PNR Status

PNR Status

  • Confirmed – CNF ( कन्फर्म – CNF )
  • Confirmed + RAC ( कन्फर्म + RAC )
  • RAC ( RAC )
  • RAC + WL ( RAC + WL )
  • GNWL General ( GNWL जनरल वेटिंग )
  • PQWL Pooled Quota ( PQWL पूल्ड कोटा )
  • RLWL Remote Location ( RLWL रिमोट लोकेशन )
  • TQWL Tatkal Waiting ( TQWL तत्काल वेटिंग )
  • Charting ( चार्टिंग )

CNF – PNR status is assigned when the ticket was in RAC and has been moved to confirmed status but the seat number has not been given. The seat number will be allocated after charting. Charting is usually done 4 hours before departure of train.

Some passengers are in Confirmed (CNF) and some passengers are in RAC status in the same ticket.
If charting has not been done yet, the RAC passenger may get confirmed seat after charting.
All passengers can travel and their names will be displayed in the chart
Ticket can be cancelled 30 minute before departure of train.
If any of the passenger is in RAC status, RAC Cancelllation Rules will apply to all the passengers

Once the general quota seats are filled, passengers are placed in RAC queue.
RAC passengers can travel in the train.
2 passengers are assigend the same side lower berth seat.
If any cancellation is done in the general quota seats, the person in the RAC queue is assigned a CNF ( Confirmed ) status
CNF status passengers are assigned seat number after charting is done.
RAC PNR status passengers can cancel the ticket 30 minutes before departure of train.
After charting if the status remains in RAC, full berth will be alloted from the confirmed passengers who have not boarded the train.
While in train TTE checks passengers who have not come. Vacant seats are assigned to RAC passengers.
TTE is obligated to allot vacant berths to RAC passengers in priority according to RAC passengers given in the chart.

Some passengers are in RAC status and some passengers are in waiting list status.
All passengers can travel.
Can cancel upto 30 minutes before departure of train. RAC Cancelllation Rules.
If waiting list ticket passengers do not travel. TDR can be filed online.

General Waiting List (GNWL) waitlisted tickets are issued when the passenger begins his/her journey at the originating station of a route or stations close to the originating station.
This is most common type of waiting list and has got the highest chances of confirmation.
Waiting List ( Can not travel if booked online ).
It gets automatically cancelled on chart preparation & Refund will be automatically credited in Bank Account in 3 to 7 days.
Cancelllation Charges

A Pooled Quota Waiting List (PQWL) is shared by several small stations.
Pooled Quotas normally operate only from the originating station of a route, and there is only one Pooled Quota for the entire run.
The Pooled Quota is generally allotted for passengers travelling from the originating station to a station short of the terminating station, or from an intermediate station to the terminating station, or between two intermediate stations.
Waiting List ( Can not travel if booked online ).
It gets automatically cancelled on chart preparation & Refund will be automatically credited in Bank Account in 3 to 7 days.

Remote Location Waiting List (RLWL) means ticket is issued for intermediate stations (between the originating and terminating stations) because usually these are the most important towns or cities on that particular route.
This type of tickets will be given a separate priority and confirmations will depend on the cancellations of a destination confirmed ticket. Remote location stations prepare there own chart 2-3 hours before the actual departure of train.
For this type of ticket there are less chances of confirmation.
Waiting List ( Can not travel if booked online ).
It gets automatically cancelled on chart preparation & Refund will be automatically credited in Bank Account in 3 to 7 days.

For Tatkal Tickets, the waiting list issued used to be CKWL which has been changed to TQWL by the Indian Railways since December 2016.
If tatkal ticket goes up, it directly gets confirmed and doesn’t go through RAC status unlike GNWL.
During chart preparation, general waiting list (GNWL) is preferred over tatkal waiting list (TQWL) therefore tatkal waitlisted tickets are less likely to get confirmed.
Tatkal ticket waitlist, refund of fare shall be granted in accordance with rule less clerkage.

Charting – is the process of allocating the vacant seats of other quota to general/tatkal quota.
There are many quotas under which the seats are assigned in Indian Railways.
The first chart is usually prepared 4 hours before departure of train from originating station or remote location station.
For early morning trains chart is prepared the night before.
If the seats remain vacant in first chart, the remaining seats are made available for booking.
The final chart is made 30min before departure of train.
Some waiting list tickets are confirmed.
Berth and coach number is assigned to all passengers having final status as confirmed or RAC.
Fully waiting list e-tickets are automatically cancelled.
Some passengers also get upgraded which means they get accommodation in higher class without paying any extra charge.
Fully confirmed tickets cannot be cancelled after chart preparation.