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Get dropdown previous value in jquery


How to get previous selected dropdown value in jquery.
I tried $(this).prev().val() --> but it returns me undefined.

below is my code.

 <%: Html.DropDownListFor(model => model.ViewModel.StyleId,Html.StyleSelectListItems(ViewData["HouseTypeID"].ToString()),new { style = "width: 100%;",Class = "homeStyle" })%>

when i change it fire below method

 $("#ViewModel_StyleId").change(function (e) {


i tried below code, but doesn't help me.

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Gurvinder Pal SinghCommented:
$(this).prev().val() will only give the previous sibling's value, not the previous value of drop down.

You need to store the old value somewhere so that next time you can just fetch it from there.

You can use stack here, so that any time the value is changed, it will be pushed to the stack

Are you after something like this:

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "">
<script src="" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">

jQuery(document).ready( function () {

  var previousValue = $("#ViewModel_StyleId").val();

  $("#ViewModel_StyleId").change( function() {
    $("#previous").text( previousValue );
    previousValue = $("#ViewModel_StyleId").val();



<select id="ViewModel_StyleId">

Previous value: <span id="previous"></span>


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Another one using  : $(this).attr("selectedIndex")-1

Value : $("option:eq(" + () +  ")", this).val()
Text :  $("option:eq(" + ($(this).attr("selectedIndex")-1) +  ")", this).text()

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bad copy cut, sorry :

Value :
$("option:eq(" + ($(this).attr("selectedIndex")-1) +  ")", this).val()

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Text :  
$("option:eq(" + ($(this).attr("selectedIndex")-1) +  ")", this).text()

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