Struggling To Become a CCNA ? Pass Now
No need to worry, I'm here to guide you. I have gained my CCNA after going through a well organised study technique. I was able to score 986/1000 in my first attempt for which I studied hard for a month not more than that. I want you to go through the simple study plan which I'm suggesting for getting success in CCNA exam. The technique which I'm going to explain is also useful for pursuing your CCNP and higher certificatons. Post your queries and request and check my post regularly on this blog for your success.

I completed my CCNA, CCNP & CCIP (BGP+MPLS) and working towards CCIE.
Trust me, I will show you the right path. I started this blog in the year 2007, I could not post regularly since I was busy with my project. Now I have decided to help young people who are eager to succeed. I would be really happy to help anyone who is really interested in succeeding in career.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

CCNA Certification Path

CCNA Certifiacate Path

There are two ways to attain the certificate, either going for a composite type (CCNA)
or separately by passing CCENT or ICND1 first then by passing ICND2.

Both the ways are having its own Pros and Cons. Let me explain the terminologies first, then will dig deeper into each one of the module.

CCENT® Certification

Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) validates the ability to install,
operate and troubleshoot a small enterprise branch network, including basic network security.
With a CCENT, network professional demonstrates the skills required for entry-level network support
positions - the starting point for many successful careers in networking.
The curriculum covers networking fundamentals, WAN technologies, basic security and wireless concepts, routing
and switching fundamentals, and configuring simple networks. CCENT is the first step toward achieving CCNA,
which covers medium size enterprise branch networks with more complex connections.
There is no prerequisite for this certification.

CCENT Exams & Recommended Training
Required Exam(s)

Recommended Training
640-822 ICND1 Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 (ICND1)

CCENT certifications are valid for three years. To recertify,
pass ONE of the following exams before the certification expiration date:

* Pass the current ICND1 exam, or
* Pass the current ICND2 exam , or
* Pass the current CCNA exam, or
* Pass the current CCDA exam, or
* Pass any current CCNA Concentration exam (wireless, or security, or voice, or SP Ops), or
* Pass any current 642-XXX professional level exam, or
* Pass any current Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams or
MeetingPlace Specialist exams or Implementing Cisco Telepresence Installations [ITI] exams), or
* Pass any current CCIE Written Exam, or
* Pass the current CCDE Written Exam OR current CCDE Practical Exam, or
* Pass the Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr) interview AND the CCAr board review to extend
lower certifications


Another way is to Pass CCNA composite at one shot.

CCNA Certification

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA®) validates the ability to install,
configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size route and switched networks,
including implementation and verification of connections to remote sites in a WAN.
CCNA curriculum includes basic mitigation of security threats, introduction to wireless networking
concepts and terminology, and performance-based skills. This new curriculum also includes
(but is not limited to) the use of these protocols: IP, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP),
Serial Line Interface Protocol Frame Relay, Routing Information Protocol Version 2 (RIPv2),VLANs,
Ethernet, access control lists (ACLs)

CCNA Exams & Recommended Training
Required Exam(s)

Recommended Training
640-802 CCNA Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 (ICND1) v1.1
Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 2 (ICND2) v1.1

Planning for the CCNA Certifcation Exam

If you have already decided to give the online CCNA certification exam, then its time to plan now, Remember "if you fail to plan
then you are planning to fail"

Some of you might be in a plan to study CCNA materials and understand the concept and may not have the intention of appearing for
the test. Nothing wrong in that, Ultimate goal should be to master the CCNA skills which is essential in framing your career.
I personally suggest that getting your CCNA certification gives you more value in the market.

Clearing the CCNA exam in not a big deal, but what matters is how much knowledge you are gaining out of the course.

one key rule is read always, not only certification point of view, But throughout your career. Reading contents relevant to your
profession for atleast 1 hour per day will put you under top 20 percent people in your field. It is proven.

The CCNA syllabus created by Cisco is fine tuned, which is in synch with the latest technology in the industry.
As the matter of fact, Cisco is good in framing syllabus as per the practical requirement of the Industry.

Your psychology plays a key role when it comes to your interest in reading books. If you dont belong to the group, so called readers, then
you are missing something vital in life.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Master the fundamentals

Always keep this point in mind, Master the networking fundamentals. The key to success in networking is mastering the basics.
Only then you can build a solid networking skill above it. This will be beneficial during troubleshooting process as well.
So, Master the basics.

