Nutanix Sample Verbal Questions

Aptitude tests form a critical component the placement process at many corporate companies. Currently, Nutanix does not conduct aptitude test but many include it in future. Aptitude tests are standardized tests that designed to assess a candidate’s capabilities in performing a particular task and response to different situations. Quantitative aptitude checks problem solving ability of the candidates, their basic mathematical skills and comfort with data crunching. To score well, a candidate should focus on speedy calculations, sound fundamentals and strong analytical skills through practice.
You can practice the below given sample questions to practise for Nutanix’s aptitude questions:

DIRECTIONS for the question 1 & 2: Read the passage and answer the question based on it.

Passage 1

I teach an undergraduate class on Nietzsche, a philosopher who has a reputation for captivating young minds. After one class, a student came to see me. There was something bothering her. “Is it OK to be changed by reading a philosopher?” she asked. “I mean, do you get inspired by Nietzsche—do you use him in your life?”You have to be careful about questions like this, and not only because the number of murderers claiming Nietzsche as their inspiration is higher than I would like. What the student usually means is: “Nietzsche mocks careful scholarship: Can I, in his spirit, write my paper however the hell I want and still get a good grade?” In this case, though, the student knew perfectly well how to write a scholarly paper. She wanted to do something else too: be Nietzschean!

Here’s my line, for what it’s worth: you can do whatever you want in life— take inspiration from The Smurfs for all I care—but I’m here to teach you how to read a philosopher, slowly and carefully, which is not an easy thing to do. If you want to be inspired by Nietzsche, you have to read him precisely, to make sure that it is Nietzsche who inspires you—not a preconception or a misappropriation or a scholarly reading, mine or anybody else’s, which is vulnerable to the interpreter’s peculiar agenda or the fashions of the hour. And what if, when you read him carefully, you find that he actually wrote things you think are false, wrong-headed, racist or sexist? It’s not a case of inspiration or careful scholarship, I say: choose both.

Notice: I am implying that if you get inspired by misreading someone, or by swallowing their false claims, then you’re doing something you shouldn’t be doing. Of course, you might get inspired to do great things by ideas that are wrong or questionable. (Nietzsche could have told you that.) Notice too: I work in an intellectual environment in which young people think that applying philosophy to their own lives is something unusual. It is an oft-repeated idea that philosophy in its modern, professional form has become detached from what was, in ancient times, a founding ideal: to teach people how to live well. In today’s university, the emphasis is on the search for the truth about whichever subject lies at hand, regardless of how, if at all, such truths change what you do when you leave the classroom. So while students often report finding philosophy “therapeutic,” they do so in passing, somewhat guiltily. Perhaps they worry that the moment I hear they’re an emotional Nietzsche-user rather than a cold Nietzsche-scrutinizer my opinion of them will fall. Perhaps, against my better judgment, and in spite of being a user myself, they are right.

Professional philosophers don’t present themselves as particularly wise or as people to turn to for advice about how to live.  And why should we? That’s not what we were trained for when we were students and it’s not what we promise in the prospectus. I remember, as a student, asking a philosophy professor something about what I should do the following year— whether I should continue with my studies or move on to something else. “That’s not a philosophy question,” she said. “That’s a life question! I can’t answer that.” I know what she meant, now more than ever, having faced such questions myself: you can’t expect a knowledge of philosophy to guide you through the big decisions about what to do with your life. But I can’t help wondering whether something has gone astray when “philosophy” questions and “life” questions are so easy to pull apart.

Q. 1 The central idea of the passage is:
  1. to the highlight the distinction between philosophy and the real world.
  2. to showcase the inadequacy of modern philosophical discussions.
  3. to highlight how modern philosophy delineates itself from the real life questions.
  4. to showcase the need for a better analytical framework to describe philosophical questions
Correct Answer:- C
In the given case, the author of the passage highlights how modern philosophy operates, wherein questions pertaining to life are separated from the subject. This sentiment is best expressed by option 3.
Option 1 is too general in nature and goes beyond the scope of the passage.
Option 2 misses out the important points of the passage and misses the central idea of the passage. Option 4 mentions a point that is not mentioned in the passage.
Q. 2 The author of the passage ends the passage on a note of:

A) Self-recrimination      B) Self-critique                  C) Self-insecurity              D) Self-immiseration

Correct Answer:- B
The two options easy to rule out are options 1 and 4. Go through the following meanings and you would know why: Recrimination means mutual accusations
Immiseration means the state of having little or no money and few or no material possessions

Now this leaves us with answer options: self-critique and self-doubt.
Critique means a serious examination and judgment of something. In the given case, even the though the author expresses a doubt, his approach is one where he is evaluating something very carefully.
Option 3 refers a state of anxiety and vulnerability, something that can be inferred in the given case.

DIRECTIONS for the question 3 to 5: Out of the four options given choose the word or phrase that is most nearly opposite in meaning to the word in capital letters.


A) stupidity         B) simplicity        C) deceitfulness                               D) deference

Correct Answer:- D
Effrontery means brashness, arrogance or disrespect which is opposite to deference that means respect.

A) superficial      B) courteous      C) complex         D) vibrant

Correct Answer:- D
Lackluster means lacking glow so antonym is vibrant
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 3

A) sumptuous   B) timidity           C) success           D) informal

Correct Answer:- B
Spunk means full of spirit, so antonym is timid which means shy. Sumptuous is lavish.

DIRECTION for the question 6: Choose the option which can be a suitable one word substitute for the given question.

Q. 6 A disease that spreads by means of germs carried in atmosphere

A) contagious    B) epidemic        C) infectious       D) endemic

Correct Answer:- C
Infection is carried through atmosphere and contagious diseases are those capable of being transmitted by bodily contact with an infected person or object.

DIRECTIONS for the question 7 & 8: The passage given contains blanks, choose the best choice in each case from the words in the options and mark your answer accordingly.

Q. 7 During my travels I frequently stay in the houses of people I meet as _______ there are no hotels in small towns and villages that I visit.
  1. while
  2. usual
  3. neither
  4. often
Correct Answer:- D
As the paragraph starts with the mention of author visiting the rural areas quite frequently. Therefore of all the four options, often seems to be the best one.
Q. 8 All this travelling has ____________ me to understand what children want to read in different parts of the country.

A) ensured         B) provided        C) enabled          D) deprived

Correct Answer:- C
Options B and D can be readily eliminated as 'provided me to' is incorrect expression and deprived (deny) is a negative
connotation. Also travelling cannot ensure understanding of an idea .According to the statement in the paragraph, travelling has supported or helped him understand the reading requirements across the country thus enabled is the right option.

DIRECTIONS for the question 9 & 10: Complete the sentence by filling in the appropriate blank/blanks from the options provided.

Q. 9 The entry of players such as Hindustan Unilever and Dabur into Glaxo's turf, health drinks, has in more competition.
  1. home, ushered
  2. strong, ushered
  3. home, increased
  4. own, reigned
Correct Answer:- A
Option A is correct. Home turf........ushered in. The word 'turf' means a familiar area, as of residence or expertise. The word 'usher' means to lead someone politely somewhere. Here the phrasal verb "usher in" means to make an activity or process begin. Hence, A is a better option than C.
Q. 10 Although a few years ago the fundamental facts about the Milky Way seemed fairly well , now even its mass and its radius have come into
  1. determined ... resolution
  2. ignored ... danger
  3. problematic ... prominence
  4. established ... question
Correct Answer:- D
Facts can be fairly well established but even mass ….come into question because we have to use the opposite flags
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