# HTML <select> required Attribute

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The required attribute of the <select> element is to let users know that the <select> drop-down is required and need to be submitted before the form is submitted. If you won’t select the value from the drop-down and try to submit the form, it won’t submit and a warning would be visible on the web page itself. The required attribute introduced in HTML5.

Following is the syntax−

<select required>

Let us now see an example to implement the required attribute of the <select> element−

## Example

Live Demo

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<body>
<h1>Candidate Profile</h1>
<p>Following are the details to be submitted by the candidate:</p>
<h2>Educational Qualification</h2>
<form action="">
<section>
<select required>
<option value="">None</option>
<option value="bca">BCA</option>
<option value="bcom">B.COM</option>
<option value="btech">B.TECH</option>
</select>
</section>
<section>
<select>
<option value="mca">MCA</option>
<option value="mcom">M.COM</option>
<option value="mtech">M.TECH</option>
<option value="msc">M.Sc</option>
</select>
</section><br>
<input type="submit" value="Next">
</form>
</body>
</html>

This will produce the following output. We haven’t selected an item from the drop-down list set as required, therefore the following warning would be visible−

In the above example, we have set two drop-down lists using <select>−

<section>
<select required>
<option value="">None</option>
<option value="bca">BCA</option>
<option value="bcom">B.COM</option>
<option value="btech">B.TECH</option>
</select>
</section>
<section>
<select>
<option value="mca">MCA</option>
<option value="mcom">M.COM</option>
<option value="mtech">M.TECH</option>
<option value="msc">M.Sc</option>
</select>
</section>

We have set one of them to be filled compulsory by the users using the required attribute, else the form won’t submit−

<section>
</section>