To increase the passengers convenience Indian Railways has decided to permit SMS confirmation sent by IRCTC containing vital details as a proof on par with the Electronic Reservation Slip (ERS).
The SMS sent by IRCTC will contain all essential data like the PNR number, names and numbers of passengers, coach and seat, date of journey, class and train number. The train passengers has to only carry a valid identity proof, and along with the SMS. The identity proof should be in original and together with the SMS, is valid enough. This has come into effect from 1st February, 2012 and will take paperless ticketing to the next level.
If you accidently delete the message or lose the device, you can still continue the journey by showing the identity proof and paying a penalty of Rs.50.