The Indian Railways passenger name record, also known as, Passenger Name Record(PNR) is a number that consists of personal information of a passenger. It also contains the itinerary for the passenger, or a group of passengers travelling together.
The PNR status refers to the booking status of the train ticket. It states whether the ticket has been confirmed, on waiting list (WL) or is under reservation against cancellation (RAC). The online PNR status also provides the coach and seat number, and the fare paid by the passenger apart from the basic information about arrival and departure time of trains.
The PNR number of a ticket is generally printed on the top left corner of the ticket. If it's an e-ticket, the PNR number is, however, printed in a separate cell. It is against this reference number that the passenger's personal details like name, age and gender get saved in the database.
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.
The PNR status of your train ticket can be checked on Paytm 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 PNR status can be checked entering the passenger's name or not. However, since the personal details of each passenger are kept confidential, you may not check the PNR status with name on Paytm.
You can understand your online PNR status and train info from multiple sources that include:
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.
The PNR current status displayed online is used to know whether the booked ticket is CNF, RAC, WL, GNWL, PQWL, RLWL or TQWL.
Here's what each of the above abbreviation stands for:
While checking the ticket availability, you may come across terms like RAC and WL. This could be confusing if you're not familiar with booking train tickets. The 'Available' seats are the ones that get immediately confirmed the moment you book them. The next category RAC (Reservation Against Cancellation) seats are the ones that get confirmed against the cancellation of previously booked tickets. WL (Waiting List) seats are the ones that get confirmed only after the RAC seats are confirmed.
The types of Waiting List tickets include:
RAC (Reservation Against Cancellation) tickets are those where your seats are confirmed, but the berth remains waitlisted. For instance, if you hold an RAC ticket at the time of the journey, you would be allotted a seat which is generally shared by one or more RAC ticket holders, but your berth remains waitlisted. If there are any berths available, it would be allocated to you depending on the RAC position of your ticket.
One of the major differences between a fully WL (waitlisted) ticket and an RAC ticket is that you are allowed to board the train and occupy the alloted seat if you hold an RAC ticket after the chart is prepared, whereas this is not legally permitted if you hold a WL ticket, unless the TTE permits you to board the train.
Your PNR number turns invalid after the completion of the journey.
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 PNR status is recorded realtime, it is better to have a check on the status quite often.