Indian Railway - Check PNR Status

This is free service to track your train reservation PNR status and get email or SMS notifications to keep you updated with your reservation status

How to check PNR status
Type your PNR in below search box. Click on ‘Get PNR Status’ button and you will know the latest status of your PNR. After you get the PNR status successfully you can opt for gettting the automatic PNR status updates by providing your phone number, email id.
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LEGENDS
*Please Note that in case the Final Charts have not been prepared, the Current Status might upgrade/downgrade at a later stage.
Symbol Description
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 Wait List
GNWL General Wait List
PQWL Pooled Quota Wait List
REGRET/WL No More Booking Permitted
RELEASED Ticket Not Cancelled but Alternative Accommodation Provided
R# # RAC Coach Number Berth Number
WEBCAN Railway Counter Ticket Passenger cancelled through internet and Refund not collected
WEBCANRF Railway Counter Ticket Passenger cancelled through internet and Refund collected
RQWL Roadside Quota Waitlist
DPWL Duty Pass Waitlist
TQWL Tatkal Quota Waitlist
What is PNR status?

PNR is short name for 'Passenger Name Record'. It is a record in the database of Indian Railways computer reservation system (IR-CRS) against which journey details for a passenger, or a group of passengers are saved.

To be specific, when a reserved railway ticket is booked for a train in Indian Railways, all the details of passengers are stored in relational database of centralized reservation system. These details are associated with a unique ten digit number. This reference number is called PNR and it is printed on the ticket.

Passenger's personal information like name, age, gender etc. is saved in the database against this reference number. It includes columns to store booking status and current status of the ticket.

As we know every train has limited number of seats, sometime one may not get a confirmed reserved ticket. Booking status of such waitlist (W/L) ticket changes when there is any availability of reserved seats due to cancellation. This new current reservation status is generally known as PNR status.

Where to find PNR number on ticket?
PNR number is generally printed at the top left corner of the printed tickets (tickets that are taken from railway station booking window). In case of the E – Ticket (tickets that are booked online or through IRCTC website), it is mentioned at top in separate cell.
Types of Waitlist Tickets & Their Confirmation Priority

Based on some predefined rules, railway allots different types of waitlist quota on tickets when ticket is not confirmed.

GNWL (General Waiting List): Liklihood of confirmation for GNWL ticket is on highest priority. You may get a GNWL quota, if you are starting your journey from a station close to train source station and ending your journey at a station close to train destination station.

CKWL (Tatkal Waiting List): If you are booking your ticket under tatkal quota, you get CKWL status when tickets are unreserved. It is important to note that GNWL tickets will confirm first and then CKWL. Hence there is a very less chance that a CKWL ticket will be confirmed.

Apart from these two popular waiting list quotas, Indian Railways has defined some other W/L quotas in long journey trains like RLWL (Remote Location Waiting List), RQWL (Request Waiting List), PQWL (Pooled Quota Waiting List), RLGN (Remote Location General Waiting List) and RSWL (Roadside Station Waiting List). Confirmation chances for these types of waitlist tickets are very less.

Indian Railways Acronyms and Abbreviations
Abbreviations Full Form
PNR Passenger Name Record
WL Waiting List
RAC Reservation Against Cancellation
SL Sleeper Class
3A AC 3 Tier
3E AC 3 Tier Economy
2S Second Sitting
FC First Class
2A AC 2-Tier Sleeper
1A First Class AC
GN General Quota
DF Defence Quota
CK Tatkal Quota
SS Travelling Alone Female Quota (above 45 Year) / Senior Citizen Quota
LD Ladies Quota
HP Physically Handicapped Quota