What is the best way to prepare for CCNA

Dear Rene/Andrew,

Based on your technical expertise in various technologies and the way you prepared for your certifications, could you please let me know they best way to prepare for CCNA R&S.

Your videos are superb and the written content is simple and easy to understand. I would be grateful If you could suggest few other material, books, blogs etc which could enhance by knowledge so that I would be able to pass the exam.

Could you please let me know if reading CCNP level material for CCNA helps, as most of the topics match or would it be way too technical to understand.

Any other tips would really help as people like you are our mentors.

Thank you very much.

Hello Srikanth.

Having experienced the CCNA and CCNP examination process, I believe that the best way to prepare for the CCNA R&S exam is to study the theory, and then, within a few days at most, apply what you have learned by performing labs in Packet Tracer, GNS3 or your physical Cisco lab. For example, if you’re studying EIGRP, read the theory about how it works, how it is implemented, and details about the way it operates. Within a very short time, within 24 or 48 hours, you should apply what you have learned in a series of labs. For me, most of the understanding of the concepts I read were made clear with the labs. Do as many labs as you can until the configuration, and the understanding of the behavior of the devices becomes second nature.

As for studying CCNP material, I believe that it would not be as effective, because the CCNA material is already very broad and has a large volumne of information, by studying CCNP you are just adding to that load with information that will not be included in the exam. Unless you are planning to take the CCNP exam almost immediately after the CCNA, it would probably not help.

I believe Rene and Andrew will be able to add some more suggestions for you.

I hope this has been helpful!


Thank you very much Mr Lazaros for your kind suggestion. Could you please recommend what else could I read or watch for CCNA R&S because like you mentioned the topics are vast and covering all details about them in a single book or a video is not possible.

I have purchased Official Cisco CCNA R&S books (Not really sure if these books are sufficient for exam prep), and I am using VIRL for the labs, I believe VIRL is going to help me further for labs related to CCNP and higher later on.

Could you or Rene let me know if lessons related to 200-125 are coming up.

best regards

Hello Srikanth.

I believe that the Cisco CCNA R&S books are very good and I believe that you can cover the vast majority of information included on the test. The labs on VIRL will help very much.

As for lessons related to 200-125 Rene will be able to let you know about that.

I hope this has been helpful!


Thank you Mr. Laz