# COBOL INTERVIEW QUESTIONS WITH ANSWERS

COBOL INTERVIEW QUESTIONS WITH ANSWERS

Following is a list of COBOL interview questions with answers for mainframe professionals looking for a Job change. These are job interview questions for mainframe professionals with COBOL skills. These frequently asked interview questions for COBOL and will help you brush up your basic cobol skills

The answers to interview questions are also provided just below the interview questions. There more sample interview questions on this website.

• What is the result of the following?

MOVE 1 TO VAR1
MOVE 2 TO VAR2

EVALUATE TRUE

WHEN VAR1=1
PERFORM PARA-1
WHEN VAR2=2
PERFORM PARA-2
WHEN OTHER
NEXT SENTENCE
END-EVALUATE.

A)    PARA-1 will be performed
B)    PARA-2 will be performed
C)    Both PARA-1 and PARA-2 will be performed.
D)    Compile error for incorrect use of NEXT sentence

• Which of the following is an INCORRECT specification for a data-name?

A)    var-var1
B)    data1
C)    two
D)    all

(ALL is a reserved word)

• What is the result of the following?

MOVE 1 TO VAR1
MOVE 2 TO VAR2

EVALUATE TRUE

WHEN VAR1=1
PERFORM PARA-1
WHEN VAR2=2
PERFORM PARA-2
WHEN OTHER
DISPLAY VAR1
END-EVALUATE.

A)    PARA-1 will be performed
B)    PARA-2 will be performed
C)    Both PARA-1 and PARA-2 will be performed.
D)    Compile error for incorrect use of NEXT sentence

• Which of the following PIC clause is invalid as a floating symbol?

A)    +
B)    \$
C)    S
D)    -

• What is the result of the following?

MOVE 0 TO VAR1

EVALUATE TRUE

WHEN VAR1=1
PERFORM PARA-1
WHEN VAR1=2
PERFORM PARA-2
WHEN OTHER
PERFORM PARA-3
END-EVALUATE.

A)    PARA-1 will be performed
B)    PARA-2 will be performed
C)    Both PARA-1 and PARA-2 will be performed.
D)    PARA-3 will be performed

• Which of the following is an invalid paragraph name?

A)    A-1
B)    999
C)    A+1
D)    ZZ9

• What is the result of the following?

MOVE 0 TO VAR1

EVALUATE TRUE

WHEN VAR1=1
PERFORM PARA-1
WHEN VAR1=2
PERFORM PARA-2
END-EVALUATE.

A)    PARA-1 will be performed
B)    PARA-2 will be performed
C)    Both PARA-1 and PARA-2 will be performed.
D)    None of the above

• Which of the following is correct definition of figurative constant in COBOL?

A)    Constants that are represented as alphanumeric text also known as non-numeric literals.
B)    Constants that are represented in terms of digits, also known as literals
C)    Data names that are initialized to specific values in DATA DIVISION and retain those values throughout the execution of the program.
D)    Reserved words that are used as substitutes for certain special constants - numeric and alphanumeric

• Where does AREA A in COBOL extends from?

A)    8-16
B)    8-11
C)    12-72
D)    8-10

• According to the given declarations in Data Division.  How many elementary items are described below?

05 CALENDAR-DATE.
08  CALENDAR-DAY           PIC 99.
08  CALENDAR-MON           PIC 99.
08  CALENDAR-YEAR          PIC 99.
05 FILLER                  PIC X(5).
05 VAR1         PIC XX.
05 VAR2         PIC X.
05 END-DATE.
10 FILLER               PIC X(4).
10 END-YEAR             PIC 99.

A)    3
B)    6
C)    4
D)    5

• Where does AREA B in COBOL extends from?

A)    8-16
B)    8-11
C)    12-72
D)    8-10

• FILE-CONTROL paragraph in a COBOL program appears in

A)    Input-Ouput Section in Environment Division
B)    File Section in Data Division
C)    Procedure Division, it can only be a user-defined paragraph
D)    Configuration Section in Environment Division

• Program-id a paragraph name in IDENTIFICATION division?

A)    True
B)    False

• The Procedure Division of a program contains the statement

WRITE MASTER-REC
This suggests that the OPEN statement for this file
must NOT be

A)    OPEN INPUT
B)    OPEN EXTEND
C)    OPEN INPUT-OUTPUT
D)    OPEN OUTPUT

• Program-id is compulsory?

A)    True
B)    False

• Program-id should necessary be same as member name of COBOL program?

A)    True
B)    False

• Rounded precedes the ON SIZE ERROR ?

A)    True
B)    False

• A Numeric literal in COBOL can have at most how many digits?

A)    10
B)    160
C)    18
D)    32

• A Non Numeric literal in COBOL can have at most how many digits?

A)    10
B)    160
C)    18
D)    32

• A 01 level cannot have PIC clause?

A)    True
B)    False

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### query

didn't get the ans for "According to the given declarations in Data Division. How many elementary items are described below? "

### i think for dis answer is

i think for dis answer is 5.because sub elements group dataname only will be counted

### COBOL ELEMENTARY ITEMS

Please tell how there were 6 elementary items?

### Since fillers cannot come

Since fillers cannot come into account.Count the remainnig

### i knew only two elementary

i knew only two elementary items

01,77 these are elementary items

01 is act as elementary item and group item

### A 01 level cannot have PIC clause?

A 01 level cannot have PIC clause?

01 A pic ((20).

01    rec1.

here both are correct .

because 01 level numb is group data level numb so group data numb no need to mention pic or mention pic also not a problem.

this is my opinion .

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