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IRCTC Train PNR Status Enquiry – Know About PNR status?

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If you have ever ridden the trains in India before, you have likely heard of queues.  They used to be very long, however, PNR is changing all of that.  You may be thinking to yourself, “PNR is helpful, but how exactly will it help me?  Well, read on to learn about PNR status and much more!

What is PNR status

“India has a huge population of more than 1.3 billion.  That is a confirmed fact.  This probably affects train services in some way!”  Well, you are right, India’s large population and the limited but growing number of trains and train services mean that getting a seat on a particular train is not a guarantee.

The Indian government has come up with the PNR and PNR status in the attempt to resolve this issue.  This status will inform you if you have a guaranteed seat on a particular train.

Link to check PNR Status: http://www.indianrail.gov.in/enquiry/PNR/PnrEnquiry.html?locale=en

More about PNR status

PNR is an acronym for Passenger Name Record.  This is a unique ten-digit number that appears on your train ticket.  It guarantees you a reservation on the named train.

The good news is that you will receive a PNR immediately after you make a reservation on one of India’s many public and private trains.  Note that you will have to reserve your ticket through the Indian Reservation System to receive a PNR.

What is a PNR

The Passenger Name Record is a detailed train ticket.  It carries important information about your train reservation. This includes your name and the names of anyone traveling with you and other vital personal information.

The PNR also includes details about your train travels including departure and destination places, the date of the train ride, and the status of the ticket.

You will also find the type of train you are traveling on, the train and berth numbers, and the type of the berth.  These are just some of the vital details you will find on your printed PNR reservation.

Different types of PNR status exist?

“It would make sense that different types of PNR statuses exist because India has many different operating trains!  Please tell me more about PNR types?”  Sure, read the following to learn more about the different types of PNR statuses.

  • CNF – PNR status – this tells you that your ticket is confirmed and that the seat number listed on the PNR reservation is reserved exclusively for you. The same is true for others traveling with you with this status.
  • WL – PNR status – it means you are on the waiting list. You can board the train only if there is a cancellation or no-show.
  • RAC – PNR status – this is an acronym for Reservation Against Cancellation. If you have a PNR reservation with this status, you are guaranteed travel on the train but may not necessarily be assigned a berth or a seat.  Note that you can always be assigned a berth in the event that passengers with a CNF-PNR status either cancel their reservations or are no-shows.
  • CAN Status – if you have this reservation status, the railway lines has effectively canceled your ticket. You will not be able to board that train.
  • GNWL Status – this is short for General Waiting List. you can board that particular train only if other passengers with CNF PNR status reservations cancel.
  • TQWL Status – This is an acronym for Taktal Waitlist. It indicates that you have booked your train ticket on Taktal and it indicates if you are on a waiting list.
  • PQWL Status – This is an acronym for Pooled Quota Waiting List. it is designed for passengers who switch trains before arriving at their final destination.
  • NOSB Status – this is an acronym for No Seat Berth. It is designated for kids under the age of 12.  These passengers will not be assigned a seat.
  • RLWL Status – it is an acronym for remote location waitlist. It is for passengers who travel to remote intermediary rail stations.

The following statuses will indicate to you if the seat you are reserving is available when you are making your online train reservation:

  • Available 01
  • RAC 01
  • WL 01

What else you should know about PNR status

You can book a PNR for up to six passengers at a time.  You will receive a printed PNR status reservation if you reserve your ticket at a physical counter.

The 10 digits unique number will appear at the top left-hand corner of your ticket.  You will receive an email or SMS message of your PNR status if you reserve your ticket online.  You can check your PNR status at a number of websites like Rail Yatri and GoIbobo.

Some interesting information about the PNR number

The PNR is a 10 digit unique number with important information coded in it:

  • PNR numbers beginning with a 1 are issued from the Secunderabad zone (abbreviation SCR zone.)
  • PNR numbers beginning with a 2 or a 3 are issued from Delhi-NCR (NC, NCR, NER, or NWR) zones.
  • PNR numbers beginning with a 4 or a 5 are issued from stations in Chennai. Examples are SR, SWR, or SCR zones.
  • PNR numbers beginning with a 6 or a 7 are issued from Kolkata. Examples are NFR, ECR, ER, ECoR, SER, or SECR zones.
  • PNR numbers beginning with an 8 or a 9 are issued from Mumbai. Examples are CR, WCR, or WR zones.

