How To Validate Select Option In Jquery

In this blog post, we will walk through the process of validating select options using jQuery. Validating form fields is essential to ensure that users provide the correct input format and avoid submitting incomplete or incorrect information.

Getting Started

First, let’s make sure that you have jQuery included in your HTML file. You can use the following CDN to include it:

<script src=""></script>

Now, let’s create a simple HTML form with a <select> element containing a few options:

<form id="myForm">
  <label for="mySelect">Choose an option:</label>
  <select id="mySelect" name="mySelect">
    <option value="">--Please choose an option--</option>
    <option value="option1">Option 1</option>
    <option value="option2">Option 2</option>
    <option value="option3">Option 3</option>
  <input type="submit" value="Submit">
<div id="error"></div>

Validating the Select Option

To validate the select option, we will write a jQuery script that triggers when the form is submitted. We will check if the user has selected an option other than the default “–Please choose an option–“. If the user has not selected a valid option, we will display an error message and prevent the form from being submitted.

Here’s the jQuery script for the validation:

$(document).ready(function() {
  $('#myForm').submit(function(e) {

    var selectedOption = $('#mySelect').val();

    if (selectedOption === '') {
      $('#error').html('Please choose an option.');
    } else {


Here’s a step-by-step explanation of the jQuery script above:

  1. We use the $(document).ready() function to ensure that our script will only run after the page has fully loaded.
  2. Next, we bind a submit event handler to our form using the $(‘#myForm’).submit() function. This event handler will trigger when the user submits the form.
  3. We use e.preventDefault() to prevent the form from being submitted by default, allowing us to perform our validation first.
  4. We store the value of the selected option in the selectedOption variable using the $(‘#mySelect’).val() function.
  5. If the selected option’s value is an empty string (meaning the user has not chosen a valid option), we display an error message inside the <div id=”error”></div> element using the $(‘#error’).html() function.
  6. If the selected option is valid, we clear any existing error messages and submit the form using this.submit().


And there you have it! With this simple jQuery script, you can now validate select options in your forms to ensure that your users provide complete and accurate information. Happy coding!