How I passed AWS Solution Architect-Associate exam

Hi all,

I passed my AWS Solution Architect-Associate exam on 11th August 2018 with 81% marks. I decided to write this blog to share my own experience and study plan with aspiring professionals planning to write AWS-SA-Associate exam.

My Background

I’m Niraj Kumar an ex-Microsoft employee who is Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Private cloud and O365 certified Enterprise Cloud architect, who also happens to be an MCT (Microsoft Certified Trainer). I’ve total 18 years of IT industry experience and primarily worked with Microsoft technologies.  For last 8 years I’ve be fully immersed and working with Private Cloud, Public Cloud, Hybrid Cloud, O365, IAM, Security. 

What got me interested in AWS! 

My journey with AWS started when one fine day while having team lunch I had an animated discussion on Azure vs AWS with one of my colleagues. By this time you would have guessed that being a passionate Microsoft Azure certified professional I would have defended Azure superiority over AWS in all departments. 🙂 But after dust settled, my co-worker suggested to learn about AWS and subsequently write AWS-SA-Associate certification exam. He was confident after AWS certification, I would be able to air a balanced and unbiased perspective about both the cloud providers. It was one of the best advice I ever received. So this was my turning point and my journey began of true Multi-Cloud Enterprise Cloud Architect.

My Study Plan

If you want to be successful in the exam, you will have to be committed and married to “A Study Plan”. There are many courses and study materials which can be used for exam preparation but if you plan to use all of those you will never get through. My advice is to devise a Study Plan and stick to it no matter who says what. I’ve used this strategy time and again to successfully pass more than 10 Microsoft certification exams in last 2 years. One very important advice is when you are creating your study plan please consult a certified person to get the list of study tools and material to be incorporated in your plan. It’s very important to choose the best course material and who else other than a certified person can give better advice.

Microsoft Transcript

My simple yet effective study plan consist of 4 parts:

I tried to summarize everything in easiest possible way and if you have any feedback or questions feel free to leave your comments below! My Multi-Cloud journey has just begun next I’m preparing for Google Cloud Architect Professional exam before returning to complete AWS-SA-Pro exam.

Wish me good luck and I wish you all good luck with the exam and do let me know how you did in exam!


Niraj Kumar|Azure Architect-MCSD, AWS SA-A, MCSA-O365, MCT, PMP

18 Replies to “How I passed AWS Solution Architect-Associate exam”

  1. Many thanks Neeraj. This is really very very helpful – specially the practice exam links. Really appreciate your efforts to publish this piece of information.

  2. Niraj,
    This is some awesome information and a great study plan you’ve provided. I am about to start my journey towards the Microsoft Azure Architect path and would appreciate any information you can provide to assist with creating a study plan. I’ve already sign up with A Cloud Guru as my primary resource, and Scott Duffy’s course as my secondary. Any additional information you can provide is welcome greatly.
    The very best to you on you Multi-Cloud journey.

    1. Thanks Chris for leaving such a detailed comment! I hear you and will soon discuss about how to pass Azure Certification exam in my next blog. Keep an eye for my upcoming blog!

  3. Wish you all the very best for your multi cloud journey, Niraj !! Many thanks for sharing all the good info regarding Cloud as always.

    1. Hi Swati,

      For videos you will need a Linux academy subscription or Acloud guru subscription. You can buy Acloudguru course from Udemy also.


  4. Hi Niraj

    Thank u for the gret pointer… most useful and absolute correct studying advice. My AWS associate study is going well.

    I hope to sit the exam shortly.


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