Cancellation of PRS Counter Tickets through IRCTC website

By | May 26, 2016
(Last Updated On: May 26, 2016)


Purpose: –


To facilitate passengers with PRS counter tickets to cancel their tickets through within the prescribed time limit as per Refund Rule 2015 facility for cancellation of such tickets through IRCTC website ( / 139 (by IVRS and SMS).

A pilot project was inaugurated by Hon’ble MR on 29th April,2016,  for cancellation of fully confirmed PRS counter tickets. The pilot was restricted to cancellation of tickets for trains scheduled to depart  within the next 24 hours. Now this facility is being extended to all confirmed tickets without any time limit and also for RAC and Waitlisted tickets with effect from 26th May, 2016.


  • Cancellation will be permitted in normal circumstances only and not in case of late running of trains/cancellation of trains etc.,
  • This facility shall be available only in case the mobile number has been given at the time of booking the ticket.
  • Online cancellation or cancellation through 139 shall be permitted only upto 4 hours before the scheduled departure of the train in case of confirmed tickets and upto half an hour before the scheduled departure of the train in case of RAC/Waitlisted tickets.
  • Refund of fare amount shall be collected only at the journey commencing station or nearby satellite PRS locations defined by Zonal Railway as under:-

(a) During first two hours of the opening of PRS counters on the next day for the tickets for the trains whose scheduled departure time is between 1801 hours and 0600 hours.

(b) Upto 4 hours after the scheduled departure of the train during the working hours of PRS counters/current  counters/special counters where cancellation is permitted round the clock on the  tickets for the trains whose scheduled departure time is  between 0601 hours and 1800 hours.

(c) No refund of amount would be given after the above mentioned prescribed time limit.                               

Procedure For Cancellation through IRCTC website: 

* A new page will be given on IRCTC website ( without any login for purpose of cancellation of PRS counter tickets.

* Passenger will be asked to enter PNR number & Train number on IRCTC website along with captcha.

* The details entered by passenger shall be validated and an OTP will be sent to the passenger on his mobile no. given at the time of booking the ticket. The OTP received on the mobile will be entered by the passenger in the web page and it will be validated by the system.

*  After receiving the confirmation OTP number from the passenger, full cancellation of PNR will be done and PNR will be marked as Cancelled but not refunded in the system. Seat/berth will be released and would be made available for booking both at PRS & IRCTC Website. Refund amount due will also be displayed to the passenger on the website.

* An SMS will be sent to the passenger with PNR and fare details. Sample format: ”Your ticket has been cancelled. PNR, xxxxxx, Amt,xxxxx. Refund of fare amount shall be collected only at the journey commencing station or nearby satellite PRS locations as per the notified time”.

* All the privilege/duty pass/PTOs/complimentary pass tickets shall be allowed to be cancelled through website or through 139.

* All types of PNRs including i-tickets (after printing) and system tickets booked across counter/post office/YTSK/Go India terminals/Bank terminals etc.’ will be allowed to be  cancelled on website except the following:

(a). Circular Journey tickets and onwards tickets booked against CJT.

(b). Foreign tourists PNRs against which berth allotment has been done

(c). ATAS generated new PNR

(d). Duplicate ticket.

(e). Cluster ticket and pre-bought ticket. 

Procedure for Cancellation through 139:                             

Now Rail Ticket booked through Railway Reservation counter can be cancelled through Railway Enquiry 139.  Service is available on:

(a). 139 IVR with Agent Assistance

(b). 139 SMS Service

(a). Procedure to cancel through 139 IVR

(i). Customer will call on 139 and select 6th Option from IVR main menu.

(ii). IVR will ask whether it is Counter Ticket or E- Ticket. Press 1 for Counter Ticket or Press 2 for E-Ticket.

(iii). In case customer selects E-Ticket option, IVR will play a message “Currently ticket booked through Railway Reservation Counter can be cancelled through 139. Press 8 to go back to main menu

  1. Once customer selects Counter Ticket option, call will be transferred to agent for cancellation.
  1. Agent will ask below mentioned information from customer to process the cancellation.
  1. PNR Number
  2. Train Number 
  1. Agent will retrieve ticket information from back end and confirm with customer.
  2. After ticket details confirmation, agent will click on “Generate OTP” button to generate the OTP. System will validate the calling number of customer with the number mentioned in ticket details at the back end.
  1. If mobile number validation fails, agent will advise the customer to call from same number which are mentioned in ticket details. If number is successfully validated, OTP will be delivered on passenger’s mobile number which he would convey to agent.
  1. Agent will enter OTP on CRM and will click “Submit” button to process the cancellation. Ticket will be cancelled and refundable amount will be display on agent screen. Agent will communicate the same refundable amount to customer.
  1. Customer have to collect the permissible refundable amount across the PRS counter within the prescribed time limit.

(b) Cancellation through SMS sent to 139:

(i). User has to send PNR Number & Train Number to 139 in below mentioned syntax:

CANCEL<PNR Number><Train Number> to 139

Example: CANCEL 2303529769 1242

(ii). User will get below response from 139 after mobile number verification:

“Dear User, We have received cancellation request against PNR number 2303529769, OTP against this request is 123456. To confirm the ticket cancellation send SMS OTP 123456 to 139.

(iii). User has to send given OTP back to 139 for second level of confirmation.

OTP <OTP received on Passenger Mobile Number> to 139

Example: OTP 123456

User will get below response from 139:

“Dear User, Your ticket with PNR number 2303529769 has been cancelled, refundable amount is Rs. —-.”

(iv) Passenger has to collect the permissible refundable amount within prescribed time limit across the PRS counter.

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