Hidden information in the PNR number

PNR Number

The first digit of your PNR no. represents the Railway Zone under which the originating station of your train falls. It always starts with an even digit except 0. There are 16 Zones in Indian Railways (excluding Konkan Railway) and the following table shows which digit corresponds to what zone :

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    Starting DigitPRS RegionRailway Zones Covered
    2New Delhi PRSNR, NCR, NER, NWR
    4Chennai PRSSR, SCR, SWR
    6Kolkata PRSNFR, ER, ECR, ECoR, SER, SECR
    8Mumbai PRSCR, WR, WCR


    This means that if you have booked a ticket from any station to any other station in 22177 Mumbai - Varanasi Mahanagari Express which starts from Mumbai CSMT belonging to Central Railways(CR), the PNR number will start with the digit 8.


    Similarly, if you have booked a ticket in 22178 Varanasi - Mumbai Mahanagari Express which starts from Varanasi belonging to Northern Railways(NR), the PNR number will start with the digit 2.


    The next 2 digits after the first digit represent the PRS location within the train originating zone. Each zone can have multiple PRS locations with different codes. PRS location is a location with a counter-ticket booking facility. Example - Ghatkopar station reservation counter is a PRS location and Dadar station reservation counter is a different PRS location within Mumbai and both will have separate codes.


    The last 7 digits of a PNR are randomly generated and do not contain any specific information.


    The 16 Zones of Indian Railways are depicted in the following table:

    Railway Zones

    Zone CodeName of the ZoneZonal Headquarter Stn
    CRCentral RailwaysMumbai CSMT
    EREastern RailwaysHowrah
    ECREast Central RailwaysHajipur
    ECoREastern Coastal RailwaysBhubaneshwar
    NRNorthern RailwaysNew Delhi
    NCRNorth Central RailwaysPrayagraj
    NERNorth Eastern RailwaysGorakhpur
    NFRNorth-East Frontier RailwaysMaligaon Guwahati
    NWRNorth Western RailwaysJaipur
    SRSouthern RailwayChennai
    SCRSouth Central RailwaySecunderabad
    SWRSouth Western RailwaysHubli
    SERSouth Eastern RailwaysHowrah
    SECRSouth Eastern Central RailwaysBilaspur
    WRWestern RailwaysMumbai Churchgate
    WCRWest Central RailwaysJabalpur

    Short Forms in PNR

    short forms in PNR

    Your PNR status may conta in many complex short forms that might sometimes be confusing. There are more than 20 such short forms that might appear in your PNR status. The following table denotes what each one of them means:

    Know your IRCTC PNR Status Code

    1CAN / MODCancelled or Modified Passenger
    2CNF / ConfirmedConfirmed (Coach/Berth number will be available after chart preparation)
    3RACReservation Against Cancellation
    4WL #Waiting List Number
    5RLWLRemote Location Wait List
    6GNWLGeneral Wait List
    7PQWLPooled Quota Wait List
    8REGRET/WLNo More Booking Permitted
    9RELEASEDTicket Not Cancelled but Alternative Accommodation Provided
    10R# #RAC Coach Number Berth Number
    11WEBCANRailway Counter Ticket Passenger cancelled through internet and Refund not collected
    12WEBCANRFRailway Counter Ticket Passenger cancelled through internet and Refund collected
    13RQWLRoadside Quota Waitlist
    14DPWLDuty Pass Waitlist
    15TQWLTatkal Quota Waitlist
    16 SS Senior Citizen Quota / Single Lady Passenger above 45 Years
    17NCNo Choice - When the opted berth/seat preference not allotted
    18 HP Handicapped Quota
    19 HOHead Quarters / High Official Quota ( popularly known as VIP Quota)
    20 PTPremium Tatkal
    21NOSBNo Seat Berth (For child passenger in 5-12 years age range opting to travel without berth)

    Do you know what happens to the IRCTC PNR after you have completed the journey ?

    Flushed PNR

    A PNR number for a specific Journey gets flushed 5 days after the date of journey. A flushed PNR means that its status cannot be checked online.

    Flushed PNR for a particular journey remain in railways’ database for 9 months after which they are eligible to be assigned to another journey.


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