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Check IRCTC PNR Status and Waitlist PNR Prediction

You can quickly check the IRCTC PNR status of your train tickets on RailRestro using your PNR number printed on the top left corner of your ticket. Simply enter the 10-digit PNR number above and click “CHECK PNR STATUS” button.

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Passenger Name Record abbreviated as PNR is a 10-digit number generated by the Indian Railways which contains complete travel details of the passenger like train name and number, coach/berth number, source station, destination station, total distance in kilometres and fare details. It also states that whether the ticket is under confirm, RAC or in waiting status.

PNR Current Status Enquiry through RailRestro

RailRestro mobile app has integrated the PNR status enquiry service for the travellers to stay updated by checking their IRCTC PNR status online.

To check your PNR status, you simply need to enter your 10 digit PNR number in the search box above and click on “CHECK PNR STATUS” button. 

RailRestro App displays the live PNR status prediction on your mobile phone and gives you the most accurate information about the PNR status of your ticket.

What Does PNR Number Include?

The PNR number is printed on the top-left corner of the railway ticket. If we take a virtual tour to the ticketing elements, PNR number is the primary factor deciding the status of the journey. Your effort to PNR live check on mobile will specify the below-mentioned details.

  • Coach and Seat Information: Checking 10-digit PNR status will immediately confirm the seat number and coach number along with the coach position.  If the ticket is in RAC status or Waitlist, there will be no seat or coach number because of the extreme rush in the train.      
  • RAC/ Waitlisted Details: When the passenger enters his PNR details for enquiry, and if the status is not confirmed, it will display the information of either RAC (Reservation against Cancelation) or Waitlist.
  • Ticket Upgradation Details:  There’re probabilities when tickets get upgraded. In case of ticket upgradation, the PNR number remains the same. Still, the seating arrangement is upgraded to next travelling class, e.g., if the seating is in sleeper class and the ticket gets upgraded, the passenger will be accommodated in the Third AC class.      
  • Berth Number and Details:  It reveals the exact seat number and coach numbers like S1 43, A3 24, and HA1 20 etc. The code S1 means sleeper coach number 1 and berth number 43.
  • Source and Destination Station: It is the boarding station from where the passenger has to board the train, and the destination station is the last station of the journey.
  • Journey Duration: Total time of the journey.
  • Fare Details: The total fare of ticket booked.
  • Passengers’ Details: Name, age and gender of the passenger.

How to Check PNR Status

You can check your train PNR status in five ways:

  1. Check PNR Status online through the website
  2. Mobile app
  3. Railway enquiry counters
  4. Reservation Charts
  5. Charts that are pasted beside the coach entrance.

PNR Status Enquiry through Website

  1. Open
  2. Navigate to “PNR Status”
  3. Enter your PNR Number
  4. Click on “CHECK PNR STATUS” button

Check PNR Status through Mobile App

  1. To check PNR status through a mobile app, download RailRestro App on your phone
  2. Open the app and click on “PNR Status” option
  3. Enter your PNR number
  4. Click on on “CHECK PNR STATUS” button

How to Check PNR Status through SMS:

  1. Message your 10-digit PNR number in your phone, in the format PNR <10-digit PNR Number>, i.e., for a PNR number enquiry of 2345678901, type PNR 2345678901
  2. Send it to the toll-free railway enquiry number of 139

Where is PNR number printed on the Ticket?

  • For Tickets booked via NGET or PRS reservation counters:  PNR is printed on the upper left-hand side of the ticket. This 10-digit number is used to check PNR status.
  • For E-Tickets: When you reserve your railway ticket through IRCTC official website, then PNR number allocated is sent through SMS on the registered mobile number and e-mail ID  provided at the time of ticket reservation process. When you print your ticket, then the PNR is printed on the upper left-hand side in a specific column just above the transaction ID.

PNR & Train Charting

Train charting is usually prepared four hours before the scheduled departure of the train. As the passenger books a rail ticket, the PNR number is recorded in the database along with its status. This number is stored and used for chart preparation for the date of journey. The total PNR’s for a particular train is clubbed, and a chart is prepared for the coaches. This chart has passengers’ list along with their details. The tickets in waitlist and RAC are not included in the list.

