How to populate dropdownlist with “Select” option in

One of my friend asked with me “How to populate dropdownlist with “Select” option?” in We can do this task like this

step1: Take one dropdownlist in .aspx page.
Step2:Write this code in code behind page like this

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.UI;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls;
using System.Data.SqlClient;
using System.Data;

public partial class DdlTest : System.Web.UI.Page
protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
if (!IsPostBack)


protected void bindDropdown()
using (SqlConnection con = new SqlConnection("Data Source=.;Initial Catalog=Test;Integrated Security=True"))
//change the sqlquery into store procedure for better performance
using (SqlCommand cmd = new SqlCommand("Select top 10 Id,EmpName from tblEmp", con))
SqlDataAdapter da = new SqlDataAdapter(cmd);
DataTable dt = new DataTable();
DropDownList1.DataSource = dt;
DropDownList1.DataTextField ="EmpName";
DropDownList1.DataValueField = "Id";

// what ever you want to display on top of dropdown keep here
// DropDownList1.Items.Insert(0, new ListItem(“Select”, “0”));

DropDownList1.Items.Insert(0, "Select");


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