Cobol MCQ

Cobol MCQ

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Cobol MCQ Questions and Answers

Following are mostly asked Cobol MCQ test that are designed for professionals like you to crack you interviews. You can take this Cobol online test before appearing to you real interview. This Cobol quiz there are around 30+ multiple choice questions on Cobol with four options.

1) COBOL stands is for.....

  • A. Common Business Object Language
  • B. Common Beneficial Object Language
  • C. Common Business Oriented Language
  • D. Common Beneficial Oriented Language

2) COBOL is a language that keeps evolving:

  • A. True
  • B. False

3) Which of the following is not a part of the program division in COBOL?

  • A. Procedure
  • B. Environment
  • C. Identification
  • D. Compilation

4) Which of the following is not a part of the Identification division?

  • A. Phrases
  • B. Entries
  • C. Paragraphs
  • D. Clauses

5) D in COBOL stands for....

  • A. Draft
  • B. Debugging lines
  • C. Data
  • D. Debugger
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6) Comment in COBOL is denoted by....

  • A. /
  • B. ;
  • C. *
  • D. //

7) What does S denote in a picture clause?

  • A. sign
  • B. symbol
  • C. character
  • D. Alphanumeric sign

8) What is the length of a variable when usage is COMP-2?

  • A. 2
  • B. 4
  • C. 8
  • D. 16

9) In which mode you will open the sequential file to append the data in the end:

  • A. INPUT

10) If usage is display, data item is stored in ASCII format and each character will take 1 byte. It is default usage. State whether true or false?

  • A. false
  • B. true

11) How records are stored & accessed in sequential file organization?

  • A. Relative address method
  • B. Direct access method
  • C. Sequential access method
  • D. both b and c

12) How many bytes S9(6) USAGE IS COMP-3 will take?

  • A. 3
  • B. 4
  • C. 5
  • D. 6

13) Which of the following word cannot be a user-defined COBOL word?


14) What does SEARCH ALL do?

  • A. Sequential search
  • B. Linear search
  • C. Binary search
  • D. None

15) Where does the FILE-CONTROL paragraph appear?

  • A. Identification Division
  • B. Procedure Division
  • C. Environment Division
  • D. Data Division

16) Indicate in which of the following, the REPORT NAME does not appear:

  • A. INITIATE statement
  • B. SELECT clause
  • C. TERMINATE statement
  • D. RD entry

17) The Logical Name of the File will be assigned to:

  • A. Job Name
  • B. Step Name
  • C. Joblib
  • D. DD Name

18) How many bytes will a S9(8) COMP field occupy?

  • A. 4 bytes
  • B. 5 bytes
  • C. 6 bytes
  • D. 8 bytes

19) Indicate which of the following is not a Procedure Division verb:

  • A. Delete
  • B. Insert
  • C. Rewrite
  • D. Start

20) A storage device which is used to store data & information external to the main storage is known as?

  • A. Accumulator
  • B. PROM
  • C. Backing storage
  • D. Buffer

21) Pic 9v99 is a _______ position numeric field with an implied or assumed decimal point after the first position.

  • A. one
  • B. two
  • C. three
  • D. four

22) Object Oriented languages:

  • A. Are based on actions happening to objects
  • B. Are natural language techniques
  • C. Are procedural languages
  • D. Are task oriented

23) When displaying a data-name, it _______ be part of an output record:

  • A. Need not
  • B. Mustn’t
  • C. Can’t say
  • D. Must

24) .......verb is used to alter the value of index in COBOL:

  • A. Set
  • B. Alter
  • C. Move
  • D. both A and B

25) What is the edited value of the picture clause PIC field 9999+ Numeric value moved to the field -382 and the Edited value is

  • A. 3820
  • B. 0382
  • C. 0003
  • D. 0038

26) Which of the following is valid COBOL word?

  • A. Gross
  • B. Over Time
  • C. B12-4
  • D. Gross Salary

27) Which of the following storage and retrieval methods would be well suited to your processing requirements if you only need to retrieve records one at a time and there is no fixed pattern to the requests for data and records?

  • A. sequential
  • B. indexed sectors
  • C. indexed direct
  • D. direct

28) Can a copy member with nested COPY statements contain the Replacing option?

  • A. Yes
  • B. No

29) In a sort file, names used must be in the ........entry:

  • A. MD
  • B. FD
  • C. SD
  • D. None

30) The.........statement release the resources which are assigned to that file:

  • A. EXIT
  • B. END
  • C. WRITE

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