Appendix G. Exam Topics Cross-Reference

This appendix lists the exam topics associated with the CCNA 200-301 exam. Cisco lists the exam topics on its website. Even though changes to the exam topics are rare, you should always review those exam topics for any updates; check www.cisco.com/go/certifications and navigate to the correct exam.

Cisco organizes each list of exam topics by domains, which are major topic areas. Cisco states the percentage of the exam that should come from each domain, so you get some idea of the areas of importance. Traditionally, the score report you receive after taking the exam shows your percentage score in each domain.

This appendix includes two separate types of indices to exam topics:

  • CCNA 200-301 Exam Topic Order: This section lists the CCNA 200-301 exam topics in the same order Cisco lists them on its website, with a list of associated book chapters. This first list shows a cross-reference from each exam topic to the chapters that include at least some material about each topic.

  • Book Chapter Order Versus CCNA 200-301 Exam Topics: This lists the same CCNA 200-301 exam topics but indexed by chapter instead of exam topic. This section lists the chapters in this book, along with the exam topics that the chapter includes. This section basically relists the kind of information found on the first page of each chapter, just in condensed form in one place.

CCNA 200-301 Exam Topic Order

The CCNA 200-301 exam includes six major topic areas (domains), each with a percentage listed. Table G-1 lists the domains and their percentages.

Table G-1 CCNA 200-301 Exam Topic Domains

Domain

Percentage

Domain 1: Network Fundamentals

20%

Domain 2: Network Access

20%

Domain 3: IP Connectivity

25%

Domain 4: IP Services

10%

Domain 5: Security Fundamentals

15%

Domain 6: Automation and Programmability

10%

Tables G-2 through G-7 list the exam topics within each of the six domains. Note that the CCNA 200-301 Official Cert Guide, Volume 1, covers some of the exam topics, while this book covers the rest. These tables show the chapters in each book that cover each exam topic.

Table G-2 CCNA 200-301 Domain 1 Exam Topics (Network Fundamentals)

Exam Topic

Vol 1 Chapter(s)

Vol 2 Chapter(s)

1.1 Explain the Role and function of Network Components

2, 3, 5, 7, 26

5, 16, 17

1.1.a Routers

3, 15

 

1.1.b L2 and L3 Switches

2, 5, 7

 

1.1.c Next-generation firewalls and IPS

 

5

1.1.d Access points

26

 

1.1.e Controllers (Cisco DNA Center and WLC)

29

17

1.1.f Endpoints

 

16

1.1.g Servers

 

16

1.2 Describe characteristics of network topology architectures

2, 3

13, 14, 15, 16

1.2.a 2 tier

 

13

1.2.b 3 tier

 

13

1.2.c Spine-leaf

 

16

1.2.d WAN

3

14

1.2.e Small office/home office (SOHO)

2, 15

13

1.2.f On-premises and cloud

 

15

1.3 Compare physical interface and cabling types

1, 2

13

1.3.a Single-mode fiber, multimode fiber, copper

1, 2

 

1.3.b Connections (Ethernet shared media and point-to-point)

1, 2

 

1.3.c Concepts of PoE

 

13

1.4 Identify interface and cable issues (collisions, errors, mismatch duplex, and/or speed)

7

 

1.5 Compare TCP to UDP

 

1

1.6 Configure and verify IPv4 addressing and subnetting

6, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 22

 

1.7 Describe the need for private IPv4 addressing

11, 16

 

1.8 Configure and verify IPv6 addressing and prefix

23, 24

 

1.9 Compare IPv6 address types

23, 24

 

1.9.a Global unicast

23, 24

 

1.9.b Unique local

23, 24

 

1.9.c Link local

24

 

1.9.d Anycast

24

 

1.9.e Multicast

24

 

1.9.f Modified EUI 64

24

 

1.10 Identify IP parameters for Client OS (Windows, Mac OS, Linux)

 

7

1.11 Describe wireless principles

26

 

1.11.a Nonoverlapping Wi-Fi channels

26

 

1.11.b SSID

26

 

111.c RF

26

 

1.11.d Encryption

28

 

1.12 Explain virtualization fundamentals (virtual machines)

 

15

1.13 Describe switching concepts

5, 8

 

1.13.a MAC learning and aging

5, 8

 

1.13.b Frame switching

5, 8

 

1.13.c Frame flooding

5, 8

 

1.13.d MAC address table

5, 8

 

Table G-3 CCNA 200-301 Domain 2 Exam Topics (Network Access)

Exam Topic

Vol 1 Chapter(s)

Vol 2 Chapter(s)

2.1 Configure and verify VLANs (normal range) spanning multiple switches

8

 

2.1.a Access ports (data and voice)

8

 

2.1.b Default VLAN

8

 

2.1.c Connectivity

8

 

2.2 Configure and verify interswitch connectivity

8

 

2.2.a Trunk ports

8

 

2.2.b 802.1Q

8

 

2.2.c Native VLAN

8

 

2.3 Configure and verify Layer 2 discovery protocols (Cisco Discovery Protocol and LLDP)

 

