Here you can check your PNR status in 5 seconds. PNR status enquiry service is available from 12:30am to 11:30pm in India, so you will not be able to check the status during midnight in India. If you are not happy with our service and want to use Official Website for checking your status, kindly follow this link: http://www.indianrail.gov.in/pnr_Enq.html. We have listed some useful links at the bottom of this page.
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New railway travelers might find it difficult to understand the railway ticketing terminology and the reservation status codes issued to them; even internet users sometimes wonder what these codes are. We have just given a try to boost your railway knowledge.
The abbreviation PNR stands for passenger name record, which means a unique identification number given to a particular itinerary, be it a train journey or a flight journey. In case of trains, it is a 10-digit number, printed on the ticket and in case of flights the number used may be alpha-numeric, which is always a unique number. See definition at wiki.
It is not always possible to book confirmed tickets. Sometime, you may find it lazy to reserve your berth much before the date of travel. In such cases, you might be issued a wait-listed ticket. That means, your PNR number will be placed in a queue and if others cancel their tickets or if new cars added to the train you booked, your ticket will eventually get confirmed and you can use the above pnr status enquiry form to find the current reservation status.
When you check your pnr status, if the status is displayed as CNF, it means your ticket is confirmed. Though you might not be immediately given the berth number, a berth is guaranteed to be given at the time of travel-chart preparation, which is, in general, prepared 4 hours prior to the departure of the train. If the status is still wait-listed, it means that IRCTC is not yet able to promise you a berth and you will have to wait for few days and check the status again in the pnr enquiry form located at the top of this page. If the status you checked is RAC, congratulations!! You are entitled to board the train with a seat allotted and you are nearing the race for the berth. if you are lucky you will eventually be offered a berth. The abbreviation PQWL stands for pooled quota waiting list, which is same as WL, in terms of the way it works, but it is a separate list altogether. Similarly, CKWL is a wait-list for Tatkal Tickets. Please note that the above form works for Tatkal tickets too. Tatkal tickets are instant tickets issued just two days before the date of journey. Please use comment section below if you have more information on this.
One of the frequently asked questions is “my pnr status is shown as CNF but no seat number is displayed. When will I get to know my confirmed berth number?” Well, generally the seat numbers will not be immediately given for the wait list tickets and confirmed thereafter, because IRCTC wants to wait and see if they can provide you the best possible seats, till others cancel their tickets. For example, if you booked a ticket for 4 passengers, and two of them were confirmed and two were in wait list, there is no point for allotment for the confirmed passengers immediately. Do you like, if the other two passengers are confirmed later and they are given seats away from your coach? That is why, Indian railways generally wait and see if they can give you the best possible berth combination so you all can be together throughout your journey. At the time of chart preparation, which happens 4 hours before the departure, the seat numbers, for sure, will be displayed. So, visit us again and use the enquiry form at the top, to check your status, before your journey.
Kindly note at the time of chart-preparation, all wait-listed tickets, booked through internet (using IRCTC, clear trip etc..) will be cancelled automatically. But if at least one of the passengers in the ticket are confirmed or RAC, then the ticket will not be cancelled.
A PNR is generally valid from the time of booking ticket until 2 months after the journey, after which the number will be flushed and is ready for reuse after an year or so, depending on the number of travelers. All this happens because of the limited number of digits used to represent an itinerary. Whenever you see such an error, it might mean that, you have entered a wrong PNR number. Kindly double check the digits and the order of each digit carefully, before you blame the servers.
At all major junctions, TTE’s will change. They on board with new charts that have just been prepared. Generally charts are prepared 4 hours prior to the departure of the train at a major junction. Once the chart has been prepared, your pnr status will be final and will no longer change. However, if you are an e-ticket holder and at least one of the passengers in your ticket have RAC or CNF, then the rest of the passengers in that ticket are allowed to travel. All you need to do, once you board the train, is get in touch with the TTE and request for berths for the unconfirmed passengers. Please avoid paying bribe to the TTE and demand for a receipt.
If the status of all the passengers in the ticket is Waiting List, after the chart preparation, then such an e-ticket will automatically be cancelled and the passengers are not allowed to board the train.
You can quickly check pnr status through mobile using our mobile website http://pnrstatusenquiry.com/m. It is a light version of this website and you are advised to remember the url. If you are using iOS, Android, BlackBerry or a Windows phone, you can also scan this QR code and enter your PNR number and your status will be flashed right on your mobile screen within seconds. You need an internet connection on you mobile, such as 3G, GPRS or an active wi-fi connection. You can also check it on your normal phone with out internet connection just by sending an SMS to 139, a service provided by Ministry of railways, Govt. of India.
Example SMS: PNR 8466959493 and send it to 139.
This service is provided by Indian Railways, and this is a premium number so your SMS will be charged at Rs. 3/- paise per SMS. For more information, on using mobile, you may check out the mobile information page.
Sir Jamshetjee Jeejeebhoy along with Jagannath Shunkerseth formed an Indian Rail Association in 1845, which eventually formed the Great Indian Peninsula Railway in 1849. In 1957, another organization, called the East Indian Railways, was formed and eventually both the associations merged to become 6400 KM railway network by 1867.
Today, Indian Railways cover 65,000 KM with total track length of 115,000 KM with operating revenue of US$ 20 billion or Rs. 11,000 crore (INR).
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