Getting CCNA Job

I know many people who are struggling to get a job in networking domain. This happened to me when I was fresh to this field. To be frank, I struggled to the core. I know the pain involved in searching for a job in which your heart is attached. This will not happen overnight, but with consistent effort you will achieve the desired goal. This content is exclusively for millions of young people who are in lookout for jobs.

Some people might have completed their graduation in Science, commerce or Engineering and would have pursued a course in CCNA, and some people would have completed online CCNA certification along with graduation.
All these will make you eligible to get a job, but not a job exactly.

If you are a fresher, then you must be willing to take up any IT related job initially to get into the industry. Then you can slowly build your skills and gradually move to the networking domain. If you are fortunate enough, you will be getting core networking job after the completion of CCNA certification.

I was not in the lucky list, I did not get core networking job for 3.5 years after my B.Tech graduation, even after completing my CCNA certification. I had to work in low profile projects and passive activities in IT infrastructure domain. But I was constantly keeping an eye on networking job. The sad thing was I worked for a company who was one of the leading service provider for Cisco but I did not get the opportunity to work as a network Engineer. After many months of struggle, finally I got my dream job in the same company, with full of cisco gears all around. Now I am very happy because I am following my dream. Also, Now I got the opportunity to work for advanced technologies like IP/MPLS, Traffic Engineering, CoS, QoS, VPLS, L3VPN, L2VPN, Multicasting etc...Also security devices. My awareness of technology has been increased drastically nowadays. I am really excited.

Success is just one decision away. You have to decide......What decision ?

Fundamentals of MPLS

MPLS is widely deployed in operators Network in recent days as it is a matured technology now. In earlier days it was implemented cautiously, since the technology was new.

Unlike some of its precursors such as ATM and Framerelay, MPLS uses Control plane mechanism more effectively from the very begining.

MPLS overcomes several drawbacks of conventional networking technologies like speed, scalability, QOS and traffic engineering. MPLS provides a path for reveneue generation for service oriented operators by incorporating several applications over the MPLS backbone.

Before getting into the core concepts of MPLS, It is vital to understand the IP forwarding in traditional IP Networks. In traditional network, NLRI (Network Layer Reachability Information) is propogated using IP routing protocol. The packet forwarding decision is based on destination address only. Therefor when a packet is received by the router , it determines the next hop address by using packets destination address along with its own information that is in forwarding/Routing table.


I'm pleased and excited to write content on this topic. I am a systems integrator, I deal with all latest tehnology in the realm of Networking and Telecom. Recently I got fascinated by MPLS technology, which is a buzz word in the current IT industry. I am involved in a project which provides consultancy and management services to the client. This technolgy is fast growing and it is expected to surpass all the other legacy technology in the industry. I have decided to blog on this concept. My objective is to share knowledge related to this, So that it would benefit many technocrats all over the world.

Saturday, August 6, 2011


CCNA certification is highly valuable in todays IT industry, Unlike other certifications , Cisco is having its own place in the industry. In the current trend CCNA jobs are much more prevalent than other technology jobs. So it is the right time to get certified and look for a CCNA job.

To pass the exam online, It is recommended to take CCNA training and study constantly for 3 months to achieve the proficiency level in networking.

Before starting with the course, decide on which stream to pursue, Like CCNA R&S, CCNA Voice, CCNA Security, CCNA Wireless, CCNA SP Ops etc.

Don't hesitate to take CCNA Bootcamp or CCNA training before taking CCNA test.

If you need to clarify anything related to CCNA certification, feel free to post on this blog, I will assist.

All the best

CCNA® Routing & Switching Certification - SYLLABUS

The CCNA certification validates the ability to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size routed and switched networks. CCNA certified professionals have the knowledge and skills to make connections to remote sites via a WAN, mitigate basic security threats, and understand the requirements for wireless network access. CCNA training covers (but is not limited to) the use of these protocols: IP, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), Serial Line Interface Protocol Frame Relay, Routing Information Protocol Version 2 (RIPv2), VLANs, Ethernet, and access control lists (ACLs).

No prerequisites

Exams & Recommended Training

Required Exam(s)

Recommended Training
640-802 CCNA

Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 (ICND1) v1.1

Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 2 (ICND2) v1.1

640-822 ICND1

Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 (ICND1) v1.1
640-816 ICND2

Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 2 (ICND2) v1.1