Method is a set of statements to perform an operation, methods are also known as procedures or functions.

  • Generally, we use Functions (Built in and user defined) in computer programming or scripting.
  • In Java we use methods for code reusability.

Why we  use Method?

Whenever we want perform same operations multiple times then we use methods, using methods we can reduce the code size.

Types of Method

Basically we have two types of methods in java.

  • Built in methods
  • User defined methods.

Built in methods 

  • Java has a library of (pre-defined) classes and methods, organized in packages.
  • In order to use Built in methods, we import the packages (or classes individually). (Group of classes)
  • java.lang package is automatically imported, in any Java program.
  • Using import keyword we can import java pre-defined libraries.(We can import entire packages or particular class)


Categories of Built in methods:
a) String methods

b) Array methods

c) Character methods

d) Number methods

e) Date & Time methods

Example for Built in method:
System.out.println("CseWorld Online");

User defined methods

Methods in Objects oriented Programming equivalent of Functions in Non object oriented programming.

Types of User defined methods
 i) Method without return any value
 ii) Method with return values.

How to write Method?



modifier returnType methodName(Parameters) {
// Method body

modifier -It is optional, it defines access type of the method

returnType - Method may retrun a value

methodName - Name of the method.

parameters - Parameters are optional, we can use mutiple parameters by separating with ,

method body - set of statements define that what the method does.

Example 1: Method with returning a value.
public static int add(int a, int b){

Method calling:
dataType variableName = methodName(Values)
int abc = add(5, 3);
 public static int add(int a, int b){
 int result;
 result = a + b;
 return result;
Example 2: Method without returning any value
modifier methodName(Parameters) {
//Method body

public static void add(int a, int b) {

public static void main(String [] args){
 public static void studentRank(int marks) {
 if (marks >= 600) {
 else if (marks >= 500) {
 else {


Method Overloading in Java
If a class have multiple methods with same name, but different parameters, It is known as Method overloading.

There are two ways to overlad the Method in java

i) By changing number of Arguments.
Example: we have Two methods in our class with the name of add.

a) int add (int a, int b)

b) int add (int a, int b, int c)

ii) By changing data types.
a) int add (int a, int b)

b) double add(double a, double b)

Example Java Program for Method Overloading:

package javaExamples;
public class MethodOverLoading {
public static void main (String []args){
int x = add(5, 7);
int y = add(5, 7, 9);
double z = add(5.234, 7.23);
public static int add(int a, int b){
int result;
result = a + b; 
return result;
public static int add(int a, int b, int c){
int result; 
result = a + b + c; 
return result;
public static double add(double a, double b){
double result; 
result = a + b;
return result;

Advantages of Method Overloading:
  • It increases the readability of the Program.