PNR Status


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What is PNR status?

PNR imply passenger name record its 10 Digit Unique Amount generated if a passenger book a train ticket via Online or Offline.

It's database listing of passenger traveling on Indian Railways. Typically store in Indian Railways computer reservation system (IR-CRS), therefore with this number, we can check reservation status.

You can find Image of E-ticket of Indian Railways under:

How to Check Booking Status?

Enter Your PNR on above Text Box and click on Go Button. PNR Status report will display on next page.

Other ways to check

What if no Internet connection? You can still check PNR Status with your mobile or landline

  • Just Dial 139 and follow the instructions.
  • Via SMS: SMS PNR <10 Digit PNR Number> to 139 Example: PNR 1234567890
  • Mobile App: Search on Google Play Store/ Apple Store
  • Go to IRCTC Website
  • Enter your IRCTC Account username and password with Captcha Code and Sign in
  • Mouse hover to enquiries tab
  • Click on check PNR Status
  • Enter PNR Number
  • Click Get Status



Checking your PNR status is easy. Tickets can be booked both offline at Passenger Reservation System (PRS), the PNR status is present on the upper left-hand side of the printed ticket. You need to input this PNR number to enquire about PNR status.

How to book Indian Railway ticket?

You can Book train tickets through

Types of Indian Railway Tickets

There are three various kinds of tickets available on Indian Railway

  • PRS Ticket: (Passenger Reservation System Counter Tickets): rectangle shaped card ticket that you book at ticket counter
  • I-Ticket: This ticket can book via Online. However, it's couriered to your location (in India Only)
  • E-Ticket: Digital ticket that you book online on IRCTC and also various other ticket-booking sites

Waiting List and RAC

If the passenger status is marked as WL followed by a number, then the passenger has a waiting list status. Once all available seats on a train are sold, the Indian railway give 1st preference to RACs for railway reservations. When all of the RAC seats are sold, the Indian railway gives 2nd preference to waiting list. The status of the tickets might vary based on a variety of reasons. In case, ticket cancellations by other passengers before preparing a chart then this increases your chances if you have an RAC or Waiting List ticket. RAC/WL ticket holders are also likely to get available seats in different quotas in case if they remain unused.

Indian Railway Tickets are sold in the following order:

  • Available 02
  • Available 01
  • RAC 01
  • RAC 02
  • RAC 02
  • RAC 03
  • RAC 04
  • WL 01
  • WL 02

and so on…


There are two numbers mentioned on your ticket. Here is an example: When you book a train ticket online or offline (Counter Ticket), you find the train number and class – 1 A, 2A, 3A etc mentioned on the e-ticket & i-ticket along with the seat/berth that you want along with the date and time.

This is how the status of your reservation status could look like – in that order:

• WL 5/WL 2 • WL 5/WL 1 • WL 5/RAC 3 • WL 5/RAC 2 • WL 5/RAC 1 • WL 5/CNF

PNR status and seat availability.

Below are the breakout explains how a ticket status plays a key role in train journeys:

RAC - In RAC (Reservation Against Cancellation), the passenger is allowed to travel where two passengers share the same berth. In case, if confirmed passenger does not board the train after preparing a chart or till next station, a full berth is allotted to the passenger with RAC ticket.

CNF - The passenger seat has been confirmed (CNF) and the seat will be allotted after preparing a chart.

CAN – This explains that the passenger seat has been cancelled successfully.

WL - The passenger with Waitlist (WL) ticket is in the waiting list then you are not allowed to get a berth. In case of Shatabdi, Rajdhani & Garib Rath Express (online & offline bookings) the tickets will automatically cancel by Indian Railways.

GNWL - A General Waitlist ticket (GNWL) which gets confirmed after the passengers cancel their confirmed bookings where you are allowed to journey in a General Coach only.

TQWL - TQWL stands for Tatkal Waitlist. When a passenger does a tatkal booking and is put on the wait list, the status is shown as TQWL. This ticket is least likely to get confirmed.

PQWL - Under Pooled Quota Waitlist, passengers traveling between intermediate stations and have a separate waitlist from the general waitlist.

RLWL - Remote Location Waiting List (RLWL) means ticket is issued for intermediate stations (between the originating and terminating stations) because usually these are the most important towns or cities on that particular route.

RSWL - A station specific waitlist is called a Road-Side Waitlist.

NR - NR means ‘No Room’ and no further bookings are allowed.

NOSB - NOSB is acronym for No Seat Berth. Children below 12 years of age pay child fare and are not allotted seats. Their PNR status shows NOSB – No Seat Berth.

REL - REL stands for Released.

WEBCAN - It’s a Railway Counter Ticket. When a passenger has been cancelled over internet and the refund has been collected.

WEBCANRF - It’s a Railway Counter Ticket. When a passenger has been cancelled over internet and the refund has been collected.

Till how many days can Indian Railways keep its PNR status in its database?

Normally, the digits of Passenger name record or PNR details become meaningless after the completion of the journey. The PNR details may not be available to the public once the journey gets completed for privacy and security concerns of passengers. However, PNR number lasts minimum 9 month. This is because the TDR filed can take maximum of 9 months. Then, It’s finally removed from the database.


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