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Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) Exam Experience Sharing

First of All Happy New Year 2021 every one and have blessed 2021 🙂

Last 3-4 months have been great learning  for Cloud Native. Started my cloud native  journey with VMware Tanzu Portfolio covering –

  • VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid (TKG)
  • Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Service (TKGS)
  • VMware Tanzu Mission Control (TMC)
  • VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Integrated Edition (TKGI)
  • VMware vSphere with kubernetes
  • VMware Enterprise PKS (Pivotal Container Service)

While going through all the above, Where all the discussion starts and end with cloud native aka Kubernetes (K8s), this attract me to Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) exam. 

The Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) created by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), in collaboration with The Linux Foundation.

Started exploring the best course for this, which covers all the topics in CKA exam and also provide Labs to practice, as this is complete hands on exam and need hell lot of practice to clear this exam.

Came across these 2 super awesome courses developed by Mumshad Mannambeth on Udemy.

1. Kubernetes for the Absolute Beginners – Hands-on

2. Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) with Practice Tests (Kubernetes v1.19)

My focus was more on Practice Tests with these courses, and frankly speaking i did 4-5 times all the labs to be confident enough before booked my exam. Not easy to complete 4-5 times all the labs, need many days to complete and i know how many sleepless night i had to complete these labs.

Exam fee is US$ 300. You can find 30-40% discount coupons on this exam fee.

There were total 17 questions with 120 mins to complete. For my experience, I tried all  17 questions, i know few i did wrong 😉 but i tried all to finish. In general, the questions are not too difficult if you practice enough or your fundamentals is clear, but I think it’s still harder and need better time control to complete all 17 questions in 120 minutes (2 Hours).

For the CKA Exam, a score of 66% or above must be earned to pass. And I Scored 75% not bad in first attempt 🙂

Kubectl Cheat Sheet

It’s highly recommended to go through all the commands at least once before the exam, it would help you to become more familiar of some frequent-use command and be easier to find them during the exam. https://kubernetes.io/docs/reference/kubectl/cheatsheet

Best part is that you can access this during the exam to refer and you can copy the YAML format in the exam – https://kubernetes.io/docs/home/  

Results will be emailed to you within 36 hours from the time that the Exam was completed.  If you clear in first attempt is great achievement, if not you’ll have “Free Retake” another free chance to PASS it.

If you have any friend/colleague who has PASS this, do have conversation with him and discuss time management and some insider tips 🙂

I suggest whether you are working on Cloud Native aka Kubernetes (K8s) or not MUST do this, this is upcoming  and good to know or have updated yourself 🙂

Thank you and Hope this will help. Do reach out to me if need any help or wants to discuss further .. Cheers 🙂