PNR status of the Indian Railway is the short form of Passenger Name Record. It is a unique ten digit number which is printed on the ticket at the top left hand corner. In case of those passengers who have reserved their accommodation and like to know the status of their ticket, the PNR number needs to be quoted while making the enquiry.
PNR number acts as the primary reference basically and assists in finding and updating the status for reservation and confirmation of ticket. It serves as the database for Railway Reservation system. One can easily find out the confirmation status by mobile and landline phone.
PNR represents the Passenger Current Status and online PNR Status Enquiry is available only between 0500 hrs to 2300 hrs IST. In order to offer faster service now onwards, Indian Railways has decided that PNR Status will be available only for those PNR’s for which date of journey lies within 10 days (inclusive of current day). Therefore, one needs to provide the details of journey date along with the PNR number for getting the current status.
Indian Railways has offered the facility of providing the Train PNR Status on the mobile phones. This has led to great relief and comfort for the passengers. To get the PNR Status over the mobile phone, one need to type in 10 digit PNR number printed on the ticket and sends it via SMS to 9773300000.
Indian Railways has collaborated with Google to offer this facility. By merely messaging the PNR number through cell phone one gets the ticket’s current status in addition to all other journey related details. While sending the SMS to the number 9773300000, one should not prefix 0 or +91. Best part of this service is that one is required to pay the price of standard SMS only and no premium charge is charged to the passengers.
Southern railways are one of the oldest divisions for the Indian railways; they started close to 6 decades back. Since then there has been no turning back for the railways. One of the unique features of these railways is that the maximum revenue for the railways comes from people travelling instead of freight that most of the other railways get. Southern railways contribute close to 10% of the total people traveling using the Indian railways. The train reservation bookings are done exactly the same way as it is done for the rest of the railways.
PNR status for southern Railways
PNR which stands for Passenger name and record is one of the most commonly used term in the Railways sector. As soon as one books the ticket, he or she is allocated with a PNR number. The PNR number is a unique identity number associated with every ticket that is booked using the Indian railways. No two tickets can have the same PNR number. It is with the help of this PNR that the reservation of tickets in India is done without any complexity. To know about the PNR status on southern railway one can actually visit the southern railway site, this site will give you the most current updates happening on the Southern circuit.
The Indian railways have a different site for southern railways; in fact very recently they changed the URL for the site. The current site for Southern railways is www.sr.indianrailways.gov.in. As soon as you enter the site, there are lots of options on the display page itself. You can actually navigate through the site for any details. Be it train information, train running information, seat availability and almost everything that you require.
To specifically get information about the PNR status, all you need to do is in the main page of the site itself; right at the bottom of the page you have the passenger inquiry section. In that there is a link called the PNR enquiry, this when clicked on opens another page and in that page, which looks very strikingly similar to the Indian railways site one can type in the ten digits, PNR number mentioned on the ticket. You will get to the status of your ticket.
The PNR information is generally required if your tickets booked are still shown as RAC or Waiting list. The PNR status will exactly show you, the current status of tickets, whether the tickets have moved further or has it got confirmed. Apart from that an easy way of getting to know your PNR status is through the link on the main page itself. Right at the left hand corner, a small text box requires you to fill in the PNR number. On typing the numbers, the details of it are displayed on the screen. This is a quick link and a much easier way of getting the inputs.
PNR number is an integral part of the Indian railways, without with it is almost like a dead system.
With the advent of technology, lots of things have been changing around us. Life is getting comfortable with things being available at the click of the mouse or just by dialing on the phone. So has life at Indian Railways, the long queues at the reservation counters are now done away with and are now available at the click of the mouse. Technology has also embraced the Indian railways in a big way. Sometimes, we may sit and wonder as to how the whole system works in Railways, as we are aware that at the same time, someone is doing the booking for the same train on the same date and class. Well the Indian Railways has very efficiently drawn up the system of PNR which stands for Passenger Name Record. Let’s get in detail to know more about PNR.
The minute you end up booking a ticket, a unique number is generated for each of the tickets that has been booked. The same number cannot be generated at some other counter, or through some other online sites. This number is useful for us to track the details of the tickets, to claim any refund from the railways. A search for this number at any of the railway site or railway counter will let you know the details like train used for traveling, date of travel and how many tickets have been booked under it. A maximum of only six tickets can be booked under a single PNR number.
PNR number forms a very important means for tracking the status of the ticket, if while booking the status comes across as W/L (Waiting List) or RAC (Reservation against Cancellation). If the status of the ticket is confirmed, then there is no need to track the PNR number. However when the travel date is nearing, and you need to know the status of the ticket, all you need to do is key in your PNR number on the Indian Railways site under the quick links “PNR Status” and get your status checked. This detail will keep you realistically updated about your travel plans. In case, the waiting list that you have received doesn’t seem to moving, then you can always look for alternative means of travel. One can either resort to traveling on some other date, or get a Tatkal done if the travel plans can’t be delayed then.
That was for Waiting list tickets; however PNR also helps in for tickets where the status is RAC. This is nothing but you get your tickets confirmed when anyone from the confirmed list cancels the tickets. The ideal time to check the RAC status is just 3 hours before the journey, when the charts are put. You can key in your PNR number on the Indian railways site or you can text across the PNR number over a mobile phone and get the details checked.
Thus you see, this ten digit number has been doing most of the work for railways. The whole system of railways is dependent on this single number.
Travelling in India has changed drastically. With the advancement of technology, life has become easier. Speed, luxury has now taken over the minds of the people. One of the best ways to travel across the length and the breadth of the country is through railways. Railways reach the remotest part of the country and now with improved services, laymen like us have little things to crib about. With internet revolution on the rise getting the tickets booked online has also become an easy task.
Gone are the days, when booking tickets was a task that one would not want to indulge in, however now we can do it sitting at the convenience of our home and with just a mouse click. Tickets for railways can be booked through reservation counters spread across the country or through online booking. More and more people from big cities and towns are sticking to online booking as it is very convenient to do so. But have you ever wondered that in a country like India where population is so high how many people at the same time must be trying to get the tickets done for the same train at the same date. Perplexed right as to how the whole system works?
The whole system works on one magic term – PNR. PNR, the abbreviation stands for Passenger Name Record. Railways rely on this number big time; this is the unique code that is available on a every ticket. No two tickets can have the same PNR number and most of the railways work is done using the PNR number. The minute you book the ticket, be it online or at any reservation counter the ticket that is booked will have a specific number tagged to it. This number helps the passenger to connect with the railways in case of any dues and refunds.
How to check using PNR
Many a times when the tickets are booked, depending upon the availability of the tickets your status is decided. If there are already seats available then you have a confirmed ticket. However if your tickets are not confirmed and the status is RAC (Reservation against cancellation) or Waiting list, then the PNR will help you to track the current status of your ticket. For checking using PNR number, all you need to do is go to site www.indianrail.gov.in and select on PNR status. Type in the PNR number and find out the current status. The status will be displayed on the screen. The most up to date information that you can get about the PNR is once the chart has been put up, that is exactly 3 hours before the train is scheduled to depart from the source station. With a PNR number, it is like searching your details amongst a lakh other people. Now a day, checking of ticket status is also possible by sending the PNR details using a mobile phone.
So if you look at it, the complex Indian railway system has become easier just with a help of a 10 digit number.