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Here's how you can check Indian Railways PNR status through SMS

In order to increase the ease of passengers, Indian Railways has inducted new facilities for the latest status update on their bookings. There may be times when you need to catch a train the very next day and the internet connectivity might face a snag
or you may not be able to access the internet. You may not be aware of your ticket status and want to know the details of your journey. However, you need not panic as you can even check your PNR status through SMS on your phone.

What does PNR include

PNR number is a ten-digit unique number which is provided against every booked ticket by the Indian Railways. During travel, your PNR number is the most important information as it gives you information about the status of your booked ticket. It makes you aware whether your ticket is confirmed, waitlisted or cancelled. The PNR status includes your personal information (Name, age, sex), your ticket details, your berth preference, payment details and also your station code.

Thus, all the inquiries like train alert, train status, live train status, information about the waitlisted tickets, seat availability or train schedule, can be easily gathered through SMS facility on our phone.

PNR provides information about the status of our reservation as well which may be classified as
  • Confirmed status (CNF)
  •  Waiting List status (WL)
  • Reservation Against Cancellation status (RAC) of a ticket
  • Cancelled (CAN)
  • General Waiting List (GNWL) 
  • Tatkal Waiting List (TQWL)
  • Pooled Quota List (PQWL) 
  • Remote Location Waiting List (RLWL)
  • No Room (NR) 
  • No Seat Berth (NOSB) etc.

PNR can be checked through a number of ways like logging into the IRCTC app or website or by logging into any other mobile application. 

Explained below are simple steps to check your PNR status through SMS
  1. Open your message option on the phone
  2. In order to inquire about the PNR, you need to type 'PNR'
  3. Now you must send this SMS to 139
  4. You will be charged  Rs 3 for a single enquiry
  5. You will receive a message with all the details about your journey

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