How to bind drop-down list in ASP.Net MVC using Model?

In the previous blog, we have seen ‘How to bind drop-down list in ASP.Net MVC
In this blog, let’s see how to bind the dropdown list in MVC using Model?
There are numerous ways to populate dropdown list control. Here We will see How can we populate dropdown in MVC using model. After reading this blog, you can easily bind dropdown data from a database.

Bind Dropdown list in MVC with SQL data

The binding drop-down in MVC is a little bit different than what we have done in traditional ASP.Net
In this blog, we will see how to bind dropdown with SQL data using Model. In the previous blog, we have seen Binding Dropdown in MVC using ViewBag.

To bind dropdown using Model in MVC follow the below steps.

Create an MVC project in Visual Studio any version 2012, 2013, 2015 or 2017

1. Add a class in the Model folder and name it MyModel.cs and add below code.

public class MyModel
        public int Catid { get; set; }
        public string Category { get; set; }
        public List<SelectListItem> Categories { get; set; }
2. Now create a controller with the name Home and write code as shown below.
Name of the Action – Index
Controller Name – Home

public class HomeController : Controller
        // GET: /Home/
        public ActionResult Index()
            MyModel model = new MyModel();
            model.Categories = CategoryList();
            return View(model);
        private static List<SelectListItem> CategoryList()
            List<SelectListItem> category = new List<SelectListItem>();
            string constr = “connection string”;
            using (SqlConnection con = new SqlConnection(constr))
                string query = “select catid, (category + ‘ > ‘ + subcategory) as maincategory from [Practice].[dbo].[ProductCategory]”;
                using (SqlCommand cmd = new SqlCommand(query))
                    cmd.Connection = con;
                    using (SqlDataReader dr = cmd.ExecuteReader())
                        while (dr.Read())
                            category.Add(new SelectListItem
                                Value = dr[“catid”].ToString(),
                                Text = dr[“maincategory”].ToString()
            return category;
3. Create a view and add below line to the top of the page.
@model WebApplicationMVc.Models.MyModel
4. Add a dropdown list in your view like this.
@model WebApplicationMVc.Models.MyModel
    Layout = null;
<!DOCTYPE html>
    <meta name=”viewport” content=”width=device-width” />
         @Html.DropDownListFor(m => m.Catid, Model.Categories, “–Select Category–“)
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