IRCTC PNR Status Check

  • What is PNR Status?

    IRCTC PNR Status tells the latest seat berth status of passenger in Indian Railways i.e. whether passenger has got confirmed reservation, Reservation Against Cancellation (RAC) or the passenger is in waiting list. For waiting list or rac passengers, irctc pnr status might change to confirmed in future if other passengers on this trip cancel their journey. For passengers who have cancelled their trip, it is shown as Can/Mod. Train PNR status also tells the origin station, boarding point, destination station, travel class, quota and charting status. Once final chart is prepared, the indian railway PNR status live freezes and does not change after that.
  • Where can I find PNR number in my ticket?

    For online tickets booked on irctc, your 10 digit PNR number is there in the top row - just beside the transaction id as can be seen in the below image.
    For reserved tickets booked on railway reservation counters, PNR number is printed in the top left corner just below the PNR NO heading. Please refer the image below for more clarity.
  • Is PNR number allotted to unreserved ticket?

    PNR number is allotted only to reserved tickets. For unreserved no PNR number is allotted as can be seen in the images below. This is because railway does not reserve any berth or seat in this case and passenger can sit or stand anywhere in his designated coach inside the train.
    unreserved-train-ticket-1 unreserved-train-ticket-2
  • How is PNR number generated?

    PNR number is a 10-digit number where first 3 digits signify the zone of the train with respect to the origin station of that train and the last 7 digits are randomly generated. A PNR number can uniquely identify ones's journey in Indian Railway.
  • How can I check IRCTC PNR status live?

    Enter your 10-digit railway PNR number on Trainman site or Trainman app and click "PNR Status" button. You will see the current status of your PNR along with confirmation chances, departure-arrival timings, platform number, coach position, delay status and historical trends. You can also check PNR status on CRIS maintained Indian Railway website or on irctc website
  • I have a valid train ticket. Do I need to carry any other document as a proof of my travel in train?

    Apart from having a train ticket, passenger also need to carry a valid ID proof in original while travelling in train. This is needed for both e-tickets and counter tickets. The allowed id proofs are passport, voter id card, driving license, pan card, any photo id card issued by Central / State gov having serial number, student identity card, nationalized bank passbooks, credit card issued by banks with laminated photograph, aadhar card and any card with photo issued by municipal bodies or Panchayat administrations.
    Bonus info: From June 2017, downloaded aadhar (e-Aadhar) will also be accepted as prescribed proof of identity at par with printed Aahaar card.
  • Is there an app to check train pnr status or seat availability status on mobile?

    Luckily, Trainman provides very high rated apps for android and iphones. Trainman PNR Status app on playstore is rated 4.5/5 and more than 2 million train travellers are using this app.
  • My train PNR status is showing booking status WL/17/GN, but current status is showing CNF. Did my ticket get confirmed?

    The current status field tells the latest status. Since under current status it is showing CNF, therefore your ticket has got confirmed.
  • My irctc pnr current status enquiry shows RAC/20/GN. What does this mean?

    This means your ticket is in RAC status i.e. you will have to share your berth with some other person in the train. However, on chart preparation your PNR status might upgrade to CNF or confirmed where you will get a full dedicated berth all for yourself.
  • Status of my train ticket PNR enquiry is CNF/B1/16/NC. Does that mean my ticket is confirmed or not?

    Your ticket is confirmed and you have been allotted berth no 16 in coach B1 which is a third ac coach.
  • PNR status check for railway ticket is showing the current status as PQWL/5. Will it confirm or not? What should I do?

    Your ticket is in pooled quota waiting list. You can check the confirmation chances on Trainman site or app and plan your trip accordingly.
  • How does Trainman do train PNR status prediction of waitlisted tickets with such high accuracy?

    Trainman has developed a state-of-the-art algorithm which uses a technique called Machine Learning. It analyzes the ticket confirmation statistics from past PNRs and based on this it predicts the confirmation chances of new PNRs. For confirmed PNRs, rac PNRs or waiting list PNRs having high chances of confirmation it shows status in green color, for medium chances it shows in yellow and low confirmation chance is shown in red color.
  • Does checking PNR status let me know passenger name, age or gender?

    You cannot get personal details like name, age and gender by pnr status enquiry on indian railway website due to privacy concerns. However, a person who has booked the ticket can see these details if he logs to irctc website using his same username and password and pnr enquiry there.
  • Are these PNR numbers ever reused?

    A week after journey date, the status changes to "pnr flushed" for all Indian Railway pnr. Nine months after this time, they can be reused for new train journeys.
  • What happens if my railway PNR remains waitlisted after chart preparation?
    PNRs which remain in fully waitlisted mode after chart preparation is automatically cancelled if booked through IRCTC and needs to be cancelled at reservation counters for tickets booked at PRS counters. A small clerkage of Rs.60 is deducted per passenger.
  • I have lost my train ticket but I remember my PNR number. Can I still travel?
    If a passenger has booked an e-ticket from IRCTC website and forgets to take the e-ticket print out but remembers the PNR number then there is no problem provided the passenger has a valid id proof. IRCTC ticket booking sms is also allowed in place of ticket print out. On missing both print out and sms, a penalty of Rs.50 per ticket can be levied by TTE. However for counter tickets passenger needs to carry both original ticket and a valid id proof. If one has lost the ticket but remembers PNR number, a duplicate ticket can be requested from railway reservation counters.
  • I booked ticket in sleeper (SL) class but my ticket has been upgraded to third ac (3A). Can class get upgraded for any railway PNR?
    Railway can upgrade your ticket and provide alternate accommodation in higher class subject to vacancy if the passenger has opted for upgradation while booking ticket. Keeping in mind passenger's convenience, upgradation if done, is done for all the passengers in the ticket. Therefore, next time if you see your berths in ac coach on checking irctc pnr status despite booking in sleeper, don't panic but consider yourself lucky!
  • Live pnr status is showing that the train is cancelled. How can a train get cancelled. Will I be getting refund?
    Under unavoidable circumstances, the live running status of train may changed to cancelled. One can check pnr status on Trainman to find if the train is cancelled or not. For such cases, ticket booked on IRCTC is automatically cancelled and entire booking amount is refunded back. Passenger does not need to file TDR in such cases. However, if passenger cancels the ticket on their own, then the usual cancellation rules apply.
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