Full form of PNR is Passenger Name Record, a unique 10-digit number which is provided against every train ticket that is booked across India. Each PNR numbers provides a variety of information to ticket-holder(s).
The PNR Status information includes ticket booking status (confirmed/waiting list/canceled), departure and arrival time, details of the train, seat number, fare paid by the passenger for the seat. When group booking is done, then a single PNR may be provided to up to 6 passengers.
To check PNR status, follow these steps:
To check the status of PNR No. by SMS -
You may also download the IRCTC Rail Connect android app available on Google Play for seamless access to Bookings, Cancellation, Refuund History, TDR Filing, Meal Booking.
Whilst booking a ticket on the Indian Railway network, there is a pretty good chance that you will get a waitlisted ticket as it is pretty common. When all of the RAC seats are sold then the passengers are given Waiting List tickets.
If you are on the Waiting List then the chances of you getting a confirmed seat are if other passengers cancel their tickets. Ticket cancellations by other passengers will increase your chances of getting confirmed tickets.
IRCTC handles over 500-600k daily bookings so chances of Tatkal booking confirmation is slim, you may want to read our what are confirmation chances for my waitlisted ticket? guide.
|Passenger Name Record
|CNF / Confirmed
|Confirmed (Coach/Berth number)
|Reservation Against Cancellation
|AC 3 Tier
|AC 3 Tier Economy
|AC 2-Tier Sleeper
|First Class AC
|Tatkal Quota Waitlist
|Physically Handicapped Quota
Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) is a subsidiary of the Indian Railways which is responsible for catering, tourism and online ticketing operations. It is Indian's one of the largest eCommerce portal which handles over 7,00,000 ticket bookings every day and has revolutionized online ticket booking experience with schemes such as Tatkal and Rolling Deposit Scheme (RDS).
It introduced standard, hygienic, and freshly cooked foods available to passengers and thus improving the experience of train travel. On 4th October 2019, Indian Railways launched "Tejas Express" which is India's first private train run by its subsidiary IRCTC.
It handles a great part of Indian's tourism for domestic and foreign tourists. Budget package "Bharat Darshan" and Luxury packages such as "Buddhist Circuit Train" and "Maharajas's Express" are some of the most popular tourism plans. In August 2019, IRCTC launched a mobile app iMudra which provides easy access to book and manage railway tickets.