RHCE certification course, exam fee & salary in India

Are you going to prepare for RHCE examination? Want to know the details about RHCE in Red Hat certification. In this article I have covered information about RHCE certificate such as exam fee, course fee. Are you eager to know the salary for freshers who earned RHCE certificate? Read the article below to know more.

RHCE - It is Red Hat Certified Engineer which trains you skills such as system administration and configuring a server. To do this certification you should earn Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) certificate. It is the second level in Red Hat certification program. This certification teaches you how to configure a server. If you are interested to enter IT sector without programming skill, RHCE certification is one of the best way. There are several centers that train RHCE course in India, but make sure that you have joined an authorized center. You can check those details in Red Hat official website.


RHCE fee for training may vary at each center. I paid Rs.7500 as training fee, actually it was during an offer period. Currently RHCE training fee in my center is Rs.15,000. RHCE training period is 2 months and within this you can get expertise in this field. Exam fee is Rs.10,500 with one attempt free.

Tuition fee - Rs. 15,000
Exam fee - Rs.10,500 with one attempt free.
Exam fee also vary slightly. All the above details I mentioned is for Red Hat 6.


RHCE exam is not a theoretical examination. This examination will be similar to your practical exams. A score of 210 out 300 will be considered as pass. There will be totally 20 questions and the exam evaluation is completely different. You will be in trouble even if you leave even a single question unanswered. Everyone student will have different opinions in this exam. RHCE exam will be easier than RHCSA exam but many students fail this exam for silly reasons.

Certificate validity

RHCE certification validity is 3 years or valid till the next Red Hat version release,. Suppose Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 has released then you need redo the certification. So, once you earn RHCE certificate you should enter a job in this domain and gain experience.


Salary for a fresher with RHCE certificate will be Rs.10,000 to Rs.25,000 per month. If you have 3 years experience you can earn above Rs.25,000 per month. This certificate has a great demand in foreign countries too. In countries like USA, UK, Australia and China this course has a high demand.

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My exam experience

I did my RHCE certification exam on January 2013. Results will be published on the same day of your exam. You have to write RHCSA and RHCE on the same day. My exam started at 10:00 AM and completed by 3:00 PM. After completing my exam I felt that I did my RHCE well and RHCSA worst. I discussed my exam performance with my trainer. Then I left to my home. I checked my result at 1:00 AM (night), I felt happy when I saw that I passed in RHCSA but I was shocked to see that I failed in RHCE. The mail I got is,

"The results of your EX300 Exam are reported below.
Passing score for the exam: 210.0
Your score: 208
Result: NO PASS

You did not pass the EX300 Exam on this attempt. We hope that you will attempt the exam again after further practice and preparation."
I wrote the exam for the second time on February 2013. Unfortunately I failed in my second attempt too. I scored 208 marks and failed by just two marks. On that day I felt very sad and searched as "RHCE fail" in Google.

Common mistakes in RHCE exam

Usually everyone will repeat a common mistake in this exam. Here I have given some common mistakes in RHCE which were said by my trainee and also according to my own experience.

1. Don't forget to reboot after completing all your questions.
2. Don't forget to run "chkconfig on" and "service start" command.
3. Do only what is given in the question. Don't act smart and do extra things.
4. Try to complete a question in single attempt.
5. Reboot wherever necessary.
6. Spend more time on guidelines.

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Guest Author: BOBBY ISAC18 Feb 2014

I passed RHCE and RHCSA when I was 14 years old. I am from Kottayam, Kerala. I had a score of about 280. I did my RHCVA last June when I was 16 years old. I got 300/300.

Guest Author: Swa45t17 Mar 2014

So when you gave your exam the second time, you again had to pay the fee of Rs. 10,500/-?? If one fails the exam, don't they get a job based on the training? Does the job comes only when we have the certification in hand?

Guest Author: sras17 Jul 2014

Not like that Swa45t but preference will be given to the certified students

Author: Mobile Boy24 Jul 2014 Member Level: Gold   Points : 2

I had an offer. Using the offer I can write second attempt for free. I failed in second attempt too. You need to have skills that is enough. I got selected by answering Linux questions.

With certificate you get OPPORTUNITY not job. You get more interview calls if you have certificate.

Guest Author: Tarun29 Oct 2014

Thank you very much sir. I have a question that with RHCE and RHCSA certificate which knowledge or certificate can enhance our job opportunity and payment. I am programmer in python, php and perl. Is this helpful?

Guest Author: tarun29 Oct 2014

What are the common questions asked by examiner ? Where can I get those for free?

Guest Author: Ratheesh20 Jan 2015

1. RHCSA has to passed to get the RHCE certification or can we do directly RHCE without RHCSA ?

2. Whether RHCSA is a standalone certification does that has any dependency ?

Guest Author: Ashish Sharma01 Apr 2015

Your article is full of good tips for a learning path with RHCE exam. Thanks!

Guest Author: Ila08 Apr 2015

Hi Ratheesh,
Yes you need to pass RHCSA and then RHCE...You won't receive certificate if you pass RHCE alone.

Guest Author: manish kamble15 May 2015

Yesterday I failed in my first attempt. For second attempt, how much do I have to pay?

Guest Author: Amit20 May 2015

I forgot to mention my unique certification ID in my second attempt of RHCE. What is the solution to this? Will I get my result?

Guest Author: Solomon david14 Jun 2015

I completed aeronautical engineering in 2012. Now I want to do RHCE. Is it possible? Will there be any chance to get job opportunities?

Guest Author: arif30 Oct 2015

I want to do this certification. Currently I am working as a system engineer (Infrastructure Management Services). How much salary we can get after red hat certification?

Author: Mobile Boy12 Nov 2015 Member Level: Gold   Points : 1

@Arif Salary will be based on industry standard. However it will help you to get calls from many companies.

Guest Author: Gulshan Upadhyay29 Dec 2015

Sir, I am pursuing BCA and Simultaneously RHCSA & RHCE. My question is that after completing my BCA & RHCE, then should I go for MCA next or will BCA degree & Certification be enough for a good job?

Guest Author: aishwarya23 Jan 2016

I am a student of 2nd year of computer engineering. I have completed 3 years of diploma from the same branch. I would like to give exams of RHCE(SA1) exam. I think I don't need any training and can prepare for this exam on my own. So is it possible to give the exam without taking any training from any institute? Also, what is the fee of exam of this course without including training fee?

Guest Author: bk kaushik06 Aug 2019

I need weekend RHCSA course

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