What is PNR ?
PNR is short name for 'Passenger Name Record'. It is a record in the database of Indian Railways against which the journey details for a passenger, or a group of passengers are stored. Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) also maintains information like current PNR status of the passengers, availability of berths in all classes for the next 60 days and static enquiries like Train Between Important Stations, Reservations Rules, Fares, Refund, and Rules etc When a reserved railway ticket is booked for a train in Indian Railways, all the details of passengers are stored in relational database of centralized reservation system. These details are associated with a unique ten digit number. This reference number is called PNR. PNR number is generally printed at the top left corner of the printed tickets. In case of the E – Ticket, it is mentioned at top in separate cell. Passenger's personal information like name, age, gender etc. is saved in the database against this reference number. It includes columns to store booking status and current status of the ticket. As we know every train has limited number of seats, sometime one may not get a confirmed reserved ticket. The current status of such a waitlist (W/L) ticket changes when there is any availability of reserved seats due to cancellation. This new current reservation status is generally known as PNR status.
About Confirmtkt PNR Prediction
Confirmtkt PNR Prediction i.e. CONFIRMTKT STATUS will help you predict the chances of getting confirmed tickets. Prediction is done computed using data analytics and machine learning techniques based on various factors like past booking and cancellation trends, station quotas, days of the week, seasonality, holidays etc.
Generally waiting list PNR Status during peak seasons like Durga puja(Dussehra), Diwali, Chhath, Holi etc has very fewer chances to get confirmed. This is due to a large number of commuters travelling to their hometowns. Even during this peak months flights and bus ticket prices zoom up.
Using ConfirmTkt PNR Status check your PNR current status and also know the chances of getting your PNR status confirmed. If your PNR status has confirmation chances low on ConfirmTkt status(Prediction), it is advisable to search for alternates.
ConfirmTkt also has the alternate feature which helps you to find all possible optimal options to reach your destination.
PNR Status Confirmation of different waitlist tickets
GNWL (General Waiting List) - Highest confirmation chances
CKWL (Tatkal Waiting List) - GNWL tickets are preferred over Tatkal tickets hence CKWL Confirmation chances are low compared to GNWL
RLWL (Remote Location Waiting List) - Less chances of confirmation
PQWL (Pooled Quota Waiting List) - Less chances of confirmation, quota shared between several stations
RLGN (Remote Location General Waiting List) - Less chances of confirmation, when user books ticket under RLWL
RQWL (Request Waiting List) - Less chances of confirmation
RSWL (Roadside Station Waiting List) - Less chances of confirmation
PNR is an abbreviation for 'Passenger Name Record'. As the term suggests, when you book a ticket, an entry is created in your name and a 10-digit unique id is allotted against your transaction. This is your ‘PNR number’. This id is the key to figure a variety of information about your train reservation. For instance, PNR status tells you if booking is confirmed or you’ll need to wait to get a seat if someone cancels their ticket. Apart from booking confirmation, you also get to know the details of the train coach and berth, the fare paid by you, and the departure and arrival date and timelines. What’s more, you can check the PNR status using your smartphone too. Below explains how you could do the same.
Using PNR Number to check ticket details:
It’s super easy to check your PNR Status. To check your reservation status, enter the PNR number in the search bar and the results of the search are mostly the following details:
Passenger and Ticket Details:
- Information about the passenger such as their Name, Age, Gender, and Berth Preference
- Information on what seating class or quota the ticket has been booked under
- Ticket status showing CNF, RAC, or WL (these terms have been explained in detail below)
- It mentions the coach and berth number
Payment and Train Details:
- Reveals how much you paid for the ticket including the transaction id and the mode of payment
- It also mentions the train number and name
- The last bit of information will be about your boarding date and time and when the train is going to get you to your destination
Modes of PNR enquiry and how does it work ?
You must be wondering what’s the mechanics behind a PNR enquiry; what are all the modes to enquire PNR and how does it work across channels. Well, here is all you need to know about it. In this era, you need not physically visit a railway station to make an enquiry to know the status of your ticket. You can very much do it using modern enquiry modes such as smartphone applications, web portals, via SMS, and final reservation charts of course.
Now, the HOW part of it - when you buy a ticket using IRCTC portal or over the counter or via any third-party ticketing platform for that matter, a 10-digit number is generated. This number stores all the information about your train journey at CRIS (Centre Of Railway Information Systems), a database meant for storing passenger details. When you make an online PNR status enquiry, this number fetches the live PNR status from the database. You can reserve up to 6 seats in a single transaction and the online PNR status is going to show the reservation details of 6 of them. You may carry out another transaction to book tickets beyond six, if need be. An SMS service was launched initially by IRCTC to get live PNR status on your mobile. To avail this service all you have to do is, send a message to the service number in the following format: PNR space "Your PNR Number".
Understanding IRCTC PNR Status Abbreviations
The abbreviations found on a PNR number status
page or on a ticket could read alien and you might wonder what do these terms mean? Here is help. Here’s a list of some abbreviated terms, their meaning and full forms that they stand for:
- CNF – If you read this on your live PNR status, you’ve got a ‘Confirmed’ ticket
- RAC – ‘Reservation Against Cancellation’ meaning that you are likely to get reservation in case someone cancels to travel. You can board the train though
- WL – ‘Waiting List’ meaning that you’re lined up to get a confirmed ticket only if one decides to cancel their booking. If the chart has been prepared and your IRCTC PNR status still says WL, you cannot board the train. There are other types of waiting lists as well including GNWL (General Waitlist), TQWL (Tatkal Waitlist), PQWL (Pooled Quota Waitlist), RLWL (Remote Location Waitlist), and NOSB (No Seat Berth)
- CAN – Ticket Cancelled.
A quick piece of wisdom to sum up – though the PNR number is meaningless post you’ve de-boarded, it’s still kept intact in the Indian Railway PNR Number database for the next 9 months.