I am glad to inform you guys that I have passed SCBCD 5.0 with 85%.
@Resources I used for the preparation:
1. EJB 3.0 specs (core/ persistence)
2. Mastering EJB 3.0
3. EJB3.0 in Action
4. MZ's notes
5. Enthuware Mock tests
My experience with the Exam , mistakes I did and some suggestions for future Exam takers to avoid them:-
1. EJB 3.0 specs is a must
I started my preparation with Mastering EJB 3.0 book. But sooner I realised that there is no way you can appear for this exam without going through the EJB 3.0 specs. For getting a good score on the Exam, you have to go through entire specs line-by-line. A question can be asked on any line mentioned in the spec. Don't just rely on books.
2. Don't leave any topic in a state where you are not feeling confident
I got 100 % in the exam objectives except Java Persistence objectives like
Java Persistence API Entities , Java Persistence Entity Operations etc where I got 66%, 70% etc.
I was not feeling confident about these sections till last minute but still I became so impatient that I appeared for the exam.
If you are not confident about any topic, spare some more time on it. Otherwise it might cause a lot of damage to your score.
3. Mock Tests:
When I was done with the preparation and gave my first mock exam I got very less score. You can' predict/assume your score without giving mock exams (with complete 61 questions, not just 10 or so sample questions). As far as I know, there is very less free study material/ mock exams available for SCBCD 5.0. So its better if you buy a mock exam set. I chose Enthuware. I must admit its very good and many questions I got on the actual exam were exactly of similar nature of mock exams. Actually some questions appeared as if they were copy-pasted on the actual exam.
4. Read the question carefully
Whle giving the mock exams it happened to me many times that I knew the answer but because of misunderstanding the question I answered it wrong.
Please read the questions carefully and read all the options before answering.
5. "You know it or you don't know it" questions
The exam is knowledge based, not logic based. You will come across many questions which you can't answer by method of elimination.
You either know the answer or you don't. So again the same thing, read the specs carefully and be prepared for such questions.
Thank you all for your support.