PNR STATUS - Simply check your PNR status here

PNR STATUS: To check your PNR Status, enter your PNR number below,

It is Simpler and more convenient than the using the Indian Railway website.

Enter a 10-digit number below, click the link and receive your PNR status. Enter only the digits. Do not separate the numbers with strokes or spaces.

pnr status details : the actual pnr status of the ticket

pnr number on Indian Railways ticket

pnr number on Indian Railways ticket

Please enter a 10-digit PNR here



PNR number is a ten-number usually written on the top left corner of a train ticket.PNR Status is the position which a ticket holder assumes after booking. Normally, you would expect to get a berth or a seat in a train after booking a ticket. What happens, however, is that a potential passenger can either be allowed to travel, kept on a waiting list, or have his travel plans rescheduled for a later time. Your PNR status tells you whether you will travel in the train you booked or if you have to wait for another train. These are just two of the many options that a PNR status can assume. There twelve other PNR status options available for passengers.

passenger details on Indian Railways ticket

passenger details on Indian Railways ticket

seat class of the Indian Railways ticket

seat class of the Indian Railways ticket


To check your PNR status, simply enter your PNR number on the box provided above and click “CHECK PNR STATUS”. You will be directed to a new window that will show your PNR status.

What your PNR status will tell you

The new window will show you your PNR status. PNR status is a string of letters and number that is usually separated a stroke. The string before the stroke shows the status of the ticket when you booked it. The one following the stroke shows the current status of the ticket. An example of a PNR status is WL25/W18. This status shows that the passenger was number 25 on the waiting list when he booked the ticket, but after 7 tickets are cancelled, he is now number 18 on the waiting list of those expected to board a train. Other examples PNR statuses are WL12/RAC10, or WL14/W9.

When should you check your PNR Status?

Anyone with who has booked a train ticket should check their PNR Status. PNR status will enable you to know your position on the waiting list, the berth you will be travelling in or if your travel plans have will be cancelled. PNR status enables you to know when to report to the train station for your journey. To check the status of your IRCTC ticket, visit . The website has a link that will show you your status.

What does “PNR number” mean?

PNR number in full is Passenger Name Record number. It is a ten-digit number that identifies an individual as a potential passenger of the IRCTC. It shows you that you have booked a ticket and that your ticket is being processed by IRCTC. Your ticket is placed on a waiting list and moved up depending on the availability of space on the train. A ticket holder will get a space on the train when his number of waiting list gets to one and a space opens up in RAC.

Ways of checking PNR Status

You can follow up you IRCTC PNR status in three ways:

  1. Online through computers and other internet-enabled gadgets

  2. Via mobile phone SMS

  3. Using Smartphone Apps

Checking PNR Status online

The easiest and quickest way to check your PNR status is by submitting an online request. To do so, visit or go to the official IRCTC website.

Using SMS to check PNR Status

You can check your PNR status by sending an SMS with your 10-digit PNR number to 139 or

5676747. Note that only the 10-digit number is required when sending the SMS. Do not include text or any other characters.

Using Smartphone Apps to check PNR status

Smartphone and tablets Apps can be used to check PNR status. When checking PNR status the gadget has to be connected to the internet.

iPhone app

Currently, there is no iPhone App for checking PNR status. We will be inform you when one is developed.

Step By Step Guide to PNR Status and Railway Reservations

The working of India Railway Reservations can sometimes be confusing. However, when you give it a little thought, you will realize that it is simply meant to make the whole reservation process easier and convenient. When you book a ticket, you are given a PRN number and placed in a waiting list. Your PNR status is WL. This means that a seat or berth is being sought for you and for the rest of the people in the waiting list. The waiting list starts from number one and could extend to up to number 50. If 10 people booked tickets before you, you will be number 11 on the waiting list or WL11. Those who book tickets after you will get number 12 and more. All these happen way before the train leaves the station.

The reason why passengers are kept on waiting lists is that seats and berths are never readily available. There are always people who are expected to take in berths and others expected to take in seats. Those expected to travel in berths are categorized under Confirmed and given CNF AS the PNR status. Those expected to travel in seats, and not berths are given RAC as PRN status. RAC stands for Reservation Against Cancellation. These people will be moved to berths in case a passenger who held a berth cancels his journey.

As RAC passengers in the seats are moved to the berths, those on the waiting list are moved up a corresponding number of steps. For example, if two people from RAC are moved in to the berths, there will be two openings in RAC. These openings will be taken by two people from the waiting list. Since your PNR status at booking was WL11, you will be moved up two steps to WL9. Your new status is indicated as WL11/WL9. You will keep moving up the waiting list until you get a seat or even a berth.

Understanding your ticket and WL number of PNR status

When you book a train, you choose the class, seat and berth that you prefer. You also indicate the date and time of day when you will need to travel. Trains have fixed schedules and therefore your chosen time of travel has to coincide with arrivals and departures.

