|Please Note: You will receive PNR status updates as and when the state of your ticket changes from one pool to a different pool, say, from WL to RAC or from RAC to CNF. For example, if your ticket was in wait-list and when it becomes RAC (reservation against cancellation) or confirmed (CNF), you will get an automated SMS with the updated status. This service is available to all domestic passengers of Indian Railways, without any additional cost.|
When you see flushed PNR, it could mean that the number you entered is incorrect. It could also mean that the you are referring to a used ticket. Since we have a limited number number of digits, viz., 10, there could be a total number of 10 to the power of 10 (ie., 10 billion) numbers. Owing to the fact that there are millions of railway travellers a month, this 10 digit numbers will run out easily, especially in countries in India and US where the population is high. This will enforce the government of India and the ministry of railways to flush the PNR numbers when the same is no longer required to be stored and tracked – flushing is generally done 7 days after the date of journey. Don’t worry, your PNR number will not be re-issued to another railway passenger for a reasonably long period of time, so your privacy is guaranteed by the Indian Railways.
Important Information on Tatkal Waitlist (CKWL) Tickets
Read this carefully if you have ever booked or planning to book a waiting list ticket in tatkal quota.
[Last updated: July 2015] Tatkal waiting list hardly gets confirmed. Never bet on these tickets if you need to have a must trip. Even if you get Tatkal WL -1 (ie., CKWL-1), the odds are hight that your ticket will not get confirmed and it won’t even become RAC (reservation against cancellation). The reason for this being the lowest priority given to CKWL. Only after all the normal wait-list tickets are confirmed, tatkal wait-list tickets are processed.
Getting an SMS to use as IRCTC train ticket
Below is the procedure to get an SMS on your mobile number in-order to use it as a travel ticket.
Login to IRCTC website with your use-id and password. Register a new account if you do not have an account. Click on My Transactions and choose Booked Ticket History from the menu as shown in the picture below.
Select one of the tickets listed by selecting the radio-button.
Click Get SMS button. Accept that you can send a maximum of 5 sms. In addtion to that you can send an SMS yourself only 2 days before the date of journey. Kindly note that an SMS was already sent to you at the time of booking the train ticket. See more information on PNR status enquiry on SMS.
What is Railway/IRCTC PNR?
PNR stands for Passenger Name Record – a unique number given to the travel itinerary, usually covering onward and return journeys, especially when it is an air-ticket. Should you need one, you need to book a ticket online or at a ticket counter in person. Railway tickets can be booked at the official website https://www.irctc.co.in.
What if my status is still WL after chart preparation
Once you check your PNR status, if your railway berth confirmation status is CNF, then you are allowed to board the train. But the passengers who booked their tickets through railway reservation counters, can board the train but you should get in touch with a TTE to, somehow, get a seat/berth allotted. The status represents whether the berth has confirmed or still waiting. Generally travellers hope that they get the confirmed tickets and enjoy the berths. As per rule, one is not supposed to consume alcohol during journey, however, there is no mentioning in the rule whether travelling after drinking is allowed.
If the status of your ticket is WL after the chart has been prepared, your ticket would be automatically cancelled and refund process would be started on the same automatically. This means, you are not supposed to board the train – no, not even general compartment.
SMS Based Enquiries
Whenever one gets an unconfirmed seat, he/she would enquire whether one’s status is confirmed or not. There can be multiple enquiries, depending on how early the stuff is confirmed. But one need not worry if there are so many days available for your journey. Welcome to travel lovers to this den where railway PNR enquiries are now much more quicker and lovely!
Another way to check pnr status is to just send an SMS to the number 139. The SMS format is “PNR 10-digit number”, as shown in the below example.
Each SMS sent to 139 is charged at Rs 3 per message and this amount goes to Indian Railways account.
PNR status enquiry form and user guide
Android, IOS, Windows and BlackBerry
If you are using linux, you can download the application package from your favorite app-store, play-store or market place. Our App is even available in Amazon App-store.
Mac – OS X Mavericks
Yes, we have the enquiry applications for OS X Mavericks and Mountain Lion too, though some Indians might call it relve inkwari (also spelled inqari), especially a few North Indians not exposed to the English language. If you find difficulty, you may read the Hindi version here.
Windows 7, 8 and Windows 10
The same application is available for Microsoft flavours, viz., MS Windows 7, 8 and Windows 10 (64 bit only). You should download the pnr enquiry brochure and FAQ to get the details of how you can install this application on your desktop . You need to read the brochure carefully, take a printout of the form. Sign it in blue ink and send it to us by post to the following address.
#234, Railway Colony, Majestic Circle, Bangalore, Karnataka, PIN 560023, India | Rail Nilayam, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India | T-Nagar, Chennai or Bangalore address