Check PNR Status

PNR Status

What is the PNR number in Indian Railway?

PNR is a short form for 'Passenger Name Record'. It is a record of a passenger in the database of the Indian Railways computer reservation system (IR-CRS). Which having journey details for a passenger. A single PNR number can be stored to a maximum of six passengers when group booking is attempted.

To be precise, when a person requesting for booking a reserved railway ticket for a train in Indian Railways, Every detail of passenger is stored in a relational database of the centralized reservation system. Which mentioned on ticket and passenger also see these details online as well to check the PNR Status. These details are linked with a unique ten-digit number. This number is known as PNR Number and it is printed on the ticket.

Passenger's individual information like name, gender, age, etc. is stored in the database against this PNR number. It includes booking status and the current status of the ticket confirmation.

The record pointed by PNR includes complete journey details. Which mentioned below:

  • Passenger Details (Name, Age, Sex, Birth Preference)
  • Ticket Details (Train No, Date, From, To, Boarding Station, Reservation Upto, Class, Berth, Quota)
  • Transaction / Payment Details (Transaction ID, Payment Mode, Ticket Charge)

What PNR Defines:

The first 3 digits of the PNR tell us from which Passenger Reservation System or PRS the ticket has been booked.

The PNR numbers' starting digit depends on Zone of that Train, w.r.t. starting station of the train.

Number Code Zone

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

The last seven digits are randomly generated numbers. These numbers serve no information about the ticket or journey. They only give a unique identity to the PNR number.

You can check PNR Status number at

You just need to enter the PNR below to get the current status of ticket confirmation. You will find it at the top left corner of the ticket. PNR status can also be checked at every major station, where PNR stats checking counters are available.

Other ways to enquire PNR status are:

1. Current reservation status check using SMS

2. Mobile applications

3. Railway enquiry counters at a railway station

4. Final reservation charts

5. Other websites

Where to find PNR number on the ticket?

PNR number is usually printed at the top left corner of the printed tickets (tickets that are taken from the railway station booking window). In the case of the E-Tickets (tickets that are booked online or through the IRCTC website), it is mentioned at the top in separate cells.

PNR Status Enquiry through Online Websites

This is the most preferred way to enquire about your I PNR status as it is easy and reliable. List of some websites that you can use for inquiry:, this is the private entity. Which build to help people to get services like PNR enquiry, live train status, trains between station and much more.

Knowing your ticket status

There are two numbers stated on the ticket. The two numbers carrying the detail of the position at which you entered the waitlist and the current position of your ticket. Here is an example:

When you book a train ticket online, you find the train name/number and class – AC, second class, third class, etc mentioned on the e-ticket along with the seat/berth that you want along with the date and time. Let’s consider that you buy a ticket with WL8/WL5.

This indicates that you joined the WL at position 8, but by the time you paid for the ticket and bought the ticket online you moved to position 5. The position may have varied from WL8 to WL5 either due to a cancellation or someone not making a final booking.

While the first number (WL8 in this case) will stay the same, the second number will decrease until you get a ticket (hopefully).

Status of your reservation could look like – in that order:

  • WL 8/WL 5
  • WL 8/WL 4
  • WL 8/WL 3
  • WL 8/WL 2
  • WL 8/WL 1
  • WL 8/RAC 3
  • WL 8/RAC 2
  • WL 8/RAC 1
  • WL 8/CNF

PNR status and seat availability

The subsequent breakout explains how a ticket status plays a crucial role in train journeys

RAC - In RAC (Reservation Against Cancellation), the passenger is allowed to travel where two passengers share the same berth. If a confirmed passenger does not board the train, an entire berth is allotted to the passenger with an RAC ticket.

CNF - The passenger seat has been confirmed and the seat will be allotted after charting

CAN - The passenger seat has been canceled

WL - The passenger with a WL ticket is on the waiting list and is not allowed to board the train. A ticket under the waitlist can be canceled by the passenger 30 minutes before departure of the train. If a WL ticket does not get confirmed, it gets canceled automatically.

GNWL - General Waiting List (GNWL) waitlisted tickets are allotted when the passenger starts his/her journey at the originating station of a route or station close to the originating station. This is the most common type of waiting list and has got the maximum possibilities of confirmation

TQWL - TQWL is for Tatkal Waitlist. Whenever a passenger does a tatkal booking and is put on the waitlist, the status is shown as TQWL. This ticket is least likely to get confirmed.

PQWL - Under Pooled Quota Waitlist, passengers traveling between intermediate stations and have a separate waitlist from the GNWL general waitlist.

RLWL - A Remote Location Waitlist has a high chance of confirmation. Smaller stations have a quota of seats and waiting seats on these intermediate stations are given RLWL status.

RSWL - A station-specific waitlist is called a Road-Side Waitlist.

NR - NR means ‘No Room’ and no more bookings are allowed with an NR ticket

NOSB - NOSB is for No Seat Berth. Kids below 12 years of age pay child fare and are not allotted seats. Then PNR status shows NOSB – No Seat Berth.

REL - REL is for Released

WEBCAM - It’s a Railway Counter Ticket. When a passenger's ticket has been canceled over the internet and the refund has not been collected.

WL and RAC refunds

If a train is ready for departure and its reservation chart is finalized, the cost of your WL ticket will be automatically refunded to your bank account.

PNR number validity

Usually, the digits of Passenger name record or PNR become insignificant after the completion of the journey. The PNR details may not be available to the public once the journey gets completed for the privacy and safety concerns of passengers.

Nevertheless, the PNR number lasts a minimum of 9 months. Because the TDR filed can take a maximum of 9 months. It is then removed from the Indian Railway database.

Railway Enquiries through Web:

  1. Ticket Booking – – Official Partner of Indian Railway for Online ticket booking.
  2. Railway Enquiry – – Official Indian Railway portal
  1. PNR Status - Check Here PNR Status at by Entering 10 Digit PNR Number
  1. Live Train Status - Check Here Live Train Status at
  1. Train Between Stations - Check Here Trains Between Station at

Railway Enquiries through SMS/Phone:

  • SMS Service – How to check PNR status through SMS
  • SMS PNR send to 139
  • Railway Enquiry Number
  • Call 139

What should you do, if you lose your PNR number?

If you have booked an online ticket through, then simply go to the “Booked History” option and regain your ticket. In case you miss the physical copy of your ticket, then visit any nearest reservation counter and contact the Chief Reservation Supervisor with ID proof. They will issue a duplicate ticket if your ticket has been confirmed.

What is PNR confirmation probability?

PNR status tells whether the booking is confirmed or you will have to wait to get a seat till someone cancels their ticket. The details of the coach and berth, the ticket fare, the departure and arrival date and time can be found with the help of PNR number. The possibility of a PNR number getting confirmed depends upon the number of cancellations done. It also relies on factors like weekends, seasons, festivals, special events, with other factors.

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