Happy and thrilled !!!!!!!!

Hi All,

Wanted to share with you that I have attained PMP certification on 27th Nov 2012 with 3P's and 2 MP's ..A big thanks to God and it was a true family effort ...From 2 years i have been living this dream to achieve this coveted, elite 3 letter word to be associated against my name.

Started preparing 2 months back and got the application accepted on Oct 7 2012 and then the countdown began....

So here I am sharing my lessons learned and thought of sharing some tips which would help other aspirants


1 Start with a definitive date in mind at least 3-4 months in advance and without any hesitation get your PMI membership as the membership entails you to a rich source of invaluable books

2. Make a 60 day study plan and stick to it like a Project Plan


1 Without any doubt as its said PMBOK is the bible for PMP exam so please ensure read it 3 times before you appear for the exam

2 To start with, I personally felt Heads First is an excellent book to led the foundation built as it really illustrates things in a story telling manner

3.Rita questions at the end of each chapter are of excellent quality but the content in the first iteration of study tends to dominate or scare you as if you are going for a war or an IAS/US Air force interview so preferably unless you have 3-5 years of Project Management experience starting with Rita tends to de-motivate(Just my personal opinion)

Suggested Study Plan

Day 1 -Day 12  (12 days)

1. Start with Heads first ..Do 1 reading in 12 days 1 chapter a day

Day 13-Day 27 (15 days)

2 Once you have read Heads first start reading 1 chapter from PMBOK and same from Rita and solve questions from Rita

Day 30 -Day 32

Start getting a feel of mock exams ..To start with examcentral and the ones from Frank T Anbari on PMI are excellent sources

Day 33-40

Once you know which knowledge areas or Process groups are weak start reading and consolidating the same from PMBOK

Day 40 -45

60% of the exam is based on inputs, tools and techniques and the process interactions..I made a mistake of deferring the thorough understanding the flow of ITTO's till my last week but anyone who makes a mind map diagram of these will pass with flying colors ...just simply follow the DFD approach given in PMBOK..i have read Saket and some other person ,mentioning in this forum creating a big whiteboard where similar to the way its in PMBOK you make charts of inputs ,outputs and process

Other thing which you can do is to make a PPT of 42 processes diagrams and understand them thoroughly..if anyone wants it i can share the soft copy

Day 45-60

Time to now get into serious exam mode ..its entirely a personal choice and often debatable whether to buy mock tests or not but i am a bit nervous person so wanted to ensure nothing unexpected happens ..i felt pmpforsure and pmstudy tests both give a similar feel of the actual exam although i felt if someone scores consistently 70% in pmpforsure he or she can easily sail through and being available for 1500/- it didn’t hit the pocket hard

Use last 15 days to understand every concept of PMBOK in detail..what i tried in this time is to get examples of some impt docs from net or like i got from my colleagues how they prepare WBS , RACI matrix, risk plan using FMEA matrix so actually seeing the application of imp artifacts helps you to understand their application

Coming back to mock tests any questions from Oliver Lehman appear out of course but its a good source of ensuring you have covered every topic ..though its rarely mentioned but free sample paper questions  from simplilearn really acquaint you to situational questions and papers from Christpher Scorbo in PMP site especially the 15-20 are of very good quality as they are totally based on PMBOK

60-65 days

Just concentrate on 1 more quick reading of PMBOK and chapter end questions from Rita 7th edition

What to expect in exam and what did i do wrong

1. I had always read Time,Cost,Risk are the meat or core and max questions come from these 3 knowledge areas but i was really shocked to see around 25-30  questions just from Human resource management ..there was not even a single question from Ethics as the format has changed in 2011 Aug so i believe all those questions got allocated to HR and Quality ..Had i focused on HRM more i would have scored Proficient in Executing also :(

2 Calculations from EVM were very simple and all those EVM questions just involve substituting EV,AC,PV so if you simply know formulas expect 10 questions related to them to be correct in your kitty

3. Its a true psychometric exam where they see your consistency also ..There were 3 or 4 questions all asking which is the best conflict resolution technique , similarly collaborating is the best approach and there is lots of focus how a PM handles team , conflicts , clients or what is his role in contracts

4 Read Glossary from PMBOK and definitions thoroughly ..no tools and techniques or inputs come by their name ..their core characteristics and definitions are given

5 Lots of questions tend to focus on where to use Quality assurance or Quality control or the typical ones like control chart , pareto or ishikava ..Also learning Change cycle and config management would get you 5 questions correct

General tips for exams

1 . Arrive 30 mins before the reporting time..do a google search from maps at least 1 week before if you are new to this area

2 . I don’t want to mention any particular mock site but 7 days before the exam start giving 4 hour exams , at least 3 of them on the same time slot which you have chosen...there may be others people especially the ones which have GRE require lots of typing so just see if you want to use ear plugs or not

3. 4 hour exam requires lots of stamina so carry some energy drinks, fruits or lots of water ..They don’t allow anything to take inside exam hall but eatables can be kept above the locker

Appreciate if you are still reading this..i know it was very long  ..but i thought its pay back time and to contribute back :-)

I am really very thankful to Saket, Admin and Shruti Acharya

Now i would have no more sleepless nights and most importantly time to play with my son and have a vacation with family

If there are any questions pls drop a line at puneet01.arora@keane.com or reply to this post..will try to answer any queries within 24 hours




Congrats, could you please share the soft copy of PPT to ilangkumaran.v@gmail.com



Hi, First of all first congrats on your PMP!

