Are you going on a train journey? You should keep in mind several essential points before you plan your train travel. Whenever you book a ticket online from the IRCTC or PRS (Passenger Reservation System) counter, you receive a unique 10-digit PNR (Passenger Name Record) number that contains journey details.
However, because of the festive rush, or if you planned your journey late and couldn’t get a confirmed reservation, the PNR number helps you track the current status of your ticket. With the PNR Number, you can also get the accurate PNR prediction of your ticket confirmation.
What is a PNR number?
PNR stands for Passenger Name Record. It is a unique 10-digit number present on the ticket of the Indian Railways that contains journey details like journey date, time, train number & name, reservation status, etc. Whether you book a ticket online from IRCTC or PRS counters, you will get a unique PNR number that is valid till your journey completes.
You can find PNR number in your PRS ticket at the top left corner, and in online e-ticketing, you can find it in the top center.
It is a useful practice to check your waitlist ticket’s PNR status because the current status changes when other passengers cancel their tickets. RailMitra allows you to check the current waiting status of your ticket and get the accurate PNR prediction of your ticket confirmation by using the PNR status feature.
What is PNR Status?
When you use your PNR number to check whether your tickets are on the waiting list, RAC,, or confirmed, this changes in the status of your ticket position known as PNR status. It tells about the current reservation status of your waitlisted or RAC tickets. It also includes some other information like the number of confirmed seats, tickets on the waiting list (WL), fare amount you paid, the mode of payment, and the date of ticket booking.
Apart from that, the 10-digit PNR number stored in the Indian Railways database includes information like – your name, date of birth, address, and telephone number.
PNR Status Types
If you got a waiting list ticket at the time of booking and would like to know whether it is confirmed or not, you can check the current PNR status using the PNR number. A PNR number contains abbreviations that you must be familiar to know the current PNR status.
- CNF – Confirmed
- RAC – Reservation Against Cancellation
- WL – Waiting List
- GNWL – General waiting list
- RLWL – Remote location waiting list
- PQWL – Pooled quota waiting list
- TQWL – Tatkal waiting list
How to check PNR status on RailMitra?
It is a very simple process to check the PNR status on RailMitra. If you are a smartphone user, you can easily download the RailMitra app from Play Store, which offers an easy and one-click PNR status checking option.
Steps to check PNR status:
Step 1: Go to RailMitra Website on your favourite browser or open the RailMitra app.
Step 2: Select the “Check PNR Status” option from the menu bar.
Step 3: Enter the 10-digit PNR number.
Step 4: Click on the “Check PNR Status” button.
Your screen will display the PNR Status of your railway ticket.
How RailMitra help you in getting accurate PNR prediction of your ticket?
RailMitra uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to fetch the information of Indian Railways Tickets booking, cancellation, seat availability, quota tickets, and past reservations data and predict the chances of your ticket confirmation. The confirmation probability features of RailMitra allow you to see the percentage of chances of your ticket confirmation (high, medium, or low) with high accuracy. Also, when you check PNR status from RailMitra, it will keep you up-to-date about the PNR status progress through periodic notifications.
How Indian Railways generate unique PNR numbers?
The generation of PNR numbers is based on the current status and the number of days between the booking and the journey date. The system uses a process that renders different PNR numbers and makes each one unique.
The number consists of 10 digits, generated in two parts. The first three digits indicate the PRS (Passenger Reservation System) used to book the ticket, and the system randomly generates the rest seven digits to make this number unique.
The very first digit in every PNR number refers to the train’s zone (starting station).
For example, 1 is SCR (Secunderabad PRS), and 2 and 3 are for NR, NCR, NWR, or NER (New Delhi PRS) zones.
How can the PNR number help you in your journey?
PNR number is going to be very useful during your entire journey. Using PNR Number you can:
- Get Your Booking Confirmed: If you have your PNR number with you at the time of travel, you can give that along with a proof of identity to get your booking confirmed by the Ticket Checker (TC). It also comes into use when you forget to carry your tickets.
- Know the RAC/WL Status: Passengers can use this number to know their RAC (Reservation against Cancelation) or WL (Waitlisted) PNR status.
- Know Your Seat Number: PNR number gives your reserved seat number and coach number once the ticket is confirmed.
- Know All the Reservation Details: You can use the PNR number to know all the reservation details, including the fare amount and the arrival and departure time of your booked train.
- Get a Duplicate Ticket: PNR number is needed when issuing a duplicate ticket when the original is lost or damaged.
Why is no PNR number given for unreserved tickets?
PNR numbers are not issued to unreserved tickets. The reason for this is Indian Railway has not booked or reserved any seats or berths; in this scenario, the passenger can stand or sit anywhere in the designated carriage of the train.
PNR number is given to the tickets reserved for AC First Class, Second Class, Sleeper, etc. You can use RailMitra app and website to check PNR status of train tickets. You can also use this app to check train fare, train between stations, live train status, train schedules, order food in train, etc.
RailMitra is an all-time partner of train passengers, which helps them plan their train journey hassle-free.