The first string or number in a PNR status indicates your position when you first booked a ticket. The second string, the one after a stroke, indicates your status after adjustments due to cancellation of tickets by those above you in the list.

If you are the fifth person to book a ticket, after seats and berths are filled, you are given numberWL5. Whenever travel plans of a passenger in berth, seat or above yours on a waiting list is cancelled, you move up the list. PNR status for single step progression from WL5 to a berth will look like this:

  • WL 3/WL 2 (this is your starting position)

  • WL 3/WL 1

  • WL 3/RAC 3

  • WL 3/RAC 2

  • WL 3/RAC 1

  • WL 3/CNF

At WL3/WL2 you cannot board a train.

At WL3/RAC 3, you are allowed to board the train but must take a seat not a berth.

At WL3/CNF, you are allowed to travel in a berth.

WL and RAC refunds

A Reservation Chart is prepared when a train is about to depart. It indicates the PNR numbers of those in the berth, the seats and those who are still in the waiting list. Those in the CNF and RAC have boarding tickets. They are charged against their tickets. Those in the waiting list cannot travel. They do not have boarding tickets. The money they used to buy tickets is automatically refunded to their bank accounts.


We allows you to easily and conveniently check your Indian Railway PNR status.

To check your PNR status, follow these steps:

  • Make sure that you have your 10-digit PNR number

  • Enter the number in the field indicated above


  • You will be directed to a window with your PNR status.


-What is PNR Status? This is the position your IRCTC ticket assumes after booking. It tells you whether you have been given a berth, a seat, or if your ticket is still on the waiting list.

-What is “PNR”? “PNR” stands for Passenger Name Record. It identifies a passenger as a holder of a ticket. It has a ten-digit number that you can use to check your PNR status.

-Why should you check PNR status? Your PNR status enables you to know whether or not you will be able to board a train. You can cancel a ticket if you are still low on the waiting list and the train is about to depart. If you are on top of the waiting list, you may wait till the train departs before giving up on the journey. There is always a possibility that those on the top of the list get confirmed right about the time the train is departing. Checking a PNR status is as simple as entering the 10-digit PNR number above and clicking “CHECK PNR STATUS”.


There are three methods for checking PNR status. They are outlined below:

-SMS services. Check your PNR status by sending the 10-digit number through an SMS to either 139 or 5676747. Make sure that the SMS has only the 10-digit number. Do not include any other characters in the SMS. This is an automated service and a wrong format may give false PNR status.

-Checking PNR online. You can check your PNR status by visiting this website. There is a step-by-step guide on how to check PNR status.

-Using Apps- Internet-connected Smartphone and tablet can be used to check PNR status. Here you will use an Android App to check PNR status. This App can be downloaded from Google Play Station.


There are three major positions your PNR status can assume. Your ticket can be Confirmed/ CNF. This means that you have a boarding ticket and you are allowed to travel by the train. It also means that a berth has been reserved for you. You will be charged the cost of traveling.

If your PNR status is RAC or Reservation Against Cancellation, you are allowed to travel but you have to take a seat. You cannot travel in a berth unless an occupant of a berth cancels his travel plans. Holders of RAC are ranked from number 1 going down. If one position opens up in a berth, the number 1 RAC holder is the first to be considered for the berth. The first two are considered when two positions are open in berths.

The third categories of travelers are those on Waiting List. Travelers in the waiting list cannot travel unless they move up to RAC or CNF. They are also ranked from 1 going down. Those low on the waiting list move up with cancelation of those higher on the list.

Below is a summary of the options a PNR status check may assume:

  1. Confirmed/CNF- Can travel in berths.

  2. Reservation Against Cancellation (RAC). Travel in seats not berths

  3. Waiting List-Cannot travel.

Your PNR status will have two numbers. The first is your position when you bought the ticket. Because almost everyone must be in a waiting least before they are considered for traveling, the first number always begins with WL. WL shows that you booked a ticket and was placed in a waiting list. A number, for example, 7, follows WL. This shows the position on the waiting list you joined when you booked the ticket to be 7. It implies that six people booked earlier than you.

A stroke comes after the first number. It separates the first number from the second number. The second number shows your current position on the waiting list. If you joined at position seven and moved up two steps, you will be at position 5. The second number will be WL5. The first and second number combined will give a PNR status of WL7/WL5. You will move up the list till you get a boarding ticket when the second number is RAC followed by digits, or is CNF. That is, your boarding ticket will be WL7/RAC3, WL7/RAC1, or WL7/CNF.


Passengers taking seats or berths have boarding tickets. Their fare cannot be refunded to them. Those on the waiting list do not have boarding tickets. There fare will be automatically refunded to their bank accounts upon departure of the train.