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CCA131 – Cloudera Administration Certification Exam Notes and Preparation Guide

In this post, we’ll go through the CCA131 exam blueprint topics and show you what and how to perform the tasks in each topic.

All the embedded links are my exam preparation notes. Go through each link and perform/practice it in your cluster.

Check out my post on Minimum cluster configuration required for practice.

Please practice till the time you’re confident of doing all the tasks without referring any documentation/material and capable of resolving the issues.

Before we start, check out my post on exam feedback.  CCA131- Exam Feedback

If you’re new to Linux, please check out Linux commands – Basics which will help you get familiar with shell commands.




Demonstrate an understanding of the installation process for Cloudera Manager, CDH, and the ecosystem projects.



Perform basic and advanced configuration needed to effectively administer a Hadoop cluster



Maintain and modify the cluster to support day-to-day operations in the enterprise


Enable relevant services and configure the cluster to meet goals defined by security policy; demonstrate knowledge of basic security practices


Benchmark the cluster operational metrics, test system configuration for operation and efficiency

  • Execute file system commands via HTTPFS : HttpFS commands
  • Efficiently copy data within a cluster/between clusters : Distcp
  • Create/restore a snapshot of an HDFS directory :  Snapshots
  • Get/set ACLs for a file or directory structure :  HDFS ACLs
  • Benchmark the cluster (I/O, CPU, network) : Benchmarking


Demonstrate ability to find the root cause of a problem, optimize inefficient execution, and resolve resource contention scenarios


Before you appear for the exam, please check my post on how to validate the outputs in exam. CCA131 – Answers Validation Steps

This will help you in re validating your outputs/solutions/tasks which you may fail to notice during the exam.

Wish you all the best for your exam.

Please do share your thoughts/feedback after taking the exam, which will help me to update the contents accordingly and also help our fellows in Hadoop community..



13 thoughts on “CCA131 – Cloudera Administration Certification Exam Notes and Preparation Guide

  1. Hello Kannan
    Thanks for sharing. If i am thorough with these questions, are enough to take the exam ??, Please let me know.


  2. Dear Krish,
    Thank you so much for the guide. I tried to attempt exam on 22 november but I failed. Only 3 problems were correct.
    There was a question about setting Heap size which I didnt understand. They gave us some amount of Ram and asked to calculate and configure heap size. Can you help me what is this.
    Also there was a problem related to Kafka configuration which was configured wrong before but I was not able to solve the error.
    Can you guide me what should I do for preparing exam.
    Also there was a question about making groups for role.
    Can you help me.
    Thanks in advance
    Thanks in advance

    1. Hi Syed,

      Sorry to hear about that.

      For Kafka configuration, first you have to download and activate the Kafka parcel, then proceed to add the Kafka service. Then kafka brokers will be started. If you encounter any issues in starting Kafka broker, then look at the logs to see what’s the issue and troubleshoot accordingly.
      One of the common issue is the heap size of Kafka broker. Go to kakfa – configuration – search for ‘heap size’ and change it to recommended value.

    2. Hello Syed !!

      Excuse me for the delay in replying to your comment. My suggestion for preparing “CCA131” exam, make use of the official documentation,read it no shortcut, as well use this blog for practising cloudera official curriculum to take exam. If you can recollect what questions you come across in your last attempt and analyse them to get solutions. I hope this will help you in clearing in exam. Practice well. ALL THE BEST!!

  3. Hi Kannan- You’re doing a great job. Is it possible to give an idea of what kind of questions are asked related to Sqoop and Flume?


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