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I am binding a dropdown using Entitiyframework and i want to validate if the value is selected or not on a button click

C#
public class DeviceModel
   {
       [Required(ErrorMessage = "Select a value")]
       public SelectList DeviceListModel { get; set; }

       [Required(ErrorMessage = "Select a value")]
       public SelectList DeviceType { get; set; }

   }


C#
public ActionResult Index()
      {
          List<Example> mod = (from data in obj.Examples select data).ToList();
          Example exp = new Example();
          exp.Name = "--Select--";
          exp.ID = 0;
          mod.Insert(0, exp);
          SelectList modeldata = new SelectList(mod, "ID", "Name", 0);
          DeviceModel objmodel = new DeviceModel();
          objmodel.DeviceListModel = modeldata;
          List<Gearhead_Type> types = (from data in obj.Gearhead_Type select data).ToList();
          Gearhead_Type GTypre = new Gearhead_Type();
          GTypre.Name = "--Select--";
          GTypre.ID = 0;
          types.Insert(0, GTypre);
          SelectList asd = new SelectList(types, "ID", "Name", 0);
          objmodel.DeviceType = asd;

          return View(objmodel);

      }


HTML
<div class="form-group">
               @Html.Label("Gearhead Model and Type  ", new { @class = "col-md-6 control-label ", @style = "padding-left:200px" })
               @Html.DropDownListFor(s=>s.DeviceListModel,  Model.DeviceListModel)
               @Html.ValidationMessageFor(s => s.DeviceListModel)
           </div>


But the validation is not working in the button click.
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You need to check if the model is valid in your action and if it isn't return the same view and model so the error messages can be shown.

http://www.asp.net/mvc/overview/older-versions/getting-started-with-aspnet-mvc4/adding-validation-to-the-model[^]

If you want client-side validation also then google "asp.net mvc unobtrusive client-side validation" and you'll find walkthroughs on how to enable it.
 
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you Add On Your Page

<script src="@Url.Content("~/Scripts/jquery.validate.min.js")"></script>
<script src="@Url.Content("~/Scripts/jquery.validate.unobtrusive.min.js")"></script>
 
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