9

2.4 Configure and verify (Layer 2/Layer 3) EtherChannel (LACP)

8, 9, 10, 17

 

2.5 Describe the need for and basic operations of Rapid PVST+ Spanning Tree Protocol and identify basic operations

5, 9, 10

 

2.5.a Root port, root bridge (primary/secondary), and other port names

9, 10

 

2.5.b Port states (forwarding/blocking)

9, 10

 

2.5.c PortFast benefits

9, 10

 

2.6 Compare Cisco Wireless Architectures and AP modes

27

 

2.7 Describe physical infrastructure connections of WLAN components (AP, WLC, access/trunk ports, and LAG)

29

 

2.8 Describe AP and WLC management access connections (Telnet, SSH, HTTP, HTTPS, console, and TACACS+/RADIUS)

29

 

2.9 Configure the components of a wireless LAN access for client connectivity using GUI only such as WLAN creation, security settings, QoS profiles, and advanced WLAN settings

29

 

Table G-4 CCNA 200-301 Domain 3 Exam Topics (IP Connectivity)

Exam Topic

Vol 1 Chapter(s)

Vol 2 Chapter(s)

3.1 Interpret the components of routing table

16

 

3.1.a Routing protocol code

16

 

3.1.b Prefix

16

 

3.1.c Network mask

16

 

3.1.d Next hop

16

 

3.1.e Administrative distance

16

 

3.1.f Metric

16

 

3.1.g Gateway of last resort

16

 

3.2 Determine how a router makes a forwarding decision by default

16

 

3.2.a Longest match

16

 

3.2.b Administrative distance

16, 19, 20

 

3.2.c Routing protocol metric

19, 20

 

3.3 Configure and verify IPv4 and IPv6 static routing

16, 18, 25

 

3.3.a Default route

16, 18, 25

 

3.3.b Network route

16, 18, 25

 

3.3.c Host route

16, 18, 25

 

3.3.d Floating static

16, 18, 25

 

3.4 Configure and verify single area OSPFv2

19, 20, 21

 

3.4.a Neighbor adjacencies

19, 20, 21

 

3.4.b Point-to-point

19, 20, 21

 

3.4.c Broadcast (DR/BDR selection)

19, 20, 21

 

3.4.d Router ID

19, 20, 21

 

3.5 Describe the purpose of First Hop Redundancy Protocol

 

12

Table G-5 CCNA 200-301 Domain 4 Exam Topics (IP Services)

Exam Topics

Vol 1 Chapter(s)

Vol 2 Chapter(s)

4.1 Configure and verify inside source NAT using static and pools

 

10

4.2 Configure and verify NTP operating in a client and server mode

 

9

4.3 Explain the role of DHCP and DNS within the network

 

1, 7

4.4 Explain the function of SNMP in network operations

 

12

4.5 Describe the use of syslog features including facilities and levels

 

9

4.6 Configure and verify DHCP client and relay

6

7

4.7 Explain the per-hop behavior (PHB) for QoS such as classification, marking, queuing, congestion, policing, shaping

 

11

4.8 Configure network devices for remote access using SSH

6

5

4.9 Describe the capabilities and function of TFTP/FTP in the network

 

12

Table G-6 CCNA 200-301 Domain 5 Exam Topics (Security Fundamentals)

Exam Topics

Vol 1 Chapter(s)

Vol 2 Chapter(s)

5.1 Define key security concepts (threats, vulnerabilities, exploits, and mitigation techniques)

 

4

5.2 Describe security program elements (user awareness, training, and physical access control)

 

4

5.3 Configure device access control using local passwords

6

5

5.4 Describe security password policies elements, such as management, complexity, and password alternatives (multifactor authentication, certificates, and biometrics)

 

4

5.5 Describe remote access and site-to-site VPNs

 

14

5.6 Configure and verify access control lists

 

2, 3

5.7 Configure Layer 2 security features (DHCP snooping, dynamic ARP inspection, and port security)

 

6, 8

5.8 Differentiate authentication, authorization, and accounting concepts

 

4

5.9 Describe wireless security protocols (WPA, WPA2, and WPA3)

28

 

5.10 Configure WLAN using WPA2 PSK using the GUI

29

 

Table G-7 CCNA 200-301 Domain 6 Exam Topics (Automation and Programmability)

Exam Topics

Vol 1 Chapter(s)

Vol 2 Chapter(s)

6.1 Explain how automation impacts network management

 

16

6.2 Compare traditional networks with controller-based networking

 

16

6.3 Describe controller-based and software-defined architectures (overlay, underlay, and fabric)

 

16, 17

6.3.a Separation of control plane and data plane

 

16, 17

6.3.b Northbound and southbound APIs

 

16, 17

6.4 Compare traditional campus device management with Cisco DNA Center enabled device management

 

17

6.5 Describe characteristics of REST-based APIs (CRUD, HTTP verbs, and data encoding)

 

18

6.6 Recognize the capabilities of configuration management mechanisms Puppet, Chef, and Ansible

 

19

6.7 Interpret JSON encoded data

 

18

Book Chapters, with Exam Topics Covered in Each

Cisco organizes its exam topics based on the outcome of your learning experience, which is typically not a reasonable order for building the content of a book or course. This section lists this book’s chapters in sequence, with the exam topics covered in each chapter.