How are PNR Status and Train Charting interrelated?

PNR number is inter-related to chart preparation rules because it plays a vital role during the final chart preparation of the train. This chart is pasted on the external wall of the train with details of PNR number, passenger’s name, age and gender, train number, coach number and seat berth number.

Final Chart Preparation

Final chart preparation of train signifies the last step of allotting seats to the concerned passenger. It is prepared to finalise the booking status. Lucky are those who come under this list as the rush in Indian Railways ticket booking system pushes the booking status to waitlist and RAC status. In this digital era, the train chart is still trending in Indian Railways which passengers’ prefer to view for confirmation.

PNR Status on the Final Chart

It is pasted on the doorway of the train and usually prepared before 4 hours of departure of the train. All confirmed seats are allotted to the travellers according to their booking status. Passengers can also check the PNR status online via RailRestro mobile app.

Features of RailRestro PNR Status

  • Check PNR live status update
  • Get PNR status prediction with chances of the prediction
  • Coach position and seat number
  • Passenger details
  • Journey details

Importance of PNR Status

When the ticket is booked online or via PRS counter, PNR holds great importance to board the train as it is the identity of passenger’s ticket booking. Seats are allotted to the passenger only when their PNR is confirmed as per the rule of confirmation. PNR holds significant importance during the chart preparation. The PNR conveys about the name of the travellers, their age, and gender. It is the base of ticket booking and berth allotment.

How PNR Works?

PNR number is automatically generated by the Railways in which the first three digits define the zonal railways, and the rest seven figures are automatically generated on a random basis.

The starting digit of the PNR number is based on the Zone of the origin station of the train. The following numbers indicate the given respective zones:

  • 1 – Secunderabad PRS (SCR) Zone
  • 2, 3 – New Delhi PRS (NR, NCR, NWR, NER) Zones
  • 4, 5 – Chennai PRS (SR, SWR, SCR) Zones
  • 6, 7 – Kolkata PRS (NFR, ECR, ER, EcoR SER, SECR) Zones
  • 8, 9 – Mumbai PRS (CR, WCR, WR) Zones

IRCTC PNR Status Abbreviations

  • CNF – Confirmed Ticket. The coach and seat number appear after the chart preparation.
  • RAC – Reservation Against Cancellation. It means that you may board the train and expect a half-berth, but the ticket is not confirmed. You can get a reservation in case someone cancels their ticket.
  • CAN – Ticket Cancelled
  • WL – Waiting List. It refers that your ticket is lined up in the waiting list. If the status does not change in the final reservation chart, then you should not board the train.
  • GNWL – General Waiting List. It has the highest chance of confirmation.
  • TQWL – Tatkal Waitlist. When a Tatkal ticket is cancelled, a Tatkal Waitlist ticket is moved to TQWL instead of RAC.
  • PQWL – Pooled Quota Waiting List. When a passenger is allotted PQWL, it means that the passenger is travelling from the origin station to a station short of the terminating station, or between two intermediate stations, or from an intermediate station to the terminating station of the train. Small stations share this list.
  • RLWL – Remote Location Waiting List. When a ticket is booked for two primary stations between the origin and terminating stations, it falls under RLWL. It has its chart prepared and gets a separate priority. However, there is less chance of confirmation.
  • RLGN Remote Location General Waiting List. It is issued when a passenger books a ticket where the waiting list is RLWL (Remote Location Waiting List) quota.  After booking the ticket, the status gets changed to RLGN.
  • RQWL – Request Waiting List. It is issued when the ticket is booked for travelling between intermediate stations, and the quota does not come under general quota, pooled quota or remote location waiting list quota.
  • RSWL – Roadside Station Waiting List. It is issued when the ticket is booked from the originating station to a road-side station.
  • NOSB – No Seat Berth. It is issued for children travelling below 12 years of age who are not allotted a seat, but a child fare is charged in the ticket.
  • REL – Released. The ticket has not been cancelled, but alternate accommodation has been provided.
  • WEBCAN – When a railway counter ticket has been cancelled by a passenger through the internet and is awaiting a refund.
  • WEBCANRF – When a railway counter ticket that has been cancelled by a passenger over internet and refund has been released.
  • NR – No Room. It is issued when no more booking is allowed for the train journey.
  • REGRET – No more ticket booking is permitted for the train journey.

