I have recently(29th Aug 2015) completed my MCSD Web Applications (https://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-in/mcsd-web-apps-certification.aspx). It had a total of 3 papers (70-480, 70-486, 70-487). I obtained respectively 793,828,826 marks and finally received the MCSD certificate.
It's not online and you have to register to your nearest prometric center. The exam duration so as the question duration varies but normally the exam length will be of 120mins and questions ranges between 50-60.
You have to register beforehand to the Prometric center (check the availability of seats) and take it up.
There is one more attempt if you fail in the first one which you need to take up within 1 month time.
You are the best person to know in which subject you are interested in.
Currently MS is providing 5 MCSD certifications about which you can glean from https://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-in/mcsd-certification.aspx
If you pass the first paper, you will receive (e.g. after I cleared 70-480)
a) Microsoft Specialist (MS)
b) Microsoft Certified Professional(MS)
After you clear all the 3 exams, you will be awarded with Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD).
The pass mark for the exam at present is 700/1000.
Regarding the preparation. For all the exams, I have gone through the books recomended by MS.
b) For 70-486 (Exam Ref 70-486: Developing Asp.Net MVC 4 Web Applications ) [ http://www.amazon.in/Exam-Ref-70-486-Developing-Applications/dp/8120349717/ref=pd_cp_14_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=0VA5JS1HMQMA4Q7SR7ZZ
c) For 70-487(Exam Ref 70-487: Developing Windows Azure and Web Services)[ http://www.amazon.in/Exam-Ref-70-487-Developing-Services/dp/8120349725/ref=pd_cp_14_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=0VA5JS1HMQMA4Q7SR7ZZ
Next I followed http://www.asp.net/
.It's a wonderful resource to learn and play. Visit the LEARN tab and you will find a handful of resources on various topics.
Also an important point to note here is that, please check the latest syllabus on MS site as many new topics has been included for the aforesaid papers. So, those topics were not covered in the books mentioned. I put extra effort to learn and practice those.
For azure, this (https://azure.microsoft.com/en-in/
) is the best site I found .
Mostly questions are scenario based, .They even present case studies and based on that the questions were framed.
Also Channel 9 and Virtual Academy helped a lot.
Some pluralsite (http://www.asp.net/mvc
) courses I found free on this site mentioned.
Finally for practice, I followed the Practice test from the respective exam site paper of MS. e.g.
For 480 (http://www.mindhub.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=MU-70-480_P
For 486 (http://www.mindhub.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=MU-70-486_P
For 487 (http://www.mindhub.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=MU-70-487_P
There are also some free exam sites available online that will give you some idea about the exam
I spent around 2 months for all these three exams. Almost 3/4 hours per day after office hours.
I am attaching my certificates here so that you can have a look (but with trust I am doing it).
Let me know in-case of further queries.
Hope this will help.
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