Book Chapter

Exam Topics Covered

Part I: IP Access Control Lists

Chapter 1: Introduction to TCP/IP Transport and Applications

1.0 Network Fundamentals

1.5 Compare TCP to UDP

4.0 IP Services

4.3 Explain the role of DHCP and DNS in the network

Chapter 2: Basic IPv4 Access Control Lists

5.0 Security Fundamentals

5.6 Configure and verify access control lists

Chapter 3: Advanced IPv4 Access Control Lists

5.0 Security Fundamentals

5.6 Configure and verify access control lists

Part II: Security Services

Chapter 4: Security Architectures

5.0 Security Fundamentals

5.1 Define key security concepts (threats, vulnerabilities, exploits, and mitigation techniques)

5.2 Describe security program elements (user awareness, training, and physical access control)

5.4 Describe security password policies elements, such as management, complexity, and password alternatives (multifactor authentication, certificates, and biometrics)

5.8 Differentiate authentication, authorization, and accounting concepts

Chapter 5: Securing Network Devices

1.0 Network Fundamentals

1.1 Explain the Role of Network Components

1.1.c Next-generation firewalls and IPS

4.0 IP Services

4.8 Configure network devices for remote access using SSH

5.0 Security Fundamentals

5.3 Configure device access control using local passwords

Chapter 6: Implementing Switch Port Security

5.0 Security Fundamentals

5.7 Configure Layer 2 security features (DHCP snooping, dynamic ARP inspection, and port security)

Chapter 7: Implementing DHCP

1.0 Network Fundamentals

1.10 Identify IP parameters for Client OS (Windows, Mac OS, Linux)

4.0 IP Services

4.3 Explain the role of DHCP and DNS within the network

4.6 Configure and verify DHCP client and relay

Chapter 8: DHCP Snooping and ARP Inspection

5.0 Security Fundamentals

5.7 Configure Layer 2 security features (DHCP snooping, dynamic ARP inspection, and port security)

Part III: IP Services

Chapter 9: Device Management Protocols

2.0 Network Access

2.3 Configure and verify Layer 2 discovery protocols (Cisco Discovery Protocol and LLDP)

4.0 IP Services

4.2 Configure and verify NTP operating in a client and server mode

4.5 Describe the use of syslog features including facilities and levels

Chapter 10: Network Address Translation

4.0 IP Services

4.7 Configure and verify inside source NAT using static and pools

Chapter 11: Quality of Service (QoS)

4.0 IP Services

4.7 Explain the forwarding per-hop behavior (PHB) for QoS such as classification, marking, queuing, congestion, policing, shaping

Chapter 12: Miscellaneous IP Services

3.0 IP Connectivity

3.5 Describe the purpose of First Hop Redundancy Protocol

4.0 Infrastructure Services

4.4 Explain the function of SNMP in network operations

4.9 Describe the capabilities and function of TFTP/FTP in the network

Part IV: Network Architecture

Chapter 13: LAN Architecture

1.0 Network Fundamentals

1.2 Describe characteristics of network topology architectures

1.2.a 2 tier

1.2.b 3 tier

1.2.e Small office/home office (SOHO)

1.3 Compare physical interface and cabling types

1.3.c Concepts of PoE

Chapter 14: WAN Architecture

1.0 Network Fundamentals

1.2 Describe the characteristics of network topology architecture

1.2.d WAN

5.0 Security Fundamentals

5.5 Describe remote access and site-to-site VPNs

Chapter 15: Cloud Architecture

1.0 Network Fundamentals

1.2 Describe the characteristics of network topology architectures

1.2.f On-premises and cloud

1.12 Explain virtualization fundamentals (virtual machines)

Part V: Network Automation

Chapter 16: Introduction to Controller-Based Networking

6.0 Automation and Programmability

6.1 Explain how automation impacts network management

6.2 Compare traditional networks with controller-based networking

6.3 Describe controller-based and software-defined architectures (overlay, underlay, and fabric)

6.3.a Separation of control plane and data plane

6.3.b Northbound and southbound APIs

Chapter 17: Cisco Software-Defined Access

1.0 Network Fundamentals

1.1 Explain the role and function of network components

1.1.e Controllers (Cisco DNA Center and WLC)

6.0 Automation and Programmability

6.1 Explain how automation impacts network management

6.2 Compare traditional networks with controller-based networking

6.3 Describe controller-based and software-defined architectures (overlay, underlay, and fabric)

Chapter 18: Understanding REST and JSON

6.0 Automation and Programmability

6.5 Describe characteristics of REST-based APIs (CRUD, HTTP verbs, and data encoding)

6.7 Interpret JSON encoded data

Chapter 19: Ansible, Puppet, and Chef

6.0 Automation and Programmability

6.6 Recognize the capabilities of configuration mechanisms Puppet, Chef, and Ansible

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