Tracking passport renewal on indian govt website

Hi everyone,

I know we can track passport renewal application on VFS website. However, I have seen posts where people have posted statuses received from govt website as well.

So I went to passport seva website, but there it asks for File number along with date of birth. if I provide my existing file number it does not identify the application. So, just wanted to know whats the right place to track the application on govt website and also how?

See this post. It has relevant details on when, where, how - along with relevant links.