Exam Details


Network Administrator Certification

About Paper

Plino’s Network Administrator Certification evaluates skills to maintain network hardware and software, troubleshoots network problems, and ensure network security, availability & performance standards. Candidates are required to score a minimum of 30 marks out of 60 to successfully qualify for the examination.


  1. Explain the role and function of network components
  2. Next-generation firewalls and IPS
  3. Controllers (Cisco DNA Center and WLC)
  4. Servers
  5. characteristics of network topology architectures
  6. Compare physical interface and cabling types
  7. Connections (Ethernet shared media and point-to-point)
  8. Compare TCP to UDP
  9. Configure and verify IPv4 addressing and subnetting
  10. Configure and verify IPv6 addressing and prefix
  11. Verify IP parameters for Client OS (Windows, Mac OS, Linux)
  12. Explain virtualization fundamentals (server virtualization, containers, and VRFs)
  13. Describe switching concepts

  1. Configure and verify VLANs (normal range) spanning multiple switches
  2. Configure and verify interswitch connectivity
  3. Configure and verify Layer 2 discovery protocols (Cisco Discovery Protocol and LLDP)
  4. Configure and verify (Layer 2/Layer 3) Ether Channel (LACP)
  5. Interpret basic operations of Rapid PVST+ Spanning Tree Protocol
  6. Describe Cisco Wireless Architectures and AP modes
  7. Describe physical infrastructure connections of WLAN components (AP, WLC, access/trunk ports, and LAG)
  8. Describe AP and WLC management access connections (Telnet, SSH, HTTP,HTTPS, console, and TACACS+/RADIUS)
  9. Interpret the wireless LAN GUI configuration for client connectivity, such as WLAN creation, security settings, QoS profiles, and advanced settings

  1. Interpret the components of routing table
  2. Determine how a router makes a forwarding decision by default
  3. Configure and verify IPv4 and IPv6 static routing
  4. Configure and verify single area OSPFv2
  5. Describe the purpose, functions, and concepts of first hop redundancy protocols

  1. Configure and verify inside source NAT using static and pools
  2. Explain the role of DHCP and DNS within the network
  3. Explain the function of SNMP in network operations
  4. Configure and verify DHCP client and relay
  5. Configure network devices for remote access using SSH
  6. Describe the capabilities and function of TFTP/FTP in the network

  1. Define key security concepts (threats, vulnerabilities, exploits, and mitigation techniques)
  2. Configure and verify device access control using local passwords
  3. Describe IPsec remote access and site-to-site VPNs
  4. Configure and verify access control lists
  5. Compare authentication, authorization, and accounting concepts
  6. Configure and verify WLAN within the GUI using WPA2 PSK

  1. Explain how automation impacts network management
  2. Describe controller-based, software defined architecture (overlay, underlay, and fabric)
  3. Northbound and Southbound APIs
  4. Compare traditional campus device management with Cisco DNA Center enabled device management
  5. Describe characteristics of REST-based APIs (CRUD, HTTP verbs, and data encoding)
  6. Recognize components of JSON-encoded data

Exam Format

This is an online examination with 30 objective-type questions. Each question carries 2 marks. The minimum qualifying marks are 50% of the total marks. The candidates attaining the minimum qualifying marks shall be declared eligible for E-certification.
Candidates may also seek re-examination by paying Rs. 600.

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