Where and how to check your PNR status online: PNR status or passenger name record is a 10 digit unique code generated by Indian Railways. The code includes information such as the booking status - apart from giving basic information on arrival and departure time of trains. The PNR status 10 digits have details of the coach and seat number and the fare paid by the passenger, among other details. By the help of a simple PNR status check, a passenger can check if their seat on the intended train is confirmed (CONF), wait listed (WL) or under reservation against cancellation (RAC). If confirmed, the PNR status gives seat and coach number reserved for the passenger.
Where to find PNR number on ticket?
PNR number is generally printed at the top left corner of the printed tickets (tickets that are taken from railway station booking window). In case tickets that are booked online or through IRCTC website or online tickets or e-tickets, it is mentioned at top in separate cell.
How to check PNR status?
There are many mediums through which PNR status enquiry can be made. Most popular ways include - PNR status live check through online websites; Current reservation status check using SMS; mobile applications; Railway enquiry counters at railway station; and final reservation charts posted at the platform.
Check PNR status online
Online PNR status check for railway ticket reservation is most common and reliable method. The PNR status can be checked on the official government portal, as well as, unofficial websites, which provide reliable information.
While indianrail.gov.in is Indian Railways official portal, IRCTC is the only official partner of Indian Railways that manages online ticket booking. If you have booked your railway ticket through IRCTC website. Just login into IRCTC website and click on 'PNR Status' on lower left corner.
Trains PNR Status is an unofficial website but does a great job in helping Indian rail travelers to find their tickets confirmed booking status. Apart from PNR enquiry, one can also check train running status, station code and train coach position.
Current reservation status check using SMS
Railway has launched SMS service for PNR enquiry to enhance customer satisfaction. Passengers having no access to internet, find it useful and convenient mean. Most popular of them are as follows:
139 SMS service
139 SMS service was initially launched by IRCTC. In order to get PNR status on mobile through SMS, one need to send following message on 139.
PNR <your PNR number>
For Example: PNR 1023456789
Available on: Aircel, Airtel, BSNL, iDEA, LOOP, MTNL, MTS, Reliance, TATA, Telenor, Vodafone
5676747 SMS service
This SMS service is maintained by railZone. SMS PNR <your PNR number> and send it to 5676747
For Example: PNR 1023456789
How to do a PNR status live check on Indian Railways mobile app
Recently many mobile apps have been developed by unofficial sources for Android, iOS and Windows phones. One such PNR android app can be found and downloaded here. This method is good for frequent rail travelers.
You can download the Indian Railways official mobile app Rail Saarthi from the Google Playstore here.
Railway Enquiry Counters at Railway Station
Simply ask to railway enquiry counter attendee.
Final Reservation Charts
Final reservation chart is generally prepared before two or three hours of train departure time. This chart is pasted on notice board of railway station platforms.
Types of waitlist tickets and their confirmation priority
When you search for PNR status, the result either shows you a confirmed status (CONF), in this case if the chart has been prepared then you will get a coach and birth number, but if your seat is not confirmed then chances are you will get one of these abbreviation in your status: RAC; GNWL; CKWL or others.
Based on some predefined rules, railway allots different types of waitlist quota on tickets when ticket is not confirmed.
GNWL stands for General Waiting List. The likelihood of confirmation for GNWL ticket is on highest priority. You may get a GNWL quota, if you are starting your journey from a station close to train source station and ending your journey at a station close to train destination station.
CKWL is Tatkal Waiting List. If you are booking your ticket under tatkal quota, you get CKWL status when tickets are unreserved. It is important to note that GNWL tickets will confirm first and then CKWL. Hence there is a very less chance that a CKWL ticket will be confirmed.
Apart from these two popular waiting list quotas, Indian Railways has defined some other waitlisting quotas in long journey trains like RLWL (Remote Location Waiting List), RQWL (Request Waiting List), PQWL (Pooled Quota Waiting List), RLGN (Remote Location General Waiting List) and RSWL (Roadside Station Waiting List). Confirmation chances for these types of waitlist tickets are very less.
What is RAC and can we travel with a RAC ticket?
RAC status stands for Reservation Against Cancellation. The RAC ticket ensures certainty of travel, but it does not guarantee a berth. A berth will be allocated to the person who reserves an RAC ticket. If passengers who already have a confirmed ticket do not turn up before the train departure or get their confirmed ticket cancelled.
Can we travel with a waiting list ticket?
Please do not board the train under any circumstances if you have a fully waitlisted e-ticket. It gets automatically cancelled on chart preparation and passenger is treated as traveling without ticket in such cases.