In this article I will explain with an example, how to reset (clear) DropDownList selection (selected value) using jQuery.
Reset (Clear) DropDownList selection (selected value) using jQuery
The following HTML Markup consists of an HTML DropDownList (DropDown) control and a Button.
When the Button is clicked, the jQuery click event handler is executed. Inside this event handler, the SelectedIndex property of the DropDownList is set to 0 (First Item).
<select id="ddlFruits" style="width: 150px;">
    <option value="0">Please select</option>
    <option value="1">Mango</option>
    <option value="2">Apple</option>
    <option value="3">Banana</option>
    <option value="4">Guava</option>
    <option value="5">Pineapple</option>
    <option value="6">Papaya</option>
    <option value="7">Grapes</option>
<br />
<hr />
<input type="button" id="btnReset" value="Reset" />
<script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
    $(function () {
        $("#btnReset").bind("click", function () {
            $("#ddlFruits")[0].selectedIndex = 0;
Reset (Clear) DropDownList selection (selected value) using jQuery
Browser Compatibility

The above code has been tested in the following browsers.

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