How To Check PNR Status

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

What is 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? 

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 “Get 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 (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation) handles the catering, tourism and online ticketing operations. If you have booked tickets from their website you can login to IRCTC website and go to Booked Ticket History > E-Tickets > Get PNR Status.

How to check PNR status via SMS?

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

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>
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?

While purchasing a ticket on the Indian Railway Network, the probability of having a ticket that has been “waited for” is high. If all RAC seat tickets have been sold then passengers will be provided with a waiting list ticket.

If you are on the waiting list, your chances of being confirmed are based on the decisions of those ahead of you on the list. Other passengers’ ticket cancellations will increase your chances of getting confirmed tickets.

What are the different types of Indian Railways Tickets?

E-Tickets: Electronic Tickets (E-Tickets) are tickets that you will receive when you book online. You can either display it via your mobile phone to the Ticket Checker (TC) or print a physical copy before boarding the train.

i-Tickets: These are the tickets you get when you book directly from the booking counter. You can also book and get the same ticket delivered to your doorstep from the IRCTC website.

Considering the fact that IRCTC handled over 500k daily bookings, it is very unlikely to get a confirmation for a waiting list ticket.

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.