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Like the IF statement, The SQL CASE statement checks conditions and returns a value. It starts with checking the first condition and keep on checking conditions until it finds the condition true (like an IF-THEN-ELSE statement). Once the condition is found to be true, it stops checking the further conditions and returns the value. If no condition is found to be true, then it returns the value in the ELSE clause. If the ELSE clause is not defined, it returns NULL.


The syntax for using CASE statement is given below:

   WHEN Condition1 THEN Value1
   WHEN Condition2 THEN Value2
   WHEN Condition3 THEN Value3
   ELSE Value


Consider a database table called Employee with the following records:

2MarryNew York242750
5RameshNew Delhi283000

To fetch Name and Salary data of the employees present in the Employee table, the SQL code is:

SELECT Name, City, Salary, 
  WHEN Salary < 2800 THEN 'Salary is less than 2800.'
  WHEN Salary > 2800 THEN 'Salary is greater than 2800.'
  WHEN Salary = 2800 THEN 'Salary is 2800.'
  ELSE 'Salary Data missing.'
END AS SalaryinCategory 
FROM Employee;

This will produce the result as shown below:

JohnLondon3000Salary is greater than 2800.
MarryNew York2750Salary is less than 2800.
JoParis2800Salary is 2800.
KimAmsterdam3100Salary is greater than 2800.
RameshNew Delhi3000Salary is greater than 2800.
HuangBeijing2800Salary is 2800.