C++ If-Else Statement

title: If-Else Statement

What does an If-Else Statement do?

  • The If-Else statement is an extension of the simple If statement.
  • In the simple If statement, if the value of the test expression is false, then we skip the code of block and continue with our next statement.
  • But many times, we want to execute certain steps if the value of test expression is false.
  • In such cases, we use the if-else statement.

General Form of If-Else Statement

if (test expression) { //statements that run if the test expression is true } else { //statements that run if the test expression is false }

Example of If-Else Statement

If test expression is true :

int a=10; if (a < 20) // This expression is true, so... { //...the code in this block gets executed, and... } else { //...the code in this block gets skipped. } //program continues

If test expression is false :

int a=10; if (a>20) // This expression is false, so this time... { //...this code gets skipped... } else { //...and this code executes instead. } //program continues

Example in C++:

//Program to check whether number entered by user is positive or negative #include <iostream> using namespace std; int main() { int no; cout << "Enter a number: " << endl; cin >> no; // condition to check if number is positive or negative if (no >= 0) // positive { // block if value is true cout << "You entered a positive number: " << no << endl; } else // negative { // block if value is false cout << "You entered a negative number: " << no << endl; } // program continues cout << "This step is always printed" << endl; return 0; }


  • When a positive number is entered :
Enter a number: 4 You entered a positive number: 4 This step is always printed
  • When a negative number is entered :
Enter a number: -200 You entered a negative number: -200 This step is always printed

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Use of if…else if…else ladder

If we have to make decisions based on more than one condition using if-else, we can use the else if condition as follows –

#include<iostream> using namespace std; int main() { int score; cout << "Enter your score: n"; cin >> score; if (score >= 90) cout << "Top performance."; else if (score < 90 && score >= 70) cout << "Good performance"; else if (score < 70 && score >= 45) cout << "Average performance"; else if (score < 45 && score >= 30) cout << "You can improve it."; return 0; }


Enter your score: 85 Good performance

Another example of if…else if…else ladder

Suppose we ask the user to input two numbers then display greater than or equal.

In this scenario, we will need an if…else if…else ladder statement. The program will look like this :

#include <iostream> using namespace std; int main() { int number1,number2; cout << "Enter first number: n"; cin >> number1; cout << "Enter second number: n"; cin >> number2; if (number1 > number2) // Checks if the first number is greater than the second number { cout << "Number 1 is greater."; } else if (number2 > number1) // Checks if the second number is greater than the first number { cout << "Number 2 is greater."; } else // If both of the above cases return false, then both numbers are equal { cout << "Both the numbers are equal."; } return 0; }


Enter first number: 85 Enter second number: 86 Number 2 is greater.
  • Note that the program will only check the ‘else if’ condition when the initial ‘if’ condition is not satisfied. And if neither of these conditions are satisfied, the last ‘else’ block gets executed which prints the statement: “Both the numbers are equal.”.
  • The size of the if…else if…else ladder may vary depending on the problem the program is trying to solve and the number of conditions that need to be checked.

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