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139 SMS service was initially launched by IRCTC. In order to get PNR status on mobile through SMS, one need to send following message on 139.
PNR <your PNR number>For example:
Available on: Aircel, Airtel, BSNL, iDEA, LOOP, MTNL, MTS, Reliance, TATA, Telenor, Vodafone
Alternatively, you can just go to http://www.indianrail.gov.in/enquiry/PNR/PnrEnquiry.html?locale=en and check your PNR Status.
What is PNR ?
If you have ever travelled with Indian Rail, you will know what is PNR number and what it actually means to get PNR status.
PNR (also abbreviated as Passenger Name Record) is a unique number which is assigned to each and every ticket issued from Indian Railways. PNR number carries 10 digits. Once the PNR number is assigned, the Centre of Railway Information Systems (CRIS) stores it for 9 months and then deletes it. PNR status is important for those who have received tickets with status anything other than a confirmed seat.
Types of PNR status
Based on some predefined rules, railway allots different types of waitlist quota on tickets when ticket is not confirmed.
GNWL (General Waiting List): Liklihood of confirmation for GNWL ticket is on highest priority. You may get a GNWL quota, if you are starting your journey from a station close to train source station and ending your journey at a station close to train destination station.
CKWL (Tatkal Waiting List): If you are booking your ticket under tatkal quota, you get CKWL status when tickets are unreserved. It is important to note that GNWL tickets will confirm first and then CKWL. Hence there is a very less chance that a CKWL ticket will be confirmed.
Apart from these two popular waiting list quotas, Indian Railways has defined some other W/L quotas in long journey trains like RLWL (Remote Location Waiting List), RQWL (Request Waiting List), PQWL (Pooled Quota Waiting List), RLGN (Remote Location General Waiting List) and RSWL (Roadside Station Waiting List). Confirmation chances for these types of waitlist tickets are very less.
Acronyms and Abbreviations
|PNR||Passenger Name Record||Indian Railways|
|WL||Waiting List||Indian Railways|
|RAC||Reservation Against Cancellation||Indian Railways|
|SL||Sleeper Class||Indian Railways|
|3A||AC 3 Tier||Indian Railways|
|3 E||AC 3 Tier Economy||Indian Railways|
|2S||Second Sitting||Indian Railways|
|FC||First Class||Indian Railways|
|2A||AC 2-Tier Sleeper||Indian Railways|
|1A||First Class AC||Indian Railways|
|GN||General Quota||Indian Railways|
|DF||Defence Quota||Indian Railways|
|CK||Tatkal Quota||Indian Railways|
|SS||Travelling Alone Female Quota (above 45 Year) / Senior Citizen Quota||Indian Railways|
|LD||Ladies Quota||Indian Railways|
|HP||Physically Handicapped Quota||Indian Railways|