PNR stands for Passenger Name Record. It is a 10-digit number that is issued to every ticket booked under the Indian Railways. Passenger information like name, age and sex are saved in the database against this number. One can use this PNR number to find out the status of one’s ticket along with other details.
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You can check your PNR status on the ixigo trains app or website. Just enter the PNR number and click on “Search” to get all the information, including your coach and seat number. Ixigo offers real time updates on the status of your ticket.
There are, however, times when the passenger can feel confused about the status if certain acronyms appear in the update message. Here are the different types of PNR status and what they mean –
CNF: CNF stands for Confirmed. It means that the passengers’ seats are confirmed. The assigned seat numbers can also be found in a CNF update text.
RAC: It stands for Reservation Against Cancellation. It means that the seat is confirmed but with a waitlisted berth. If the train ticket is booked with RAC status, then the allocated berth has to be split between two passengers.
CAN: It stands for Cancelled and means that your ticket is cancelled.
WL: It stands for Waiting List. A waitlisted ticket is issued when there are no seats available on the train. If the passengers who have booked a seat on the train cancel their reservation, this ticket will be confirmed.
GNWL: It stands for General Waiting List and is the most common type of waiting list. The chances of tickets being confirmed in this PNR status are extremely high.
PQWL: It stands for Pooled Quota Waiting List. This waitlist ticket is generated when the passenger wishes to travel from the origin station to a station short of the destination, between any two intermediate stations, or from an intermediate station to the final station.
RLWL: It stands for Remote Location Waiting List. This waitlist ticket is generated when the passenger wishes to travel between two intermediate stations. These stations are typically located in the most important towns along the route.
TQWL: It stands for Tatkal Quota Waiting List. This ticket is generated when the passengers book a ticket via the Tatkal quota. If these tickets are not confirmed by the time the train departs, they are automatically cancelled.
NOSB: It stands for No Seat Birth. It means that the journey is allowed without a seat. Such tickets are allotted to child passengers below the age of 11 years.
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