A comprehensive guide to crack the Microsoft certification exam: DP-200 Implementing an Azure Data Solutions

December 11, 2020 | Comments(3) |

Hello Readers! Welcome back.

Are you planning to prepare for the DP-200 Implementing Azure Data Solutions certification exam? Then you have arrived at the right place. With the advent of role-based certifications, Microsoft has come up with specific data service certifications, code named as the DP series i.e., Data Platform series. The role-based certifications are at different levels: fundamentals, associate, and expert levels. Implementing Azure Data Solutions DP-200 is the associate level of the Data Platform series.


1. What to expect from this article?
2. Prerequisites
3. Key Benefits of DP-200 Certification
4. Exam Pattern
5. Percentage of Questions for all the Modules
6. Study Materials and References
7. Tips and Tricks
8. Get Certified Now

1.What to expect from this article?

A curated list of material is available throughout this article, starting from the core concepts of Microsoft Azure, prerequisites for candidates, the exam pattern along with the module wise percentage of questions, and reference material. You will be seeing a lot of tips, and tricks to crack the exam. Moreover, self-learning portal links are available in the later sections. Follow them thoroughly to get an upper hand on the concepts and help the candidate emerge as a winner, with the coveted DP-200 certified badge from Microsoft.

2. Prerequisites:

While the Microsoft Azure Fundamentals AZ-900 certification exam is compulsory for candidates taking the DP-200 exam, it is of utmost importance to know basic cloud concepts such as SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, Public, Private, and Hybrid cloud models. Understand the keywords such as High Availability, Scalability, Elasticity, Agility, and Fault Tolerance, and some examples related to them. For candidates with a background handling data, Microsoft Azure Data fundamentals DP-900 certificate is necessary but not mandatory. However, for somebody changing domains it could be important to have basic SQL knowledge.

3. Key Benefits of DP-200 Certification:

* Certification for role-based for Data Engineer is preferred by organizations hiring for senior-level posts
* Candidates will get vast knowledge on implementing data on the cloud (Microsoft Azure) and how to work with it using Microsoft Azure     services
* IT market is flooded with jobs for people who work with data and use Microsoft Azure Services. Candidates having Microsoft certification badges in their CV have a huge advantage.
* Certification is a way to let others know that your skills have been validated

4. Exam Pattern

The table below summarizes all additional information about the exam.


5. Percentage of Questions for all the Modules

Questions are distributed across all the modules. There are four modules and the following is the percentage of questions for respective modules.

  • Implement Data Storage Solutions (40-45%)

Questions in this module will be on implementing a solution that uses Cosmos DB, Data Lake Storage Gen2, or Blob storage, data distribution, and partitions. To implement data stores, provide access to data for security, high availability and disaster recovery, data distribution partitions for Azure Synapse Analytics and PolyBase. This module also includes managing data security.

  • Manage and Develop Data Processing (25-30%)

From this module, the questions will arise on topics of developing batch data processing solutions using Data Factory, Azure Databricks, PolyBase. Azure Databricks implementation of clusters, notebooks, jobs, and autoscaling is included. Few questions will also be asked on developing stream solutions to implement event processing by using Stream Analytics.

  • Monitor and Optimize Data Solutions (30-35%)
    Various components of monitoring and optimizing data solutions are discussed in this module.

6. Study Materials and References

There are various ways to prepare for this certification

Check out the CloudThat course link for additional information available.

CloudThat also provides Test Prep for anyone attempting this course where unlimited access is provided to our library for Azure, MCQs and performance tracker.

7. Tips and Tricks

Few things to understand before attempting the final exam and to be able to sweep through smoothly.

  • Thoroughly brush Azure core concepts, Data fundamentals, etc before appearing for the exam
  • Appear for the exam right after attending the training, as the concepts are fresh in your mind.
  • While answering the questions, eliminate the wrong choices and choose the final answer.
  • If you find any complicated question can be attempted later and mark it for later after finishing the whole test.
  • There is no negative marking for the wrong answers, so attempt all the answers.
  • Take a deep breath before you dive in and remember everyone starts somewhere so there is provision for reattempts to the DP-200 exam.

8. Get Certified now

It is always great to get the right source of learning to Move Up. At CloudThat we have a course aimed at preparing participants/candidates for DP-200 Azure fundamentals. You can register by visiting the Microsoft website:


If you have just begun your Microsoft Azure journey related to data in the cloud, then Microsoft Azure Fundamentals AZ-900 and Microsoft Azure Data Fundamentals DP-900 will be a great start.  As this is the associate level exam in Data Platform Series, a basic understanding of Azure core concepts is paramount.

Feel free to drop any questions in the comment box, I will be more than happy to answer your questions. I hope you enjoyed this article. Best of luck!

3 Responses to “A comprehensive guide to crack the Microsoft certification exam: DP-200 Implementing an Azure Data Solutions”

  1. Kamal Koshore

    Can DP-200 be taken by any beginners with no experience in Microsoft Azure and want to kick start career in it. I have cleared Az 900.

    • Anusha Shanbhag Anusha Shanbhag

      Hi Kamal Kishore. To take DP-200 you need to have Azure fundamentals knowledge and you should have a data background as well. If you do not have any data background then you should go with DP-900 which is Azure data fundamentals before attempting DP-200. This will be monumental in your attempt for clearing DP-200 which is an associate-level certification exam. Here is the link for the Study Guide for Microsoft Azure Data Fundamentals exam DP-900.


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