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Signs And Symbols
April 29 2024

Management exams revolve around the General Awareness of a student, hence it's not surprising that you may expect questions on the popular flags, signs, and symbols, and what they stand for internationally. These questions are easy to score, so get started with the list of Signs and Symbols and know what they mean. 



What is the significance of using signs and symbols?

Signs and symbols are important as safety communication tools. Symbols are easily identifiable and are used to direct and organize, record, and communicate. They also help to indicate various hazards that present in plant sites or workplaces. At the same time, they warn workers to always keep watching out for those hazards by giving required information and safety instructions.  


Here is a list of Internationally acclaimed signs and symbols:

Sr. No. Signs and Symbols Meaning

Red Cross

Medical Aid and Hospital

Red Flag

Revolution, Danger, Socialism, Communism, Warning (depending on context)

Black Flag 

Anarchy, Mourning, Protest (depending on context)

Yellow Flag

Flown on ships or vehicles carrying Patients suffering from infectious disease

Flag flown upside down

Symbol of Distress

Flag flown at half most

Symbol of National Mourning

White Flag

Symbol lof Truce

Red Triangle

Sign of Family Planning

Pigeon or Dove


Red Light

Stop, Danger or Emergency


Symbol of Peace:

Sr. No. Signs and Symbols Meaning


Symbol of Progress

Olive Branch


Black band arm

Sign of Mourning, in Protest


Symbol of Culture and Civilization


Maharaja Air India


Symbol of Justice :

Sr. No. Signs and Symbols Meaning


Symbol of Culture and Civilization

Blind Folded woman holding a Balance Scale


Union Jack

National Flag of UK

Stars and Stripes

National Flag of USA


Facts you must know:

  1. The Symbol of Justice: This symbol is being used since the 15th century and the eyes of the Goddess of Justice have been covered with black cloth to reflect that the Goddess of Justice sees everyone equally and will not be partial while doing justice to anyone.
  2. Dove and Olive Branch: The use of a dove and olive branch as a symbol of peace originated with the early Christians, who portrayed the act of baptism accompanied by a dove holding an olive branch in its beak and also used the image on their sepulchers.
  3. White Flag: The white flag is an internationally recognized protective sign of truce or ceasefire, and request for negotiation.  The use of the flag to surrender is included in the Hague Conventions of 1899 and 1907.
  4. Union Jack: The national flag of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.  The flag combines aspects of three older national flags: the red cross of St George of the Kingdom of England, the white saltire of St Andrew for Scotland (which two were united in the first Union Flag), and the red saltire of St Patrick to represent Ireland.
  5. Stars and Stripes: The flag of the United States consists of thirteen equal horizontal stripes of red (top and bottom) alternating with white, with a blue rectangle in the canton (referred to specifically as the “union”) bearing fifty small, white, five-pointed stars arranged in nine offset horizontal rows, where rows of six stars (top and bottom) alternate with rows of five stars. The 50 stars on the flag represent the 50 states of the United States of America.

That's all! I hope you found this article on the Signs and Symbols helpful.

Happy Learning! 

Also read: List of Banks with their taglines, headquarters, current heads and logo

Anisha Mukhija

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