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chetan nain
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Joined: Jun 21, 2000
Posts: 159

Long preparation and intense hours culminated in my obtaining the
scjp certification at 11.35am 19/10. secured 69%. i shall proceed with
a detailed explanation of exam pattern (and other details).
exam details:
had less than 9 question on theory(kinds of methods required). 1 q on
garbage collection. 6 on IO. about 88% of questions on fundamental concepts
such as overloading , overriding, declarations and access control.
the new pattern definitely stresses more on code analysis, with most of
the questions being 15-18 lines code and 3 questions based
on codelengths of 35-40 lines. no question s on gridbaglayout, sockets
or mediatracker. 3 questions on fill in the blanks. most of the question
present 5-6 options. a lot of questions specify the number of corret
answers to select (select TWO correct answers).
----Short answer questions: very fundamental, with no detailed knowledge
required of packages.
----IO: 2 theory questions(constructors given, select TWO options on utput)
4 questions on codeanalysis(not very long).
by far, khalid is the best text for IO. (in fact, khalid is the
best for the new pattern )
difficulty level: average
----Layoutmanagers: about 2 questions. one short answer, 1 code analysis.
difficulty level: easy
----fill in the blanks: mainly asking for value assigned to a string variable
on program execution.
difficulty level: twisted
----Garbage collection: easy. questions on GC of string literal not asked
----fundamental concepts: some of these require careful analysis of code.
atleast 4 questions on parameter passing(of primitives and objects)
exam history:
managed to answer the uqestions in 1hr 15 mins, with
14 questions marked and 3 unanswered. finally managed to complete
exam wih 7 seconds to spare. enough time to execute various neck
movements to prepare muscle strands for the final twist.

macrocosmic thanks to my parents
special thanks go out to hema janani for providing required
assistance and tutoring.
to lenoy paul, GR vijay for standing by me and providing
mental, social and financial support which helped me to get over the
toughest stage of my life. i would not be here, were it not for them.
to the WINAMP team for inventing life.
to marshall mathers (Eminem) whose twisted lyrics provided
timely relief to a twisted mind.
to the 'eagles' for the 'Hotel California' Electric guitar performance.
to all the paan shop owners
to MTNL for providing telephonic wake up service.
to the microtip pen which enabled me to tatoo myself prior to
the examination.
to the city of mumbai for tolerating me and my antics for
2 months.
no thanks to the mumbai municipal corporation for cutting off
the water suppy at the day of the exam, forcing me to set a new
personal record of a half-bucket-water-bath. heh heh. may you all have
sufficient water for the rest of your lives.
to the NAPSTER team. KEEP IT FREE!!
and could i possibly leave out the sweethearts at the ranch?
hmm...lets see...

collected a humongous amount of notes fromthe ranch and the net. i shall
be putting up the same at my website in a few days. will keep you all
intimated on developments. i shall sign off now, and let the feeling
sink in......

end of chapter one

Jane Griscti
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Joined: Aug 30, 2000
Posts: 3141
Congratulation Chetan . Thanks for the tips.

Jane Griscti
SCJP, Co-author Mike Meyers' Java 2 Certification Passport
kamesh vadarevu

Joined: Oct 17, 2000
Posts: 20
Congrats Chetan keep it up.
Mapraputa Is
Leverager of our synergies

Joined: Aug 26, 2000
Posts: 10065
Congratulatons, Chetan !
Sorry, I did not understand from your post: do you have enough water now? I worry...

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"I try my best to make *all* my posts nice, even when I feel upset" -- Philippe Maquet
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Joined: Oct 13, 2000
Posts: 66
Hey Chetan,
Congrats on u'r success

Eagerly awaiting u'r website as I plan to give the exams soon so any further tips will be really vauable
Ajith Kallambella

Joined: Mar 17, 2000
Posts: 5782
Congratulations chetan!
Best wishes,

Open Group Certified Distinguished IT Architect. Open Group Certified Master IT Architect. Sun Certified Architect (SCEA).
Aru Ven
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Joined: Sep 28, 2000
Posts: 199
Hi Chetan,
Congrats on ur Success......
Vidya Sajeev

Joined: Jul 18, 2000
Posts: 14
Congrats, Chetan...

Joined: Aug 13, 2000
Posts: 16

Dear Chetan,
Congrats on your success.
girish hegde

Joined: Oct 27, 2000
Posts: 20
congrats man,
and thank you for your writing
sanjay semwal

Joined: Oct 28, 2000
Posts: 1
congrats chetan ,
it was nice u cleared the exam .
which other books u referred for the exam .
IS one month enough for the exam .
chetan nain
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Joined: Jun 21, 2000
Posts: 159
i have posted somje of the notes i referred on to my website
specially check out the threads section
Kourosh Keshavarzi
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Joined: Oct 23, 2000
Posts: 66
Great job.
Kourosh Keshavarzi
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Joined: Oct 23, 2000
Posts: 66
looked through your notes
there great
thanks again
I agree. Here's the link:
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