Sunday, April 23, 2006

CCNA Exam Objectives

Given below are the exam topics covered under CCNA. Cisco(R) may include additional related topics, and please visit Cisco website for most recent list of exam objectives.

Planning & Designing

  • Planning and designing simple LANs using Cisco Technology
  • Plan and design an IP addressing scheme to meet design requirements
  • Select an appropriate routing protocol based on user requirements
  • Design a simple internetwork
  • Develop an access list (both standard and extended) to meet user specifications
  • Choose WAN services (including FR) to meet customer requirements

Implementation & Operation

  • Configure routing protocols (including RIP, RIP v2, EIGRP, and OSPF) based on
    user requirements
  • Configure IP addresses, subnet masks, and gateway addresses on routers and hosts
  • Configure a router for additional administrative functionality
  • Configure a switch with VLANS and inter-switch communication
  • Implement a LAN
  • Customize a switch configuration to meet specified network requirements
  • Manage system image and device configuration files
  • Perform an initial configuration on a router and switch
  • Implement access lists (both standard access lists, and extended access lists)
  • Implement simple WAN protocols


  • Utilize the OSI model as a guide for systematic network troubleshooting
  • Perform LAN and VLAN troubleshooting
  • Troubleshoot routing protocols (including RIP v1, RIP v2, OSPF, and EIGRP)
  • Troubleshoot IP addressing and host configuration
  • Troubleshoot a device as part of a working network
  • Troubleshoot an access list (Standard access lists, extended access lists)
  • Perform simple WAN troubleshooting


  • Describe network communications using layered models (ISO OSI Model, and DOD
  • Describe the Spanning Tree process (including STP algorithm)
  • Compare and contrast key characteristics of LAN environments
  • Characteristics of routing protocols
  • Evaluate TCP/IP communication process and its associated protocols
  • Describe the components of network devices
  • Study rules for packet control
  • Study important characteristics of WANs

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