How To Check PNR Status

What is PNR status?
check pnr status

The full form of PNR is Passenger Name Record, which is an individual 10 digit number used to identify a train’s passenger. A PNR is a 10-digit number which is issued with every train ticket that is booked across India

It’s like a travel record in the Indian Railways computer reservation system (IR-CRS) that will contain the details of the passenger’s journey, such as the date and time of departure.

How to check PNR status online? 

Easy And Fast checking with Paytm

Enter the 10 digit PNR number in the text box given in paytm pnr check box to check your current reservation status and press the ‘Check PNR Status‘ button. In the text box, do not insert hyphen (-), as this is not necessary.

To verify PNR status, you must follow these steps.

  1. Find 10-digit PNR number on top left corner of your IRCTC train ticket.
  2. Enter the PNR No. of your ticket in the box above and click “Check PNR Status“.
  3. Your PNR status will be shown with train ticket information.
PNR Status Inquiry Through Online Live Websites

This is an official portal designed by CRIS (Centre for Railway Information Systems) which was estabilished by the India’s Ministry of Railways in 1986. It develops and manages most of the important information system of the Indian Railways.

IRCTC (Indіаn Rаіlwау Cаtеrіng аnd Tоurіѕm Cоrроrаtіоn) handles thе саtеrіng, tourism and оnlіnе tісkеtіng ореrаtіоnѕ. If you hаvе bооkеd tickets frоm thеіr wеbѕіtе you саn lоgіn to IRCTC website and go tо Bооkеd Tісkеt History > E-Tickets > Get PNR Stаtuѕ.

How to check PNR status via SMS?

To check the status of PNR No. by SMS at 139

139 SMS service wаѕ initially lаunсhеd by IRCTC. In оrdеr tо gеt PNR status on mobile thrоugh SMS, one nееd to send fоllоwіng mеѕѕаgе оn 139.

PNR <your PNR number>
Example: PNR 5722551144

  • Type “PNR (10-digit PNR Number)” and send it to 139.
  • Type “PNR (10-digit PNR Number)” and send it to 5676747.

*Standard SMS charges would be applied.
Available on: Aircel, Airtel, BSNL, iDEA, LOOP, MTNL, MTS, Reliance, TATA, Telenor, Vodafone and all major telecom networks supported.

You may also download the IRCTC Rail Connect android app available on Google Play for seamless access to Bookings, Cancellation, Refuund History, TDR Filing, Meal Booking.

How do you predict the chances of confirmation for a waiting ticket?

Whіlе рurсhаѕіng a tісkеt оn thе Indіаn Railway Network, thе рrоbаbіlіtу оf hаvіng a ticket thаt has bееn “wаіtеd fоr” іѕ hіgh. If аll RAC seat tісkеtѕ hаvе bееn sold thеn passengers will be provided with a wаіtіng lіѕt tісkеt.

If you are on thе wаіtіng lіѕt, уоur chances of bеіng соnfіrmеd are bаѕеd оn the dесіѕіоnѕ оf thоѕе ahead of you оn thе list. Othеr раѕѕеngеrѕ’ tісkеt саnсеllаtіоnѕ wіll іnсrеаѕе уоur сhаnсеѕ оf getting соnfіrmеd tickets.

What are the different types of Indian Railways Tickets?

E-Tickets: Electronic Tickets (E-Tісkеtѕ) аrе tісkеtѕ that уоu will receive when you bооk online. Yоu can either dіѕрlау іt vіа уоur mоbіlе рhоnе to thе Tісkеt Chесkеr (TC) or print a рhуѕісаl сору before boarding thе trаіn.

i-Tickets: Thеѕе are thе tickets уоu get whеn уоu bооk directly frоm thе bооkіng соuntеr. You саn аlѕо bооk and gеt thе ѕаmе tісkеt delivered tо уоur dооrѕtер frоm thе IRCTC website.

Cоnѕіdеrіng thе fact that IRCTC hаndlеd over 500k dаіlу bооkіngѕ, іt іѕ vеrу unlіkеlу tо gеt a confirmation for a wаіtіng lіѕt tісkеt.

How do I contact the IRCTC?

IRCTC Customer care0755-6610661, 0755-4090600.

