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PNR Status Enquiry

PNR Status Enquiry is the first check you make prior to boarding your train. It is important to have up-to-date information of your train ticket booking. Especially when you have a waitlisted ticket, tracking the PNR Status becomes even more necessary. At ixigo, you can easily use this PNR Status Enquiry page to access the latest information of your booked ticket. It saves you a lot of hassles, indeed.

What is Train PNR

PNR stands for Passenger Name Record. As you book a train ticket on Indian Railways, a 10-digit PNR number is issued. It is printed on the top-left corner of the ticket (or e-ticket) itself.

You can also find it in the text message (sms) that is sent to your mobile number by IRCTC after you book a train reservation.

Importance of checking the PNR Status of your train ticket

PNR Status information comes most handy when you have a waitlisted ticket (WL), i.e., you do not have a confirmed train berth yet. As the final charts are prepared usually 4-6 hours before the train departure time, your waitlisted ticket might get confirmed against the latest seat availability.

You might get a fully confirmed status (CNF) or a shared RAC (Reservation Against Cancellation) berth in that case. Sometimes, your berth is upgraded to a higher class (Sleeper, 3AC, 2AC, 1AC – in that order) if there is an availability. So, it is always the best practice to check your PNR Status prior to boarding the train, despite already having a confirmed ticket. Indian railway stations have enquiry counters too, but it is best to check the confirmation status before leaving for the station.
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confirmation chances

ixigo shows you not just the PNR Status but also the confirmation chances of a particular ticket based on your PNR. For instance, if you see the confirmation chances to be above 80%, it is a good sign indeed and you can relax a bit. If it is below 60%, you might want to book another ticket.

Thus, after checking the PNR Status, you can modify your travel plan or bookings as well.

PNR Status by SMS?

You can send a text to Indian Railways number 139 for PNR Enquiry. Just type the 10 digits (without hyphen) and send it to 139. You can also send the sms to 5676747. You would get the updated PNR information in your phone inbox. Please note that the text you send costs you Rs. 3 per sms.

PNR Status online?

With ixigo, it is easier to get the latest PNR Status online. First install the ixigo Inspire plugin from Chrome Store, which takes just a moment. Once the Inspire plugin is added to your Chrome browser, enter the 10-digit PNR number without any hyphen (-) in the search box. Then click on the Get Status tab.

PNR Status by App?

Download ixigo's Indian Rail Train PNR Status App on your android smartphone, and get real time updates about your PNR Status Enquiry. Along with this, you also get access to your reservation booking status, platform number, coach position, and more.

Download the app by clicking on this button
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Types of waitlisted tickets

Don't know what the silly codes mean in the PNR Status info? Take a look below:

  • GNWL (General Waiting List) – Indian Railways gives top priority to waitlisted tickets booked under General Quota (GEN). GNWL berths are confirmed before any other type of waitlisted tickets.
  • CKWL (Tatkal Waiting List) – If you booked your train ticket under Tatkal Quota, this is the waitlisted code that shows up. It has less probability of confirmation, but you can still take a look at our prediction percentage.

Other waitlisting code used by Indian railway booking system is RQWL (Request Waiting List), PQWL (Pooled Quota Waiting List), RLWL (Remote Location Waiting List), RLGN (Remote Location General Waiting List), RSWL (Roadside Waiting List). These types of waitlisted tickets have low chances of confirmation as the quotas these fall under already have a limited seat allocation.

Besides PNR enquiry, at ixigo, you can also find details on train seat availability, train between stations, train routes, station codes, and other relevant info on Indian Railways.

Indian Railways Acronyms and Abbreviations

  • Abbreviation
  • CAN / MOD
    Cancelled or Modified Passenger
  • CNF / Confirmed
    Confirmed (Coach/Berth number will be available after chart preparation)
  • RAC
    Reservation Against Cancellation
  • WL #
    Waiting List Number
  • RLWL
    Remote Location Waiting List
  • GNWL
    General Waiting List
  • PQWL
    Pooled Quota Waiting List
    No More Booking Permitted
  • Released
    Ticket Not Cancelled but Alternative Accomodation Provided
  • R# #
    RAC Coach Number Berth Number
    Railway Counter Ticket Passenger cancelled through internet and Refund not collected
    Railway Counter Ticket Passenger cancelled through internet and Refund collected

Ticket Quotas

  • Abbreviation
  • GN
  • LD
  • HO
    High Official / Headquarters
  • DF
  • RC (RAC)
    Reservation against Cancellation
  • OS
  • RS
  • PH
    Parliament House
  • FT
    Foreign Tourist
  • DP
    Duty Pass
  • HP

Classes of Accommodation

  • Abbreviation
  • 1A
    First class Air-conditioned (also Executive Class)
  • 2A
    Air-conditioned 2-tier sleeper
  • FC
    First Class
  • 3A
    Air-conditioned 3-tier sleeper
  • CC
    Air-conditioned chair car
  • SL
    Sleeper class
  • 2S
    Second-class Sitting
To use the PNR Status feature, you must have the ixigo Chrome plugin (ixigo inspire) installed and enabled on your browser. By downloading, you agree to accept the privacy policy of the extension.
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