May I know what is your overall experiance and PM experiance specifically?

If possible please share the PPT, cvvikram @ gmail.com

Once again congrats on this achievement. Enjoy your time with your family!


thanks Vikram... its 9 and 2.5 respectively ..shared the material with you



Can you please share the PPT with me? My id is nravi_chandran@yahoo.com.



Hi Bubbly

Please check your mail after 10 mins

 Congrats Puneet!!!

Can you pls send the softcopy to sunita1177@gmail.com.


Congrats Puneet could you mail me the ppt on rajiv@espoirconsultancy.com 

Congrats Puneet on getting the PMP. please send the ppt to sarangarajank@gmail.com if you find time.


Sarang K.


Congratulations - if you could please share the soft copy of PPT with me also that would be great - i have my exam booked for 13 Dec - ian.durrant82@googlemail.com



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Congratulations Puneet, Good to know that we were able to help


Thanks a lot everyone ...i have shared the PPT and other useful notes, docs with everyone who requested on this page

Kindly share with me as well. cinwoke@gmail.com

Best Regards




Can you please share PPT and other PMP prepration notes at sachinsinha3@gmail.com

Hi, Congratulations on your PMP achievement. I failed in my first attempt and rescheduled it third week of Dec. Please share your material with me (specially soft copy of PPT) @ hemant717.patel@gmail.com


Congrats...please pass me the PPT 


Thanks a bunch

Hi Puneet, hearty congratulations...

I got some very useful information from your LLs. Kindly share the ppt to pavan151.pmp@gmail.com




 Hi Puneet,

Congratulations! I wish you the very best in your endeavors. When you have some time, could you please email the .PPT and any other material that you can share? My email id is swamisub.mba@gmail.com

Thank you.






congratulations, can you please share the PPT, THANK YOU,

My e-mail Adress is: aymanedelbi@gmail.com

Hello Puneet-

Congrats , When you have time can you pass your .ppt documents njalagam@yahoo.com . Great achievement

Congrats Puneet, Please forward materials to ravikumarthota@gmail.com



Hi All

Have sent the material to all those who made requests in last 2-3 days..

Congrats buddy. Am giving the exam nxt week. May I too request for the material. 

Pls provide your email id

Congratulations on your success. Please share the ppt with me. You can send it to sanbackup12@gmail.com


Congrats Puneet, Please forward materials to yasirhayat913@hotmail.com



Congrats buddy. May I as well request for the material (chiragsheth123@gmail.com)

Chirag and San

Material sent..

Congrats Puneet!!!

Can you pls send the softcopy to sydjahangir@gmail.com



Please send it to cologuy2009@yahoo.com 

Hi Coolguy and jahangir,

Material sent

Hi Puneet,


I am planning to give the exam on Jan 14th 2012.

Could you please help me with the softcopy which you have made for the exam and just one more question, is 1 month sufficient to pass the exam as I will buy for PMP today.


Prashantkumar Ashanagar

Hi Prashant

Plan at least 6-8 weeks of study as its said we should devote around 160-180 hours for this , so mock exams you can buy in last 3 weeks but prior to that your basics should be all clear ..Mock exams serve the purpose of finding the gaps and areas which need consolidation

Also please send your email id so that material can be sent across

Hi Puneet,

congrats for clearing PMP....it would be really great, if you can send your notes and PPT to my email






Congrats, could you please share the soft copy of PPT to manoj625@hotmail.com



Hi Manoj,mahesh and chiny

Material sent


Congrats! Can you please share the PPT with me? - Thanks

My email - nik_mathur@yahoo.com


Hi Nik

Pls check your mail


Congratulations on getting the coveted title.

Please share the process PPT and rest of the material with me as well at



 Dear Punit,

Congrates. Pl share with me the PPT of proces and other materials at my id rkm_maurya@yahoo.co.in 


R K Maurya

Rkm and sunil,

Pls check your mail

 Dear Friend,


        Could you kindly share your material for PMP at vishwanathshivaranjani@gmail.com

Thanks in advance.



 Congratulation Great Man!. Many thanks for sharing your LL. Please give your wife and son a good treat for their support. Kindly send me the PPT at engrglory@yahoo.com

Congrattss Puneet for your achivement ! And your LL has a great digree of motivation . Can i also have your study notes if dont mind at my email : sreeku84@gmail.com

please share the PPT and any material that you would have sasikalaonnet@gmail.com





Please check your mail

Congrats.. :) Great tips !!!

Kindly do share the PPT and any material that you would have to geetha83.s@gmail.com

Thanks in advance.

Congratulations and thanks for taking the time to pass on your tips! Can you please send me a copy of your power point to juliajohnson313@gmail.com?



Can you please the docs to khaleel429@gmail.com


 congratualtion for your exams.please i want to throw this question to all the members in this great forum and the admin because i'm new in this forum.I want to know whether you can use the previous company that you work in different countries for reference for the exam.Because i relocate from my country to asia where i'm working now but most of my experience i got during the executing,monitoring,quality assurance is in my country..this is my fourth month in my present company but i have work for 3yrsand six months in my country before moving in.

please kindly advice and also send the 42 process diagram pdf to me