CKA Exam Study Guide (Certified Kubernetes Administrator)

CKA - Certified Kubernetes Administrator Certificate Exam Study Guide

Preparing for the CKA Certified Kubernetes Administrator exam? Don’t know where to start? This post is the CKA Kubernetes Administrator Certification Exam Preparation Study Guide (with links to each exam objective).

I have curated a list of articles from the Kubernetes documentation and other blogs on the web for each objective of the CKA Certification exam. Please share the post within your circles so it helps them to prepare for the exam.

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CKA Curriculum Topics

Cluster Architecture, Installation & Configuration – 25%

Manage Role-based Access Control (RBAC)

Use Kubeadm to Install a Basic Cluster

Manage a Highly-available Kubernetes Cluster

Provision Underlying Infrastructure to Deploy a Kubernetes Cluster

Perform a Version Upgrade on a Kubernetes Cluster Using Kubeadm

Implement etcd Backup and Restore

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Workloads & Scheduling – 15%

Understand Deployments and How to Perform Rolling Update and Rollbacks

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Use ConfigMaps and Secrets to Configure Applications

Know How to Scale Applications

Understand the Primitives Used to Create Robust, Self-healing, Application Deployments

Understand How Resource Limits Can Affect Pod Scheduling

Awareness of Manifest Management and Common Templating Tools

Services & Networking – 20%

Understand Host Networking Configuration on the Cluster Nodes

Understand Connectivity between Pods

Understand ClusterIP, NodePort, LoadBalancer Service Types and Endpoints

Know How to Use Ingress Controllers and Ingress Resources

Know How to Configure and Use CoreDNS

Choose an Appropriate Container Network Interface Plugin

Storage – 10%

Understand Storage Classes, Persistent Volumes​

Understand Volume Mode, Access Modes and Reclaim Policies for Volumes

Understand Persistent Volume Claims Primitive

Know How to Configure Applications with Persistent Storage

Troubleshooting – 30%

Evaluate Cluster and Node Logging

Understand How to Monitor Applications

Manage Container stdout & stderr Logs

Troubleshoot Application Failure

Troubleshoot Cluster Component Failure

Troubleshoot Networking

This brings us to the end of the Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) Exam Preparation Study Guide.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments section if I have missed out on anything. Also, I love to hear from you about how your preparation is going on!

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  1. Hi Kiran,

    Did you complete this CKA exam? How did you prepare? How and where you did practice? Where to get practice questions?

  2. Hi Ravi

    I am preparing for Docker and Kubernetes administration course. Will it help to shift my career path and also will it help to increase my yearly earnings?

    1. Hello Rohit,
      Certifications may / may not directly guarantee an increase in yearly earnings. They are a structured path to develop yourself in any tech.
      You will earn well if you do well. And to do well, you need to be well-equipped. Certifications are a conduit to that.

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