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A CO-RELATED SUBQUERY is one that has a correlation name as table or view designator in the FROM clause of the outer query and the same correlation name as a qualifier of a search condition in the WHERE clause of the subquery.

SELECTfield1 from table1 X
WHEREfield2>(select avg(field2) from table1 Y 

(The subquery in a correlated subquery is revaluated for every row of the table or view named in the outer query.)

2.What are various joins used while writing SUBQUERIES

Self join-Its a join foreign key of a table references the same table.

Outer Join--Its a join condition used where One can query all the rows of one of the tables in the join condition even though they don't satisfy the join condition.

Equi-join--Its a join condition that retrieves rows from one or more tables in which one or more columns in one table are equal to one or more columns in the second table.

3.What are various constraints used in SQL


4.What are different Oracle database objects


5.What is difference between Rename and Alias

Rename is a permanent name given to a table or column whereas Alias is a temporary name given to a table or column which do not exist once the SQL statement is executed.

6.What is a view

A view is stored procedure based on one or more tables, its a virtual table.

7.What are various privileges that a user can grant to another user


8.What is difference between UNIQUE and PRIMARY KEY constraints

A table can have only one PRIMARY KEY whereas there can be any number of UNIQUE keys. The columns that compose PK are automatically define NOT NULL, whereas a column that compose a UNIQUE is not automatically defined to be mandatory must also specify the column is NOT NULL

9.Can a primary key contain more than one columns

10.How you will avoid duplicating records in a query


11.What is difference between SQL and SQL*PLUS

SQL*PLUS is a command line tool where as SQL and PL/SQL language interface and reporting tool. Its a command line tool that allows user to type SQL commands to be executed directly against an Oracle database. SQL is a language used to query the relational database(DML,DCL,DDL). SQL*PLUS commands are used to format query result, Set options, Edit SQL commands and PL/SQL.

12.Which datatype is used for storing graphics and images

LONG RAW data type is used for storing BLOB's (binary large objects).

13.How will you delete duplicating rows from a base table

DELETE FROM table_name A WHERE rowid>(SELECT min(rowid) from table_name B where B.table_no=A.table_no);


DROP old_table RENAME new_table TO old_table DELETE FROM table_name A WHERE rowid NOT IN (SELECT MAX(ROWID) FROM table_name GROUP BY column_name)

14.What is difference between SUBSTR and INSTR

SUBSTR returns a specified portion of a string eg SUBSTR('BCDEF',4) output BCDE INSTR provides character position in which a pattern is found in a string.

eg INSTR('ABC-DC-F','-',2) output 7 (2nd occurence of '-')

15.There is a string '120000 12 0 .125' ,how you will find the position of the decimal place

INSTR('120000 12 0 .125',1,'.') output 13

16.There is a '%' sign in one field of a column. What will be the query to find it.

'\' Should be used before '%'.

17.When you use WHERE clause and when you use HAVING clause

HAVING clause is used when you want to specify a condition for a group function and it is written after GROUP BY clause The WHERE clause is used when you want to specify a condition for columns, single row functions except group functions and it is written before GROUP BY clause if it is used.

18.Which is more faster - IN or EXISTS

EXISTS is more faster than IN because EXISTS returns a Boolean value whereas IN returns a value.

19.What is a OUTER JOIN

Outer Join--Its a join condition used where you can query all the rows of one of the tables in the join condition even though they dont satisfy the join condition.

20.How you will avoid your query from using indexes

SELECT * FROM emp Where emp_no+' '=12345;

i.e you have to concatenate the column name with space within codes in the where condition.

SELECT /*+ FULL(a) */ ename, emp_no from emp where emp_no=1234;

i.e using HINTS