PNR status explained
The PNR status of your IRCTC or Indian Railway ticket can easily be checked on our website. Just enter your PNR number and click the button where indicated. A new window will appear showing your current status.
What is PNR status and what does it tell me?
PNR status is the status of your booking. It tells you whether your ticket is confirmed, wait listed, reserved, etc.
When do I need to know my PNR status?
When traveling by train in India, you may find that your train ticket is on a waitlist. This is quite common and to find out whether your ticket is confirmed you need to check your current PNR status . You can easily do this online at www.irctc-pnr-status.com . To see the current status of your train ticket on the IRCTC booking system waitlist, just use the form at the top of this page.
What does “PNR number” mean?
PNR stands for “passenger name record” and it tells you your current status on the WL (waitlist) or RAC (reservation against cancellation queue). If you buy a WL ticket or an RAC ticket, you will be assigned a unique 10-digit PNR number .
3 ways of checking
There are three ways to check your PNR status:
- Online via your PC
- Via SMS service
- Via a smartphone app
Online via your PC
The easiest way to check your PNR status is to submit a request on our website www.irctc-pnr-status.com or on official Indian Railways website.
Via SMS service:
Using SMS service Check your PNR status by sending an SMS in one of the following formats:
- PNR to 54959
- IRPNR to 57886
- PNR to 5676747
- PNR to 139
Note: the correct format of the sms text is ‘pnr 9876543210’ (sample number – use your unique PNR number). Note that you need to type a space between ‘pnr’ and your 10-digit PNR number.
Via a smartphone app
Using smartphone apps to check PNR status Internet-connected smartphones and tablets are commonly used so we have listed the following helpful apps for checking your PNR status:
One of the best is “PNR status app”, which you can download from the Google Play store.
There is no dedicated iPhone app to date (9/2014). We will let you know once one is available!
PNR status and railway reservations explained step by step …
WL and RAC
When all available seats on a train are sold, the railway ( Indian Railway or IRCTC ) releases RACs for railway reservations. Once all of those are sold, WL tickets are released. On almost every train, tickets are canceled for a variety of reasons. These cancellations can get you on the train if you bought an RAC or WL ticket. When the reservation chart of a particular train is ready (usually meaning that the train is due to depart in a few hours) and there are still some available tickets in different quotas, those will be given to RAC/WL ticket holders.
Here is an example of a railway reservation situation. Tickets are sold in the following order:
- Available 02
- Available 01
- RAC 01
- RAC 02
- RAC 03
- RAC 04
- WL 01
- WL 02
Understanding your ticket and WL number
On your ticket, there are two numbers. They tell you the position at which you joined the waitlist and your current position – in this order. Here is an example:
You are booking a ticket online (Indian Railway, IRCTC, etc…). You find the train and class/seat/berth that you want along with the date and time. At the end of the reservation, you buy a ticket with WL5/WL2.
In this example you joined the WL at position 5, but by the time you actually bought the ticket online you moved to position 2 (due either to a cancellation or to someone not making a final booking). The first number will stay the same – it indicates when you JOINED the queue. The second number will decrease until you get a ticket (hopefully).
Your railway reservation could look like:
- WL 5/WL 2 (this is your starting position)
- WL 5/WL 1
- WL 5/RAC 3
- WL 5/RAC 2
- WL 5/RAC 1
- WL 5/CNF
WL 5/WL 2 = Waitlist ticket: you cannot board the train.
WL 5/RAC 3 = RAC ticket: you are allowed to board the train, but you may end up on a seat instead of a berth.
WL 5/CNF = Confirmed ticket: you can board the train and you have a berth to yourself.
WL and RAC refunds
If your train is ready for departure and its reservation chart is finalized, the cost of your WL ticket will be automatically refunded to your bank account.
NOTE: There can be significant movement on the waitlist on the very last day, so you may get an RAC status at the last minute. In such a case, you will not get a refund, as an RAC is actually a boarding ticket.