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PNR Status

The Indian Railways PNR, also known as, Passenger Name Record is a number that consists of personal information of a passenger. It contains the itinerary for the passenger, or a group of passengers travelling together. It states whether the ticket has been confirmed, on waiting list (WL) or is under reservation against cancellation (RAC). It provides details of the coach and seat number, class of travel, chart status, train name, train number, booking status, current status, journey time and fare apart from the basic information about arrival and departure time of trains.

Train PNR Status Enquiry at Paytm

  • Visit the page - https://paytm.com/train-tickets/pnr-status
  • Enter your pnr number in the search box.
  • Click on the check PNR status button.
  • PNR status will be displayed on the screen.

How is a PNR Number Generated?

The PNR number consists of 10 digits, where the first 3 digits specify the PRS (Passenger Reservation System) from which the ticket is booked. The first digit of the PNR number specify that the zone of the train (starting station of the train) of the ticket. The following numbers belong to the below mentioned zones respectively.

1 – Issued from the SCR zone (Secundarabad PRS)

2, 3 – Issued from NR, NCR, NWR, or NER zone (New Delhi PRS)

4, 5 – Issued from SR, SWR, or SCR zone (Chennai PRS)

6, 7 – Issued from NFR, ECR, ER, EcoR, SER or SECR zone (Kolkata PRS)

8, 9 – Issued from CR, WCR, or WR zone (Mumbai PRS)

The last 7 digits are randomly generated digits, only to make the PNR number unique.

PNR Status Prediction

Paytm now helps you decide better on your train ticket bookings based on the probability of having the tickets confirmed. With our new “PNR Confirmation Prediction” feature, you can now predict the confirmation probability of the waitlisted tickets, ensuring that your booked tickets get confirmed by the journey date.

How does the PNR Confirmation Prediction feature work?

When you check the train tickets by entering the route, travel date and the class of travel, a list of trains would appear with the probability percentage of having your tickets confirmed. You can book your tickets where the confirmation probability percentage mentioned is on the higher side.

PNR Generation for Various Types of Trains

The PNR number is generated for various types of Indian Railways trains. From the daily express trains to regular passenger trains, each train can be categorised based on their halts, average speed and other relevant factors.

Passenger Trains: Passenger trains generally run between short distanced cities. There are slow as well as fast passenger trains run by the Indian Railways. Since there is no train ticket reservation facility for these trains, no PNR number is generated here.

Express and Super-fast Express Trains: These trains operate across longer distanced routes in India. The tickets can be reserved here, thus a unique PNR number is generated for each ticket that helps in identifying the traveller.

Metro Trains: Metro trains are the trains that are fully equipped with all facilities and technologies that have started operations in several metro cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. The metro train tickets cannot be reserved, and thus no PNR number generation is processed here.

Suburban Local Trains: There are fast local trains that halt only at important stations and slower suburban trains that stop at every station on the route. Seat reservation is not possible here, thus no PNR generation is also applied on suburban trains.

Shatabdi and Janshatabdi Express Trains: These high-speed trains run between moderately distanced important stations. Both trains do not have sleeper coaches. One of the major differences between the Shatabdi and Janshatabdi trains is that Janshatabdi trains contain both AC and non-AC coaches, whereas Shatabdi trains are fully air-conditioned. You can check the PNR of these train tickets as the tickets can be reserved here.

Rajdhani Express Trains: These fully air-conditioned trains are fast trains with less number of stops, and they run between major cities in India. The train tickets can be reserved, and the PNR status can be checked too.

Garib Rath Trains: These trains have AC 3 Tier coaches and the tickets can be reserved. Live PNR status can be checked for Garib Rath trains.

Duronto Express Trains: These trains run from source to destination with no halt in between. The tickets can be reserved, and the PNR status can be tracked too.

Useful Links: IRCTC Ticket Booking | IRCTC PNR Status | Train Running Status | Seat Availability | Railway Enquiry


Ways To Check IRCTC PNR Status

You can understand your PNR live status and train info from multiple sources that include:

  • PNR status check for railway reservation using SMS/phone: SMS PNR and send to 139 or call 139
  • PNR status on mobile on Paytm App/Website
  • PNR Status Enquiry at railway station counters
  • Check in Final reservation charts

Importance of PNR Status

The PNR current status displayed online is used to know whether the booked ticket is CNF, RAC, WL, GNWL, PQWL, RLWL or TQWL. You can thus understand the current status of your train ticket, which also helps you plan the journey better.

Here's what each of the above abbreviation stands for:

  • CNF - Confirmed
  • Confirmed + RAC
  • RAC - Reservation Against Cancellation
  • RAC + WL
  • WL - Waiting List
  • GNWL - General Waiting List
  • PQWL - Pooled Quota Waiting List
  • RLWL - Remote Location Waiting List
  • TQWL - Tatkal Waiting List

Zones From Which PNR Is Issued

There are several zones of the Indian Railways from which the PNR is issued.

