JCL Multiple Choice Interview Questions

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JCL Multiple Choice Interview Questions.

1. How can values be passed from the job stream to an executable program?
(1) Through the PARM keyword
(2) Through the VALUE parameter
(3) Through the PGM parameter
(4) All of the above

2. Must tape dataset definitions include VOL=SER specifications?
(1) Yes
(2) No
(3) Only for uncataloged datasets
(4) Only for cataloged datasets

3. What is the function of //JCLLIB statement?

(1) Identifies the source of the JCL commands
(2) Points to the system software library
(3) Marks the beginning of the in-stream JCL
(4) Identifies the libraries that the system will search for include groups or procedures named in EXEC statements

4. What parameter of the job statement is used to limit the CPU time consumed by the job?

(2) TIME

5. What statement marks the beginning of an in-stream or cataloged procedure in JCL and assigns default values to parameters defined in the procedure
(2) SET
(3) PROC
(4) PEND

6. How can a stopped job be started again? - JCL

(1) Through the RETURN parameter
(2) Through the STARTUP parameter
(3) Through the RESTART parameter
(4) Through the CHECKPNT keyword

7. In order to continue a job after a return code of 12 in step1, what the step2 EXEC statement include?

(2) COND = (12,NE)
(3) COND = (12,GE)
(4) COND = (12,EQ)

8. In SMS datasets, what is the function of the ‘DD MGMTCLAS’ keyword?

(1) Specify a management class for a new dataset
(2) Lookup a storage profile from the class library
(3) Begin a storage class definition block
(4) Alters the default storage profile for the dataset

9. How can the submitting user’s RACF authority be overridden in a job stream?

(1) Through the USER parameter
(2) Through the USER and PASSWORD parameter
(3) By notifying the console operation to override the authority
(4) Through the RACF parameter

10. What parameters can be used to limit the number of records written to a SYSOUT dataset ?

(3) SIZE
(4) MAX

11. What statement can be used to send data to another MVS JES3 node?

(1) LINK
(3) XMIT
(4) SEND

12. What parameter directs the output of the job log dataset ?


13. How can a job’s execution priority be modified ?

(1) PRIQTY parameter
(2) PRTY parameter
(3) JOBCLASS parameter
(4) RUNTIME parameter

14. How can the attributes of one SMS dataset be copied to another dataset ?

(1) Using DD like parameter
(2) Using DD Copy parameter
(3) Using DD Refer parameter
(4) Attributes cannot be copied within SMS datasets

15. What is the function of //CNTL statement ?

(1) Marks the beginning of one or more program control statements
(2) Identifies the control card library
(3) Delimits the PROC control statements
(4) None of the above

16. If a (+1) generation dataset is created in the first step of a job, how can it be referenced in later steps of the same job for input?

(1) As the (0) generation
(2) As the (+1) generation
(3) As the (-1) generation
(4) Without the generation number

17. In SMS datasets, what is the function of the DD AVGREC keyword ?

(1) Specifies average length of records in a file
(2) Specifies the multiplier to be used for primary & secondary space allocation
(3) Directs the system to allocate space based on average record length
(4) Specifies word blocking factor

18. How can a JES3 operator command be entered through the jobstream?

(1) Through the OPERATOR statement
(2) Through the COMMAND statement
(3) Through the //** statement
(4) Through the console statement

19. To connect EBCDIC records to ASCII during write process, what DCB sub-parameter is used ?

(2) ASCII = ALL 

20. If a generation data set is specified as input without the generation number, what will the input to the DD ?

(1) the most recent generation created
(2) the earliest generation created
(3) a concatenation of all the cataloged generations
4. a jcl error will be returned to the job

21. How can buffers be assigned to a DCB ?

(1) Through the BUFMAX subparameter
(2) Through the BUFOUT subparameter
(3) Through the BUF subparameter
4. Through the BUFNO subparameter

22. What is the function of the ‘DD MODIFY’ parameter ?

(1) overrides the LRECL of a cataloged dataset
(2) specify a copy-modification module to format a printed dataset
(3) overrides the blocksize of a cataloged dataset
(4) add records to an existing dataset

23. What is the prefix character for symbolic parameter ?

(1) % 
(2) & 
(3) @ 
(4) {}

24. What is the purpose of REGION key word ?

(1) specifies the amount of space required by a step
(2) specifies the amount of space required by a job
(3) both of the above
(4) none of the above

25. What is a system data set catalog ?

(1) a reference to the naming standards for datasets
(2) a list of MVS reference libraries
(3) a list of datasets available to MVS along with the location data
(4) the original installation datasets for JCL

26. If both the JOBCAT & STEPCAT statements are coded in a step, which will be executed?

(3). the one coded first in the JCL stream
(4) both the statements will be executed in sequence
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