COBOL Interview Questions : Series 1

12/09/2009 No Comment

COBOL Interview Questions expected in a Mainframe job Interview. 

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  1. What do you mean by explicit scope terminator?
  2. Can you name the divisions in a COBOL program?
  3. Explain what is the difference between SEARCH and SEARCH ALL.
  4. How can you remove the duplicate records present in a PS data-set using JCL?
  5. Can you use Redefine clause at 01 level ?
  6. What does the IS NUMERIC clause establish?
  7. What are the type of comp usage in COBOL?
  8. Explain what is difference between comp and comp-4?
  9. What is 88 level used for in COBOL?
  10. What does the INTIALIZE verb do in COBOL?
  11. What is 77 level used for in COBOL?
  12. How is sign stored in a comp-2 field?
  13. How do you define a table/array in COBOL?
  14. Can the OCCURS clause be at the 01 level?
  15. What should be the sorting order for SEARCH ALL?
  16. Explain what is binary search in a COBOL program?
  17. Can I redefine an X(100) field with a field of X(200)?
  18. How is sign stored in Packed Decimal fields and Zoned Decimal fields?
  19. Explain what are the different forms of EVALUATE statement?
  20. How do you come out of an EVALUATE statement in COBOL?
  21. In an EVALUATE statement, can I give a complex condition on a when clause?
  22. What is a scope terminator in COBOL? Give examples.
  23. How do you do in-line PERFORM?
  24. What is Static and Dynamic linking in COBOL?
  25. When would you use in-line perform in COBOL?
  26. What is level 66 used for in COBOL?
  27. Explain what is the difference between CONTINUE and NEXT SENTENCE?
  28. What does EXIT do?
  29. What do you mean by file status 92?
  30. What do you mean by file status 39?
  31. How do you sort in a COBOL program? Give sort file definition, sort statement syntax and meaning.
  32. Explain how can you define a sort file in JCL that runs the COBOL program?
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