Does order of public static declaration matter in main method
Answer: It does not matter and we can have at any place as you could see in example below:
Reason: When you compile java class JVM first checks if class and its method follow java specification or not and it gives compilation error to correct your class definition according to its specification. According to java specification all method should have return type and this should be put immediately after the method name then it checks if any access specifier has been mentioned or not. If no access specifier has been mentioned then it applies default access modifier which accessible only through sub class or in same package. For more details check Java Access Specifiers
I will say its by design, make easy to write class and its method also give programmer flexibility to make less mistake, so specification added to the compiler and it doesn’t bother about order or position. You could put access modifier either first or second position and same applies to the static keyword as well.