Oracle PL/SQL Interview Questions and Answers

What is Commit, Rollback and Save point?

Commit – Makes changes to the current transaction permanent. It erases the savepoints and releases the transaction locks.

Savepoint –Savepoints allow to arbitrarily hold work at any point of time with option of later committing. They are used to divide transactions into smaller portions.

Rollback – This statement is used to undo work.

How do you make a Function and Procedure as a Private?
Functions and Procedures can be made private to a package by not mentioning their declaration in the package specification and by just mentioning them in the package body.
What is the difference between Package, Procedure and Functions?

A package is a database objects that logically groups related PL/SQL types, objects, and Subprograms.

Procedure is a sub program written to perform a set of actions and can return multiple values.

Function is a subprogram written to perform certain computations and always return a value.

What are the modes for passing parameters to Oracle?

There are three modes for passing parameters to subprograms
IN – An In-parameter lets you pass values to the subprogram being called. In the subprogram it acts like a constant and cannot be assigned a value.
OUT – An out-parameter lets you return values to the caller of the subprogram. It acts like an initialized variable its value cannot be assigned to another variable or to itself.
INOUT – An in-out parameter lets you pass initial values to the subprogram being called and returns updated values to the caller.

What is Raise_application_error?
Raise_application_error is a procedure of package DBMS_STANDARD which allows to issue a user_defined error messages from stored sub-program or database trigger.
What is Pragma EXECPTION_INIT? Explain the usage?

he PRAGMA EXECPTION_INIT tells the complier to associate an exception with an oracle error. 
E.g. PRAGMA EXCEPTION_INIT (exception name, oracle error number)

What are SQLCODE and SQLERRM and why are they important for PL/SQL developers?

SQLCODE returns the value of the error number for the last error encountered. 

SQLERRM returns the actual error message for the last error encountered. They can be used in exception handling to report, or, store in an error log table, the error that occurred in the code.

What is a package spec and package body? Why the separation?

Spec declares public constructs. Body defines public constructs, additionally declares and defines Private constructs.
Separation helps make development easier. Dependency is simplified. You can modify body without invalidating dependent objects.

What is the difference between anonymous blocks and stored procedures?

Anonymous block is PL/SQL code and compiled only when called.
Stored procedure is compiled and stored in database with the dependency information as well.

Can you use COMMIT in a trigger?
Yes but by defining an autonomous transaction.
What is an autonomous transaction?
An autonomous transaction is an independent transaction that is initiated by another transaction (the parent transaction). An autonomous transaction can modify data and commit or rollback independent of the state of the parent transaction.
What is the difference between implicit and explicit cursors?
An explicit cursor is declared opened and fetched from in the program block where as an implicit cursor is automatically generated for SQL statements.

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Ratio and Proportion

A certain sum of money is divided between A and B in the ratio of 5/4 : 5/3 and A got Rs. 360/-. Find the total sum of money and B’s share?

In an office, the ratio of the salaries of an officer and a clerk is 15:7. If the salary of a clerk is Rs. 720/- less than the salary of the officer, find the salary of each?

In an election to a municipal council, the votes secured by two candidates are in the ratio 13:19. The elected candidates gets 312 votes more than the second candidate. How many votes are secured by the second candidate?

A certain sum of money is divided between Murthy and Prasad in the ratio 22/7 : 8/3. If Murthy gets Rs. 120/- more than Prasad, find the share of each?

In a cricket test series, the runs made by Raju and Tendulkar are in the ratio 5:9 and Tendulkar and Azar are in the ratio 6:7. What are the runs made by them if Azar makes 187 runs more than Raju?

If A:B = 2:3 and B:C = 9:5 find A:B:C?

If A:B = 3/5:5/7 and B:C = 3/4:2/5, find A:B:C?

If R:S = 0.01:0.11 and S:T = 2.2:1, Find R:S:T?

In a school, Under a Saving Scheme, Rekha saves 3/2 times the savings of Bindu, Geeta saves 4 times the savings of Rekha. Find the ratio of the savings of all the three in least terms?


A man left 1/3 rd of his property to his wife and 3/5 th of the remainder to his daughter. He gave the rest to his son who received Rs. 6400/-. How much was his original property worth?

Ratio and Proportion

In a school 4/9 of the pupils are boys. There are 125 girls. How many boys are there?

If A:B = 3:4 and B:C = 5:6, find A:C?

IF X:Y = 3:4 AND Y:Z = 4:5, FIND X:Y:Z?


A house site is in the shape of a square. Its area is 1225 sq metres. What is its perimeter?

The area of a square field is 7396 sq metres. Find its perimeter?


Twice the first of three consecutive even integer is 6 more than the second integer. What is the third integers?

Ratio and Proportion

If 2x=3y and 4y=5z, then what is x:z=?

What quantity must be added to each term of the ratio a + b : a – b to make it equal to (a + b)2 : (a – b)2 ?