Congratulations to Muhammad Atif Orakzai, who passed the CCIE R&S Lab Exam on his first attempt!  Here’s what Muhammad had to say about his preparation:

Dear INE

First of of all I am thankful to God and than to INE that i was able to achieve CCIE in my “First Attempt “, which I seriously think not easy though but not impossible , but i did it.

I am very very thankful to two Brians , i have no words for their tremendous  work , Once again thank you so much for your wonderful products , if any one wants to achieve CCIE and have no plans to touch INE i think that would be for sure a stupid idea .I was also tool hunter in the start like others but than i listened to one of the  lecture of Brian McGahan where he said whatever you have concentrate on that .But than i realized its better to have CCIE 2.0 Program, which i believe is the best investment some one can have .

I used the following materials

INE 2.0 program that includes all products for sure  :)

INE blogs

TCP volume 1 and 2 and other related books

CCIE routing and switching  4.0 book

Most of time i also used alot of online references if i would get stuck some where ……………..

Open lecture series is the best of the best i have watched them many many times , honestly i know before what Brian will talk about lol, after watching it many many times for sure it will be running in your blood.

I started My CCIE journey back in 2005 , At that time i had only dream that’s i thought it will be just a  dream and i will never get it but if you work hard , for sure God will give you reward……..

I passed my CCIE on April 26 at San jose  and got my magic number with in 3 hours :)   it was my first attempt and i was able to get it. If thought i will fail lol but i got it and i had plans to reschedule for RTP since i live in North Carolina but i was not able to find seats so i had to fly to CA.Anyways long stressful journey is over………

I am thankful once again to my Family for their support and help and above all GOD’s help because with out him Nothing is impossible …………………………..

last but not least Nothing is impossible all you need to do is to set up your mind to get it and work hard for that, that is the only way to get any thing…………. Like Scott Moris says ” knowledge is power , power corrupts , study hard and be evil :) .

Thanks Every one




About Brian McGahan, CCIE #8593, CCDE #2013::13:

Brian McGahan was one of the youngest engineers in the world to obtain the CCIE, having achieved his first CCIE in Routing & Switching at the age of 20 in 2002. Brian has been teaching and developing CCIE training courses for over 10 years, and has assisted thousands of engineers in obtaining their CCIE certification. When not teaching or developing new products Brian consults with large ISPs and enterprise customers in the midwest region of the United States.

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4 Responses to “Congratulations Muhammad Atif Orakzai, CCIE Routing & Switching #28741!”

  1. Mark says:


    Congratulations!!! I passed my written exam on April 26th… so I know the feeling of accomplishment, though if only half-way… :)

    Well Done!


  2. Atif says:

    Nadeem thanks man and congrats to you too :)

  3. Atif says:

    Wish you all a great success in CCIE journey , Nadeem congrats to you too on getting ur magic number


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