  • NR: Northern Railways
  • NER: North Eastern Railways
  • NFR: Northeast Frontier Railways
  • ER: Eastern Railways
  • SER: South Eastern Railways
  • SCR: South Central Railways
  • SR: Southern Railways
  • CR: Central Railways
  • WR: Western Railways
  • SWR: South Western Railways
  • NWR: North Western Railways
  • WCR: West Central Railways
  • NCR: North Central Railways
  • SECR: South East Central Railways
  • ECoR: East Coast Railways
  • ECR: East Central Railways

Train PNR Status FAQS

Q. What is a PNR?

Ans: PNR (Passenger Name Record) is a number that contains the personal details of a passenger. This number is issued by IRCTC’s computerised reservation system.

Q. How is a PNR Number generated?

Ans: The PNR number consists of 10 digits, where the first 3 digits specify the PRS (Passenger Reservation System) from which the ticket is booked. The first digit of the PNR number specify that the zone of the train (starting station of the train) of the ticket. The following numbers belong to the below mentioned zones respectively.

1 – Issued from the SCR zone (Secundarabad PRS)

2, 3 – Issued from NR, NCR, NWR, or NER zone (New Delhi PRS)

4, 5 – Issued from SR, SWR, or SCR zone (Chennai PRS)

6, 7 – Issued from NFR, ECR, ER, EcoR, SER or SECR zone (Kolkata PRS)

8, 9 – Issued from CR, WCR, or WR zone (Mumbai PRS)

The last 7 digits are randomly generated digits, only to make the PNR number unique.

Q. Why do I get error messages while checking PNR?

Ans: There are three possible reasons why you’re getting the error message. You could have entered the wrong PNR number, the web servers might be down, or you may be checking the PNR between 11.30 PM and 12.30 AM when the Indian Railways servers are under maintenance.

Q. How does PNR work?

Ans: The Centre of Railway Information Systems or CRIS runs a database where all information about passengers are fed and stored. The system creates a 10 digit PNR status number every time a person books a train ticket on any platform.

Q. How to check PNR Status online?

Ans: The PNR live status of your train ticket can be checked in no time! For Indian Railways PNR status check, all you need to do is enter your PNR number and click the button indicated. A new window will appear showing your current PNR status live. There is a popular confusion among users if you can check IRCTC PNR status online by entering the passenger's name or not. However, since the personal details of each passenger are kept confidential, you may not check the IRCTC PNR status with name.

Q. What are the confirmation chances of my waitlisted ticket? Will it be confirmed?

Ans: Confirmation of the waitlisted tickets depends on the ticket demand on specific days. So it is quite difficult to assure the ticket confirmation. Additionally, you can know the confirmation chances of your waitlisted tickets with the help of Paytm's PNR prediction feature. You can see it in percentage like 50%, 70%, 45%. The higher the percentage, the more the confirmation probability.

Q. What is meant by “Chart not prepared” status?

Ans: The final booking chart would be prepared at least 2 hours prior to the scheduled departure of the train at the originating station. However, if the train is scheduled for departure at late night or early morning, the chart may be prepared as early as 4 hours before the scheduled departure.

Q. Is there any chance of ticket confirmation after chart preparation?

Ans: Waitlisted tickets get confirmed only before the chart preparation. If your tickets remain waitlisted after the chart preparation, the booked tickets will not get confirmed. However, if there are vacant seats, you can talk to the TC and check if you can be allotted a seat.

Q. What is the validity of Indian Railways PNR Number?

Ans: Your PNR number turns invalid after the completion of the journey.

Q. How often should you check Train PNR Status updates?

Ans: If you are allotted a waitlisted train ticket, the status of the ticket keeps changing based on the cancellations on the confirmed tickets. Your ticket could move to a lower waiting list number or can also get confirmed. Since the change in the Train PNR status is recorded realtime, it is better to have the live PNR status checked for train often.

Q. Can we travel with only the PNR number?

Ans: Yes, passengers are allowed to travel without tickets, if the PNR status is confirmed. If you don’t have the ticket with you, approach the TC and give the details of your ticket along with your ID proof for verification.

Q. Can we check PNR after the journey?

Ans: If you check the Train PNR status after the journey, the result may show “Flushed PNR/PNR not generated”. Later, you may also find the PNR number allotted to another passenger.

Q. What do you mean by CNF in Train PNR status?

Ans: CNF stands for “Confirmed”. The PNR status of the train ticket that shows CNF means that the seats are confirmed.

Q. Where is the PNR number printed on a train ticket?

Ans: If the train ticket is bought at a railway station, the PNR number will be printed on the top left corner of the ticket. In case the ticket is bought online, the PNR number would be separately displayed on the top of the train ticket.

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