PNR Status Check Online: IRCTC Live Status Enquiry of your Railway Tickets


IRCTC PNR Status Checker Online: Check CNF, CAN, WL Live Status of your Railway Tickets

PNR status tell us the current status of the ticket which you had booked by the Indian railway department. It stands for ‘Passenger Name Record’. By its name it is clear it stores the information of the passenger like name, age , gender etc. So you can check Names of the passenger while checking PNR status. The PNR number consist of 10 digit number which tell the passenger about the availability of berths in all classes for the next 60 days. All the service like ticketing, catering, and tourism are provided by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) which is again a part of Indian railway. So you can also check IRCTC PNR status here. As we know there are limited seat in the Railway so it is not possible that all the passenger get confirm ticket. So many of them get in waiting list or W/L. Eventually, the passengers have to wait for the ticket to get confirmed, for that he/ she has to continue check his/her ticket status. Here I am going to share you how you can check your Passenger Name record status by the official Indian railway website and what are the teams you can see in your pnr status ticket and what are their meanings.

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PNR status Enquiry Direct Link:-

Important note: Many passenger don’t know the time of preparation of the chat by the Indian railway. The Preparation of chat by IRCTC is done 4 hours before to train departure time of the train. Also the Final Chart Will Be Prepared 30 Minutes before the Departure Time of the train. So keep checking your PNR status before 30 minutes of the train departure because there is still chance to get your ticket confirmed.

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PNR Status Checker by SMS

To check PNR status via SMS. You have to SMS 10 digit PNR number to 139. Similarly, you can call on 139 (Railway Enquiry Number) to know your PNR status.


Can I travel If my ticket is in waiting list?

The answer of this question depends on the method of your ticket booking.

  1. If you have done online booking or if you have E-ticket:- If you have booked your ticket online by IRCTC website/ App or any other third party app then you will get E-ticket. If you are getting RAC, CNF status on your E-ticket/ while checking PNR status after the chart prepared Only then you are allowed to board the train and get the confirmed berth otherwise you E-ticket will get automatic canceled and you will get full refund within 7 working days. You are not allowed to travel even in general compartment if you are in waiting list.
  2. If you have done offline booking by direct visiting to the railway counter:– If you get CNF or RAC ticket then obviously you can board the train and get confirmed berth. But In the case of waiting list after the chart is prepared still you travel. Yes you just need your ticket. You can board the train and travel in general compartments. Supposed you have ought to board the train then you must book offline ticket. This is the only advantage of booking offline ticket.

Congratulation if your ticket is confirmed, but do not worry if your ticket status is not confirmed and it is showing something else. you might be seen the following abbreviation or terms while checking the status of your railway ticket. You must know the meaning of CNF, CAN, GNWL, WL, CKWL, RLWL, PQWL, RLGN, RQWL, RSWL and RAC meaning in railway Ticket while checking your PNR Status.

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  1. CNF Meaning: It stand for Confirmed. It will show you, your ticket is confirmed and you can travel and get a berth.
  2. RAC Meaning: It stands for Reservation against cancelation. In this case the passenger is allowed to travel and the two passengers get same berth number on their ticket which means they have to share the same berth. According to IRCTC rule If a confirmed passenger does not board the train, a full berth is allotted to the passenger with RAC ticket. But you can talk to the TT in train he can separate your berth if someone don’t board the train in any station.
  3. CAN  Meaning– It stand for Cancelled. It will show you, your ticket is canceled and you can not travel.
  4. WL Meaning: It stand for Waiting list. If the chart has been prepared and your IRCTC PNR status still says WL, you are not allowed to board the train.
  5. GNWL Meaning: It stands for general Waiting List. when you simply book your ticket in general quota and their is no vacant seat in that particular quota then you might be get this status
  6. CKWL Meaning: It stands for Tatkal Waiting List. When you simply book your ticket in Tatkal quota and their is no vacant seat in that particular quota then you might be get this status
  7. RLWL Meaning: It stands for Remote Location Waiting List. When a passenger takes a ticket for a station between two major stations, where there are no more trains, then in such a situation the passenger is given the first seat on any cancellation. Such a ticket is likely to be confirmed only when the ticket of the remote location is canceled. RLWL ticket holders get priority in case of cancellation of the ticket. The chances of getting the ticket confirmed in RLWL are less.
  8. PQWL meaning: It stands for Pooled Quota Waiting List. When someone travels between any two middle stations in a long distance train and his ticket is waiting, then that ticket goes to the PQWL waiting list. This list is for many small stations in a large area. This will be confirmed only when a passenger of that area cancels his ticket. Meaning, if you start your journey from a smaller station and your ticket is in the pooled waiting list, then someone from your area (pool code) will have to cancel your ticket to get confirmed.
  9. RLGN Meaning: It stands for Remote Location General Waiting List. This waiting is issued when the WL quota is RLWL. This means that after the ticket is booked in the RLWL waiting list, it will become RLGN.
  10. RQWL Meaning: It stands for Request Waiting List. Which is the last waiting list. If there is no pooled quota in any route, then such a waiting list is created. The chances of getting these tickets confirmed are very less.
  11. RSWL Meaning: It stands for Roadside Station Waiting List. Road side station waiting list is written on the ticket when berths are booked from the originating stations of the train to the road side station or the stations adjacent to it. The chances of getting confirmed in this type of waiting ticket are very less.

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PNR Status Prediction

The Prediction shown in the IRCTC website or any PNR checker website might be vary or not accurate. They just give you reference on the basic of past booking on the same day or same festive season. All the passenger are requested to don’t believe on this prediction because it is just a history of data of cancelation against any confirmation ticket booking. Following are the chance of CAN, CNF, WL, GNWL, CKWL, RLWL, PQWL, RLGN, RQWL, RSWL and RAC to get confirmed:-

Status Chance to get confirmed
GNWL (General Waiting List) Highest chances to get confirmed
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 to get confirmed
PQWL (Pooled Quota Waiting List) Less chances to get confirmed
RLGN (Remote Location General Waiting List) Less chances to get confirmed
RQWL (Request Waiting List) Less chances to get confirmed
RSWL (Roadside Station Waiting List) Less chances to get confirmed
RAC (Reservation against cancelation) Less chance to get confirmed


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