status of your PNR. There are a number of sites and apps for mobiles to make the PNR status enquiry but IRCTC remains the preferred choice of many.


List of Ticket Status Under the PNR Status
CNF: This means that your ticket has been confirmed and will be allotted a seat number.

CAN: You see this status when your ticket gets cancelled.

REL: This stands for released.

NOSB: This stands for No Seat Berth and means that you have to pay full fare for a child below 12 years of age. You can’t get a seat for half the fare.

NR: It is an acronym for No Room and means there are no seats available.

WL: It stands for waiting list and means your ticket is still not confirmed and you can’t board the train. You can cancel your ticket in the WL status 30 minutes prior the departure if not then it will automatically get cancelled.

RAC: Reservation Against Cancellation is wherein you share the berth with a fellow passenger. You might get the full berth to yourself if a passenger cancels their confirmed ticket.

TQWL: Tatkal Waitlist is when you make a tatkal booking but are put on the waiting list. The chances to get this ticket confirmed are rather less.

WEBCANRF: This type of ticket is purchased at the railway counter and after getting cancelled over the internet indicates that the passenger has received the refund.

WEBCAN: This is a ticket purchased at the railway ticket counter, is cancelled on the internet and shows that the passenger hasn’t yet collected the refund.

PQWL: A Pooled Quota Waitlist ticket will only get confirmed if someone with a tatkal booking cancels their ticket. It is highly unlikely to get this ticket status confirmed.

GNWL: General Waitlist means that your ticket will get confirmed after the existing confirmed tickets get cancelled.

RLWL: Remote Location Waitlist means that the probability of your ticket getting confirmed is high and is issued usually between the intermediate stations.

RSWL: A Roadside Station Waitlist has lesser chances of confirmation. It is issued at the starting station to the street side stations which means very few seats.

Ticket Quotas

The Indian Railways has divided its reservation in different quotas catering to the demands of the variety of people who travel in the trains. As is the case, the Parliament and Military quota get more preference than other quotas. Besides the Railways always reserves a few seats for emergency which become available a few hours prior the departure.


AbbreviationDefinition
GN General
LD Ladies
DF Defence
DP Duty Pass
OS Outstation
FT Foreign Tourist
DF Defence
RC or RAC Reservation Against Cancellation
HO High Official
RS Roadside
PH Parliament House
HP Handicapped

Classes of Train Accommodation

Here are the classes of travel in a train you can choose from while making your train booking. The classes are categorised according to the budget of the traveller and offers facilities and features accordingly.


1A: First Class Air conditioned is the most comfortable of all the classes with spacious and bigger coaches and privacy.

2A: AC Sleeper will provide a comfortable journey but is a notch less than the first AC when it comes to luxuries.

3A: 3-tier Sleeper offers AC and if you are willing to compromise on other features and facilities then this is the class to choose.

SL: Sleeper Class is a regular non-AC sleeper coach with two berths positioned longway and three along the width.

CC: Chair Car is best suited for the shorter routes and can be found in Shatabdi trains.

2S: Second Class Seating is the coach with benches and might not have the cushioned-seats and is the least comfortable of all the classes.

What is PNR made of

The first three digits of the PNR refers to the PRS (Passenger Reservation System) which indicates to the railway zone or the origin station where the code was generated. For instance, if you booked a train from Mumbai to Delhi then the PNR will have the first digit as 8 which stands for the Mumbai station. The next two numbers will indicate the PRS where it was issued from. So the first number is the zone and the second and the third are the PRS centres. The remaining seven digits are randomly selected to keep the PNR code unique.

Here are the zone codes and the respective PRS against the numbers which make the first three digits of the PNR code:


1 - SCR - Secunderabad PRS
2,3 - NR, NCR, NWR, NER - New Delhi PRS
4,5 - SR, SWR, SCR - Chennai PRS
6,7 - NFR, ECR, ER, ECoR, SER, SECR - Calcutta PRS
8,9 - CR, WCR, WR - Mumbai PRS

The Importance of PNR Status

The PNR is generated by the CRS after it receives the requisite details about the journey including passenger name, berth type, class of travel, age and gender of the passenger, and contact details. After the generation of the PNR code, you can use the same for any PNR enquiry from the status of your tickets to information related to the train.

As it is known, the travel industry is hinged on PNR and its importance as it holds the details of the passenger travelling to a specific destination whether by train or air. Just like the train status, you can also check the flight PNR status by going to the website of the airline to confirm whether it is on time. Checking the PNR status will give you the details about the arrival and departure of your flight. Alternatively, you can check the real time flight status on Yatra by entering the PNR number or booking reference number of your flight generated at the time of booking. Other than this, Yatra also provides information on train between stations, train running status, IRCTC forgot password, and IRCTC tourism.


PNR Validity

The booking for trains starts three months in advance, and the PNR number is generated whenever you book a ticket during this time until the date of journey. The validity of the PNR remains unchanged irrespective of the number of people booked or the seat confirmation. For instance, the PNR number for a single person or a group of people - a maximum of six under a PNR will be stored by the railways till the departure or the cancellation of the train. The railways keeps the PNR in their digital repository six months after the journey in event of any enquiries. After a period of nine months the same PNRs can be reused.


FAQs on PNR Status

Q. How to check train PNR status via SMS?

A: The easiest way to check your train PNR status is through SMS as it doesn’t even need internet connection. To check your train PNR status, type in PNR followed by your 10-digit PNR number and send to 139 or 5676747. For eg., PNR <10-digit code="">. This will tell you if your seat is confirmed and you can board the train accordingly.

Q. How to check PNR status on phone?

A: The Indian Railways sends you your PNR status on phone if you key in your PNR number found on the ticket and SMS it to 57886.

Q. How to check PNR status via call?

A: Dial 139 which is the number for Indian railways enquiry system and choose your preferred language from the three options provided. Follow the IVR for your query. Press 1 for PNR status which will then prompt you to enter your 10-digit PNR number. Apart from the PNR status, you can also check the arrival or departure of the train, accommodation and fare enquiry.

Q. Where to find the PNR number?

A: You can find your PNR number on the top left of your ticket. In case you have an e-ticket then check the top half of the page where the PNR will be printed in a cell. If you have booked your train tickets online then you will receive the PNR number through email.

Q. What does CNF mean?

A: CNF in railway is a short form for confirmed in reference to the IRCTC PNR status and means that you have a confirmed booking and will be given a seat number soon..

Q. What is PNR prediction?

A: PNR prediction is a feature for passengers with RAC or WL (waitlisted) tickets. It involves data analysis to predict the PNR status.

Q. What are RAC and WL ticket status?

A: RAC is the short for Reservation against Cancellation while WL stands for Waiting List. A ticket with RAC means that you get a half-seat and will have to share the berth with another passenger but the probability of getting a full-seat is high in RAC because of the last-minute cancellations. You might get a confirmed full-berth if the passenger who has the confirmed ticket cancels their ticket or fails to board the train. WL means your ticket is not confirmed and will only be confirmed if someone with a confirmed seat cancels their ticket. A ticket with WL status will automatically get cancelled if it doesn’t get confirmed.

Q. When does a RAC ticket get confirmed?

A: Dial 139 which is the number for Indian railways enquiry system and choose your preferred language from the three options provided. Follow the IVR for your query. Press 1 for PNR status which will then prompt you to enter your 10-digit PNR number. Apart from the PNR status, you can also check the arrival or departure of the train, accommodation and fare enquiry.RAC ticket gets confirmed after the chart preparation when the full-berth can be allocated to a passenger.
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