You will probably be receiving a waitlisted PNR status because trains in India are very limited in relation to the large numbers of people wanting to board and travel.

Constantly checking your PNR status on websites or in train stations is therefore highly advised because you never know when your status will change from the waitlist to confirmed.

Your PNR number will be stored on in databases at the Center of Railway Information Systems (CRIS) for up to nine months after you book your initial ticket.

However, your PNR number will not be valid after your train ride ends.  You will have to create a new PNR number if you want to ride another train.

Do you know the exact details your PNR number will contain

Your ten-digit PNR number tells you everything you and the train conductor need to know about your reservation, ticket, and your right to ride that particular train.  Some of this information includes:

  • Your current PNR status. It will read CNF if your seat on a particular train is confirmed, WL if your seat is waitlisted, and RAC if your ticket has a reservation against cancelation.
  • Your PNR status will list the cost of the ticket, the payment mode, and the transaction ID.
  • The PNR indicates the train name and number
  • It indicates the boarding station name, number, the date on which you are riding the train, and the number and name of the destination station.
  • The number indicates the seat class you are traveling on. You’ll also learn about the location of your destination station, among other vital details.  Your status will indicate the seat and coach number only if your status is CNF-PNR
  • It mentions boarding and destination times.

Zones your PNR number can be issued from

The Indian Railways has train stations in many locations.  These are:

  • NR – Northern stations which include Delhi, Ambala, Firozpur, Lucknow, NR, Moradabad, etc…
  • NER – NorthEastern Railway stations. These include Izzatnagar, Varanasi, NER, Lucknow
  • NFR – Northeast Frontier Railways. These include Alipurdar, Katihar, Rangiya, Lumding, Tinsukia
  • ER – Eastern Railways. These include Howrah, Sealdah, Asansol, Malda
  • SER – South Eastern Railways. These include Adra, Chakradharpur, Kharagpur, Ranchi
  • SCR – South Central Railways. These include Secunderabad, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Guntakal, Guntur, Nanded.
  • SR – Southern Railways. These include Chennai, Tiruchirappalli, Madurai, Palakkad, Salem, Thiruvananthapuram
  • CR – Central Railways. These include Mumbai, Bhusawal, Pune, Solapur, Nagpur
  • WR – Western Railways. These include Mumbai, WR, Ratlam, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Bhavnagar, Vadodara
  • SWR – South Western Railways. These include Hubbali, Bengaluru, Mysore
  • NWR – North Western Railways. These include Jaipur, Ajmer, Bikaner, Jodhpur
  • WCR – West Central Railways. These include Jabalpur, Kota, Bhopal
  • NCR – North Central Railways. These include Allahabad, Agra, Jhansi
  • SECR – South East Central Railways. These include Bilaspur, Raipur, Nagpur, SEC
  • ECoR – East Coast Railways. These include Khurda Road, Sambalpur, Waltair
  • ECR – East Central Railways. These include Danapur, Dhanbad, Mughalsara, Samastipur, Sonpur

You can book a ticket on a train that runs through stations in any of these cities and regions.

Some other things you should know about the PNR status

Most people make purchases online through their mobile devices.  If you are one of these people, you can check your PNR status online on a number of websites.  The best part is that these checks are completely free.  You can also send an SMS to a particular number listed on the website you are checking on.  You’ll receive a status update from there.

You may have purchased a waitlisted reservation. If this was the case, you were not given a seat number.  If your reservation opens up because of a cancellation or no show, you can expect to be assigned a seat when seats on trains are assigned.  The managers and conductors will assign seats four hours before boarding time.

If you have a PNR status of RAC 15 minutes before boarding time, you can expect to share a berth with other travelers.  You may be given a seat by the ticket inspector if any free seats are available, so there is an exception.  You can also cancel an RAC status ticket but it has to be at least half an hour before the expected boarding time.

You can change the station of a previously reserved ticket up to 24 hours before boarding time.  The station you are changing must be located within the departure and destination stations.

PNR statuses are not confusing

Now that you have some information about PNR statuses, you can see that understanding it and booking tickets on the Indian Railways is not rocket science.  Now, you can easily book as many train tickets as you want to!

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