Till When Are PNR Numbers Valid?

When the train completes its journey and reaches to its destination, the PNR gets cancelled. It is valid for a one-time journey. When you book the ticket for the next journey, you will be allotted with a different PNR, and the chart will be prepared with that particular PNR number.

Waiting List and RAC

Suppose there are 100 seats to be booked on train, and 150 people have booked the ticket. Only 100 people would be allotted with confirmed seats, rest 50 passengers’ ticket will fall under the waiting list; it means there’s a probability of confirmation depending on many factors. If a passenger doesn’t board the train and cancels his/her ticket, this cancelled seat is allotted to other passengers in the waitlist. Sometimes, it happens when the ticket falls in the list of RAC, which means side lower berth is allotted to two passengers on a seating arrangement.

PNR for Group Booking

While booking a ticket, every passenger is allotted with a unique PNR number. In the case of a group booking, the PNR will be the same for the entire group. A maximum of 6 tickets can be booked on each PNR.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the Abbreviation of PNR number?
PNR full form is “Passengers’ Name Record.”

What does PNR status reveal?
PNR number reveals the ticket booking status. It can show the exact status like a waiting list, or RAC with respective numbers.

How many tickets can be booked in a single PNR?
In general quota, a passenger can book a maximum of 6 tickets and 4 tickets in Tatkal quota. However, Aadhaar verified passenger can book a maximum of 12 tickets monthly.

Is there any bulk booking provision by IRCTC on PNR basis?
No! There’s no provision for bulk booking from the internet on the official website of IRCTC.

Can PNR number be checked on the Kiosk machines?
Yes! On many stations, there’s a Kiosk machine installed for inquiry purposes.  Any passenger can enter their 10-digit PNR number and check it easily.

What is PNR confirmation Probability?
It is an online feature which shows the chances of getting the ticket confirmed if booked in waitlist or RAC. It is expressed in percentages and colour codes. If the percentage results in less than 50%, it means there’s no chance of confirmation; if the value lies between 51% to 80%, it means, there’re minimum chances of getting confirmed, and if the percentage value is above 81%, it means, there’re 100% chances of confirmation.

Is PNR valid for during and after the journey?
Yes! The PNR number is valid from the date of issue until the journey ends. It is not valid after the journey ends. However, the Indian Railways stores it for nine months after which it is flushed.

Is PNR valid after the cancellation of journey tickets?
No! PNR is invalid after the cancellation of tickets. Once the ticket is cancelled from PRS counter or via online mode, the PNR number is non-functional.

Do unreserved tickets have PNR number?
No! Unreserved tickets don’t have a PNR number. They can also be booked through UTS application under the digital initiative of Indian Railways.

What should I do if I have lost my PNR number?
To retrieve your lost PNR number, you can follow these steps:

  1. Tickets booked online: In case of train tickets booked online, go to “Booked History” option on the IRCTC website to retrieve your ticket and PNR number.
  2. Tickets booked through PRS counters: If you’ve booked tickets through railway reservation counters and have lost the physical ticket copy, then you can visit your nearest railway enquiry counter with the computerised reservation system. You can provide your ID proof to the Chief Reservation Supervisor and get a duplicate ticket issued if your PNR status has been confirmed.

Can we use the PNR number for ordering food in trains?
Yes! Any passenger can use their PNR number to order food in trains of their choice. IRCTC and its catering partners serve the best food in trains in a few simple steps. One can download RailRestro app and order food for the train journey.

Indian Railways has facilitated us with many services and checking PNR status prediction online is one of them which has reduced rush on inquiry counters. Digitisation has changed the ways of planning train travel.