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Selecting Multiple Columns Based On Condition in SQL

  • Last Updated : 30 Nov, 2021

In the real world scenario where we have to select the only columns from a given table, now that columns selected can be single or multiple as per requirement. For Example: Write a query that gave the names of EMPLOYEE in an organization, so here we have to pick out only the name column from that particular EMPLOYEE table. Similarly, another example of multiple columns can be: Write a query which gave the names and salary of all employees working in an organization. So here we have to select 2 columns of name and salary.

The examples above make us understand that selection of columns is very important while learning SQL. First, we will learn how to select a single column from a table then we will move towards multiple columns.

first, we create our database to execute the select queries

Step 1: Creating the database

Use the below SQL query to create a database called geeks:


Step 2: Using the database

USE geeks;

Step 3: Table Creation

EmpID int,  
FirstName varchar(255),  
LastName varchar(255),  
Salary INT  

Step 4: Adding data to the table

INSERT INTO Employee VALUES(1, 'john' , 'ryther', 10000);
INSERT INTO Employee VALUES(2, 'Alex' , 'Hamilton', 20000);
INSERT INTO Employee VALUES(3, 'Sze' , 'Chauhan' , 10000);
INSERT INTO Employee VALUES(4,'Shiv', 'Chauhan', 50000);

Step 5: Now we see different cases in SQL to fetch desire output.

Case 1: Selecting a single column in SQL

In SQL, selecting any column is one of the easiest things as you have to type only the SELECT command and after that, the column name and the output will be the desired column.


SELECT (Column Name)
FROM (Table Name);

To make it more clear let’s take a general example of the EMPLOYEE table, which we have created above. Now, we have to select the column First_Name from the given table.


SELECT FirstName


Case 2: Selecting  a single column  based on conditions

Now, we see how we have to fetch out the first name of those employees whose salary is 10,000. From the table, it is quite clear that our desired output should be: John and Sze. To solve such queries we have to simply put a WHERE clause in our code along with the condition, as shown in the below query:


SELECT FirstName
WHERE Salary=10000;


Case 3: Selecting multiple columns in SQL

Selecting multiple columns in SQL with or without any condition is as simple as selecting a single column and not only simple but also the same as that. Taking our previous example further, this time we have to write a query to get a first name as well as last name from the employee table which means that we have to fetch 2 columns, the solution is very simple, we have to write all those columns names with SELECT clause which we want to fetch (In our case its first name and last name) and then table name. The syntax for which is shown below


SELECT column1,column2,column3...
FROM table name;

In our example, the code will be as follows


SELECT FirstName,LastName
FROM Employee;


Case 4: Selecting multiple columns with conditions

When we have to select multiple columns along with some condition, we put a WHERE clause and write our condition inside that clause. It is not mandatory to choose the WHERE clause there can be multiple options to put conditions depending on the query asked but most conditions are satisfied with the WHERE clause. As per the above example, this time we are going to put multiple conditions.

For example: Write a query in SQL to select a first name and last name of an employee who has either salary of 10000 or has the last name of Chauhan.

For this query, there are three things

  • Selecting columns first name and last name i.e. SELECT First_Name, Last_Name.
  • From the employee table i.e. FROM Employee
  • Now, conditions are the tricky part as there are two conditions, let’s deal one by one
    •  Salary must be 10000 i.e. Salary=10000
    •  the Last name should be Chauhan i.e. Last_name=’chauhan’

And, hence our query has been solved, now we have to just put the above things in proper format as shown


SELECT FirstName, LastName
FROM Employee
WHERE Salary=10000 OR LastName='Chauhan';


We can match from the table that the employees which have a salary of 10000 are john and sze and the employees who have the last name Chauhan are sze and shiv and that’s what our desired result is.

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