this may help you..
equals() (javadoc) must define an equality relation (it must be reflexive, symmetric, and transitive). In addition, it must be consistent (if the objects are not modified, then it must keep returning the same value). Furthermore, o.equals(null) must always return false.
hashCode() (javadoc) must also be consistent (if the object is not modified in terms of equals(), it must keep returning the same value).
The relation between the two methods is:
Whenever a.equals(b), then a.hashCode() must be same as b.hashCode().