rahul alvares rahul alvares - 6 months ago 24
Java Question

Using recursion to determine if a number is a palindrome

The objective here is to check if a number is palindrome or not using recursion. Today is my first day with recursion so as you can see the code doesn't seem very convincing.

I tried to use print statements to see what was going wrong. The first time I ran the program I input '101'.'pal_Q' and 'temp' had the same value(101) however the output was 'The number is not a palindrome'.

I wasn't sure what was wrong so I ran it again inputting 22, but it still did not work. Is something wrong with my if statements? What is the bug?

private static int pal_Q = 0;
private static int temp;
private static int i = 0;

public static void main(String[] args) {
Scanner sc = new Scanner(System.in);
System.out.println("Enter the number");

if (pal_Q == temp) {
System.out.println("The number is a palindrome");
else if (pal_Q != temp) {
System.out.println("The number is not a palindrome");

public static int checkPal(int n) {
pal_Q *= 10;
if (i == 0) {
temp = n;
if (n == 0) {
return 1;
System.out.println("Pal_Q="+pal_Q+"...... temp ="+temp+" ........n="+n+" " +n%10);
return checkPal(n/10);


@pbajpai21 provided an alternative solution, but I'm answering your original question.

The final value of pal_Q is 7370; you only need to divide it by 10, and then your code is correct.

if (pal_Q / 10 == temp) {
    // Is palindrome
else {
    // Is not a palindrome