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PNR Status (Indian Rail)

Get your PNR status in just a minute

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: PNR 1023456789
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

TermFull FormCategory
PNRPassenger Name RecordIndian Railways
WLWaiting ListIndian Railways
RACReservation Against CancellationIndian Railways
SLSleeper ClassIndian Railways
3AAC 3 TierIndian Railways
3 EAC 3 Tier EconomyIndian Railways
2SSecond SittingIndian Railways
FCFirst ClassIndian Railways
2AAC 2-Tier SleeperIndian Railways
1AFirst Class ACIndian Railways
GNGeneral QuotaIndian Railways
DFDefence QuotaIndian Railways
CKTatkal QuotaIndian Railways
SSTravelling Alone Female Quota (above 45 Year) / Senior Citizen QuotaIndian Railways
LDLadies QuotaIndian Railways
HPPhysically Handicapped QuotaIndian Railways
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