Train PNR Status
The Indian population primarily relies on railways for easy and convenient travelling within the country. Since there are a limited number of seats in every train, one may not get a confirmed ticket instantly after booking a train ticket every time. The booking status of the IRCTC train ticket is referred to as the Train PNR Status.
PNR or Passenger Name Record is a unique ten-digit number mentioned on the train reservation ticket. This PNR number is issued as soon as you make a train booking on Indian Railways Reservation System. The PNR number provides complete travel details of the passengers along with the journey details. Train name, number, date of journey, passenger’s name, ticket booking status, coach type, coach number, berth number and berth type are the details which a PNR number contains. Coach Number, Berth Number and Berth Type (i.e. Lower, Middle, Upper etc.) are only allocated only if the train booking is in CNF PNR Status.
The IRCTC train booking follows a process, wherein the available seats are booked initially, after this the tickets are booked under RAC (Reservation Against Cancellation) and the tickets booked thereafter fall under the Waiting List (WL) category. PNR Status basically represents one of these categories & more of a train ticket.
Types of PNR Status:
As the PNR status comprises the travel details in abbreviations, it is essential to know what they stand for. Below mentioned is the list of abbreviations and their meanings defining the live PNR status of your ticket:
CNF PNR Status — This means the ticket has been confirmed and the allotment of the passenger’s seat is done after making the chart.
WL PNR Status — It stands for Waiting List and the passenger with a Waiting List ticket cannot board the train.
RAC PNR Status — It stands for Reservation Against Cancellation. It is a type of ticket, which ensures travel but does not guarantee the allocation of a berth. Although, a traveller can later be allocated a proper berth if the other travellers with a confirmed train ticket don’t board the train
CAN Status — This means the ticket has been cancelled and the passenger cannot board the train.
GNWL Status — This stands for General Waitlist. If GNWL is present on the ticket, passengers can board the train if other passengers have cancelled their tickets.
TQWL Status — This stands for Tatkal Waitlist. This shows on the ticket if the passenger who has booked a ticket on tatkal is on the waiting list.
PQWL Status — This stands for Pooled Quota Waitlist. It is for a passenger who travels from the station where the train starts and gets down in a station before the last train destination.
RLWL Status — This stands for Remote Location Waitlist. It is for a passenger who travels between intermediary stations.
NOSB Status — This stands for No Seat Berth. It is for child passengers below 12 years of age and no seats are assigned for them.
While booking an IRCTC train ticket, you can see the availability of seats denoted as:
The booking status of tickets in waitlist changes whenever there is the availability of reserved seats. The waitlist queue progresses from WL to RAC to CNF (confirmed). Hence, the PNR status of a WL ticket keeps changing until the final chart is prepared on the day of the journey.
For instance, if your ticket indicates your booking as WL 7, it means you are at the 7th position in the waitlist queue. Once any passenger cancels his/her train ticket of the same journey as yours, which is either in CNF state or RAC state or WL state above your WL number then your WL number will decrease & will move closer to RAC or CNF PNR status.
From WL to RAC PNR Status
Your ticket will move to WL 6, WL 5 and so on till WL1. As your ticket moves one place up in the queue, the booking will appear as WL 7/ WL 6. Here, the first part will remain the same in every scenario indicating your actual booking status and the second part shows the updated/ current status.
From RAC to CNF PNR Status
Once your booking enters the RAC queue, it will appear as WL 7/ RAC 3. Thereafter the RAC number will keep updating till it becomes WL 7/ RAC 1. Here, the first part will remain the same in every scenario indicating your actual booking status and the second part shows the updated/ current status.
After this, your ticket will change to a confirmed one and will appear as WL7/ CNF.
WL 7/ WL 1 means that current PNR status of your ticket is WL 1, i.e. it is still a waiting ticket and you cannot board the train.
WL 7/ RAC 1 means that current PNR status of your ticket is now RAC and you are now eligible to board the train and you will be allotted just a seat but not an entire berth.
WL7/ CNF means it is a confirmed ticket, you can board the train and you will be allotted an entire berth.
Keeping a track of your current PNR status is extremely essential if your ticket lies in the waiting list or RAC. You can easily keep a track on your train PNR status either by browsing the Goibibo website or the Goibibo app.