PNR Status


PNR Status Check - The Unique Identity Of Every Train Traveler

Why it is vital and so much crucial to check PNR status? PNR term plays an important role in Indian Railways and it stays and needed with the passenger every time you plan traveling via trains.

What is PNR?

PNR is a 10-digit identification footprint for everyone who opts for railway as mode of commuting.  It’s an acronym of “Passenger Name Record” or popularly known as PNR. It is located on right hand topside of the ticket and gets stored in the computer database reservation system of Indian Railways. Whenever you book a ticket, no matter whether it is in confirmation status or is in waiting status, PNR number gets generated every time on random way and gets stored in the database for the record of Indian Railways authorities. This concept of generation of PNR number and to travel in trains without any hassle with confirmed PNR status is been derived in order to make the entire procedure more accessible and efficient for Indian railways as well as for passengers.

What All Information is Embedded In Your PNR?

PNR is your digital footprint containing unique details.  It stores basic passenger related information like their age, sex, date of birth, along with his travel details like ticket number, travelling date, seat number, coach number, source station, final station, berth preference if any, quota or class of travel, payment mode etc. PNR allows the Railways (and us) to track the name of the passenger, train number, time of booking and ticketing time limit, among other vital information. With the help of such information, RailMitra can also send you useful information, thus making your journeys less stressful!

Why to Check PNR Status?

Every time you book train tickets, you might not land in the green area of getting confirmed ticket status. However, to keep oneself acquainted with the escalations till the time you board the train, PNR status check-up becomes vital. One can see that PNR prediction shown by RailMitra platform is 99% accurate because it’s backed by data analysis. PNR Status seems to move fast on the penultimate day of journey. There are multiple factors behind confirmation probability which range from class of travel, peak time, seasonal trends & quotas allotted in the train at various stations en-route.

How to Check PNR Status?

RailMitra has made it a lot easier to stay updated with your PNR status escalations. Here’s how one can check PNR status:

  • Enter you unique 10 digits PNR.
  • Hit enter.
  • Check for the current status.
  • Current reservation status check using SMS at 139 (PNR Space <PNR Number> and send it to 139) or ( PNR Space <PNR Number> and send it to 5676747)
  • Mobile applications (NTES)
  • Railway enquiry counters at railway station
  • Final reservation charts (made live 1 hour before the train departure.

How RailMitra is helping in Getting Waitlisted Tickets Confirmed?

Checking the PNR status becomes a breeze with RailMitra with our range of attractive features. First of all, there is our Confirmation Probability feature which helps users know about end Confirmation chances of any PNR (in terms of High, Medium and Low). Secondly, RailMitra keeps the users updated about the progress/change in PNR status through periodic Notifications. The final status of a particular PNR number is sent when the final chart has been prepared, which is usually 30 minutes before departure of the train.

PNR Status Code- A Brief Overview:

  • GNWL (General Waiting List): Likelihood of confirmation is on high priority.
  • CKWL (Tatkal Waiting List): These are preferred after all GNWL lists have a confirmed berth status.
  • RLWL (Remote Location Waiting List)
  • RQWL (Request Waiting List)
  • PQWL (Pooled Quota Waiting List)
  • RLGN (Remote Location General Waiting List)
  • RSWL (Roadside station waiting list).

Does PNR Number Exists for Non-Reserved Passengers?

For online tickets, the 10 digit number PNR number is printed on the topmost row just below the transaction id and for all those that are booked on the railway reservation counters, the PNR number is been printed at the top leftmost corner just beneath the PNR number heading. Make it a point and do understand that PNR number is been allotted only and only to reserved tickets and for unreserved tickets, no PNR is been allotted. The reason behind is very simple as the ticket is in unreserved status, Indian Railways hasn’t booked or reserved any seat or berth in that case and the passenger can stand or sit anywhere in the designated coach in the train in this scenario.

It is always promising to check PNR status before heading out to station or travelling to know about the confirmed status of your reservation and booking. PNR status could be checked through different ways and it could be done either via web, phone, other methods and so. So, make sure to check out the pnr status before travelling and make sure whether the ticket you got is in reserved state or in unreserved status.

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to all your common questions related to Passenger Name Record (PNR)...

  • PNR is a 10-digit identification number called “Passenger Name Record”. It is provided to every traveler who opts for the railway as their mode of commuting.  It is located on the top left corner of the reserved ticket and gets stored in the computer database reservation system of the Indian Railways. Whenever passengers’ book tickets, no matter whether it is in confirmation status or  waiting status, PNR number gets generated every time on a random basis and gets stored in the record of Indian Railways authorities. This concept of generation of PNR number to travel in train without any hassle has been derived to make the entire procedure more accessible and efficient for the Indian Railways and the passengers.

