how to get selected drow down list value in Action?

In MVC web app it is a view with strongly typed model where a drop down is being generated / bind by model.

Below is view code:

@model LoanViewModel    
<form class="wrapper minheight homeloan-form border-top" id="homeloan-form" method="post" action="LeadContact" novalidate="novalidate">

<p>Select an Item : @Html.DropDownListFor(x => x.HomeLoanLead.Items, new SelectList(Model.HomeLoanLead.Items), "--Choose any Item--")</p>

<div class="formnav row">
            <button class="">Show Top Home Loans <i class="fa fa-chevron-right"></i></button>    

In model I m hardcoding options for drop down list:

 public List<string> Items 
        get { _items = new List<string>(); 
            return _items; 

On post back I cant get what was selected value in drop down. Please guide me how to get in post action which drop down value was selected.

Here is Solutions:

We have many solutions to this problem, But we recommend you to use the first solution because it is tested & true solution that will 100% work for you.

Solution 1

A simple example of using Html.DropDownFor() to display a list of options and bind to a property:


public class LoanViewModel
  [Display(Name="Select Item")]
  public string Item { get; set; }

  public SelectList ItemList { get; set; }


public ActionResult Edit()
  LoanViewModel model = new LoanViewModel();
  model.Item = "Two"; // this will now pre-select the second option in the view
  return View(model);

public ActionResult Edit(LoanViewModel model)
  if (!ModelState.IsValid)
    ConfigureEditModel(model); // repopulate select list
    return View(model); // return the view to correct errors
  // If you want to validate the the value is indeed one of the items
  if (!model.ItemList.Contains(model.Item))
    ModelState.AddModelError(string.Empty, "I'm secure!");
    return View(model);

  string selectedItem = model.Item;
  // save and redirect

private void ConfigureEditModel(LoanViewModel model)
  List<string> items = new List<string>() { "One", "Two", "Three" };
  model.ItemList = new SelectList(items); // create the options
  // any other common stuff


@model LoanViewModel
@using (Html.BeginForm())

  @Html.DisplayFor(m => m.Item)
  @Html.DropDownListFor(m => m.Item, Model.ItemList), "--Choose any Item--")
  @Html.ValidationMessageFor(m => m.Item)

  <input type="submit" value="Submit" />

Note: Use and implement solution 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂

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