PNR Status

How to get confirmed PNR Status train ticket

  • Book in advance - booking can be done 120 days before departure of trains.
  • Tatkal Booking - you can get confirmed ticket by booking tatkal quota ticket. Booking for tatkal quota seats open one day prior to departure of train from first station. Tatkal seats are 30% higher in price as compared to general seat tickets
  • Premium Tatkal Booking - premium quota seats are similar to tatkal quota seats but their price increases on every 20% of premium tatkal seats are booked.
  • First Station to Last Station. If you are not traveling from the origination station, chances are that you will get seat under PQWL - Pooled Quota Waiting List or RLWL - Remote Location Waiting List. Since there are more seats alloted between first & last station, you can booking from first station and change your boarding station to your departure station. You can change your boarding station 24 hours prior to departure of the train from the originating station.
  • Remote Location If you are traveling from a intermediate station, you try try looking for RL - Remote location stations prior to your departure station. Try booking from RL station to your destination or last station.
  • Break Your Journey. In some train seats may not be availbable from starting station to destination station but if you take 2 tickets by breaking your journey you may get confirmed ticket.
  • Use IRCTC Wallet. While booking tatkal tickets use IRCTC wallet to make the payment for your reservation, it is the fastest way to buy limited tatkal seats on IRCTC. Click to find more

Book economical rooms at station on confirmed PNR Status

If you have confirmed or RAC ticket you can book rooms at station at very low rates as compared to hotel rooms out side the station. Rooms can be booked in slab of 12 hours. For more details click here. Rooms can only be booked online IRCTC Room Booking

PNR Status Meaning

  • CNF Confirm - If the current status shows CNF - the seat will be allotted after charting.
  • RAC Reservation Against Cancellation - passenger is allowed to travel, two passengers share the same berth. Full berth allotted if confirmed passenger do not board the train and seat is vacant after departure of train.
  • WL Waitlist - Passengers not allowed to travel with waitlisted eticket. Train ticket can be cancelled before 30 min departure of train.
  • RLWL Remote Location Waitlist - Smaller station have separate quota of seats and its waiting seats are given RLWL status
  • PQWL Pooled Quota Waitlist - this quota is for passengers traveling between intermediate stations and have separate waiting list from the general waiting list.
  • TQWL Tatkal Waitlist
  • CAN Cancelled - the passenger seat has been cancelled
  • RSWL Road-Side Waitlist - Station specific waiting list.
  • REL - Released
  • NR - NoRoom - No more booking allowed
  • NOSB - No Seat Berth - Children below age of 12 when paying child fare are not allotted seats their PNR status shows NOSB
  • WEBCAN - Railway Counter Ticket: Passenger has been cancelled over internet and refund has not been collected.
  • WEBCANRF - Railway Counter Ticket: Passenger has been cancelled over internet and refund has been collected.
  • GNWL - General Waitlist

Refund for various PNR Status

  • No refund shall be granted on the confirmed ticket after four hours before the scheduled departure of the train.
  • No refund shall be granted on the RAC or Waitlisted ticket after thirty minutes before the scheduled departure of the train.
  • In case, on a party e-ticket or a family e-ticket issued for travel of more than one passenger, some passengers have confirmed reservation and others are on RAC or waiting list, full refund of fare , less clerkage, shall be admissible for confirmed passengers also subject to the condition that the ticket shall be cancelled online or online TDR shall be filed for all the passengers upto thirty minutes before the scheduled departure of the train.

PNR and its Importance in Railway System

The Indian Railways passenger name record, commonly known as PNR, is a 10-digit unique number that gives numerous travel information to the ticket-holders. Most importantly PNR status includes information such as the booking status - whether the ticket has been confirmed, it is on waiting list (WL) or it is under reservation against cancellation (RAC) - apart from giving basic information on arrival and departure time of trains. The IRCTC PNR status also provide details of the coach, seat number and the fare paid by the passenger.

With the presence of, one of the most well-known online railway enquiry and booking platform you don’t have to call the Railway Enquiry at 139 and keep waiting for a reply or visit to check the status, as now tracking your online PNR status enquiry gets easier and faster. Erail search will help you find out the accurate IRCTC PNR status of your train anytime anywhere.

There are some people who doesn’t know what the importance of PNR is and assume every required information is already mentioned on their tickets. But the biggest reason behind the launch of PNR concept globally by Indian Railways is to easily share the data of the booking with other travelers and booking authorities. It helps them maintain data and reduce confusions in seat availability and booking.

How PNR concept work?

CRIS i.e. Centre of Railway Information Systems maintain a database where all information about passengers are fed and stored on daily basis. The system creates a unique 10-digit PNR number every time a person books a railway ticket, no matter offline or online. With that particular number passenger can check all relevant information about his/her journey.

How to check PNR status?

Checking IRCTC PNR status is now damn easy with Erail’s train enquiry service. All you need to do is

  1. Visit or download eRail’s mobile app
  2. Enter your PNR number on the search bar.
It will then show you complete PNR status of your ticket.

Every time you book ticket you get a new PNR number and you can check your PNR number mentioned on the top-left corner of the train ticket. Usually the PNR number on the e-ticket appears in a different place - it will be printed on the top half of the page.

Advantages of PNR

  1. With PNR, passenger gets all possible details which helps him/her plan their journey comfortably.
  2. PNR gives traveler clarity on his/her ticket confirmation i.e. whether ticket is in General Waiting List, Tatkal Waiting List etc.
  3. With PNR number passengers can check their train’s exact arrival time and also its current running and booking status.

So, leave those old school ways of knowing your train’s status. Don’t waste time and stress yourself by then n now visiting ticket counter and logging on to busiest Indian Railway’s website. Join hands with technology and start using Erail’s user-friendly mobile app for instant updates. You can easily register your number and enable notification to get each and every update of your PNR status via SMS.

IRCTC PNR Status Prediction and Confirmation

It is not always possible that you get a confirmed Indian Railway ticket, specially at time of festivals. But there are people who have skill to predict IRCTC PNR status. ‘PNR Prediction’ is a very important term in Indian Railways as many people have their faith in it. It is a tricky concept which usually depends on a historical data present with Indian Railway Authorities but not open to public which help them predict the chances of getting tickets confirmed. Prediction is computed using data analytics and machine learning techniques to get occupancy rate (almost all trains run on 80 to 100 % occupancy) based on various factors like past booking and cancellation trends, station quotas, days of the week, seasonality, holidays etc. to determine new routes / trains to help passengers travel with ease.

Generally waiting list PNR Status during peak seasons (festivals) has very fewer chances to get confirmed. This is due to a large number of travelers travelling to their hometowns. But most of the passengers travelling by Indian Railways predict the possibility of getting tickets confirmed based on the current status of tickets as 90% of the cancellations happen between 72 and 36 hours before the arrival of train. So, using previously available data and classification techniques, probability can be predicted.