  • Every PNR number has a specific status attached to it. It can be Waitlist, RAC or a confirm ticket with a berth number. Usually, the train chart is prepared four hours before the scheduled departure of train. A passenger can check his/her PNR status to know the exact travel details. PNR allows the Railways (and us) to track the name of the passenger, train number, time of booking and ticketing time limit, train number, seat number and among other vital details. With the help of such information, RailMitra makes your journey less stressful!

  • We know that every PNR number has a status with it. It might be RAC, Waitlist, or Confirm (CNF). Confirmation probability is simply defined as the chances (probability) of getting a ticket confirmed. These’re expressed in percentages like 50%, 70%, 100% etc. If the result is above 80% after PNR inquiry there’re high chances of getting your tickets confirmed. It’s a scientific prediction. The confirmation probability operates on various factors like:

    • Current trends of the train
    • Rate of ticket bookings
    • Seasonality Concerns
    • Quota Adjustment systems
    • Choice of Trains: They are classified as the first choice train, second choice train and third choice train depending on the preference of the passengers and ticket availability.

    By combining these factors, the confirmation probability ends with a specific value and colour code. The higher the probability value it will be represented by Green colour followed by Yellow and red colour. Eg. If your status at the time of booking a ticket is W/L 10 GNWL and current status shows W/L 1 GNWL, this means there’re 90% chances of confirmation.

  • PNR inquiry can be done via three methods:

    • Check Current Reservation status via SMS Service:
      Send SMS to 139 in the following format: (PNR Space <PNR Number> and send it to 139) or (PNR Space <PNR Number> and send it to 5676747)
    • Check Current Reservation via RailMitra App:
      Download RailMitra app on your android smartphone and get real-time updates about your PNR Status Inquiry. Along with the current status, it also displays the platform number, coach number, coach position, berth number and more. Just enter your PNR number and check the status.
    • Check via RailMitra’s Official website:
      Passengers can check their PNR status online by visiting RailMitra’s official website. Just enter the 10 digit PNR number and get the live update on your screen.

     

  • There’re several status codes displayed on the screen while checking PNR status online. Some of the codes are:

    GNWL (General Waiting List): Confirmation probability is higher in this status.
    CKWL (Tatkal Waiting List): Tatkal waiting list is preferred after the general waiting list is exhausted.
    RLWL (Remote Location Waiting List)
    RQWL (Request Waiting List)
    PQWL (Pooled Quota Waiting List)
    RLGN (Remote Location General Waiting List)
    RSWL (Roadside station waiting list)
    CNF: Confirm
    RAC: Reservation Against Cancelation

  • The first three digits represent the PRS (Passenger Reservation System) from where the ticket is booked. Eg. If your PNR number starts with 2 or 3, it means the ticket is issued by New Delhi PRS or if it starts from 6, 7 then it is Eastern Central Railway (ECR) or KolKata PRS.

  • They don’t have any specific meaning. It is generated by the software on a random basis.

  • No! PNR number is only valid from the date it is generated till the journey ends. However, the PNR number is stored for nine months in the database of Indian Railways (CRIS). 

  • Tickets of six passengers can be booked in a single PNR, which means a maximum of 6 passengers can be accommodated in a single PNR number while booking tickets.

  • Yes! One can easily order food of their choice by entering the PNR number in RailMitra’s app for food ordering and select the options among variety and order them in a few simple steps. You will get your food delivered on your seat.  

  • No! PNR number is always allotted on reserved tickets. It is allotted for classes like 1AC, 2AC, FC (First Class), 3AC; CC (Chair Car), SL (Sleeper Class) and 2S (second seating).

  • If you check the PNR status after your journey ends, the status visible will be “Flushed PNR” or “PNR is Flushed” which means the PNR number is no more active neither it can be reused.

  • There’s a separate cell for PNR number which is located above the transaction ID cell. The first cell on the e-ticket carries the PNR Number for the journey.  

  • No! As the ticket is canceled, the validity of PNR ends. This means the PNR number is no more active for any train journey. 

  • Whenever any passenger inquires his PNR status online, it displays the departure-arrival timings, coach/seat number, fare details, ticket status and the expected platform number from which the train will depart.

  • The Code “WEBCAN” means “Railway Counter Ticket Passenger canceled through internet and Refund not collected” and “WEBCANRF” refer to “Railway Counter Ticket Passenger canceled through internet and Refund collected”.