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OOPS Interview Questions and Answers (part 1)

Posted by ananddesai on December 24, 2007

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1) What is meant by Object Oriented Programming?
     OOP is a method of programming in which programs are organised as cooperative collections of objects. Each object is an instance of a class and each class belong to a hierarchy.

2) What is a Class?
     Class is a template for a set of objects that share a common structure and a common behaviour.

3) What is an Object?
     Object is an instance of a class. It has state,behaviour and identity. It is also called as an instance of a class.

4) What is an Instance?
     An instance has state, behaviour and identity. The structure and behaviour of similar classes are defined in their common class. An instance is also called as an object.

5) What are the core OOP’s concepts?
     Abstraction, Encapsulation,Inheritance and Polymorphism are the core OOP’s concepts.

6) What is meant by abstraction?
     Abstraction defines the essential characteristics of an object that distinguish it from all other kinds of objects. Abstraction provides crisply-defined conceptual boundaries relative to the perspective of the viewer. Its the process of focussing on the essential characteristics of an object. Abstraction is one of the fundamental elements of the object model.

7) What is meant by Encapsulation?
     Encapsulation is the process of compartmentalising the elements of an abtraction that defines the structure and behaviour. Encapsulation helps to separate the contractual interface of an abstraction and implementation.

8) What is meant by Inheritance?
     Inheritance is a relationship among classes, wherein one class shares the structure or behaviour defined in another class. This is called Single Inheritance. If a class shares the structure or behaviour from multiple classes, then it is called Multiple Inheritance. Inheritance defines “is-a” hierarchy among classes in which one subclass inherits from one or more generalised superclasses.

9) What is meant by Polymorphism?
     Polymorphism literally means taking more than one form. Polymorphism is a characteristic of being able to assign a different behavior or value in a subclass, to something that was declared in a parent class.

10) What is an Abstract Class?
     Abstract class is a class that has no instances. An abstract class is written with the expectation that its concrete subclasses will add to its structure and behaviour, typically by implementing its abstract operations.

11) What is an Interface?
     Interface is an outside view of a class or object which emphaizes its abstraction while hiding its structure and secrets of its behaviour.

12) What is a base class?
     Base class is the most generalised class in a class structure. Most applications have such root classes. In Java, Object is the base class for all classes.

13) What is a subclass?
     Subclass is a class that inherits from one or more classes

14) What is a superclass?
     superclass is a class from which another class inherits.

15) What is a constructor?
     Constructor is an operation that creates an object and/or initialises its state.

16) What is a destructor?
     Destructor is an operation that frees the state of an object and/or destroys the object itself. In Java, there is no concept of destructors. Its taken care by the JVM.

17) What is meant by Binding?
     Binding denotes association of a name with a class.

18) What is meant by static binding?
     Static binding is a binding in which the class association is made during compile time. This is also called as Early binding.

19) What is meant by Dynamic binding?
     Dynamic binding is a binding in which the class association is not made until the object is created at execution time. It is also called as Late binding.

20) Define Modularity?
     Modularity is the property of a system that has been decomposed into a set of cohesive and loosely coupled modules.

21) What is meant by Persistence?
     Persistence is the property of an object by which its existence transcends space and time.

22) What is colloboration?
     Colloboration is a process whereby several objects cooperate to provide some higher level behaviour.

23) In Java, How to make an object completely encapsulated?
     All the instance variables should be declared as private and public getter and setter methods should be provided for accessing the instance variables.

24) How is polymorphism acheived in java?
     Inheritance, Overloading and Overriding are used to acheive Polymorphism in java.


18 Responses to “OOPS Interview Questions and Answers (part 1)”

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  2. Thanks for information.
    many interesting things

  3. Madhusudan singh kushwah said

    Dear Sir,
    This is a suffieceint matter but I want abreif description on abstraction in oops with example.


  4. nagesh said

    It is very useful info for me as student of IT. now im preparing for interviews. thank u for valuable info thank you. keep posting this kind of info. bye

  5. kgs madhavan said

    Good, informative , Thanks

  6. ananddesai said

    Thanks, Tell me What more perticular thing yo require

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  8. sara said

    they are so useful but please will you explain the 4 concepts with examples.

  9. jalpa said


  10. anamika said

    hello sir
    matter is perfect but i need about static with ex.

  11. Yasser said

    Thanks , it was a very benifite knowledge ,
    thank you

  12. Tanzeem said

    Good work done

  13. ananddesai said

    Thank you Tanzeem, Yasser and all. Sorry for the long delay. Now Keep visitng for many new question/answers. keep visitng 8)

  14. Mon said

    thanx it revised my knowledge and its gud for what u have done to serve ppl 😉

  15. Fahad said

    these definitions can be found in books… without examples they are useless

  16. Saboor Thakur said

    Its quite a useful and basic knowledge which strengthen my concepts.
    Thanks a lot Sir.

  17. sathya said

    hello sir,
    give with example

  18. Nilesh said

    Very good article.. certainly helps to refresh main OOP concepts quickly without going into details..

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