How To Get DropDownList Selected Item Index using JQuery

Waqas Anwar
11 January 2011

You have a ASP.NET DropDownList control on page and you want to get its selected item index using JQuery. You can using following code snippet.

Here is the code for DropDownList control.
<asp:DropDownList ID="DropDownList1" runat="server" >
   <asp:ListItem Value="1">Germany</asp:ListItem>
   <asp:ListItem Value="2">France</asp:ListItem>
   <asp:ListItem Value="3">Brazil</asp:ListItem>

Following JQuery code snippet will give you selected item index from the above DropDownList control.
var index = $("#DropDownList1").get(0).selectedIndex;