If the ticket has been booked by IRCTC:

I-tickets/e-tickets: [email protected] 
For E-tickets cancellation: [email protected].
You can also get in touch with Indian Railways on Twitter @RailwaySeva

Some common abbreviations used by Indian Railways

PNRPassenger Name Record
WLWaiting List
CNF / ConfirmedConfirmed (Coach/Berth number)
RACReservation Against Cancellation
SLSleeper Class
3AAC 3 Tier
3EAC 3 Tier Economy
2SSecond Sitting
FCFirst Class
2AAC 2-Tier Sleeper
1AFirst Class AC
GNGeneral Quota
DFDefence Quota
TQWLTatkal Quota Waitlist
LDLadies Quota
HPPhysically Handicapped Quota
Waitlist Ticket Types & Their Confirmation Priority

Based on some predefined rules, when a ticket is not confirmed, the railway allocates different types of waitlist quota to tickets.

GNWL (General Waiting List): Validation of the GNWL ticket is of the highest priority. If you start your journey from a station near the source train station and end your journey at a station close to the destination train station, you can get a GNWL quota.

CKWL (Tatkal Waiting List): If you book your ticket under a tatkal limit, you will be given CKWL status when tickets are unreserved. Please note that first GNWL and then CKWL tickets will be confirmed. Therefore, there is a high degree of probability that a CKWL ticket will not be confirmed.

Apart from these two popular waiting list quotas in long distance trains, Indian Railways has also defined some other waiting list quotas in short distance trains like:

  • RLWL (Remote Location Waiting List),
  • RQWL (Request Waiting List),
  • PQWL (Pooled Quota Waiting List),
  • RLGN (Remote Location General Waiting List)
  • RSWL (Short Distance Sleeping Quota)
  • (Roadside Station Waiting List).

For most types of waitlist tickets, the chances of a confirmed seat is very low.

Types of trains in India

Metro Trains: These trains offer a wide range of amenities including advanced technology. It operates in only a few Indian metros: Mumbai, Delhi, and Kolkata. These metro trains are in demand and the government has also planned to expand in other metro cities. Since one cannot reserve a seat on these trains, Metro Rail tickets do not produce a unique PNR number. They are moderately fast and typically arrives on time.

Passenger Trains: Passenger trains can also be further classified as slow and fast passenger trains. Slow passenger trains have a stop between their route at every single station. They run between important tiny distant cities. Tickets are not reserved and thus the generation of a specific pnr number for tickets is not done.

Suburban locals: they just run in a few major Indian cities like Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai. These are also examples of trains for which it is not possible to reserve a seat and therefore it is not possible to obtain pnr status for tickets. These are divided further into slow locals and fast locals. Slow trains stops at every stop while fast ones stops only at the most important stations.

Shatabdi and Janshatabdi Express Trains: These are high speed trains primarily used to connect major cities with minor stations across India. They don’t have coaches for sleepers. They just have seats for sitting. The major difference between Shatabdi and Janshatabdi is that both AC and non-AC are available on Janshatabdi while Shatabdi is fully air-conditioned. The seats can be reserved and the pnr status can be checked.

Express & Super-fast Express: these trains are comparatively faster than the ones described above. They run long distances and on these trains you can book a reservation ticket. As seats are booked, the booking system produces a specific 10-digit pnr number for each ticket to identify the traveller. The PNR Status Checking Service is widely available for train tickets that are not reserved.

Rajdhani Express: these trains are fully air-conditioned and connect major Indian cities. High-priority trains generally run on time, but sometimes can run late. They’ve got very few stops between their routes. On these trains, seat reservation facilities are available. One can check the status of Rajdhani Express pnr on this website.

Duranto Express: these are the source to the destination of the train service recently started by the Indian Railway. These trains do not stop at any station on their way from source to destination.

Garib Rath: These trains have AC three-tier coaches and they are quite far cheaper compared to other air-conditioned trains. One can check Train PNR status

 Information About  IRCTC

The IRCTC is a subsidiary of the Indian Railways, responsible for catering and tourism activities. It is India’s largest online ecommerce platform which facilitates over 7 million ticket reservations daily and has pioneered the ticket booking experience with arrangements such as Tatkal and Rolling Deposit Scheme (RDS).

It introduced standardised, sanitary, and cooked food products for passengers, which thus improved the experience of train travel. 

It deals with much of Indian tourism for domestic and international visitors. The “Bharat Darshan” budget package is among the common tourism plans and the packages for luxury, including the “Buddhist Circuit Train” and the “Maharajas’s Express”.

In August 2019, IRCTC launched their iMudra mobile application, which is said to be a seamless mobile platform to book and manage railway tickets.