CCNA 200-301 certification is now only a single exam that is 120-minutes in duration and approximately 100 questions. There are significant changes to the new CCNA syllabus. Candidates have the option of either in-person or online testing.
Exam Topics Removed
The new CCNA syllabus is based on six knowledge domains and multiple topics per domain. There are no simulation labs on the new exam or any troubleshooting topics. Cisco has moved all troubleshooting, so that CCNA is really a foundational exam. The following is a list of topics removed and no longer tested. It should be noted that some unscored questions could appear from older topics.
- OSI Model, Ethernet Frame, Switch Stacking, VTP
- EIGRP, Inter-VLAN Routing, OSPFv3, BGP, RIPv2
- PPP, MLPPP, PPPoE, GRE, APIC-EM, IOS, IP SLA
- All Network Troubleshooting Topics
New CCNA Topics!
Cisco CCNA 200-301 includes a significant number of new topics including wireless, automation, and cyber security. That is attributed to popularity of mobile devices, cloud, and SDN architecture. You will notice how words such as describe, explain, and compare are used in the syllabus. There are also configuration topics as well for traditional core topics. Refer to the red highlighted topics with the listed syllabus for new topics.
Cisco is aligning the new CCNA exam with a shift to monolithic IP only connectivity and Cisco DNA Center automation. The management of network infrastructure is now based on SDN architecture. Cisco devices support programmable features and virtualization of network services.
It is important to dispel the marketing hype that often surrounds CCNA certification. OSPFv2 is the only routing protocol, however you should know administrative distance for EIGRP, RIP, BGP, and IS-IS routing protocols. It is part of route selection topic assigned to IP connectivity.
CCNA Training Strategy
Preparing for CCNA certification requires students to invest time to pass the exam. The best strategy is a streamlined study plan with the right information instead of more information. The following is a layered certification strategy used by thousands of students to pass the exam.