Understanding PNR Status

PNR Status is the term we use to go with at least one time in our life if traveled frequently and using internet and online services. We use to travel for so many purposes in our life going back to home, for celebrating an auspicious festival, for attending any ceremony, for a holiday vacation, going to holy pilgrimage and lots of other reasons.
Travelling is the part of our life and as the youngsters are moving to far places from their home town for further studies or job relocation, it has become a necessary and important part of our lives.

What is PNR STATUS ?

It is a record of an individual traveler, passenger name record exist in the database of digitized or computerized reservation system of Indian railways. Previously this concept was used by airways industry to provide the information of passengers and seats availability in different flights using same destination. This is the easiest way to track the information of each person using flights to travel. PNR number remains same with you till the time you are on journey and cannot be changed before the completion of your journey.

As the concept become successful in that industry, it is adopted by Railway industry too. Indian Railways OR IRCTC provides PNR number to all the tickets booking to make the checking easier.
If we talk about Indian Railways, the PNR Status can be checked by entering a 10 digit unique number on the IRCTC website. In the same way many other websites also provide the facility to check your status online for railway or flight tickets. You can also verify it from your cell phone (mobile) as well as landline.

What a PNR STATUS provides?

This unique number is generated for every booking of ticket whether it is confirmed or non-confirmed ticket. It provides the arrival time, departure time, details of every stoppage during the journey, availability of seats and so on. There are some terminologies used by the websites to provide information. Here are the important abbreviations used by Indian railways for ticket booking:

  • RAC – Reservation Against Cancellation.
  • CAN/MOD – Cancelled or Modified Passenger.
  • WL# – Wait List Number
  • CNF/Confirmed – Confirmed
  • TQ – Tatkal Quota.
  • GNWL – General Quota Wait List
  • TQWL – Tatkal Quota Waiting List
  • R## – RAC Coach Number Birth Number
  • RLWL – Remote Local Wait List
  • REGRET/WL – No More Booking Permitted
  • PQWL – Pooled Quota Wait List
  • RELEASED – Ticket Not Cancelled but Alternative Accommodation is Provided.

Here are the details of some terms which are helpful for every passenger while checking PNR Status:

RAC – Reservation Against Cancellation used for a user (passenger) who doesn’t have a confirmed ticket, but he has having the authority to travel without any confirmed seat. It depends on the number of persons in the waiting list; it may be further promoted to a confirmed berth if one of the seats becomes available due to last moment cancellations which usually took place at the journey date.

RAC passengers can catch the train and can sit on the seats available in two side berths. If a seat becomes available which can be confirmed by the Ticket Checker Officer, an RAC passenger can get the reserved seat, and the second RAC passenger who left can convert the two side chairs into a single seat.

WL – Waiting List is the term used for a passenger who doesn’t get any seat even for sitting. In this case, if number of confirmed seats or RAC travelers cancels their reservations before the journey date, he/she will become eligible to accommodate. The size of waiting queue depends on the train and may vary according to the present situation.
There are a fixed number of wait listing seats, once the maximum number waiting tickets have been issued, no further ticket requests are allowed or accepted and refused with REGRET status on the website. After that it is not possible to book or purchase a ticket in any category.

Privacy Policy and Transparency
Every person is equal and its privacy is very important for the concerning department. The personal information passengers have filled is kept private and cannot be used by any other source. In the same time, there is no partiality or priority queue is used during confirmation of tickets. This is a system generated number and depends on first-come-first-serve basis only. So, with your PNR Number in your hand enjoy the wonderful experience of traveling in any part of the world with no hassle and peace of mind.

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